Azukiya / Sem
A place I’ve stayed a few times is Azuki-ya / Sem, which is a B&B from a machiya, which are traditional wooden japanese townhouses. It is run by this woman, chiyeko, who is very nice. One part is a full townhouse, and the other is a small rooming house. I’ve only stayed in the townhouse, which is probably a bit too much for two people — I’ve always been with a group of four people. I’m sure the B&B rooms are nice. Very clean and well maintained place.
No Name Ramen
Hyper-modern ramen shop that literally does not have a name, and is in the basement of a nondescript building They have a vending machine (tickets) that you purchase the style of ramen. If you’re unfamiliar with food ticket machines, ask me.
While this is a chain, i found it’s tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet) to be good. I recall them having english menus. One of their gimmicks is a variety of sauces to put on the cutlet. Actually, they’re all quite good. I believe we went to the “main” sanjo shop. I it a bit hard to find, in a shopping arcade, since the entrance is set very far back from the street.
Da Yuki Pizza
Good pizza place. Small. Near Azuki-ya B&B.
Simple yet hip teishoku (set menu) restaurant. In basement. Odd hours.
Cafe Bibliotic Hello!
Technically a bookstore, but has excellent food and pastries. Stylish decor. I recall it being open fairly late.
SHRINES AND TEMPLES
Kyoto’s main attraction is its vast array of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. Most are well over one thousand years old.
Sanjusangendo Temple (1000 Buddahs)
36 Hours in Kyoto (2014)
Gion and Pontocho
Gion is the geisha district.
Pontocho is a famous dining / drinking area.
This is the Summer tradition in Kyoto of open-air dining along the Kamogawa river.
A day destination in mountains outside Kyoto. A bit touristy. Nice bamboo forest.