Sarasa Nishijin, located in Kyoto, Japan, is a cafe that was created by renovating a Japanese communal bath house (sento in Japanese) dating back to the Taisho period. The cafe interior is decorated majolica tiles, which were created between the Taisho and Showa periods and imaged after colorful English tile designs. Each of the tiles was painted by hand and was a high-end product back in the day, as is now. The tiles were popular for adorning the walls of ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) and sentos.
The exterior of the sento “Fuji-no-mori Onsen” dating back to the Taisho period has been preserved as a part of Sarasa Nishijin cafe. Once inside the cafe, souvenirs such as traces of the bathtub and faucet can be seen.
The cafe is known for its lunch and dinner menus as well as cakes and coffee. Sarasa Nishijin is a great stop for travelers who want to enjoy casual Japanese dishes in a relaxing and antique setting.
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