Amongst a vast array of shops and casual restaurants beneath Kyoto Station, Porta is the place to fill-up on the cheap before a long train journey.
Walk straight out of the Karasuma Gate (main north exit) of Kyoto Station and take the first set of escalators down to the basement floor to reach Porta, an underground hive of shops and restaurants where you can grab a simple meal or do some last-minute shopping before a journey. Most of the restaurants here are cramped, casual and cheap, which makes them good for those in a hurry or on a tight budget.
You’ll find most types of Japanese cuisine represented, as well as several coffee shops, a few fast food outlets, and a Starbucks and Subway. You can also buy good take-away bentos (Japanese lunch boxes) and sushi to eat on the train. Note that that many restaurants here can be packed at lunchtime and all day on holidays. For more salubrious fare, head up to The Cube Food Court or Eat Paradise Food Court.
For more Kyoto child friendly restaurant choices, see our Best Child-Friendly Restaurants in Kyoto page.
902 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shiokoji sagaru, Karasuma dori, Shimogyo-ku
Cheap~Moderate (depends on the restaurant)
Non-smoking area: Yes
2min walk from Kyoto Station Karasuma central gate
Official Website (Japanese)
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Kyoto Vacation Checklist
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