You will absolutely visit KIYOMIZU-DERA (Temple). Look at the picture above. Waoo! That is amazing and beautiful, right? KIYOMIZU-DERA (Temple) is one of the most popular temples in KYOTO. Many tourists visit there to see the fascinating view, the building and autumn color of leaves or cherry blossom. Of course, there are many restaurants around there. But almost of them are expensive, more than ¥5,000. Do you want to know great taste and cheaper restaurants around KIYOMIZU-DERA (Temple)? OK! I am introducing 5 recommended great and cheap (less than ¥3,000) restaurants!! Let’s go!!!!!
１. SHIMIZU-ZYUNTADASHI-OKABEYA (清水 順正 おかべ家): How lavish!? Yu-Tofu, Yuba and Tempura!
You should go to SHIMIZU-ZYUNTADASHI-OKABEYA if you want to eat traditional Japanese food around KIYOMIZU-DERA (Temple). You can enjoy Yu-Tofu (Boiled Tofu), Yuba (Tofu Skin), and the Tempura of Nama-Fu(highly refined wheat gluten that is combined with short-grained mochi rice flour). Especially, I love the Tempura of Nama-Fu. It`s texture is chewy inside and crispy outside. I recommend you eat it with rice. Look at the food picture above!! This is Tempura of Nama-Fu and Rice combo (Namafu-no-Tempura-Dengaku: 生麩の天ぷら田楽) that is ¥1,850. Would you like to eat the menu? HaHa. Additionally, the restaurant is very big. It can accommodate a lot of people. You don’t have to wait for long though it is a very popular restaurant.
Open time: 10:30〜17:30 (Last call 15:00)
Credit Card: OK
２. YOSHIMURA-KIYOMIZUAN (よしむら 清水庵): Enjoy Soba and Tempura at the same time
The best Soba restaurant around KIYOMIZU-DERA (Temple) is YOSHIMURA-KIYOMIZUAN. I ordered Higashiyama-Zen (東山膳) and enjoyed eating Tororo Soba (Tororo is a Pounded Yam Potato), small Tempura Bowl, and Japanese-style pickles. As you can look at the picture above, it was very gorgeous!! Of course, l was full and satisfied!! Higashiyama-Zen (東山膳) is just ¥1,880. You should go there if you want to save money and enjoy traditional Japanese Soba Noodle near KIYOMIZU-DERA (Temple).
Open time: 10:30〜18:00 (Tourist season), 11:00~17:00 (Off Season)
Credit Card: OK
３. OKONOMIYAKI-KIRAKU-KIYOMIZUGOZAKA (お好み焼き きらく 清水五条坂店): What is Tonpei-Yaki? It’s not Okonomiyaki!?
KIRAKU has another store near Nanzenji. Yes! This OKONOMIYAKI restaurant is very popular!! Especially, you can get full at a low price there. The reason why I recommend the OKONOMIYAKI-KIRAKU is that they an have English menu! So many foreigner tourists visit there. Of course, OKONOMIYAKI is good taste. But also I want you to try “TONPEI-YAKI” that is the soft omelet stuffed with pork and vegetable (the picture above). I love that!!
Lunch Budget: ¥1,000~¥2,000
Dinner Budget: ¥1,000~¥3,000
Lunch time: 11:30〜15:00 (Tue-Sun)
Dinner time: 17:00~22:0 (Tue-Sun)
４. INODA-COFFEE-KIYOMIZU (イノダコーヒー 清水店): Don’t miss out exquisite Beef Cutlet Sandwich
Do you want to take a break drinking coffee or tea during your trip? So do you go to Starbucks? No! You shouldn’t !! You should go to INODA-COFFEE. INODA-COFFEE is a very popular cafe in KYOTO. You can eat Japanese-Western food and sweets with coffee or tea!! There are many of my favorite menus there, Matcha Ice, Sandwich, chocolate cake, cheese cake. But my most favorite one is the Beef Cutlet Sandwich (¥1,700)!!See the picture above!! It looks so good!! The combination with soft bread crispy cutlet, and juicy Japanese food is amazing!! They provide take-out menu for Beef Cutlet Sandwich. So you should order it if INODA-COFFEE is very crowded.
Open time: 9:00〜17:00
Credit Card: OK
５. SMILE-BURGER (スマイルバーガー): Run into that before burgers are sold out
Are you missing Burger because you eat Japanese food every day? Ok! I am introducing a good burger shop near KIYOMIZU-DERA (Temple). This is SMILE-BURGER!! I love “Smile Cheese Burger”(the picture above). It is very big! You can get satisfied with it. Taste? Of course! It is very good. The chef begin cooking burger after getting order. You can eat hot and fresh burger. And this shop close early after they are sold out even if it is still before closing time, 20:00. So you should go to SMILE-BURGER as early as possible!!
Budget: around ¥1,000
Open time: 11:00〜20:00 or until sold out
Credit Card: NO