A Japanese Afternoon Tea with Excitement on Every Layer
Sitting at the base of the Kodai-ji Temple – known for its beautiful bamboo and autumn leaves – is the wedding hall, restaurant and café, Akagane Resort.
This multifaceted establishment is located inside a refurbished 1925 Kyoto manor and maintains the same sprawling Japanese garden as when it was first built.
As is the trend with such grand Kyoto manors, the small entranceway opens up to an unimaginably large garden, that at over 2,300 ㎡, is less like someone’s personal yard and more like a small forest.
With plum blossoms in spring, crepe myrtle shrubs in summer, maple trees in autumn and camellia in winter, this vast garden enjoys charming shades of red and pink year-round.
The subdued tranquility the garden brings makes it feel like you’ve got the entire place to yourself and almost has you forgetting that you’re in the heart of a major tourist neighborhood.
As you make your way through the trees and over the stone bridge, a small building sitting separately from the rest of the manor comes into view. Ordinarily unused, this detached study now offers magnificent afternoon tea sets.
After sitting down, an afternoon tea comprised of five stacked lacquered boxes called “KYO KASANE” will be brought to you. The creation of the afternoon tea set was inspired by the Yasaka Pagoda, a landmark of the Kiyomizu district. Each lacquered box is themed around a different thing, so like a treasure box, opening each one is an exciting and thrilling experience.
In addition to colorful Uji matcha and seasonal fruit-based desserts, the afternoon tea also contains bite-sized savory French-Japanese fusion dishes as well.
For drinks, Akagane Resort has prepared Japanese tea from the over 450-year-old Japanese tea shop of Kanbayashi Shunsho honten in Kyoto’s Uji City.
This magnificent afternoon tea set provides you with the opportunity to enjoy a bottomless pot of original tea made specifically for Akagane Resort.
Enjoy a brilliant time over an incredible afternoon tea at the refuge of the Kiyomizu district, the Akagane Resort.
The afternoon tea costs ¥4,000 (inc. tax & service fees) and requires a reservation (closed Tuesday and sometimes Sat, Sun & holidays).