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My Favorite Sushi Restaurant in the Heart of Kyoto In Kyoto, there are two Sushi restaurants which I love the most – one is Azuma Sushi and the other one is Maruman. Maruman is conveniently situated near the crossing of Shijo Street and Kawaramachi Street – one of the busiest intersections in Kyoto. It is …

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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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Takeka

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Kyoto-Style Chinese Cuisine in the heart of Gion District This is one of my most favorite restaurants in Kyoto. It stands in the heart of Gion area – right by Gion Shinbashi bridge over Shirakawa river. The area is really beautiful, leaving townscape from more than 300 years with “Machiya” old Japanese houses and stone …

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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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Nishio Yatsuhashi-no-Sato

Restaurant & Cafe Operated by “Yatsuhashi” Confectionery Nishio is one of the oldest confectioneries in Kyoto, having been specialized in “Yatsuhashi” which is a baked cinnamon-flavored cookie made from rice flour and sugar. While staying as one of the leading Yatsuhashi suppliers, they opened a casual Japanese restaurant & cafe in 2013 next to their …

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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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Hiro

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Best Quality Wagyu Beef BBQ Probably “Hiro” is one of the few best Wagyu Beef BBQ restaurants in Kyoto. There are 8 locations in Kyoto where you can eat their top notch beef and each of them delivers exactly the same quality foods and same level of services. The location I always pick is “Kiyamachi” …