Food Culture

Kyoto, as the capital of Japan for over 1200 years, was the kitchen of the Imperial Court. Top-ranking nobles inherited a multitude of refined cuisines, including specialties unique to Kyoto such as elegant “Kyo-kaiseki-ryori,” vegetarian-friendly “Shojin-ryori”, and “Obanzai” for everyday dining. Today, Kyoto remains the home of traditional Japanese cuisine, and there are many specialty eateries for sushi, tempura, soba, and ramen. It was the efforts of Kyoto chefs that resulted in “Washoku,” or Japanese cuisine, being recognized as an intangible heritage by UNESCO in 2013. Kyoto is also famous throughout Japan for traditional Japanese sweets, some of which are used in the Japanese tea ceremony (the tea also comes from Kyoto). Needless to say, eating in Kyoto is a rich and multifaceted experience!
There is a unique regional rule in Kyoto City which is called“Raise toasts with Nihonshu” that was passed in 2013. The purpose of this rule is to promote various traditional industries in Kyoto by using locally-produced Nihonshu (sake) when raising toasts, and in so doing contribute to Japanese culture.

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Kyokaiseki

This is an artistic and gracious Japanese seasonal cuisine. In...

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Yu Do-fu

Tofu is made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the res...

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Sushi

Sushi is one of the most characteristic dishes of Japanese cui...

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Tempura

Tempura is a traditional dish consisting of seafood and vegeta...

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Noodles

Noodles have been around for a long time in Japan. The Kansai ...

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Shojin-ryori

This is a kind of cuisine eaten mainly by Buddhist followers. ...

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Sukiyaki&Shabu-shabu

Sukiyaki, which features thinly sliced beef in an iron hot pot...

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Other Japanese Food

Among Japanese food, this section mainly introduces restaurant...

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Foreign Cuisines

Japan has witnessed an explosion of foreign restaurants, repre...

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Cafe & Sweets

This section mainly introduces “Wagashi”, Japanese sweets, and...

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Japanese Sake

Sake (also known as Nihonshu) is a Japanese alcoholic beverage...

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Ingredients

This section introduces the materials most often used in Japan...