Updated: April 21, 2017
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A Restaurant Guide Around The Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

Planning a visit to Kinkakuji temple, or the so-called golden pavilion? Check out this article for information about restaurants nearby the temple!

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Kinkakuji Temple

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Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavilion has a formal name of Rokuonji. Although it was originally built as a villa for the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the building was converted to a Zen Buddhist temple. Many people visit this temple from its unique, shiny design, and is a historical building that represents Japan.

Kyoto Gontaro

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There are three stores of Gontaro located in Kyoto, and one of them is the Kinkakuji store. It is on the road that leads to Kinkakuji temple. A Japanese, Kyoto-style designed store has table seats and tatami seating in the first floor, and private rooms on the second floor.

They have soba and udon noodles, tempura, rice bowls and many other Japanese cuisine! They also have an English menu and are very welcoming of tourists.
Kyoto Gontaro

京都府京都市北区平野宮敷町26
26 Hirano Miyaziki-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto
Access:4 minute walk from Kinkakuji Mae Bus Station (City Bus)
TEL: 075-463-1039
Open from 11:00~21:30, Closed on Wednesday
Price Range For Lunch: ¥1,000~¥1,999
Price Range For Dinner: ¥4,000~¥4,999

Kinkaku

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Kinkaku is located 3 minutes away from the Kinkakuji temple. This restaurant is only open during lunch time, but is popular for the Kyoto cuisine buffet! You can enjoy over 30 different Kyoto-style dishes such as Kyoto tofu for ¥1,800! Other than buffet, they also have bento lunches and lunch plates.

English and Chinese speaking staff work at this restaurant. For a healthy, Japanese lunch, Kinkaku may be a good choice!
Oshokujidokoro Kinkaku

京都府京都市北区衣笠馬場町43
43 Kinugasababachou, Kita-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Access: 3 minute walk from Kinkakuji Dou bus station (Kyoto City Bus)
TEL:075-462-4949
Open from 11:00~17:00
Price Range: ¥2,000~¥2,999

Kinugasa Zen

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You can find this udon noodle restaurant from the parking lot of Kinkakuji temple. They have over 20 different udon noodles in the menu with different toppings and you can also choose if you want it hot or cold. They have tempura and other bowls in the menu!
Kinugasa Zen

京都府京都市北区衣笠街道町5
5 Kinugasagaidoucho, Kita-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Access: 2 minute walk from Kinkakuji Dou bus station (Kyoto City Bus)
TEL: 075-203-1291
Open from 11:30~16:00, closed on Tuesdays
Estimated Price: ¥1,000

Wara

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This restaurant is located 7 minutes away from the Kinkakuji temple, and they mainly serve Kyoto tofu. It is a restaurant with a very small and homely atmosphere, but as there are only 16 seats in total, making reservations in advance is highly recommended!
Wara

京都府京都市北区笠総門町13-3
13-3 Kasasoumoncho, Kita-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Access: 15 minute walk from Kitanohakubaicho Station
TEL:075-461-5386
Open from 12:00~20:00, Closed on Wednesday
Price Range For Lunch:¥3,000~¥3,999
Price Range For Dinner:¥3,000~¥3,999

Lastly...

After touring around the beautiful Kinkakuji temple, try eating at these restaurants to enjoy some Kyoto cuisine!
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I love eating good food and discovering new places to eat. I hope to share with all of you some of the places that I recommend!

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