Art of Noren in Katsuyama, Maniwa City

Howdy? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would to introduce beautiful noren in Katsuyama.

Art of Noren in Katsuyama, Maniwa City

Katsuyama is in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture. It has a popular sightseeing spot called Historical Katsuyama Town Conservation Area just like Kurashiki Bikan Quarter where traditional houses and buildings are preserved with efforts. On top of that, Katsuyama is known for its noren production.


What is Noren?

Well, noren is the cloth hung between rooms. It can be seen at store entrance as well like in a photo below. This is a kominka Cafe Meijiya that we previously featured. It definitely adds a store something anyhow, doesn’t it? What’s interesting about this area in Katuyama is that almost every store/house has a noren at the entrance with a different design. OK, let’s go take a look.


Noren Gallery

You may expect traditional designs? Sure thing. However, There are a lot of modern designs as well. It’s quite a view to see all these on the same street!

Post office.


Another car design.

Alright. Let’s call it a day.



Name Katsuyama Preserved Area (勝山・町並み保存地区)

Katsuyama, Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture

*Free parking is available.



How do you find it? A lovely cafe called Kapibara Coffee is right on this main street. Please check this out as well. We loved it.

See you around!

Capibara Coffee in Katsuyama, Maniwa City

Hi, it’s Mrs. Wada, back on duty. I’m going to introduce a cafe in Katsuyama, Maniwa City named Capibara Coffee.

Capibara Coffee

Capibara Coffee is located in the main street of Katsuyama Historic Preservation District, known for noren curtains. The way to the cafe is on the right side of this building.


Inside the cafe; there’s a counter on the right and more seats on the left
(window side on left is facing the Asahi River)

I ordered soy milk hot cocoa while Mr. Wada got hot coffee.
We also had their honey lemon toast.

During our visit, they only served toast for food. They have more options for drinks. Checkout their menu here.



Store Information

Name Capibara Coffee (かぴばらこーひー)
Business Hours 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Check their page for updated business days)
Address  158 Katsuyama, Maniwa, Okayama Prefecture 717-0013, Japan

If you have a chance to visit Katsuyama, how about have some drink at Capibara Coffee for a relaxing break?

Thanks for stopping by!