During our 2005 trip to Japan, we decided to stop by at Kyoto for a couple of days. Everything in Kyoto was so traditional and magical. From the temples/shrines, to the imperial garden, we can't help but feel like we've been transported back to ancient Japan. The food was even more amazing. We ate the best sukiyaki ever in Kyoto and had a wonderful experience at a cha-kaiseki restaurant. Kyoto also produces some of Japan's best green tea and I got to drink and eat everything green tea, as many times as I wanted there! Also Check out our review on other Kyoto restaurats: Minoko, Mishima-Tei, Ishiyaki Jidori Issian
Gan: The thing I remembered most about Kyoto was it was really hot there. The city is surrounded by mountain ranges and during the summer, there's hardly any wind breeze there. We arrived wearing jeans, and I was wearing shorts the rest of the time there. Kyoto is a must visit city in Japan though. If you watch anime, Tokyo has the allure of a modern asian city like neo-Tokyo of Akira... but Kyoto has the charm of an ancient Japanese city like the period Rurouni Kenshin was based on. Similarly, food wise. You get more authentic, traditional Japanese food here.
Address: 609 Nishi-daimonji-cho Shijo-noboru Tominokoji-dori
Before trying this BBQ mochi at Gion area in Kyoto, I always thought the ready made/frozen mochi I get in the Japanese Supermarket freezer are not at all delicious. Of course, this fresh/grilled mochi in Kyoto totally blew my mind away!