Kyoto City Guide, for the Louis Vuitton Traveler

KYOTO— Japan’s ancient former capital may be best known for its temples, gardens and ceremony but there is more than what meets the tourist’s eye. The I.M. Pei-designed Miho Museum, which Nicolas Ghesquière chose as the site for Louis Vuitton’s resort show on Sunday, is an example of the modernist elements that dot the city’s landscape.Visitors — welcomed by a train station that houses a multilevel Isetan department store and industrial art installations — may be surprised to see that the city center is a metropolis in nature. Meanwhile, coffee shops, design stores and interesting foods are integral to Kyoto’s modern-day identity. Here, WWD isolates some of the key spots for the fashion folk to hit while in town to take in Ghesquière’s show.Arts & Science 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.Address: 459 Hinokuchicho Kiyamachi, Nishiiru Nijo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 604-0912Tokyo’s complex of pristine miniature design shops has also taken residence in Kyoto. While the offering in Tokyo’s Aoyama is larger in breadth, Kyoto’s Arts & Science grouping includes a trio of boutiques: its signature Arts & Science store as well as a more casual brother & Shop and home design store Hin just one block away. The unisex styles — designed in-house — are a take on Japanese utilitarian dress, with Mackintosh coats and linen ensembles offered through a craftsman’s lens.Hermès Pop-up ShopAddress: 570 Higashiyama-ku Higashiyama-ku Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Prefecture French luxury brand continues its nine-month residence in a historic home along the Gion district’s Hanamikoji Street. The build-out is intended to strike a contrast between modern Japanese design elements and Kyoto old world charm. A current summer exhibition has transformed the home into a makeshift beach. The house will reopen with a facelift on May 13, with a new punk theme.Tenryu-ji Shrine, Garden and Bamboo Trail’s many shrine attractions are spread out across the city, making them a time-consuming pursuit. Tenryu— a UNESCO World Heritage site, originally built in 1339 — offers multiple attractions in one fell swoop (a garden, shrine and brief bamboo hike), without long queues. Another advantage is the shrine’s surrounding neighborhood — more residential than those of other shrines. Hop off the commuter train at Saga-Arashiyama station to find vintage kimono stores, small matcha production houses, Japanese soft-serve ice cream, home design boutiques and macrobiotic restaurants on the walk to the garden’s entry.Bar K-ya HonkanAddress: 103 Yaoyacho, Gokomachi Nishi-iru, Rokkaku-dori, Nakagyo-kuThe tranquil establishment with interiors inspired by traditional Kyoto residential architecture offers a full list of single-malt whiskeys, as well as cocktails prepared with freshly squeezed fruit juices. Guests can look out onto the bar’s verdant, well-maintained courtyard while being served refreshments by bartenders in starched tuxedo shirts and bow ties.Kiln 194 Sendocho Nishikiyamachi-Dori Shijo Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku | 2F Murakamiju Bldg., Kyoto 600-8019The multipurpose, relaxed eatery boasts earthy interiors focused on Japanese minimalism — with wooden community tables and architectural light fixtures. The restaurant’s food exemplifies its aesthetic, with vegetarian and meat options of farm-to-table quality. À la carte options are often priced under $20. The restaurant is best known for its proprietary Wagyu beef hamburger, prepared with a variety of toppings. A vegetarian burger is also on offer.You're missing something!

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