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Chihana

Chihana

The busy Shijo Street in the district of Gion is home of the modest Chihana eatery, a three-Michelin-star restaurant specialised in kaiseki (the Japanese haute cuisine). The décor and interior are simple: an unfinished wooden counter for eight guests and two private rooms. But the food served in fine bowls and plates, including real antiques, is just an explosion of flavours in your mouth. Japanese behemoths like Yukio Mishima, Yasunari Kawabata and Shusaku Endo have been faithful patrons here. Note that the shop moved to its current location following a fire in 2018.
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Ramen Sen-no-Kaze Kyoto

Ramen Sen-no-Kaze Kyoto

The menu of Ramen Sen-no-Kaze Kyoto stands out for its simplicity and a clear focus on Japanese-style ramen (wheat-flour Japanese noodles in broth). Before stepping inside, you will need to get a ticket. Only after that will you be able to order your customised tonkotsu (pork-based stock) or chintan (seafood-based stock) ramen. Paired with savoury gyoza or plain rice, the eatery pulls off the winning formula. Note that the queue might seem endless, but tickets are limited. It's best to go early to not miss out.
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