Nice to meet you! In this blog, I would like to introduce some recommended spots in Kyoto for men.
Kyoto has a strong image of an ancient capital, but surprisingly, there are many spots that men can enjoy as well. Here is a selection of such recommended spots in Kyoto.
You can see geiko in Gion, enjoy the atmosphere of Arashiyama, hang out at a club at night, or eat delicious food at an izakaya (Japanese-style pub),
This is a great way to experience the culture, feel the seasons, and have fun for all types of men.
We hope you will find it useful in planning your trip to Kyoto!
Places for men to enjoy in Kyoto
Seeing Geigi in Gion
Many men would like to see a geiko at least once when they come to Kyoto. Gion is especially famous for its geiko district.
If you have time, why not take a walk in the evening or at night and meet a beautiful geiko?
You can also experience a geiko experience, but be warned that the price is a bit expensive. You can also talk with geiko, which is recommended for those who want to experience Japanese culture.
Enjoy the atmosphere of Arashiyama
Arashiyama is a sightseeing area located in western Kyoto. The scenery consisting of mountains, valleys and ravines in the prefecture is spectacular.
Arashiyama is also home to many sightseeing spots, such as Bamboo Grove Path, Tenryuji Temple, and Watarigetsukyo Bridge.
Togetsu Bridge is the symbolic sightseeing spot of Arashiyama. The path from the bridge to the bamboo grove is about 1 km long, and is lined with teahouses and souvenir shops along the way.
Arashiyama’s bamboo grove is a beautiful sight, with approximately 600 bamboo trees lining the path. Walking through the bamboo grove, you will feel as if you have wandered into another world.
In addition, hydrangeas bloom during the rainy season, allowing visitors to enjoy the area in different seasons.
Clubs to enjoy the nightlife of Kyoto
Kyoto has many traditional townscapes, but surprisingly, you can also enjoy the nightlife.
Among them, there are numerous clubs in the Karasuma area, which are crowded mainly with young people.
There are also many fashionable bars where you can enjoy cocktails in a modern atmosphere or attend a DJ event.
Find a good izakaya (Japanese-style pub)
Kyoto has many delicious gourmet restaurants, and izakaya is one of them. In particular, many places serve delicious sake.
The Kiyamachi and Ponto-cho areas are crowded with izakaya (Japanese style pubs).
Tatsuya” is also recommended for Kyoto-style oden.
It is delicious in a smooth yose-nabe pot with shirataki, maitake mushrooms, ganmodoki, and other ingredients!
There are also other restaurants that serve the local delicacy “Jinja Yakisoba”.
Learn about traditional culture
Kyoto is a city where traditional culture is deeply rooted.
At the Utamatsuri (Japanese singing and dancing) parlor, visitors can experience not only performances, but also Japanese dance and flower arrangement.
In addition, Japanese arts and crafts are on display at the Kyoto National Museum.
The museum is dedicated to the preservation of cultural assets, and visitors can tour the museum with great care.
There are many other museums where visitors can learn about Japanese aesthetics and customs, such as the Rimpa school and Sen no Rikyu.
There are many places in Kyoto for men to enjoy.
You can see geiko in Gion, enjoy the scenery of Arashiyama, have a night out, enjoy a meal at a good izakaya, learn about traditional Japanese culture, and so much more.
Why not take a trip for men?
Must-see gourmet spots for gourmets
When you come to Kyoto, you must not forget to enjoy the gastronomic delights of the city.
From restaurants to eateries, you can taste delicious local cuisine.
From Japanese Japanese cuisine to world cuisines, Kyoto is a magnificent culinary city.
To begin with, here are some recommendations for gourmet food made with local ingredients.
A recommended local dish is tofu cuisine. Tofu has been made in Kyoto since ancient times.
When you put it in your mouth, it is meltingly soft and has a rich flavor.
You can also enjoy it with sake, if you like.
Hamo (Japanese conger eel) dishes are also recommended. Hamo (Japanese conger eel) is a well-known summer delicacy in Kyoto, and is a white meat fish with a light flavor.
A dish that is especially recommended is hamo no tempura. Hamo no Tempura has a crispy batter and smooth flesh that makes it an exquisite dish.
Also popular are hamo shabu-shabu and hamo sukiyaki.
Kaiseki cuisine using seasonal ingredients is also recommended.
Kyoto’s ingredients have seasonal flavors, which are very enjoyable to savor.
There are also many restaurants where you can eat your way around.
You can easily enjoy fried foods baked in the streets or Japanese sweets served at tea shops.
In particular, there are many food stalls in the streets of Kyoto.
Oden, yakitori, and takoyaki (octopus dumplings) served at yatai stalls have a taste unique to Kyoto. For those who want to experience the excitement, this is a good choice.
There are also must-see spots for sweets lovers. Kyoto is famous for its green tea sweets.
They make great souvenirs and are sold in many stores.
Matcha ice cream is also highly recommended. Its addictive flavor and exquisite sweetness make it twice as delicious.
Gourmets will love visiting Kyoto’s gourmet spots. But be careful not to go too hungry!
History and Culture Spots
Kyoto is the center of Japanese history and culture, and is home to numerous historical sites.
Among them, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Zenrin-ji Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple, and Ginkaku-ji Temple, which are registered as World Heritage sites, are must-sees.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Zenrin-ji Temple are beautiful temples built in a serene and tranquil setting.
Kinkakuji Temple and Ginkakuji Temple have their own unique atmosphere, and Ginkakuji Temple is also called “Sanzenin” because of two particular holes.
The Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle are the residence of successive emperors and offer a taste of Japanese history.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is also famous for its Senbon-torii (one thousand torii gates). It may seem a bit of a stretch, but it is a must-see spot.
We recommend taking a leisurely stroll while experiencing Kyoto’s history and culture.
And you can forget about your daily busyness when you see the beautiful scenery as you are absorbed in it.
Recommended seasons to enjoy Kyoto
In spring, why not visit Kyoto to see the cherry blossoms?
During the blooming season, many people gather in parks, shrines and temples to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms.
In summer, we recommend taking a stroll through the bustling streets during the Gion Festival.
During the festival, the streets are lined with food stalls and colorful floats.
In autumn, go see the autumn leaves. Shichijo Street, Shokokuji Temple, and Kurama Mountain are worth seeing.
In winter, it is good to relax at one of Kyoto’s hot springs. There are many hot spring facilities such as Oeyama Onsenkyo and Saga Tenryuji Onsen.
Preparation for a trip to Kyoto
The main points to prepare for your trip to Kyoto are your accommodations, transportation, manners and precautions, and luggage.
Accommodations should be chosen according to your itinerary. The area around Kyoto Station is most convenient, but it is a bit far from the tourist attractions.
Choose your mode of transportation from buses, cabs, or rental cars.
If using public transportation, choose an early time to avoid bus congestion.
It is important to behave in a respectful manner in Kyoto. For example, take off your shoes and do not use your smartphone while eating.
In preparing your luggage, it is important to choose clothing that is appropriate for the season. Especially in summer, Kyoto can be hot and humid, so it is best to wear cool clothes that are easy to move around in.