Kyoto’s Food Culture through Photos

A large red octopus on the signage for a restaurant

Octopus restaurant. Fresh seafood in Japan is endless.


A dish of octopus with garnishing

Tako (octopus) and takoyaki.


Multiple plates and bowls of sushi, sashimi, and miso soup.

The different forms of sushi possible is endless and always delicious. In the bowls are large portions of miso soup.


Cy smiles with plates of sushi on a table in front of her

Kura Sushi is a 100yen ($1) revolving sushi restaurant. Fresh sushi can also be delivered to you on a “sushi train.”


Fresh tuna and a poached quail egg on a bed of seaweed and rice.

Fresh tuna and a poached quail egg on a bed of seaweed and rice.


A conveyer belt with plates of various types of sushi

Each plate usually comes with two pieces of sushi. You can also order it fresh and your food will come on a train.


Cy and a friend smile at a table with multiple empty plates and bowls on it

The plates start to stack high.


A serving plate with sashimi and garnishes

Sashimi plate served at an izakaya.


Cy holds up a bowl of fresh tuna in front a TV playing a rugby match

Tuna bowl served at an izakaya during a rugby match.


A bowl of rice, minced meguro, and sliced tuna

Simple rice bowl of minced meguro and sliced tuna.


A huge bowl of ramen with a char siu pork bowl.

A huge bowl of ramen with a char siu pork bowl.


A large bowl of ramen and smaller bowl of noodles

Ramen shop close to Doshisha university — line is always impressively long. Worth it every time.


A serving of Tsukemen ramen- a bowl of noodles with a bowl of soup dipping base next to it

Tsukemen ramen — dipping ramen. Intense flavor coming from the thick soup dipping base.


A package of instant ramen produced by a Michelin-starred restaurant

Even instant ramen can be gourmet. This is an instant ramen from a Michelin-starred restaurant.


A cooked bowl of the instant ramen

Meh. Satisfactory, but nothing to write home about.


A plate with Japanese fried chicken

Karaage served in a cafe that used to be an onsen.


The grand entrance of a onsen cafe

One of the best things about Japanese food culture is how each thing is imbued with such history. Just like this onsen cafe!

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