Funatsuru, Kyoto style French restaurant

Funatsuru is a Kyoto-style French restaurant set along the Kamo River with views of the Higashiyama mountains with close to 150 years of history. The building itself was built almost 100 years ago. You can read about the history of this restaurant here. I made a reservation for a window seat. When making the reservation, the … Continue reading Funatsuru, Kyoto style French restaurant

Kichi Kichi, Kyoto’s famous Omu Rice

Located in one of the alleyways in Pontocho, is a small and cozy restaurant established in 1978 serving one of Kyoto's best Omu rice.  It took us a while to find the restaurant, even with the help of google maps. We went back and forth along Pontocho main street, trying to find the right alleyway. … Continue reading Kichi Kichi, Kyoto’s famous Omu Rice

Musoshin ramen, Kyoto

Musoshin is just a stone's throw away from Kyoto's oldest Zen temple Kenninji. Like most ramen restaurants, it's not very big. It has seating for 12. This is my first encounter with average service in Kyoto. The atmosphere was cold and dull, the staff was expressionless half the time. The guy who greeted me though … Continue reading Musoshin ramen, Kyoto

Katsukura, Kyoto

Katsura is a restaurant specializing in tonkatsu.  There are multiple branches in Kyoto. I went to the Shijo Teramachi branch. There are counter seating on the top floor and table seating on the lower floor. Katsukura prides themselves on using high-quality pork and ingredients. There are three categories of zen-sets (Sangen pork tonkatsu, tonkatsu, and … Continue reading Katsukura, Kyoto

Zen Cafe, Kyoto

I was looking for a cafe near my hotel in the Gion district to have Japanese dessert and tea. I was browsing through Google map and this cafe caught my eye. The cafe is under the long-running confectionery shop "Kagizen Yoshimura", which was established during the Edo period. I missed the chance to try the … Continue reading Zen Cafe, Kyoto

My first meal in Kyoto

  My first meal in Kyoto was dinner at this small homey Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) restaurant on Sanjo-jingu-michi. The owners were two lovely elderly couple.  The menu was simple with a variety of Okonomiyaki, noodles, and stir fried dishes. There is no English menu available. Luckily, my sister could read and speak Japanese. My sister … Continue reading My first meal in Kyoto

Nishiki market, Kyoto

Nishiki Market is a four-hundred-year-old market. It has both modern and traditional shops selling fresh seafood, vegetables, souvenirs, local sweets, pickled vegetables, popular local food and etc. The market is very clean and packed with locals and tourists. It is a great place to explore local produce and savor Kyoto specialties. It is definitely worth visiting. One … Continue reading Nishiki market, Kyoto

Sukiyaki, Gion, Kyoto

After a long day strolling around Gion district, my sister and I settled down at the Doishibadukehompo (土井志ば漬本舗京都駅ポルタ店) restaurant for some sukiyaki. This restaurant has three floors. The first floor is a pickle store, selling all sorts of Japanese pickles. The second and third floor are for dining. Sukiyaki is a popular Japanese hot pot dish. … Continue reading Sukiyaki, Gion, Kyoto