Final Night in Kyoto: Okonomiyaki and Beer Bar Miyama 162

It was my final night Kyoto and I still had to try one of the region’s most popular dishes. I ended up going to Nishiki Warai located at the west end of the Nishiki Market. The restaurant’s specialty is okonomiyaki – a savory Japanese pancake made with flour, eggs, cabbage, a protein, and topped with…

Lunch at Sushi Naritaya

I wandered around the zen gardens and bamboo forest of Arashiyama for hours, but before catching the train back I stopped by Sushi Naritaya for lunch. I spotted the sign pointing towards the back of a building. I’m always down for a sushi fix! The small restaurant only had a few tables and there was…

Arashiyama’s Bamboo Forest

After walking around some of Arashiyama’s gorgeous gardens, it was time to head to one of the most popular attractions in all of Japan – Bamboo Forest. Also known as Bamboo Grove, there’s a walking path that cuts straight through. Standing in the midst of all the soaring stalks of bamboo was really cool! Strolling…

A Day Trip to Arashiyama

It was my last day in Kyoto and I decided to take the short trip to Arashiyama. Located in the outskirts of western Kyoto, it has temples, shrines, old-style shops, Sogenchi Garden, wooden bridges, and the famous Bamboo Forest. Arashiyama is a nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty. There are plenty of shops,…

Kyoto Dinners: Steak & Wine

My sister was already back home in the Philippines by now and it was my last couple nights in Kyoto. After recuperating a bit from our Koyasan trip, I went back out to find a place to have dinner. I walked down a couple alleyways lined with restaurants. I finally decided that I could go…

Eel Unaju and Yuzu Cotton Candy

We made it back to Kyoto from Mount Koya and my sister had a couple more hours before she had to go to the airport. It was just enough time for lunch and a snack. I stopped by Gion Matusno, a restaurant that specializes in unagi (eel) dishes. They use fresh eels directly sent from…

Udon Noodles and a Matcha Parfait

For dinner one night my sister and I stopped by Mimikou, a curry udon restaurant. To drink, I ordered the Umeshu Highball – a Japanese plum liquor with soda. Udon are thick wheat noodles. The restaurant serves Kyoto-style udon with a flavorful curry sauce made from curry powder thickened with a Japanese soup stock called…

Jewelry Candy and My Soul Forever

After my yummy tonkatsu lunch, I met up with my sister so we could head to the art museum. But first, we had to stop for a sweet fluffy treat at Jewelry Candy. The small shop serves up some deliciously colorful cotton candy. I haven’t had cotton candy in years, but apparently my sister is…