Kura-no-Naka Gallery Manrin Bookshop & Café
Along the Old Road of Asuke, a once busy Shio-no-Michi route - as vital backbone trading roads were called - sits this peculiar bookstore, built with special attention for preserving the charming aspect of the olden times. Merging bookshop with gallery and café, it sits in the corner formed by the main road and the adjacent Manrin Alley, joining other buildings in the townscape that feature the beautiful contrasting plaster and black wooden walls.
Among the books available, the shop keeps titles about urban development and nature in particular. Look for the special one published privately by the shop to promote the Asuke area, Asuke-no-Mukashibanashi.
At the gallery in the back, exhibitions are held each season throughout the year, and at the café you can enjoy delicious coffee and homemade pastry.
*: Kura-no-Naka means "inside the warehouse", which tells the original purpose of the structure housing it.
Only two plates are baked daily within the premises, so ends when sold-out. Take-out orders not accepted for this tarte.
2 Shinmachi, Asuke-cho, Toyota-City
|Opening days / hours||10:00 am–7:00 pm|
|Phone number||TEL 0565-62-0010 FAX 0565-62-0719|
|Parking lot||Available (cap. 5 cars)|
|Holidays||Thursday, Wednesday (Unscheduled)|
|Access by Public Transportation||1-From Nagoya Station, board the Higashiyama Line subway and alight at Fushimi Station.
2-Change trains to the Tsurumai Line bound to Akaike and Toyotashi (may require changing trains again in Akaike - if changing trains in Akaike is not desirable, board the train bound for Toyotashi Station from Fushimi Station).
3-Alight at Toyotashi Station and, from the East Gate Bus Platforms, board the Meitetsu Bus bound for Asuke (足助).
4-Ride for 45 min. (fee 800 yen) and get off at Korankei Ichinotaniguchi (香嵐渓一の谷口).
5-Walk northeastwards 5 min. (300 meters).
*Click here to check transportation directions and fares in Toyota.
|Access by car||-Approx. 15 min. (9.9km) eastwards from Chikaraishi I.C. of the Sanage Green Road via Route 153, or;
-Approx. 20 min. (13.6km) eastwards from Toyota-Kanpachi I.C. of the Tokai Loop Expressway via Route 153.
Manrin Bookshop & Café Web Site (Japanese)
Manrin Bookshop & Café Facebook Page (Japanese)
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