Sunday, June 12, 2016

Japan Travel: Eating in Kyoto

As a traveler in Japan, you could be worried about simple things such as where to dine or lodge. For example, many people have asked where to buy breakfast in the early morning. It's true that most restaurants don't serve breakfast and won't open until 10 or 11 am.

Also, as a budget traveler, you may want to save money on meals while, at the same time, want to experience real Japanese Foods. If you are such a person, this article may offer some helps for you when visiting Kyoto (京都) area.


Not many eateries serve breakfast (朝食 / ちょうしょく / choushoku) early morning in Kyoto. As a visitor, you may want to plan ahead. Here are some suggestions:

In a Hurry

If you are on the road and don't have much time to eat in a sit-down restaurant, consider bento (弁当 / べんとう) and side dishes sold at the following locations:
  • Department Stores
    • At the Department Stores of Japan, most of them have the food shops at their basement, where you can buy bento, sweets, side dishes, etc.
    • The two food floors below Isetan Department Store are a wonderland of culinary delights. They’re the best high-end supermarket in the Kyoto Station Area.
      • Read [6] for 7 recommended food items to buy
  • Train Stations
    • Read [1] for 15 recommended bento to buy at Kyoto Station
  • Traditional food markets [10-13]
    • Nishiki Market (錦市場 Nishiki ichiba) outstanding
      • Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specializes in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi.[11]
      • As same with Kuromon Ichiba (黒門市場) in Osaka, some shops offer ready-to-eat snacks for take away.[12]
  • Convenience Stores[15]
    • You can get many kinds of meal there. Not just snacks, there are many meals suitable for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. For example, these are the 3 best meals you can find:[14]
  • Supermarkets[18]
    • Department store basements usually have a small-size supermarket (i.e., place that sells general groceries), but they are usually relatively high in price.
    • Fresco (Kyoto Area)
    • Gourmet City
    • Kyoto Coop

Have Time

If you have time for a formal meal and would like to experience Japanese-style foods, consider the following choices based on food categories:

Photo Credits


  1. 15 Recommended Bento To Buy at Kyoto Station
  2. 15 Fine Dining Restaurants in Kyoto to Die for
  3. This is Washoku 日本料理 (video)
  4. Restaurants in Kyoto (TripAdvisor)
  5. Japan Travel—Get Your Tax Refunds at Department Stores (Travel for a Purpose)
  7. 20 Locally Recommended Restaurants in Kyoto
  8. 30 Must-Buy Food Souvenirs from Kyoto
  9. 13 Top Local Culinary Delights in Kyoto and Nara
  10. Cultural Immersion: Experiencing a Traditional Market in Kyoto
  11. Nishiki Market
  12. Local food market, Nishiki Ichiba(錦市場) in Kyoto
  13. Nishiki Market 錦市場 – The Kyoto Kitchen
  14. 3 Cheap Meals You Will Find in Japanese Convenience Stores
  15. Convenience Stores in Kyoto
  16. Supermarkets in Kyoto
  17. Budget places to eat
  18. Supermarkets or grocery stroes in japan?
  19. tabelog.com
  20. Core Kyoto Kyoto's Cafe Culture 28.04.2016
  21. Core Kyoto - Japanese Cooking 
  22. [Core Kyoto] Shinise Food Culture
  23. Food Documentary Japanese Food: Kyoto Full Length

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