Gion & Kiyomizu Temple CafeJan. 15, 2016 UPDATE
Through a small door is contrast of traditional and international flavors

Ochobo An

Ochobo An
Located in a wonderful area of Kiyomizu-dera temple, Kodai-ji temple, and Yasaka shrine, this café is a perfect hide-away between popular sight-seeing spots.

The concept of the café is to provide a place where guests can feel comfortable and have fun inside of a 150 year old home. Kyoto, being the old capital of Japan, is full of long-standing houses. However, many old houses are remodeled with modern designs losing its characteristics. At Ochobo An, original parts of the building is still ke...morept and maintained. The staircase and the size of entrance are unique and interesting to see. You may feel amazed at the dubiously small entrance door but don’t you worry, a friendly couple will be waiting to greet you.

Inside of this old Japanese home is a contrast of traditional and international flavors. The café offers items such as pizza and western style breakfast. It’s very fun to have conversations with the friendly couple who runs the café. The man in charge of preparing most of the items in the kitchen is from Tunisia and speaks English, French, and Arabic.
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Less known but widely loved by both tourists and locals. Recommended if your schedule permits.
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What a great find! The first thing I noticed was the small entrance door. It reminds me of old Japanese style entrances. The cafe is fairly new, but the house is about 150 years old! The interior still has the antique feel of an old Japanese Kyoto house called "Machiya". The staircase is cool, and it's nice to have an option to sit out in the terrace. The couple who runs the cafe is very friendly, you definitely will have a good visit here.
1Must Eat !
Ochobo (Japanese wafers) / ¥600
“Ochobo” is a name referred to newly entered Maiko, or apprentice Geiko of Kyoto. The name projects the imagery of small and cute things. Reflecting the cafe name, their original sweets are called Ochobo. Adorable little wafers are filled with delicious “an,” or red bean paste. We recommend ordering these with a cup Kinako au lait.
2Must Eat !
Pizza / ¥1,000
Two choices of pizza are available: seafood, and tuna & sweet corn. The pizza bread is fluffy with cheese melting on top with home-made tomato sauce. The picture on the left is of a pizza generously topped with plump shrimp perfectly matching with melting cheese.
Kinako au lait
3Let's Try !
Kinako au lait / ¥650
Kinako is roasted soy bean powder often used in Japanese sweets. Kinako is blended with sugar and milk for this delightful warm Kinako au lait. Sprinkled on top are bits of colorful rice crackers. The latte is served in generous amount and its taste is sweetly satisfying.
Sit outside in the terrace
4Let's Try !
Sit outside in the terrace / -
There is a wonderful outdoor space in the back part of the café. Not only does the cafe serves lattes, but also beer and other alcoholic beverages as well. Many guests enjoy having a beer outside during a sunny day. Enjoying some beer and pizza in the outside terrace would be an ideal way to spend a vacation or a day off, don’t you think?
How to Order & Eat
Ochobo how to order & eat

Ochobo how to order & eat

Ochobo how to order & eatDon’t forget to check out some items you can buy as a gift. Ochobo as well as Kinako powder to make Kinako au lait are available by the entrance.
- Order Tips -
Drinks are discounted ¥200 if ordered with a dessert.
Interior Photo 1
Appearance Photo
Ochobo An
Categories Cafe
Phone +81 75-744-0514
Address 420 Minami-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi
Directions ・17-minute walk from Gion Shijyo Stn
・3-minute walk from Higashiyama Yasui Bus stop
Hours 10:30 am - 8pm (depending on season)
Bar time: 7pm~
Reservations Accepted except during high season.
Reservations are for 3 or more people during bar time.
Closed Tuesdays
Notes At least one item must be ordered per person.
Smoking is allowed inside the café.
Winter time closing days for 2016 are 1/18~1/22. Tuesdays are closed as usual.
Price range
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¥500 ~ ¥1,000 (cafe)
Credit cards Not accepted
Good for Solo, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Many come back multiple times during their stay in Kyoto
Menu Japanese, English
Languages spoken Japanese, English, French, Arabic
Number of seats 25 seats
Private dining rooms No
Non smoking / smoking Smoking
Ochobo An +81 75-744-0514 ¥500 ~ ¥1,000 (cafe) 2/3

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