Restaurants For Every Budget in Kyoto

In a country where dining out can be tricky for vegetarians, Kyoto is the exception. Its vast number of Buddhist temples helped the city develop into a centre for shojin ryori – ‘devotion cuisine’ – tofu-based vegetarian dishes. For the non-vegetarian, Kyoto offers a diverse range of dining options from no-frills standing noodle bars to a candlelit yakiniku (Japanese barbeque) dinner on a restaurant terrace overlooking the banks of the Kamo River.
757-2, Minamiiseyacho, Kamigyo District, Kyoto 602-8153
If you want to try out something completely different, then Menbakaichidai, which specializes in creating havoc and setting your meal on fire is a pretty safe bet.
459 Shimokawara-cho, Yasakatoriimae-sagaru, Shimokawara-dori, Higashiyama District, Kyoto 605-0825
You’ll find Kikunoi at the foot of the Higashiyama Mountain Range where it was established in 1912.
58, Susukinobaba-cho, Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo District, Kyoto 616-8385
Kitcho Arashiyama Honten has continued its kaiseki tradition ever since its founding.

Shopping Destinations in Kyoto

Kyoto has thousands of shopping options to suit every taste and budget, from designer brand shopping along the central Shijo Street to 100-yen shops and thrift stores in the Teramachi Street arcade. Traditional Japanese attire such as kimonos and yukatas are popular souvenirs for visitors to Kyoto. The city is also renowned for its exquisite lacquerware, decorative umbrellas, and fragrant incense.
Teramachi Street
Shijo Street
Mimuro, Shimogyo Ward

Sight-Seeing In Kyoto

Home to nearly three-quarters of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and thousands of temples, Kyoto boasts an impressive number of must-see tourist attractions. Highlights include the beautiful Golden Pavilion, majestic Nijo Castle, and tranquil Arashiyama bamboo grove. While Kyoto has an excellent rail network, many of the main sights are at opposite edges of the city, so a bit of pre-planning can potentially save you a lot of backtracking.

Great Places To Stay in Kyoto

Kyoto offers the full range of accommodation options, from elegant five-star resorts to more affordable hotels and hostels. The city is famous for its ryokan guesthouses, where you can experience a traditional Japanese-style inn complete with sliding shoji doors, tatami mat flooring, and futons.
601-8016 Kyoto, Kyoto, Minami District Higashi-kujo Karasuma-cho 1-1, Japan
From the moment you walk into the Sakura Terrace, you will feel welcomed.
40, Awadaguchi Sanjobo-cho, Higashiyama District, Kyoto city, Kyoto 605-0035, Japan
The Eco and Tec Hotel is surrounded by temples and shrines which help to create the peaceful and quiet atmosphere that is immediately noticeable as you enter the Hotel.
Shirakawa-hotori, Shinbashi-dori, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0085
You'll be transported to a simpler time when you visit the Shiraume Ryokan.

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