Climbing the hill to check out Kiyomizu-dera Temple is enough to make anyone hungry. Here are the best restaurants near Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
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There are lots of snack stalls and restaurants on the streets leading up to Kiyomizu-dera. Some are good, some are pretty bad. However, the following places are all good and relatively close to the temple:
- Omen Kodai-ji Branch
This is a reliable and healthy udon specialist about 15 minutes’ walk down the hill from Kiyomizu, at the bottom of Ninen-zaka Slope.
About 20 minutes walk northwest (downhill) from Kiyomizu, this folksy noodle and rice specialist is famous for its oyako-donburi (rice topped with chicken and egg). It’s the perfect lunch for sightseeing. Try to go off-peak to avoid the line.
If you just need a quick little pick-me-up, this classic traditional sweet shop near the top of Ninen-zaka (about 10 minutes’ walk downhill from the temple) serves lovely Japanese sweets and thick matcha. This will definitely power you through to dinner without weighing you down.
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