After marveling at the famed “Golden Pavilion,” you might want a bite to eat before heading back downtown. Here are of our favorite restaurants near Kinkaku-ji Temple.
Kinkaku-ji Temple: marcociannarel / Shutterstock.com
There are several good restaurants near Kinkaku-ji, including one or two on the road right in front and several more out on the main street (Nishi-oji).
- Kinkaku-ji Itadaku
A great, friendly spot for yoshoku (Japanese versions of Western favorites like pork cutlets).
A fine soba restaurant where they make their own soba and serve it in several tempting ways.
- Hamazushi Kinkaku-ji
A popular and casual kaiten-sushi (automatic sushi) restaurant that is popular with local families.
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