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Sep 28, 2013 06:35 PM

Affordable Kyoto Options

Hi everyone,

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!

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  1. Omen restaurant is wonderful and not too expensive. A great lunch option when you are visiting Ginkakuji and/or the Philosopher's walk...

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    1. re: pauliface

      Thanks! Actually Omen was already on our list for dinner, my wife really wanted to find an udon place... Glad that we're making a good choice :)

    2. 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).

      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.

      1. 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!