To arrive at this point - seated in a temple devoted to the high art of Parisian macaroons - we endured the following:
1. torrential rain
2. a crammed Sunday express train from Kyoto Station to Osaka Station
3. Osaka Station overflowing with people (it was recently opened following extensive renovations)
4. a one-hour wait at the front of the Laduree tea shop
And it was worth it.
The Parisian tea salon par excellence crafts macaroons worthy of such a trip, and more.