December 1, 2016
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
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:
Also, for some extra footage and bloopers, check out the video below: