07.17 Veritable, Ancient, Inexpensive, Fabulous. Tagoto Soba Any...

Honke Tagoto

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07.17 Kyohei Ramen, Brilliant Noodles For All Tastes. Why isn’t ...

We’re bringing out the big guns for this, our 7th recommendation in our series of great Kyoto budget eats: the mighty Kyohei Ramen. I’ve been recommending this humble noodle shop on Teramachi-dori in the centre of Kyoto, just North of the city hall, for years. The owner, Hirata-san, pictured here, has become a friend. Don’t worry he’s not as scary as he looks. Kyohei is almost unique in that it ser...

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07.17 Bargain Eats @ Kyoto's Coolest Izakaya: #6 Kyogoku Sutando

Kyogoku Sutando

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07.17 Bargain Eats @ Kyoto’s Coolest Izakaya: #6 Kyogoku Sutando

There’s something of the old Wild West Saloon about Kyogoku Sutando. One of Kyoto’s oldest and most beloved hostelries, it’s located in the Shinkyogoku covered arcade, right in the heart of downtown. Rather than gunslingers and ladies of easy virtue, however, the clientele are more likely to be off-duty salarymen and OLs, students and tourists. And always retirees. The latter are senior citizen reg...

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07.17 Kyoto Culinary Gems on a Budget #5: Soba Roujina

Soba Roujina

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07.17 Kyoto Culinary Gems on a Budget #5: Soba Roujina

Lovely reasonably priced, upmarket buckwheat noodle specialist on Ebisugawa, the ‘furniture street’. It’s a short walk from Teramachi-dori. Delicately aromatic, handmade juwari soba noodles are their forté. Try the kamo seiro, cold noodles dipped into a duck-filled hot sauce, or if you are particularly hungry, the teishoku lunch set. To begin with, it is respectful to eat a mouthful of noodles dipp...

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07.17 Real Kyoto Foodie Bargains #4: Daigin Shokudo

Daigin Shokudo

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07.17 Gion Festival Great Value Kyoto Dining: #3 Hinode Udon

Hinode Udon

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07.17 Great Budget Kyoto Eateries for Gion Festival: #2 Manpuku

Manpuku

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07.17 Budget Bites during the Gion Matsuri: #1 Eitaro

Each year it is estimated more than a million tourists visit Kyoto between July 1st and 24th to witness its famed Gion Matsuri Festival. In response, countless restaurateurs, especially those in the central Nakagyo Ward, drastically inflate their prices in what is commonly nicknamed 'the Gion Surcharge'. Boo, hiss! Fortunately there are a number of hostelries that refuse to 'fleece the tourists', ...

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10.16 John’s Top 10 Kyoto Dining Experiences: Ippodo (by John F....

John’s Top 10 Kyoto Dining Experiences Kyoto: The City of Hungry Gods John Ashburne, Food Writer for Louis Vuitton City Guide Kyoto introduces the wonderful food culture of Japan’s ancient Imperial capital  

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10.16 John’s Top 10 Kyoto Dining Experiences: Nishiki-koji Ichib...

John’s Top 10 Kyoto Dining Experiences

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