Converted from an early Showa period home, this large coffee house offers a quiet space to relax within Kyoto’s bustling tourist hub of Arashiyama. Upon entering the Japanese style gates, guests will encounter Ki-Yan’s elegant ‘Black Peony’ painted on the building’s black façade. The artist himself was surprised to find that the original wine red colour of the peony’ s leaves transformed to vivid blue only a few years after the work’s completion. Offering both Western and tatami style rooms as well as Japanese garden views, the ex cafe Arashiyama is favoured not only by tourists, but celebrities as well. Sit crossed-legged on a tatami mat while enjoying your dessert and viewing Ki-Yan s red and white lions in the cafe s Japanese style room.