Mar. 13, 2023 UPDATE

Healthy start to your morning in Kyoto: top 3 Japanese-style breakfast places

Delicious and healthy breakfast the traditional way at these 3 restaurants in Kyoto

When sightseeing, most of us have schedules full of spots we want to visit, so starting early is important. So eating a hearty (and preferably also healthy) breakfast is a must. Many people start their morning at a convenience store or a get some pastries and coffee from a bakery, but since you came all the way to Kyoto, you probably would like to try the traditional way of eating Japanese breakfast at least once. The traditional Japanese breakfast is a healthy and well-balanced start to the day: you usually get many different small dishes, rice, miso soup, and grilled fish. Of course, if you’d prefer to start your day with more caffeine, we have an article for you too. Kyoto is famous for its beauty, and by having a healthy Japanese breakfast, you’re sure to have the stamina to do a full day of sightseeing here!

Breakfast buffet at Izama

Breakfast buffet at Izamabuffet styleIzama is the restaurant of the hotel Mitsui Garden Shinmachi Bettei, and it’s a spacious and chic restaurant, and there’s even a Japanese garden in the middle, so the atmosphere is almost perfect! The food here is served in a buffet style, so you get to pick what you like: they have a lot of dishes to choose from, like grilled fish and all kinds of other Japanese dishes. 

Breakfast is served from 6:30 am to 10:00 am (enter before 9:30 am)

Price: ¥2,592 (Including tax)

Spacious café-restaurant Modern Terrace

Spacious café-restaurant Modern TerraceJapanese breakfast with grilled fishClose to Heian Shrine, there is a modern and spacious café-restaurant called Kyoto Modern Terrace; especially take note of how high the ceiling is! They have two breakfast options: an omelet or this one, Japanese breakfast with grilled fish. The grilled fish is served with delicious rice, tsukemono from Kyoto, and many small Japanese dishes! 

Breakfast is served from 8:00 am to 11:00 am

Price: ¥1,500 (+tax)

Vegetable buffet at Moku Moku

Vegetable buffet at Moku MokuKyoto-style home cookingBehind Kawaramachi LOFT, you can find the buffet restaurant Moku Moku, which is run by a farm of the same name, and at this restaurant, they only use vegetables and meat grown at the farm or at farms they have a direct contract with. They also have a good selection of Kyoto-style home cooking, so you get to eat a lot of veggies. So enjoy a fresh and healthy breakfast here, no bloat! You’re sure to have a great day after this! 

Breakfast is served from 7:00 am to 10:00 am (Enter by 9:30 am)

Price: ¥1,620 (Including tax)

Vanessa[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
Healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day! You might have heard, but it’s really true: eating healthy when traveling is important. When in Kyoto, do as the Kyotoites do, and enjoy a Japanese breakfast. After a hot bowl of miso soup and some grilled fish, you are going to have the energy to do a full day of temple hopping!
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