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  • Writer's pictureMario Manlupig Jr

Where and What to Eat Around Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Wondering where and what to eat near Kiyomizu Temple? In this guide, we highlighted our top picks for the best restaurants near Kiyomizu-dera!

Kiyomizu-dera is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kyoto. You’ve never been to Kyoto unless you visit this historic temple.

Kiyomizu Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most iconic temples in Kyoto. Situated on Otowa Mountain in eastern Kyoto, it is renowned for its stunning natural scenery and unique architecture.

The main hall of the temple, built on massive pillars, appears to be suspended over the hillside, offering visitors breathtaking views of the surrounding forest and the city of Kyoto below.

Kiyomizu-dera was founded in 778 by the Buddhist monk Enchin and has been a popular pilgrimage site for centuries. The temple's name, which means "Pure Water Temple," is derived from the Otowa Waterfall, which is located on the temple grounds.

The waterfall is said to have healing powers, and visitors often drink from its three streams, which are believed to bring good health, longevity, and success in love.

If you’re visiting Kiyomizu-dera, you need to eat! Here are some restaurants nearby that we highly recommend:

1. Warabi mochi and matcha dango at Chubokuchaya

After visiting Kiyomizu-dera’s main hall and Otowa Falls, drop by Chubokuchaya and try their bestselling warabi mochi (a chewy jelly-like local dessert) and matcha dango (a matcha-flavored rice dumpling). Pair it with hiyashiame, a sweet ginger drink.

Price: From 500 yen

Hours: 9:30 AM - 4 PM (closed on Wednesday)

Contact: +81 75-551-4560

Address: 1 Chome, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

2. Warabi mochi and amazake at Rokkatei

Located at the top of Chawanzaka, this café is another popular place to eat near Kiyomizu Temple. It’s close to the main hall and serves a filling warabi mochi and cold amazake (a sweet sake). Diners can also enjoy a great ambiance here.

Price: From 500 yen

Hours: 10 AM - 4 PM (Monday-Sunday)

Contact: +81 75-551-1222

Address: 1 Chome-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

3. Soba at Otowa Saryo

Serving a range of Japanese dishes, including tempura, udon, sukiyaki, mochi, red bean soup, and yuzu cider, your options are wide at Otowa Saryo. But one that stands out is soba. Be sure to grab it! Did we mention that it has al fresco dining and mountain views?

Price: From 1,000 yen

Hours: 10 AM - 4:30 PM (Monday-Sunday)

Contact: +81 75-551-3666

Address: 1 Chome-287-1 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

4. Yodofu and yuba at Okabeya

If you are a tofu fan, you need to visit Okabeya. Despite being hidden from the main road, this restaurant is often packed. Their yudofu (hot tofu) and yuba (dried tofu skin) sets are a must-try!

Price: From 2,000 yen

Hours: 10:30 AM - 5 PM (Monday-Sunday)

Contact: +81 75-541-7111

Address: 2 Chome-239 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

5. Oyakodon at Kiyoshi

Located on Chawanzaka, Kiyoshi serves a selection of hearty Japanese dishes. Their udon and soba noodles are quite a crowd favorite. Oyakodon (a chicken and egg rice bowl), in particular, is one thing you should try!

Price: From 600 yen

Hours: 11 AM - 2:30 PM

Contact: +81 90-6551-1610

Address: 539-3 Gojobashihigashi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto


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