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Kyoto: Kosher City Guide

KWB's Highlights:

This listing will help you save hours in planning your trip to Kyoto.

Read our tips and let us know if we miss anything! We would love to add your comments for the benefit of other Kosher travelers.

KWB’s Highlights:
  • KWB's staff visited (in 2016) the unofficial Chabad in Kyoto. It's run by yeshiva students and they will prepare food for you to takeaway or for groups.
  • There are two Chabad Houses in Kyoto, one official, and one "unofficial."
  • There are many things to do in Kyoto, even if you will not visit temples.
  • This page will save you a lot of time planning your trip and sorting what is good, and what is appropriate for Kosher travelers.
  • We know there is something we missed! Let us know!
KYOTO Gion Corner:
  • Higashiyama District: A visit to Gion is best combined with a stroll through the nearby Higashiyama District, between Yasaka Shrine and Kiyomizudera. This area has more preserved streets and traditional shops selling all kinds of local foods, crafts and souvenirs.
  • Kyoto was the capital of Japan for centuries. Visit the imperial palace.
  • There are so many different things to see in Kyoto. We hope to expand this section soon. Can you help?
  • Do not miss Arashiyama. It's a day trip that cannot be missed right outside Kyoto. Choose a day with good weather. You get there by subway or bus. Very easy.
  • Okochi-Sanso Villa: One of the top sights in Kyoto. It rivals any of the city’s imperial properties, and you don’t need reservations to enter.
  • Bamboo forest and the bridge: You can access it directly from the main street of Arashiyama, a little to the north of the entrance to Tenryu-ji Temple, but it’s best paired with a visit to that temple (exit the north gate, take a left and you’ll be in the grove in no time). There’s just one main path through the grove, which leads slowly uphill. Once you get to the top of the hill, the entrance to the sublime Okochi-Sanso Villa is right in front of you (go in, you won’t regret it).
  • Togetsukyo Bridge (15 minutes): Cross the Togetsukyo Bridge and spend a few minutes viewing the bridge. Some of the best views are from downstream of the bridge.
  • Bamboo Groves (30 minutes): From Tenryuji walk to Arashiyama Station and rent a bicycle, then head into the bamboo groves behind Tenryuji Temple. Turn right as you get to the entrance of Okochi Sanso and continue towards Jojakkoji.
  • Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street (45 minutes): Continue along the main road until you get to Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street, a historic street lined by traditional townhouses (machiya). Explore the shops and restaurants along the way. This may be a good place to have lunch.
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