Mo-an in Kyoto

The journey is its own reward - but there is also cake!

 By Cathy Cawood   Sep 27, 2014

It's no accident that the path up the hill and through the trees to this cafe is an almost spiritual experience in quiet beauty. Mo-an was originally built as a tea-house in the Taisho Era, and the purpose of a teahouse garden is to calm and focus the spirit before the tea ceremony. The beautiful wooden building has views over Kyoto and delicious offerings on the menu. It is located near Tetsugaku-no-michi, Honen-in and Ginkakuji. Be sure to look for views of Daimon-ji mountain!

Photography by Cathy Cawood
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Olga Kaneda 4 months ago
Love such places. Especially rusty lanterns!
Angelina Dietz 7 months ago
beatiful pics of the building but i´m missing some pics of the tea and the sweets of the teahouse
Cathy Cawood Photographer 7 months ago
I had a big photo day that day (hiked up Daimonji taking photos of autumn foliage all the way) and my battery ran out just as I entered the cafe. Please go and take some photos for us! :-)
Shaymaa Barakat a year ago
These are very beautiful photos, Love the quality, Thank you so much for sharing.
Dillon Hinchliffe a year ago
Absolutely awesome little spot. I want to experience something like this in my lifetime. I would love to see the inside of the restaurant! But I understand you probably couldn't take pictures there! I may not have wanted to feeling so at peace
Iain Stanley 2 years ago
Very enlightening!!