You can really work up an appetite exploring Nanzen-ji Temple, especially if you explore the subtemples nearby. Here are two simple and approachable restaurants near Nanzan-ji Temple.
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There are a few upscale tofu restaurants near Nanzen-ji. For more approachable fare, you have to walk for about 10 or 15 minutes to one of the following places, or head back downtown.
- Hinode Udon
This popular udon specialist serves delicious bowls of steaming soba or udon noodles. Try to go off-peak (ie, before noon or after 1:30pm), or you’ll have to wait on line.
- Doutor Coffee Shop
It’s not fancy, but this branch of the popular Doutor chain, at the intersection of Marutamachi and Shirakawa, is about 20 minutes’ walk from Nanzen-ji. It has no atmosphere, but the sandwiches are good and can usually tempt a finicky child. And it’s on the way to Shinyodo, Kurodani or Ginkaku-ji.
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