Best of CH 2017: Most Popular

Hotels, cars, Kyoto cafes, logo redesigns and more in our most-read articles of the year

While it might not sound like the most exciting activity, there’s always a surprise in store when exploring Google Analytics—especially when taking a look at all our content across a year. We’re always fascinated to see what our audience connects with most on Cool Hunting. Sometimes we can see it coming, and other times we’re amazed. This year’s most-read collection is wide-ranging—from test drives to …

Word of Mouth: Kyoto Cafés

Our favorite places to take a break in Japan's most picturesque city

When we were researching a visit to Kyoto we found Inside Kyoto to be an invaluable resource. It’s run by Chris Rowthorn, an American who has been in Kyoto for more than 20 years. Rowthorn is also the editor of the Lonely Planet guidebooks for Japan and many southeast Asian countries, and even offers private tours of Kyoto and other cities. Rowthorn shared his hometown …

House of Matcha

Ceremonial-grade Japanese green tea at its freshest, brought from Kyoto in air-sealed cans

Stephen Cheuk, the designer-turned-trainer and founder of intimate NYC gym S10 Training has another obsession alongside helping clients reach sub-10% body fat (without the use of cardio machines). It’s high-quality, ceremonial-grade matcha. Well aware of the finely ground green tea’s health benefits, Cheuk is a longtime enthusiast who remembers how hard it was to buy in NYC years ago—so he would have friends in Japan …

“Old Kyoto”‘s Historical Machiya Rental Properties in the Gion Neighborhood

Live like a local in renovated traditional accommodations in the old geisha district

Developed for travelers visiting Kyoto’s Yasaka Shrine (which began construction in the year 656), the alluring Gion neighborhood later transformed into an exclusive geisha district with plenty of tea houses, bars and restaurants. Gion today has plenty to offer locals and tourists alike, and is home to countless traditional machiya (wooden townhouses). Kyoto, more than many other cities, calls you to live like a local …

Karl Escritt’s Live Painting

Karl Escritt is a Kyoto-based graphic artist who's been quietly making a name for himself as an accomplished designer of flyers, posters and t-shirts for the underground music scene in this Englishman's adopted Japan. Recently, Escritt has made a foray as a performance artist as a live painter. He crafts his artwork over Japanese electronica dance music and remixes the final product to show a …