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For culinary destinations near a sightseeing spot, a temple, a shrine, etc. These are places you can dine at going to or coming from the places that you are coming all the way to Kyoto to see!

Kyoto Soba Wagashi Shinise – Soba Boro Cookie

Kyoto Soba Wagashi Shinise – Soba Boro Cookie

Soba Boro is a traditional Japanese cookie that is made with soba (buckwheat) flour and lots of egg. The texture is similar to biscotti. It is a traditional Japanese confection and unlike many Japanese confections, it is quite cheap. It is also non-perishable so if you are looking for a light weight, easily transportable foodie souvenir on your visit to…

Izuju: The Best Kyoto Style Sushi in Kyoto

Izuju: The Best Kyoto Style Sushi in Kyoto

Sushi in Kyoto has a long history but it is quite unlike the nigiri sushi that we are used to abroad. Unlike Tokyo, Kyoto was landlocked and that required somehow keeping fish edible after the journey here. Kyoto sushi required some smarts and ingenuity, it also had to be good enough for the emperor! Izuju is a restaurant in Gion…

Kifune Kawadoko at Kibune Chaya

Kifune Kawadoko at Kibunejaya 貴船の川床 貴船茶屋
Kifune Kawadoko at Kibunejaya 貴船の川床 貴船茶屋
This morning, once again, Tanigawa-san from Kichisen called and asked me to accompany him on a little culinary adventure up to Kibune. Kibune is a village in a mountain gorge in the north mountains above Kyoto, it is a top foodie (and date) spot, especially in the sweltering Kyoto summer. In Kibune…

Wagashi: Kuromame Daifuku Mochi

Wagashi: Kuromame Daifuku Mochi

Kuromame (Black Bean) Daifuku Mochi from Demachi Futaba 京都ふたば 丹波黒豆大福
Kuromame (Black Bean) Daifuku Mochi from Demachi Futaba 京都ふたば 丹波黒豆大福
Today, while passing through Demachiyanagi, there wasn’t usual huge line at Demachi Futaba Mochi Store, so I peeked in and noticed that in addition to the usual line-up of mame-mochi (mochi with whole beans) they had kuromame daifuku, mochi made with black beans from Tamba, in rural Kyoto…

Osechi: Shopping for Osechi Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market

Osechi: Shopping for Osechi Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market

Japanese New Year’s Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場
At Kichisen, they start shopping for ingredients for osechi in July. Most all shopping is done at the Kyoto Central Wholesale Market. After ordering seafood, Kichisen master Tanigawa heads over to the vegetable section to purchase the finest Kyo-yasai, or…

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