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Kyoto: One Week of Food

December 1, 2016

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Wow, just wow. Kyoto is such a great city to explore! We talked about avoided all the tourists there but I realized we didn’t really show on camera just how crowded it actually was. If you plan on going to Kyoto in either November or April, those are the two peak seasons since people all over Japan + tourists come to see the changing colours of the leaves in the Autumn, and the cherry blossoms in the spring time.

We knew that we would be traveling to Kyoto during this time period so we spent a lot and I mean A LOT of time crawling through blogs, and reviews, and restaurant sites to find places that are more off the beaten path. There is nothing wrong with doing touristy things, like visiting the gorgeous temples of Kyoto, but the problem is that there are so many AMAZING temples that go unnoticed in Kyoto due to the hype of just a handful of places. We tried to visit those “handful” locations and it was much more pleasant to see a calmer less hustle-bustle atmosphere.

Some tourists like to really explore the area they are in, but others come in via giant bus loads and they are rushed in and rushed out due to their schedule. That can make exploring an area very unpleasant for those of us that want to take in the atmosphere.

With that said, we made this video with hopes that you can take the lesser traveled path and enjoy some of Kyoto as a local might.

All the places we went to were popular, we still had to wait at a few of the locations for a table, but there wasn’t any rushing of the tour bus community. The best part was that after we left, we just roamed the streets. We didn’t know where we were going but the three of us just let the streets guide us. We stumbled (Martina especially..haha) across a few different temples that were having fundraising and selling homemade udon, coffee, and tea. We found a used camera shop and picked up a few things. It was a great trip and the Eatyoursushi Squad just had a fantastic time altogether. Also, we all crashed together and at night we taught Dan how to play the card game Rummy…and we created a monster. A monster.

Check out the food locations below:

Our magic Kyoto style gyoza shop:
Sukemasa ぎょうざ処 高辻 亮昌 本店
京都府 京都市下京区 堀之内町 263 1F

The hipster cafe we visited:
ELEPHANT FACTORY COFFEE
京都府京都市中京区蛸薬師通木屋町西入ル備前島町309-4

Delicious fresh pizza at the CUMR FOOD TRUCK:
Make sure you check out their website which list their locations via calendar.
If you use Chrome as your brower, it will translate the page to English for you!

Local Kyoto beer on tap + Japanese bar snacks:
BEER KOMACHI ビア小町
京都府 京都市東山区 八軒町 444 古川町商店街

Magic delicious magic bread:
Gion Boloniya
京都祇園ボロニヤ
東山区 三条東大路下がる稲荷町南組577

Also, for some extra footage and bloopers, check out the video below:

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  1. Hi guys,
    this video made me so misty! Kyoto is such a beautiful place. I have a strong motivation to move the family over there, but moving kids, dogs and cats are tricky as you know…

    You talked about blogs about Kyoto (the food specifically) I was wondering if you could pass on any recommendations of food/life in Kyoto blogs?

    Thanks a million guys – love your vids!

    Mikey

    Ps: have you guys been to Koenji in Tokyo. Its kinda close to Kichijoji. Its very punk. Lots of recycled clothes – and yakitori and Anime street under the train tracks to Asagaya.

    6 months ago
  2. We’re headed back to Japan in a few weeks. We’ve been to Tokyo a few times but we’re torn with deciding to go to Kyoto for the first time or trying to explore new areas of Tokyo we’re less familiar with. Thank you guys so much for sharing your lives with us and doing the legwork of find fun and exciting places to eat and see. We’re definitely hitting up the places in Tokyo (Coco Curry, Saitamaya, Torikizoku, Itamae Sushi, etc.) and can’t wait to go back. I wonder how much has changed in the last 3 years? Any suggestions for less touristy places in the city? We usually stay in Asakusa or Ueno. Thank you again!

    6 months ago
  3. I’m going to be visiting Kyoto in less than two weeks. I definitely will be checking these places out, especially the home of the magic delicious magic bread!

    6 months ago
  4. Ahh! Misha and I have been waiting for this video since you moved to Japan, with the knowledge that it was definitely going to make us cry with nostalgia for the city we used to live in. Too short! But so cool to see you walking around in our old haunts.

    But guys, you missed out big. For next time, yeah: Elephant Factory Coffee is good, that’s for damn sure, but THERE IS A SECRET SPEAKEASY BAR ABOVE IT ON THE THIRD FLOOR! Kazu’s place. 11pm-5am. Candlelit; techno music. It is phenomenal!!

    And also, the ★best★ coffee in Kyoto is Cafe de Corazon on 一条通 (for pour over; best espresso is Akatsuki Coffee on 東大路通 just north of 北大路通)

    Anyway thank you for the feelings.

    6 months ago
  5. One of my regrets was that I never got to Kyoto while I was in Japan … I just never had the time (and money) to take leave and go down there from Yokosuka.

    Simon and Martina … I REALLY hope that you guys go up to Sapporo for the ICE FESTIVAL. You will be blown away. Trust me. I was. Ice sculptures the size of city blocks – by the dozens and dozens. Go to the Sapporo Brewery – the restaurant there is amazing.

    6 months ago
  6. I got all emotional seeing Simon on the bridge on the extra video… I walked on that bridge so many times!! ;A; I miss Kyoto so much… Anyway, I agree with trying to avoid the tourist seasons. I went to Nanzenji area in January and there was only handful of people despite being a very beautiful tourist place with a nice view over Kyoto! I see you went to Arashiyama, I think there’s always a lot of tourists there! :D (But I ate the best korokke in my life at Arashiyama and I would go there just for that! haha) I’m glad you had a great time in Kyoto, those foods looked delicious~

    6 months ago
  7. Well it looks like I’m going to have to spend more time in Kyoto when I’m there in Japan next year.

    6 months ago
  8. Oh wow GUISE! It’s a short video but it completely makes me want to visit & seriously get lost wandering around where the tourists *aren’t*. Were things more expensive there than in the more popular places in Tokyo like Shibuya? We’re trying to plan on places to see (city vs. rural) since we’d like to stay for at least a week (I vote for both but idk if our budget will allow it lol). I definitely want to ride the trains & eat the special bentos! Thank you for talking about it on the SBS Asia broadcast & warning about all the tourists. Thank you, Martina, for working so hard on the editing while I watched Simon playing FF (Simon, I’m *dying* to play here in Cali! ::waitingwaitingwaiting:: ). I would totally feed you yummy bread if you moved under the bridge LOL! The duckies!!! ^_^

    6 months ago
  9. I’m so hungry now!

    I’ll be in Japan in April and will need to eat all of this food. Mmm.

    6 months ago