+ 50 famous and popular restaurants. Kyoto is the capital for foodies.
The best Japanese food is to be found in Kyoto. Compared with the style of cooking elsewhere in Japan, Kyoto cuisine is lighter and more delicate, stressing the natural flavour of ingredients over enhancement with heavy sauces and broths.
You will struggle to find a bad place to eat in Kyoto as same as famous tourist spots but it is always good to have some recommendations and book them in advance if you can.
However, sometimes it's very difficult in Kyoto because you have to walk through hidden alleys to find some Michelin restaurants.
Looking for such restaurants is as enjoyable as treasure hunting.
There are many popular places serving a range of different dishes from the humble donburi to a full-blown kaiseki dinner, so choices are endless.
(1) 50 MICHELIN star or Bib Gourmand restaurants
I'll hand you the list of MICHELIN restaurants I'll show you around on the tour.
The list tells the information about the rank, category of the cuisine, price range of both lunch and dinner, with which you can enjoy eating during or after the tour.
(2) Well-known restaurants
(3) Popular restaurants among Japanese
(4) Sophisticated places for Japanese boozers
(5) the most celebrated Gourmet Streets , from Gion district to Shijokarasuma.
(6) Nishiki food market
(7)the food section of a department store in order to learn ingredients of Japanese food
(8)Sake bar hopping
Whenever you feel too much, you can exchange itinerary with another Kyoto tour.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel in Osaka or Kyoto city
※air B&B is unacceptable because it's not a public place and there's no place to wait for you. We can meet at the closest hotel or station.
Tourist Information OSAKA located Central concourse(1F) of JR Osaka Station (not ShinOsaka station, Bullet train St.)
The lobby of Hotel Granvia Kyoto in Kyoto Station BLD(Karasuma side 2F).
I'm waiting for you with your name on a signboard.
End location: The same as the meeting location or the final destination with my instruction to get back to your hotel
Duration: 8 hours
Price of half day tours for busy tourists, skipping some destinations.
within 6 hours: JPY36,300
within 4 hours: JPY33,800
If you're interested in these shorter tours, please let me know and I'll customize your private tour according to your preferences.
Basically walking only
Estimated Local Cash Needed
600 JPY - Transportation fare only
Lunch & Dinner depends on your choice
No special qualification to drive a car or a bus for tourists. Isurance is not included.
Please check my availability before you ask me in order to save your precious time.
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An Encyclopediac Source of Knowledge of Kyoto, Its Shrines, Temples, Cuisine & Shopping Yoshiro is the most organized tour guide you will ever come across — anywhere in the world. If you want to ask questions about anything linked Kyoto, Yoshiro is the kind of guide you want. He will chart out your tour with an easy to follow map; teach you rituals for the shrines/temples and help you find the finest restaurant within your budget. We could not have found a better guide for first day in Kyoto.