Spots in Kawaramachi / Shijokarasuma Area

  • Nijojo Castle
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    4.5
    6955 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto City Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Nijyotoru Horikawa Western Nishi Nijo Castle Town 541
    This fortification was built in 1603 to lodge Tokugawa Ieyasu when he travelled to the capital after his victory at the Battle of Sekigahara. Later, the site was significantly renovated by the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, resulting in its present form. In addition to the entire grounds being a nationally designated Historic Site, the site is dotted with numerous historically valuable structures and beautiful sights, including the Ninomaru Palace, the outer citadel palace (a National Treasure), Honmaru Palace, the inner citadel palace (an Important Cultural Property), and Ninomaru Garden, the outer citadel palace garden (a Special Place of Scenic Beauty).

    After landing in Osaka and transfer to Kyoto we went to see this castle because we were accommodated only 10 min. from here. It was our first contact with Japanese culture. Impessive walls from a...

  • Kyoto Station Building
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    4.5
    4245 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Karasumaru Saltwater Road Down Le Higashi Salokoji-machi 901
    This is a large station building with 16 floors over and three floors underground that houses JR Kyoto Station - the entrance to Kyoto. Along with Kyoto Station itself there are a range of facilities including Hotel Granvia Kyoto, Kyoto Theater, Isetan department store, specialist shops, an art gallery, a rooftop garden, and Kyoto ramen alley. The central concourse is a roof-covered atrium, and there is a sky path 45 meters above ground. The famous 30-meter-long 171-step staircase is illuminated at night.

    This train station is super easy to navigate, info people are really helpful, English taxis are available to whisk you to your hotel and if you go inside the Isetan Department Store to your left...

  • Higashi Honganji Temple
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    4.0
    735 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Karasuma-dori Seven Rises
    Higashi Honganji Temple is the head temple of the Otani sect of Shinshu Buddhism. The “Goeido” housing an image of sect founder Shinran is said to be one of the world’s largest wooden buildings with dimensions north-south of 76 meters, east-west of 58 meters, and a height of 38 meters. It was occasionally devastated by fire, and the current building is a reconstruction from the Meiji period. The gate outside Goeido, “Goeidomon,” is one of Kyoto’s three large gates.

    Its huge, very taken care of. You can visit it as you want, and its free. Its very well located so youll cross it sooner or later in Kyoto.

  • Kyoto Takabashi Honke Daiichi Asahi
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    4.5
    591 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Higashishiokoujimukaihatachou 845
    "A five-minute walk from Kyoto Station. This ramen restaurant is located a short distance south of the Takakura-dori Street and Shiokoji-dori Street intersection and is open from 5:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. the following morning. So popular lines of customers form outside its door from early in the morning, this long-standing establishment has been in business for more than 50 years. Particularly recommended is the ""Tokusei Ramen"" as well as the menma boiled bamboo shoots ramen, chashu sliced roast pork ramen, yakiton grilled pork, and gyoza pot stickers. The restaurant also offers a reasonably priced student discount ramen for people of high school age and younger. The restaurant's ramen is available for takeout and can also be ordered shipped from the official website."

    I and my family have been here twice. We accidently found it when we first visited Kyoto in 2014. Once we were back here again in 2020, it was our destination in Kyoto. Enjoy the simple and authentic...

  • Inoda Coffee main shop
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    4.0
    376 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Sakaicho-dori Sanjo Down Le Dogusa cho 140
    A venerable coffee shop located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture that was established in 1940. Outside, the shop looks like a Kyoto merchant’s house; inside, the Western-style, retro atmosphere resembles the lounge of a high-class hotel and looks like a scene out of a movie. The fragrant, nel drip brewed coffee is a point of pride for the café. On request, the shop’s popular Arabian Pearl blend can be served with the perfect amount of sugar and milk. Open from 7 am, the Kyoto Breakfast served until 11 is one of the shop’s specialties and attracts many a repeat customer.

    Ive visited Inoda Coffee (Honten) on several trips to Kyoto and found that its coffee is some of the best coffee in Japan. Its not hard to find great coffee in Kyoto...but Inoda is one of my...

  • Sobanomi Yoshimura
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    4.5
    374 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Matsuyachou 420
    An eight-minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station. This soba noodle restaurant is situated right in fron of the number one exit of Gojo Station. The restaurant's noodles are crafted by the hands of a skilled artisan using flour stone-ground using domestically grown buckwheat. The restaurant's lunch and dinner menus differ and, in addition, from 14:30 to 17:00, the establishment only serves soba noodles a la carte. Customers can choose among three sizes of noodles - thin, regular, and thick. There are also desserts on the menu such as deep fried buckwheat dumplings and buckwheat ice cream. In addition, the restaurant offers traditional kaiseki course cuisine for parties of two or larger and has menus in English, Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese.

    My husband and I visited this restaurant whilst holidaying in Kyoto. Lovely service and an English menu, we tried a set meal for two which included sashimi, tempura, a chicken broth, hot soba and...

  • Shinpuku Saikan (Main Shop)
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    4.0
    294 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Higashishiokoujimukaihatachou 569
    Shinpuku Saikan (Main Shop) is a popular ramen noodle shop that started as a food stall in 1938. It's known for its rich yet simple soy-sauce based soup with a tantalizing accent of Kujo onion added to deepen the flavor. They also have popular dark fried rice (called yaki-meshi) that's just as good as their dark hued soup.

    It’s an interesting experience for tourists to mingle with local working men slurping their noodles! Prices are most reasonable but food was too salty for my taste

  • Tempura Yoshikawa
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    4.5
    266 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku, Fujikoji-dori Okeke Shimoru Matsushita cho 135
    Enjoy superb tempura in this elegant and serene restaurant in downtown Kyoto. The tasteful building is a former wealthy merchant’s house built in the sukiya style. Diners can enjoy a relaxing time in the restaurant’s tatami seating, which faces a beautiful Japanese garden said to have been created by the nobleman Kobori Masakazu. The restaurant’s traditional Kyoto style kaiseki course cuisine focuses on tempura and is designed to make the most of the flavors of carefully selected, highly seasonal ingredients. Tempura Yoshikawa is the perfect place for a banquet or business meal. The tempura counter seating, where you can watch the tempura being prepared right in front of you, is also popular. Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station is the closest station to the restaurant.

    A Kyoto institution. Our hotel very kindly helped booked us here for dinner as one of few such places happy to accommodate my wifes serious seafood allergy. They prepared, using separate oil and so...

  • Shosei-en Garden
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    4.5
    235 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shimogyo-ku, Shima-nakaya-cho Toyonokono cho, Toyotami-cho
    This garden is located in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto. An enclave of Higashi Honganji Temple, known as Ohigashi-san, it was designed by Ishikawa Jozan. You can enjoy the scenery of the four seasons, with irises and water lilies in the summer, and the changing color of leaves in the autumn. Because karatachi (Japanese bitter-orange) trees are planted around it, the garden is also known as Kikoku-tei (house of karatachi).

    Shosei-en is an island of tranquillity in the busy heart of Kyoto. Not just from the traffic but also the crowds. Not many people visit. It has some nice features but its landscaping is more low key...

  • Mishima Tei
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    4.0
    236 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto shi Kyoto shi Chukyo-ku Teramachi dori Sanjo down
    This veteran Japanese restaurant is located about five minutes on foot from the Keihan Railway Main Line's Sanjo Station in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. They feature the highest grade of Japanese black beef which they mature themselves. You can dine on delicacies like sukiyaki, shabu-shabu, and mizudake hot-pot with seasonal vegetables. Founded in 1873, tourists pour in from home and abroad for an ambience of the time when Japan was opening to the world.

    Do not go to mishimatei takashimaya. Very BAD service from the young lady with the glasses and stars on her hair. Anyway, the food was good.

  • Nishiki Tenman-gu Shrine
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    4.0
    237 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nakagyo-ku Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Shinkyogoku communication Nishikikoji
    A Shinto shrine located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City dedicated to the Tenman-Tenjin (Sugawara no Michizane). The shrine is located on the eastern edge of Nishiki Market, considered the “Kitchen of Kyoto,” and attracts worshipers seeking to be blessed by the god of wisdom, scholarship, and business acumen, as well as good luck, warding from evil, and prevention of disaster. There is a mikuji (fortune slip) vending machine called Karakuri mikuji in front of the shrine office – insert a coin and select the type of fortune you would like to receive and the lion-dog statue in the machine will dance to kagura music until your slip is issued. The shrine’s ground span some 660 square meters and contain a spring called the Nishiki no Mizu whose waters remain a cool 18 degrees Celsius even in the middle of summer; many visitors come here just to taste these famous Kyoto waters.

    This small shrine in the shopping district of Kyoto is hard to miss if youre on the shopping trail. It is a very nicely maintained small shrine just of Shinkyogoku.

  • Umekoji Park
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    4.0
    129 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Kankijichou 56-3
    A park located on the former site of the Japan Freight Railway Company Umekoji Station that was built to commemorate the 1,200th anniversary of the foundation of Heiankyo, the ancient capital of Japan. The parks spacious 13.7 hectare grounds include a lawn surrounded by flowers and trees, a riverbed where families can play in the shallow waters, and a forest designed to recreate an animal biotope. The park is also used for a variety of events. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, a nostalgic street car operates in the park between the Hazesaku Yume and Shiden plazas. Kyoto’s first aquarium was opened in the park in 2012, and one of the largest railroad museums in Japan was also opened here in 2016. Walk 15 minutes west from Kyoto Station.

    Local Park, they do like a local market every once in a while, which was incredible. Also has the train history area and the garden within it which is absolutely gorgeous. Loved just walking through...

  • Ganko Sanjo Main Shop
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    3.5
    224 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Sanjyodo Kawaramachi Higashiro Nakajima cho 101
    Ganko Sanjo Main Shop lets guests enjoy authentic kaiseki course dining and sushi in a quaint Japanese atmosphere. A variety of large and small tea rooms cater to a range of uses from family get-togethers to large banquets. Guests enjoy a variety of dishes that tantalize the senses, from a small lunchtime kaiseki course to full-fledged Japanese cuisine. There is a kid's menu too.

    Ive eaten here a few times over the years. Usually I have sushi, but this time I went for the sashimi and tempura set lunch. It was massive and really tasty...plus fantastic value. I could not fault...

  • Ganko Takasegawa Nijoen
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    4.0
    211 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Kiyachou Toichuzu town descending two ordinances 484 - 6
    This Japanese restaurant is in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. Takasegawa Nijoen is a historic Japanese garden constructed by the merchant Suminokura Ryoi in 1611. The restaurant is used for celebrations and receptions, and focuses on elegant kaiseki course dining, as well as dishes like shabu shabu made with Omi beef. Lots of tourists come to dine while taking in the seasonal view.

    We accidentally discovered this place on our walk to Gion and whowh what a beautiful surprise! You enter the restaurant, you are asked to take your shoes off, and they take you to a table overlooking...

  • Kyogoku Kaneyo
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    3.5
    188 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Hexagon Tong New Shin Kyogendo Entrance Matsukeba-machi 456
    A venerable eel restaurant founded at the end of the Taisho period located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. The warm and retro looking exterior looks the same as when the restaurant was established and stands out all the more amongst the throngs of buildings in Shinkyogoku. The key to the shop’s flavor is a secret sauce passed down for one hundred years which brings out the savory deliciousness of plump eels from Lake Hamana. Particularly popular are the standard eel rice bowl and the restaurant’s famous “kinshi-don”—eel rice bowl topped with an egg fried Kyoto style. One of the restaurant’s customs is the “Kaneyo Yose” held each month, an event which includes live entertainment with a meal.

    Average quality of unagi and very overpriced. It was around $25 for a small bowl of unagi on rice (only three small pieces of unagi). Would not recommend.

  • Honke Owariya
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    4.5
    164 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Kurumayachou Junichiro Niro
    Honke Owariya is a soba (buckwheat) confectionery shop located north of Kurumayacho-dori Street from Karasuma Oike Station. It has a long history dating back from the Muromachi period, and in 1465 moved from Owari to Kyoto as a confectionery shop. The shop is built with a charming wooden construction from the early Meiji period, and as it is in a place removed from the hustle and bustle one can enjoy a relaxing moment here. The signature dishes are “Hourai  Soba” made in the spirit of “buckwheat is a fortuitous food” and “Soba Mochi” which is a sweet made with soba flour.

    I came along here after visiting the Imperial Palace at around 4 PM and was able to get a seat no problem. The restaurant definitely has a nice vibe about it. The staff are very friendly and the...

  • Omen Nippon Shijo Pontocho Restaurant
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    4.5
    155 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Chujo-ku Shijo-dori-donto-cho Nishiiri
    This eatery, Omen, established in 1967 at the Kyoto Ginkakuji Temple is popular for its homemade noodles made from 100% domestic flour. The specialty dish, Omen noodles, are udon noodles combined with the seasonal fresh foods. Customers enjoy returning again and again as the ingredients change according to the season. The Shijo Pontocho store has a limited time Pontocho light course menu.

    The food here is really good and the service matches the food. Simple but delicious noodle dishes including roast beef, tempura and even vegetarian options. Have been here many times before and will...

  • Moritaya Kiyamachi Branch
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    4.5
    154 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Kiyamachisanjou Uelu top Osaka cho 531
    Located only two minutes by foot from Keihan Main Line’s Sanjo Station along the Kamogawa River, this is a long-standing ryotei (Japanese restaurant) which was established in 1869. This branch is set deep in a backstreet alley with a long cobblestone approach that is typical of Kyoto and has a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. In addition to the small rooms facing the Kamogawa River, guests can enjoy platform seats overlooking the Kamogawa River in summer. On the menu are sukiyaki, shabu-shabu and oil-yaki (slices of meat fried in oil) which use carefully selected Kyoto meat. In particular, the sweet Kansai-style sukiyaki which they will cook one slice at a time is quite popular, and has earned them many repeat customers.

    Highly recommended. Eating the marbled sukiyaki beef, from Wagyu cows which are massaged and fed with beer, is a treat the Japanese reserve for very special occasions. The restaurant features the...

  • Miyakoyasai KAMO Shijokarasuma Branch
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    4.0
    144 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-shi, Shimogyo-ku, Toonno-ku, Aya Fuji Road Arai Azabu-cho 276
    A restaurant a short walk from Shijo Station and Karasuma Station where patrons can enjoy a buffet of dishes made with vegetables picked that morning stocked directly from local Kyoto farmers. The buffet includes over 15 types of obanzai Kyoto home cooking dishes which maximize the deliciousness of vegetables, soups, steamed vegetables, curries, and desserts. The restaurants also serve course meals which include shabushabu. The salad bar includes vegetables not often seen in supermarkets such as kinbi ninjin carrots and black daikon radishes served as sticks and slices. Open in the mornings, Kamo is also a popular place to eat breakfast after staying the night in Kyoto.

    We were a group and the dinner was fixed by our travel agent AJT with Miharu as our guide. Was a great experience cooking our own meal on the table with all the raw ingredients given to us...we...

  • Inoda Coffee Porta Branch
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    4.0
    141 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Higashi-shiokojicho 858-1 Kyoto Sta. Mae Underground shopping center Porta
    A famous coffee shop that still uses the traditional cotton-flannel filter dripping method for brewing coffee that they have since their founding. This shop has a lot of long-term fans and isn't just known for their impressive coffee. Their Kyoto Breakfast will remind you of a hotel breakfast and its elegance and volume is an indispensable part of your morning during a trip to Kyoto. Come spend a moment of luxury in the high-class relaxed retro-modern atmosphere of the shop.

    Really enjoyed coffee and French toast. Would definitely go again and recommend to others. A little pricey though.

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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