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Pontako Sakura

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A Secret Retreat in Bustling “Pontocho” Alley Pontocho is a narrow alley running parallel to Kamo River between Shijo and Sanjo Streets. It is one of the most popular places among those who are visiting Kyoto. The alley is usually packed with tourists strolling from north to south, and south to north, especially after the …

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Retro Style Japanese Bar Izakaya This is one of the most popular Izakaya’s in town. The ambiance is more like an old Japanese style bar, but the foods and beverages they serve are of Japanese Izakaya. I love this place, and whenever I sit on a retro (old) bar stool there I feel like I …

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Yoshimura Soba Restaurant

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Perfect Soba Noodle Restaurant Yoshimura is my most favorite Soba noodle restaurant (& Izakaya) in Kyoto. Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour, and they have been loved by Japanese people for a long time since Edo period. Soba is one of the very affordable Japanese comfort foods – we see Soba noodle stands on …

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Tako Nyudo

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Local Favorite Izakaya in Kiyamachi Area One of my most favorite restaurants in Kyoto is “Tako Nyudo” (= Octopus Monster) located in “Kiyamachi” St. Very casual Izakaya type restaurant offering “Obanzai” dishes which are more like traditional home style comfort foods using local and seasonal ingredients. Comfort “Obanzai” Dishes & Octopus Featured Foods Tako Nyudo …