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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.
901 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Karasuma-dori, Shiokoji sagaru, Shimogyo District, Kyoto
Located inside The Cube, a mall on top of Kyoto Station, Katsukura is a popular chain of Tonkatsu restaurants based in Kyoto.
87-5 Hoshinocho Higashiyama District, Kyoto 605-0853
Founded in 2013 by Kenneth Shoji, who grew up in Kyoto, the % Arabica coffee shop has been growing ever since.
584 Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama District, Kyoto 605-0074
Chihana (literally One Thousand Flowers) has been a fixture in Kyoto’s Gion district ever since its opening in 1946.

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.
505 Gion Minamigawa Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City 605-0074
When you stay at the Gion Hatanaka, you will step into the quiet and peaceful culture of the Higashiyama people.
4-59 Fukakusa Nishiura-cho, Fushimi District, Kyoto 612-0029.
With the Kyoto Station close by, you can travel to and from the Urban Hotel from anywhere in Japan.
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.

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