A Few Hours in Nishiki

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A Few Hours in Nishiki In Nakagyo Ward of Kyoto, hidden behind the opulent avenue of Shijo and the wide streets of Teramachi, lies a unique Kyoto treasure. The narrow alley of Nishiki Market runs just a few hundred meters East to West and absolutely brims with food, shops, and food. Were Nishiki Market not […]

In Search of Vegetables

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Any vegetarian will tell you that it’s just plain difficult to find a good meal. Most restaurants of the world serve meat, perhaps less than 20% of the menu could be considered vegetarian. In Asia, especially Japan, that portion shrinks significantly. That’s because most dishes in Japan call for some kind of animal products (usually […]

Drinking game with the guests

Dining with Maiko – Gion Hatanaka

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This week we took a look at Gion Hatanaka, a beautiful ryokan in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto. Here guests can enjoy a Kyoto style dinner while watching Maiko performances for an affordable price. After the meal, the participants are invited to play drinking games with the Maiko! ^.^ Check out more at their homepage: […]


Fire Ramen Kyoto

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This week, Next Japan Travel visited Kyoto’s famous Menbaka-ichidai restaurant, better known as the “Fire Ramen” restaurant. Despite being a small and local ramen-house, it recently ranked number 1 (!) of all restaurants and eateries in Kyoto (Tripadvisor). The concept is simple: put on an apron, put your hands behind your back, and wait for […]