Affordable Kyoto Options
I've spent hours reading up on Kyoto restaurants, and can't seem to decide on what to do. I've gotten so much amazing help from this forum that I thought I'd push my luck again!
I'll be spending 2 days in Kyoto (first-time), and I'm looking for some more affordable options (i.e. < 10,000 yen, or ideally < 5,000 yen)
Seems like Kaiseki is a must, but it also looks like I have many options: inexpensive bentos, mini kaiseki lunches at fancier places, full kaiseki dinners at more affordable places. I assume that for my budget, I can forget about the nice private-room experience; besides, we care a lot more about the food :)
And it seems like Tofu is a must - we'll try to make a reservation at Shoraian, but a bit scared - our last reservation attempt was horrible, and we've used up all of our help from friends for Tokyo :) Also, it's a bit expensive... Sounds like there many other good options
We'll also go to Nishiki Market and sample random stuff...
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
Just realized that 1 of the 2 days we're in Kyoto is a public holiday - Oct. 14 Health and Sports Day! I tried to make a reservation at Kashin but they're closed on the holiday. Is it only the bigger or more touristy places that will be open during a public holiday?
Also, I've read a few good things about Okariba. Pretty intriguing, might try to make a reservation there!
There's a less-formal kaiseki-type place called Mukade. Off Shijo, a few blocks west (I think) of Karasuma. From what I remember, it was affordable and very accessible (in terms of food). http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kan...
If you do a search using their phone number, you'll find more info (in English). It's been many years since I was last there (close to 20), but I went there a few times with a Japanese friend (it was her favourite "affordable" kaiseki place). Lunch is, of course, more affordable than dinner.
Omen restaurant is wonderful and not too expensive. A great lunch option when you are visiting Ginkakuji and/or the Philosopher's walk...