Showing posts with label Kyoto. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kyoto. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Itsuki Chaya 五木茶屋青水店@Kiyomizudera Kyoto ★★★

Beautiful Presentation w/ Fantastic Price Point. As seen on Instagram. Only 4,000 yen per person. Make sure you book and go to the right location. I made a reservation with the help of my Japanese friend, but I made a mistake and went to the location. Main Arashiyama location needs to be booked on the web days in advance. If you want to beautiful scenic window seat 0verlooking the river will need at least a month in advance. The one I went, Kiyomizudera location, will have the busy street view for the window. Reservation only via web or phone:

Sakura Sea Bream Shabu Shabu

Kiyomizu Itsukichaya
349-18 Masuyacho, Higashiyama Ward,
Kyoto, 605-0826, Japan
+81 75-600-9610

Monday, April 15, 2024

Gion Kankandeli Rei 祇園 かんかんでり 麗@Kyoto ★★★

Korean Food with Japanese Influence. Cute mini rice bowls presentation as seen on Instagram. It's a bit too much rice. Ultimate Ochoco Don Mini Rice Bowl Set 2,980 yen, with Wagyu Sukiyaki Hot Pot 4,980 yen, with Wagyu Sukiyaki plus Sake Pairing (3 glasses) 6,980 yen. A la carte menu also available. Oolong Tea 418 yen. Reservations via phone or web recommended. (My Japanese friend helped me make the reservation via phone.)

Ultimate Ochoco Don Mini Rice Bowls Set w/ Sukuyaki & 3 glasses of Sake Paring options $6,980
1st row: 1. Yuba w/ Uni, 2. Kyoto Pork w/ Gold Leaf, 3. Kyoto Duck, 4. Simmered Beef
2nd row: 5. Toro, 6. Unagi & Dashi Tamago, 7. Tai (Red Snapper), 8. Amaebi (Sweet Shrimp)
w/ Tofu Soup, Sawara Dashi, Sansho Pepper, Wasabi, & Soy Sauce

3 Glasses of Sake Pairing for additional 2,000 yen

Menu w/ Illustration


Tsuki no Katsura


Wagyu Sukiyaki that comes w/ the Combo Meal

Duck Kinpa w/ Cheese $1,298 yen

祇園 かんかんでり 麗
〒605-0083 京都府京都市東山区新橋通大和大路東入ル2丁目橋本町391
Authority of Shinbashi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 2, Higashi-iru, Yamatooji 391, Hashimotocho, 605-0083


Absolutely Beautiful Presentation. As seen on Instagram. Wow factor on the presentation but not on the taste. The ice cream itself seemed to be rice flavor and strawberry flavor with crispy pops inside. Worth a try.

Pink Bouquet (Seasonal) 1,650, Takashimaya Premium Limited Edition 1,850 yen

Kyoto Takashimaya S.C.[T8]
1F 35 Otabicho Shimogyo-ku
Kyoto 600-8002 Japan
+81 (0)75 708 5422

Maikohan@Gion Kiyomizu-dera ★★★

Amazing Tempura Presentation. 16 pieces of bite-sized Tempura. Delicious & exquisite. As seen on Instagram. Vegetarian menu available. Has a few branches. Walk-in only for this branch. No reservations accepted.

Seafood Tempura 3,300 yen

Complimentary Souvenir Salt from Kyoto

Maikohan (Gion, Kiyomizu-dera)
〒605-0073 Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward,

Umekoji Kadensho Onsen Ryokan@Kyoto ★★★

Most Affordable & Decent Onsen Ryokan in Kyoto. Highly recommended. Convenient location by the train station/ Kyoto Railway Museum. Reasonably priced. I booked directly on the Japanese site for about $250 per night, which was much cheaper than Agoda. Have public onsen bath as well as 5 first-come first-served private onsen bath. I tried all of them and was extremely satisfied. Complimentary Yukata rental for your onsen bath. Complimentary Dango Snack, Popsicles and late night soba. Have unlimited Marinated Ikura if you get the breakfast. No shoes as soon as you enter the hotel with the tatami floor. It could get a bit crowded with the tourists and tourist groups. They only hold the luggage on your check out day until 3pm. Would love to return again.

Complimentary Dango Snack

Paid $10 more for a larger 29㎡ room

Private Onsen Available

Complimentary Popsicle

Complimentary late night noodles

Unlimited Marinated Ikura if you get Breakfast

Impressive Breakfast Buffet

Kyoto Umekoji Kadensho
41-10 Sujakuuchihatacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8843

Sunday, April 14, 2024

良彌 奥の庭 Oku no Niwa@Arashiyama Kyoto ★★★

Kaiskei Restaurant at Arashiyama. Nice variety in the set lunch. I wanted to try the Yuba Shabu Hot Pot Set, but it was sold out. Halal & Vegan food available. Walk-in available.

Hana Yosiya Tofu Hot Pot 2,200 yen

Hana Yosiya Tofu Hot Pot 2,200 yen

Tofu Hot Pot from the Set

Vegan Set 3,300 yen

Honey Lemon 700 yen

良彌 奥の庭 Oku no Niwa
31 Sagatenryuji Tsukurimichicho,
Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8384

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Kichisen 吉泉 Kaiseki@Kyoto ★★★

Best Kaiseki 懷石料理. 3 Michelin Stars. Traditional with a blend of modern elements, adorned with touches of gold. Handcrafted food and absolutely beautiful presentation to perfection. Excellent service. Dinner was 2.5 hours in the private room. 6pm seating. 18000 yen ($125 USD, 2017 pricing) per person for this basic tier menu. Highest tier is around $300.


Futamono – Clear Soup w/ Scallop Dumpling & Yuzu Peels

Mukozuke – Seasonal Sashimi

Mukozuke – Seasonal Sashimi

Mukozuke – Seasonal Sashimi– Maguro & Otoro w/ Chopped Yamaimo


Wagashi served w/ Matcha Tea

Kichisen 吉泉
左京区下鴨 森本町5 Kyoto, 京都府 〒606-0805 Japan
075 711 6121