Exploring the Kyoto Gosho is a good way to work up an appetite. Here are some good restaurants near the Kyoto Gosho (Imperial Palace and Imperial Palace Park).
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The Gosho is huge and there are restaurants in the surrounding neighborhoods, especially near the northeast and northwest corners. The area around the Karasuma-Imadegawa intersection is particularly crowded with restaurants. Here are two choices slightly further from the Gosho:
- Bon Bon Café
This café/casual French restaurant serves decent food and has a nice outdoor seating area in warmer months. It’s about 20 minutes from the Gosho.
- Toraya Karyo Kyoto Ichijo
A few blocks west of the Gosho, this elegant Kyoto tea and sweet specialist is great if you don’t need a meal, just a sweet and a cup of tea. Don’t go in shorts or sandals, though.
- Grand Burger
If you’re in the mood for a burger and fries, this joint will certainly satisfy. It’s a short walk east of the northern end of the Gosho.
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