Inspired by upcycling, Pass the Baton is worth a visit for its setting alone. A stone bridge over a river leads to the entrance of the former machiya, which has undergone a makeover by cult Tokyo-based interior designer Masamichi Katayama.
A sleek renovation of a 100-year-old machiya – designed by Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architects – recently opened its doors in the heart of Kyoto as the city’s first Blue Bottle Coffee. The café offers single-origin coffee in a minimal, modern setting.
This atmospheric hotel is made up of 10 historic machiya. Here, you’ll find original design features and curated Mid-Century furniture balanced by modern Japanese design touches – from wooden sandals by Drill Design to textiles by Kyoto artist Haruka Nomura.
This article was originally published in the July 2018 issue of SilverKris magazine.