Archive for the ‘near sightseeing spot’ Category

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!

Wagashi: Ryuen Rakuseki and Maccha Rakuseki

Wagashi: Ryuen Rakuseki and Maccha Rakuseki
Wagashi Series: Ryuen Rakuseki and Maccha Rakuseki (柳苑: 楽石・抹茶楽石) Wagashi: Ryuen Rakuseki and Maccha Rakuseki Ryuen specializes in a simple and elegant wagashi that combines a center of candied kuri (chestnut) embedded in koshian (sweet azuki bean paste) with a coating of sugar and kuzu (arrow root starch), some with the addition of sugary green tea powder (maccha). Ryuen‘s wagashi is decidedly classical in…

Uichiro: Kamo Nanban, Soba Kanten Jelly — CLOSED

Uichiro: Kamo Nanban, Soba Kanten Jelly — CLOSED
Sadly, Uichiro has closed. Uichiro: Kamo Nanban, Kisetsu-no-gozen, Soba Kanten Jelly (宇一朗 へぎそば・越前そば) Uichiro - Hegi-soba Echizen-soba teaser Paku and I were invited to Uichiro, an elegant handmade soba and udon restaurant yesterday by one of Paku’s foodie friends. Uichiro is in a beautiful old machiya (traditional Kyoto house), has excellent food, great atmosphere and very friendly service. I had kamo nanban (鴨南蛮そば), which is…

Toriyasu: Kyoto-style Chicken Donburi Shop

Toriyasu: Kyoto-style Chicken Donburi Shop
Toriyasu: Kyoto-style Chicken Donburi Shop (とり安 丼・鳥料理) Tori Yasu - Chicken Donburi, Kyoto Chicken Cuisine Toriyasu serves several donburi (ricebowl) dishes that are unbeatable. This tiny and charming restaurant with about 50 years of history is an offshoot of the 120 year old poulterer just next door. Toriyasu serves three classic donburi dishes and the most famous of which is karaagedon.…

Hatsumode: The First Visit to a Shrine of the New Year

Hatsumode: The First Visit to a Shrine of the New Year
(Japanese New Year’s Celebration) Hatsumode: The First Visit to a Shrine of the New Year (初詣) Hatsumode: The First Visit to a Shrine of the New Year Hatsumode is usually thought of as January 1st, although it can be a few days later. People visit a shrine or sometimes temple and pray for comfort and health in the new year. It is very common to see women in kimono and quite…

Owariya — 540 Year Old Soba Restaurant

Owariya — 540 Year Old Soba Restaurant
Owariya — 540 Year Old Soba Restaurant 本家尾張屋 Owariya — 540 Year Old Soba Restaurant 本家尾張屋 Owariya, a purveyor to the Imperial Household, has a history that goes back over five hundred and forty years. It is the oldest noodle shop in Kyoto. Over the centuries, Owariya has served emperors and shoguns as well as the monks of many of the temples of Kyoto. Owariya is very popular…
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