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Kyoto restaurants

Japan's traditional cuisine is part of the Kyoto experience. If you're staying at a ryokan, dinner will be included—usually an evening-long, multicourse kaiseki meal, where the high quality of the service, presentation, and dinnerware (antique lacquer and ceramics) will match the food. These days, to accommodate international travelers—and internationalized Japanese—many inns give you the option of eating out, particularly if you're there for more than one night. And of course, if you're staying at a Western-style hotel, you'll want to sample some of the restaurants below. Many Japanese restaurants offer inexpensive lunch specials—often bento box or "set" versions of their much pricier dinners.

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Daitoku-ji Ikkyu, Kyoto

You're no monk, so why should you put up with shojin ryori? The Zen Buddhist cuisine contains no meat, no fish, no eggs, no dairy, and no assertive spices or...more

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Matsuno, Kyoto

A family-run restaurant near the Minamiza Kabuki Theatre, Matsuno raises eel cuisine to high art. Though the menu includes a smattering of other offerings,...more

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Menami, Kyoto

When you tire of ritualized kaiseki dinners, and of watching your mouth and manners in perplexing Japanese restaurants, this is the place to kick back and down...more

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Misoka-An Kawamichiya, Kyoto

In the West, we may consider soba noodles a humble meal, but the Japanese take them very, very seriously, and they come from all over the country to...more

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Nishiki Market, Kyoto

This narrow, mostly covered pedestrian shopping street is parallel to and one block north of Shijo-dori, the main street in the center of town, and runs for...more

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Okutan, Kyoto

If the essence of Zen Buddhist Kyoto could be distilled into a pot, it would be a pot of simmering yudofu at this centuries-old tofu restaurant just across from...more

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Takocho, Kyoto

Some might call it a scam: taking oden—the hodgepodge stew that's served at ramshackle street stalls and slurped up by drunken students and salarymen on...more

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