Kacto, a buttermilk pancake brunch with a spectacular location overlooking the Kamo and Takase Rivers.

Hi, this is Naomi, I was very interested to hear that a restaurant where you can get pancakes and other brunch menu will opennear Kamogawa and Takasegawa River in February 2023.

A closer look reveals that this is the first Kansai branch of a company that operates a restaurant called “IVY PLACE” in Daikanyama, Tokyo.

IVY PLACE opened when I was in my 20s. I was actually living in the Kanto area at the time. I liked the stylish atmosphere of the newly opened IVY PLACE and had been there several times!

(By the way, the IVY PLACE page is here -> https://www.tysons.jp/ivyplace/)

So, over time, I was thrilled to remember that “Kyoto can do it, too! I was thrilled to remember that time!

The pancakes I had in Tokyo were very good, so I was happy to see that the new restaurant in Kyoto also has pancakes as a recommended menu item.

We immediately visited the restaurant and got a pancake plate perfect for breakfast. Please take a look!


What kind of restaurant is Kacto?

Opened on February 1, 2023, this café-restaurant is located along the Kamo River near Shijo Kawaramachi.

The restaurant offers a modern American menu with a Japanese flavor, available from breakfast to dinner.

Located between the Kamo and Takase Rivers, a short distance south of Shijo-Kawaramachi, you can enjoy a view of either depending on your seat.

This is the first Kansai branch ofTYSONS & COMPANY, which operates famous and popular restaurants such asT.Y.HARBOR ” in Tennozu, Shinagawa and “IVY PLACE ” in Daikanyama.

Exterior and interior view of the store


It is located at the west endof Donguri-bashi Bridge, one bridge south of Shijo Ohashi. This is the former location of “Scorpione Kichiji”.

It is a two-story building with very large windows.

Next door on the left is BABBI, an Italian gelato shop.

The name ” Kacto” comes from the restaurant’s location at the foot of the Donguri Bridge and is named after the word kakuto, meaning acorn hat.

The north wall is easy to recognize because there is a flag on the wall with the name of the restaurant and the opening date.

This is the front of the entrance.

Window seats on the second floor are counter seats with a view of the Takase River.


From the entrance, there is a stylish atmosphere.


First floor seats

The restaurant is modern and stylish.

As soon as you enter, the beautiful blue tiles under the kitchen counter catch your eye.

The first floor has two sets of tables for two people by the window and five sets in the front.

The uneven gray wall on the left and the lamps lining the ceiling are also stylish.

A window seat on the first floor with a view of the Kamo River. The Kamo River can be viewed up close.

I am looking forward to seeing the Noryo floored seating that will be set up during the summer season!

Second Floor Seating

Going up to the second floor, there is a bar counter in the center with seating for 4 or 5 people.

In the back are counter seats with a view of the Takase River.

Counter seats with a view of the Takase River

There were seats for seven people with a view of the Takase River. There is a restroom at the far right side of this room.

View of Takase River

In spring, I think it is beautiful to see the rows of cherry trees along the Takase River.

This time I reserved a seat in the front of the room.

Here are the seats on the Kamogawa side of the second floor; there were a total of six sets of tables for two people. The wide wall on the left is a beautiful blue color.

4 seats in the back near Danguri Bridge

Modern lamps on the ceiling are nice. Chairs and tables are dark brown, creating a relaxed atmosphere.

The windows extend to the foot of the room, giving it a good view and a sense of openness.

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Here is the view from my seat on the far right side of the window.

This view soothed me and made my morning elegant and relaxing.


I first tried to go with my husband on Saturday and Sunday mornings, but they were fully booked. So I made a reservation for a weekday morning at 8:00 a.m. and went by myself.

When I visited the restaurant at 8:00 on the day of my visit, there were three women, including myself, who were using the restaurant alone.

The number of customers gradually increased, and by the time I left at 9:30,the seats were about 60 or 70% full.

During the morning hours of that day, all the window seats on the second floor Kamogawa side of the restaurant seemed to be reserved.


Each seat has a tag with a QR code printed on it, which you can see next to the glass in the photo.

By scanning this code, you can browse the menu online and order from it.

It is a state-of-the-art system that seems to be from a major company. I thought it was a hygienic and very convenient system because it allowed us to order without touching the menu table, which is touched by an unspecified number of people.

Below is the menu with pictures that can be viewed by scanning the QR code.

Pancakes and Toppings

Brunch, dessert


Source: Kacto Menu

They can order burgers and steaks from 8:00 in the morning.

I am interested in the Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumble on the dessert menu! It’s strawberry and may only be available for a limited time.

You can also visit Kacto’s website below to see the menu for dinner and their many wine se lections.

Kacto’s complete menu → https://www.tysons.jp/kacto/menu/

My impression of the buttermilk pancake combo plate

Buttermilk Pancake Combo Plate (bacon, fried eggs, sausage, kale salad): 2,200 yen

Cute heart-shaped cafe latte

Cafe Latte” 680 yen (tax included)

The latte arrived first, so the surface became a little foamy and bubbly while waiting for the pancakes.


Moist and fluffy.

Dense, firm dough that is rich and slightly sweet with a buttermilk flavor.

The butter on top has a milky, gentle flavor. It is even sweeter and tastier when drizzled with maple syrup.

Eggs, sausage, bacon

Melted , semi-cooked eggs, plump and juicy sausage, and crispy bacon.

It tastes sweet and savory when dipped in maple syrup.


The kale and tomatoes are served with a light mayonnaise that has a strong homemade acidity.

The pancakes are larger than they look, and you will be quite full.

Finally, half of it was served with lots of maple syrup, just like dessert.

The pancakes I got at IVY PLACE in Daikanyama a long time ago and the ones I got this time were equally very good, so I asked the waitress for more details.


They use “buttermilk pancake mix” from Alishan (an organic and vegetarian food company).

This mixed flour is made of organic wheat from the U.S. and contains buttermilk powder and sugar.

This way!

They are very tasty pancakes and it would be great if you could purchase them and enjoy them at home!

By the way, the restaurant’s tableware is Nagasaki’s Hasami ware Hasamiyaki of Nagasaki.

Both the plates and cups were lovely vessels with warm colors, a gentle touch, and a soothing element.

Summary, Notes

Kacto is an all-day café-restaurant with a spectacular view of the Kamo and Takase Rivers.

This is the first Kansai branch of a company that handles popular restaurants in Tokyo, and its signature menu is a selection of exquisite pancakes.

*Reservations can be made by phone and online. (Seating during brunch hours is available for one and a half hours.)

*Saturday and Sunday are busy, so early reservations are recommended.

Tiles under the kitchen counter on the first floor. The gradation of blue is very beautiful.

Flowers for the opening celebration that were on the counter. The yellow arrangement with mimosa is lovely and spring-like.

Thank you very much for seeing this to the end!

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Neighborhood Recommendations

Store Information

name of a storeKacto
address (e.g. of house)133 Saito-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8012 MAP
Access(1) Approximately 2 minutes walk from Exit 1 of Gion-Shijo Station on Keihan Line (2) Approximately 2 minutes walk from Exit 1B of Kyoto Kawaramachi Station on Hankyu Line (3) Approximately 5 minutes walk from Shijo-Kawaramachi and Kawaramachi-Matsubara bus stops
parkingNone. Go to nearby coin-operated parking.
Business HoursBrunch 8:00-15:00 (15:00 L.O.)
Cafe 15:00-17:00 (16:30 L.O.)
Dinner 17:30-23:00 (22:00 L.O.)
regular closing dayWednesdays (open every day after April)
Payment Method(credit) card accepted
Phone number075-341-8787
Store’s home pagehttps://www.tysons.jp/kacto/
Reservation site (table check)https://www.tablecheck.com/shops/kacto/reserve


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