If you are interested in seeing what I did while in Kyoto that is here! If you want to know what to do, how to get there and around Kyoto, or how to check out the famous bamboo forest that is here.
To see a video of the Top 10 of what to do in Kyoto click here or a video on the Best Way to Spend $40 in Kyoto click here.
If you want to see what I bring on every trip you can see that here or to see a minute video of my trip click here!
Kyoto is home to Uji, a small city that is famous for producing Matcha which is considered the highest quality of Japanese green tea. While drinking matcha straight (usually dissolved in water or milk) is highly recommended, matcha is also used to flavor a variety of confectioneries and desserts!
If you're just looking for a matcha ice cream cone or sweets to buy you can stay downstairs. If you looking for the full café experience, head upstairs. The text is in Japanese but the have pictures but it's mostly everything matcha.
An old Uji tea shop made in a distinctive white wall/latticework tea wholesale shop style. There is also a chance to grind tea yourself with a mill and enjoy light and strong infusions of the powdered green tea in a tea ceremony room afterwards.
Known for skillfully incorporating Japanese ingredients such as matcha, red beans, and warabimochi (a jelly-like confection covered in powder) into famous Western style desserts.
A three-minute walk from Kyoto Station and you'll find sweets made with Uji matcha green tea and various Ujicha teas to match the season.
An authentic restaurant known for their desserts.
Best Affordable Sushi
is one of the best moderately priced sushi restaurants in Kyoto. They’re comfortable with foreigners and the downtown location is super convenient. I stopped by and had a local asked me how I found out about this place. He said it's the best moderately priced place for sushi in Kyoto. Tip - ask for half baked salmon, it'll change your life.
Honke Daiichi Asahi
Founded over 50 years ago and known as one of the best ramen shops in Kyoto!
Ramen sen no Kaze
Pure Japanese style of an all-natural ramen.
Serve creative Ramen dishes with rich, creamy soup made with chicken, pork and vegetable stock.
Ginjo Ramen Kubota
Famous for it's Tsukemen with thick seafood broth, using carefully selected Kyoto miso only.
If you are in the Okazaki Museum District and want a hearty bowl of ramen.
You'll find the this good bowl of ramen in the heart of Gion. It just may be busy if you go in peak hours.
A small 10 seat restaurant located in downtown Kyoto.
No Name Ramen
An ultra-hip ramen place that is the real deal.
Just down the hill from Ginkaku-ji Temple, Omen serves some of Kyoto’s best udon noodles. I stopped by and thought it was great. They were really helpful with tourists like me! The main photo is from here.
Located in an atmospheric old wooden building, Honke Owariya is arguably the best soba restaurant in all of Kyoto.
Kaiseki is a traditional Japanese tasting course comprised of many small and tea ceremonies that is in a set meal course chosen by the chef to highlight a seasonal theme.
Kiyamachi Sakuragawa is a welcoming and superb spot to sample kaiseki cuisine.
If you are looking for the over top money isn't a thing type experience this is your place. When I looked into it I think I read that it starts at $475 per meal. But hey, it is 10 courses..
Michelin 3 Star
Michelin stars are a rating system that basically means that this restaurant is fancy. If you are wondering yes the same people that make tires also put out this rating system. The internet tells me there are currently 137 three star Michelin restaurants in the world so they are semi rare. These are the ones in Kyoto.
The restaurant specializes in kaiseki and Chef Takahashi is confident that Hyotei protects the traditional cuisine of Kyoto. Meals start at $250 a person.
Fine dining in the Gion district where lunch starts at $93 USD and dinner at $150. If you don't want to spend that much but are still interested you are able to get a bento box (a single serving take-out or packaged meal) for $16-50 at Kyoto Takashimaya
All these places are nice but this may be the best of the best. This is referenced as the highest pinnacle of kaiseki while continuing to pursue excellence in hospitality. Dinner starts at $475
Founded 180 years ago, this old Japanese restaurant is known world wide for it's traditional kaiseki cuisine. Lunch starts at $150 while dinner starts at $200.
Another kaiseki style restaurant with lunch starting at $90 and dinner at $150.
Chef Shinichi Iida has been cooking at the restaurant since 2010 and has quickly established a great reputation in the kaiseki dining space.
If you are looking for okonomiyaki (savory Japanese pancakes) that will be cooked up on a griddle at your table this is your spot. Located in Nishiki Warai, just steps from Nishiki Market.
Yakitori (various bits of chicken cooked on skewers) is one of the many staple dishes of traditional Japanese cuisine. Due to the simplicity of this dish restaurants that serve it are typically basic and very smoky.
Nestled in the Gion district away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this cosy yet elegant restaurant features high-quality Wagyu A5.
Hafuu combines the tradition of Japanese cuisine with a modern atmosphere. The restaurant pairs delicious wagyu steak with succulent seafood to deliver an unforgettable culinary experience.
This is the birthplace of Botan nabe which is a traditional boar-based dish and a staple of rural Japan cuisine. Although it is now wildly popular throughout Japan, it was humbly invented more than 100 years ago by Hatakaku’s former owner.
Even though it is next to international chain restaurants and coffee shops Kagizen offers a traditional Japanese tearoom experience. It stands out especially for its delicate wagashi, the traditional Japanese sweets usually served with tea, and it's incredible mochi, rice cakes filled with red or white bean paste.
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