Mar. 13, 2023 UPDATE
Kiyomizu-dera Temple and its Surroundings
Part 3

What Would You Like to Eat?

There is a huge variety of cafés and restaurants for tourists in the area around Kiyomizu-dera Temple, both new and old, with some restaurants with histories stretching back hundreds of years.
Read on to find out about Sharing Kyoto’s top recommendations for some of the best-loved spots in the area, loved by both locals and by visitors to the temple.
Yoshitake’s Udon
Situated at the bottom of the road leading up to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, this Udon restaurant is run by a long-standing ryokan located right next to Yasaka-jinja Shrine — it’s the perfect spot to catch a bite to eat for lunch before heading to your destination.
The menu features plenty of popular Kyoto udon dishes, and the restaurant, with its delightful garden, is a great spot for a relaxing lunchtime break from the crowded streets.
Guests who are staying overnight can also visit the ryokan’s bar, which operates in the evenings.
Hisago’s Oyako-don
This hugely popular spot never fails to attract long lines of visitors outside the door at lunch time! Nonetheless, for fans of the Japanese dish “oyako-don,” it’s definitely worth the wait.
Hisago serves soba and udon as well, but their oyako-don is without a doubt their specialty.
Visitors can order with peace of mind thanks to the restaurant’s menus in many languages. Add a small Zaru-Soba to your order for an unbeatable meal!
Kasagiya’s Ohagi
This quiet, long-standing old-Japanese-style spot, specializing in sweets, can be found on Sannen-zaka slope. Keep an eye out for the “noren” banner outside the shop when you feel like taking a load off your feet.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the streets outside, take a seat in this quiet little shop and have a sip of their special green-tea drink, Ousu, and you might very well feel like you’ve been transported back to the Japan of the past!
We promise you’ll fall in love with their sweet “ohagi” rice balls, which are some of the finest in all of Kyoto.
There really are many other restaurants in the area around Kiyomizu-dera temple besides the three we’ve recommended above — so many that even Japanese folks can’t make up their minds about which to visit!
We’ll be delighted if we’ve helped you even a little bit with your choice of restaurant. Bon appétit!

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