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Video of the week: A spirited journey to Kyoto’s most isolated restaurant

Fuyoh Kobayashi is a master calligrapher and owner of the famed Shoraian restaurant in Japan. Located in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Shoraian is perched on the edge of a mountain overlooking the Oi River and can only be reached by foot. To call Shoraian simply a restaurant sells it short. Visitors come as much for the celebrated food as they do for the sense of peace that this spiritual, otherworldly setting offers.
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Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. I love this video. It’s been beautifully put together with wonderfully storytelling and videography. I can see why you chose it as ‘video of the week’!

  2. I didn’t care too much for the little animations they added to the footage but, other than that, I’d agree that this is a great short film. What kind of trees are they? They look amazingly straight/tall…

    1. Hi Brian – I believe it’s bamboo. Google ‘Arashiyama Bamboo Grove’ or ‘Arashiyama Bamboo Forest’ and you can read more about it…


  3. Sorry, but I feel isolated is not the right term as the food blogger completely misrepresents the isolation of the restaurant. It’s a 5 min walk on a path from where you get dropped off by car, or a little further if you take the train.

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