It’s overcast, below the hills and east of Gion, near the Kamo river, and the city is stirring from slumbers. We arrived yesterday afternoon, it’s my fourth visit to Kyoto, and I’ll be back next month for work. The city’s architecture is lovely and varied. It is one of the world’s great walking cities. The vibe and pace are more manageable than Tokyo.
A swift lunch of kitsune udon in a hole-in-the-wall in Gion. The narrow streets filled up with Japanese tourists snapping countless photos of geishas in full garb and make-up.
A dinner at one of my very favorite yakitori places in Japan: Torito. Simple, delicious, aromatic, and reasonably priced. Dinner for four, including drinks, was $105.
Today it will be time to have more meetings and noodles and vegetarian food: Shojin ryori.