This is one of my favorite places in Japan. The history, the culture, the food, all combine to make this city the perfect place to experience authentic Japan. If you only have the time or opportunity to visit one place in this great country,  I would suggest that you spend your time in Kyoto.

Favorite Place in Kyoto



Dozen   ダース旅館

Shimogyoku Sasayacho 270 600-8156 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto下京区笹屋町270,  Shimogyo Ward

*Breakfast is included and it is delicious! You will need to be very quiet! This is a 100-year-old traditional Japanese building. The walls are thin! Shared updated bathroom. The hotel has no onsite parking – ask the front desk for directions to a local parking place.

Kyoto Recommendations for hotel


Okonomiyaki Katsu  お好み焼き 克

Address:  1-4 Ryoanji Saigucho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8011

Address:    616-8011右京区龍安寺斎宮町1-4

Weekend Hours:  11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

*Cash only and a very small shop

Ramen Kainikiya   ラーメン魁力屋 四条烏丸店

Address:   657-3 Bantoyacho, Nakagyoku, Kyoto 604-8143

Address:    604-8143中京区阪東屋町657-3

Hours:   11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

*Located near a Starbucks and train station

Sushi no Musashi   寿しのむさし 京都駅八条口店

Address:  3 Higashishiokojitakakuracho, Shimogyoku | Kyoto

Omotenashi Komichi, Kyoto Station 8joEntrance, Kyoto 600-8214

Address:   600-8214下京区東塩小路高倉町8-3京都駅八条口構内        アスティロード 京都おもてなし小路

Hours:  10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Ramen Sen No Kaze    らーめん千の風 四条河原町店

Address: 580 Nakanomachi, Sinkyogoku Shijo-dori Agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8042

Address: 604-8042中京区新京極通り四条上ル中之町580

Hours: 12 to 10 p.m.

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