Budget eats in Kyoto
In the Gion area, we had two fairly inexpensive but really enjoyable meals that I recommend. The first is an okonomiyaki place. If you've never had it - described as Japanese "pizza" - it's worth a try. It was my first experience with it and I loved it. The place is called Tanto and it's right next to the Gion Tatsumi Bridge. The second is Izuju, which is right across from the Yasaka Shrine on the corner. The draw here is Kyoto style sushi, which is very different from standard sushi as it's preserved in vinegar. It doesn't sound good but it is. There's also plenty of cheap eats/snacks in the Nishiki Market (skewers, tofu donuts, sushi, etc.). If you're open to noodles other than ramen, there are tons of cheap options including at least one interesting variation that is unique to Kyoto (I believe) that uses a soy-based broth (Mamezen).