ISSUE 62  |  Japonesque

Shopper’s Diary: Shokubututen Kohii in Kyoto

March 07, 2013 5:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Next time you are in Kyoto, Japan, if you find yourself in the Higashiyama historic district, stop in at the little shop with the red awning: Shokubuteten Kohii has a most unusual collection of plants (and coffee beans) for sale. Walk halfway up the hill, and there it is on the corner:

Photographs via Il Ne Kore.

Above: Potted orchids, ferns, vines, and miniature bonsai.

Above: Shop owner Miho doesn't have a website. For more information, see Il Ne Kore.

Above: Kyoto's Higashiyama neighborhood, where Shokubuten Kohii is located, is one of 11 districts in the city, and has strict regulations to curb new development and protect historic buildings.

For more of our favorite local floral shops, see Fashion's Favorite Fleuriste: Thierry Boutemy in Belgium and Aktipis Flower Shop in Patras.