The Institut Franco-Japanois du Kansai is a much loved building and garden a short walk southwest of the Hyakumanben crossroads opposite the main campus of Kyoto University.
The distinctive European-style building was renovated in 2003 and the grounds are a wonderful place to sample French cuisine at the cafe (open Tues-Sat; 11am-8.30pm) or a refreshing evening drink. The restaurant is particularly popular in Kyoto's cherry-blossom season.
The Institut Franco-Japonais du Kansai opened in 1927 to teach French language and culture, which remains the Institute's primary function. In addition, the institute stages films, exhibitions and music events.
Institut Franco-Japonais du Kansai
Tel: 075 761 2105
The nearest railway station is Demachiyanagi on the Keihan Line or take a bus to Kyodai Seimon Mae.
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