The Best Restaurants in Kyoto to Try Traditional Japanese Food

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When you visit Kyoto, you can spend many hours exploring the city’s temples and other testaments of the city’s rich history, but one thing you shouldn’t miss is the traditional food. Here are some of the best Kyoto restaurants where you can try traditional Japanese food.

Kaiseki Ryōri – Hyōtei

If you’re in the mood for a sophisticated multi-course dining experience, Hyōtei is the place where you need to go. You will be served up to ten dishes, each of them carefully prepared and presented in a beautiful way. The restaurant has a 400-year-old tradition and offers a beautiful view of the gardens.

Shōjin-Ryōri – Shigetsu

This is a traditional Buddhist cuisine similar to kaiseki, except that it doesn’t include meat, which makes it perfect for vegetarians and vegans. You can try it in one of the temple restaurants, such as Shigetsu, a place near the temple Tenryū-ji.

Tofu – Junsei Shoin

Don’t leave Kyoto without trying tofu and seeing all the amazing ways the Japanese prepare it. Depending on whether you prefer sweet or savory tofu dishes, you can go to Saga Tofu Ine that sells tofu ice cream and donuts or visit Junsei Shoin to sample yudofū or yuba, famous tofu dishes.