Yakiniku Hiro BBQ

Yakiniku Hiro BBQ Multiple locations throughout Kyoto After plenty of sushi, noodles, and curry pans, I was looking forward to some grilled meats.  There wasn’t any great consensus as to the best yakiniku in Tokyo or Kyoto for that matter, but I decided on Hiro.  The place was pretty full for a weeknight, so maybe…

Sizuya

Sizuya Multiple locations throughout Kyoto There’s not much in the way of breakfast restaurants in Japan.  It just seems like bakeries for some quick pastries and baked goodies are the best breakfast options.  We were lucky to be staying so close to one of Sizuya’s many locations, its most popular one at Kyoto Station. There were…

Gion Kinana

Gion Kinana Google Maps After discovering kinako ice cream and falling head over heels in love, I was on the hunt for more.  Perpetually Underwhelmed recommended Gion Kinana which is known for its fresh ice creams and parfaits.  It’s located in the heart of the geisha district, a most historic and charming spot to spend…

Omen Udon

Omen Udon Multiple locations throughout Kyoto On our last day in Kyoto was spent checking out the multitude of temples around Kiyomizudera Temple.  The temple, the view, and the surrounding narrow streets were breathtaking but severely marred by the THRONGS of tourists teeming through every nook and cranny of that area.  It made the morning…

Nakamura

Nakamura Google Maps A visit to Kyoto is not complete until you have had a traditional kaiseki experience.  Kaiseki is Japan’s version of high end fine dining, with great emphasis on seasonality, labor intensive preparations, and most importantly, perfection.  Kaiseki meals are often an elaborate productions with multiple courses and beautiful artful presentations.  These meals are not…

Shoraian 

Shoraian Google Maps I planned to spend a half day visiting the famed bamboo forest of Arashiyama and the nearby Iwatayama Monkey Park.  Shoraian is conveniently located between the two.  Now, I make the place sound easy to find, but keep in mind it is in the middle of a forest.  I guess people get…

Morita Ya

Morita Ya Multiple locations throughout Kyoto Smooth Obturator told me I had to eat at the Kiyamachi location of Morita Ya for their famous sukiyaki.  I’ve never had much experience with sukiyaki.  It seemed somewhat similar to shabu shabu but with a sweet soy sauce base to cook the raw meat and vegetables, rather than just…

Sobanomi Yoshimura

Sobanomi Yoshimura Google Maps After taking the Shinkansen (bullet train) without incident, we arrived to Kyoto Station ready to eat our way through the city.  I swear those stations were so frustrating.  We didn’t know how to walk through it without having to pay for a ticket, so we walked around it.  That was a bad…