Gregory de St. Maurice’s Kyoto Recommendations


Greg received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. His key research interests include globalization, taste, “place” and place brands, culinary heritage and local foodways, and Japan. He is the Culinaria Research Fellow at the University of Toronto, the Air Liquide Chair at Fondation France-Japon at EHESS, and a Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh and Ryukoku University. He also serves as Vice President of the Association for the Study of Food and Society.

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Fukujuen Tea Store

Located at the intersection of Shijo and Tominokoji streets, tea company Fukujuen’s flagship Kyoto store offers a variety of green teas and experiences, including the opportunity to make your own tea blend, participate in the tea...

Ogawa Coffee

Ogawa Coffee (京都駅店) is perfect for those who have some free time before travelling. Situated inside Kyoto station this coffee shop offers a range of sweets and quality coffee, with the added bonus of being able to make use of the free...

Tofukuji Temple

Tofukuji temple (東福寺) is the head temple of the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. It was built in 1236 on the instructions of Kujo Michiie, the great statesman of the Kamakura period, who desired to build in Kyoto a...

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) is the head shrine of the god Inari, located in Fushimi Ward in Kyoto. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres (764 ft) above sea level, and includes trails up...

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Museum of Art

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art a small museum in the town Oyamazaki, a few stations outside of Kyoto by local train, is known for its collection of ceramics, paintings, and crafts. In what other museum will you find works by...

Hyotei Restaurant

Throughout its 400-year history, Hyotei has proudly preserved its tradition of culinary excellence. Nevertheless, Hyotei has always continued to adapt to change with a forward-looking spirit.   Hyotei‘s history is long and...

Hanbey-Fu Vegetarian Restaurant

Hanbey-Fu (半兵衛麸) is a proud producer and seller of Kyoto Fu (prepared wheat gluten), catering especially for the vegetarian market in Kyoto. They boast a variety of specialty dishes including Namafu Dengaku (fresh wheat gluten cake,...

Tenki Restaurant

Tenki Restaurant (天㐂)  is known to be a pioneer of Kaiseki cuisine and Tempura. Based in a beautiful and traditional tea house building they offer an authentic Kyoto lunch menu for 5,000¥ and a Kyoto-style Tempura Kaiseki Dinner for...

Heihachi-jaya Restaurant

“Heihachi Tea House Inn Offers the Different Scenes of Beauty and Taste Every Month through Four Seasons.” Heihachi Tea House Inn (山ばな 平八茶屋), established in 1576, is located along the Takano River overlooking Mt.Hiei in the...

Kinobu Restaurant

“We are dedicated to making sure our guests experience the charming, natural, and generous nature of Kinobu.” Kinobu is located on Shinmachi Street, also known as one of Kyoto’s kimono fabric merchant streets. Since 1935,...

Ramen in the Ichijoji area

The famous Ramen in the Ichijoji area of Kyoto is wonderfully presented up by ‘Why Kyoto?‘ who offer a comprehensive guide to the area and the various customs surrounding the ubiquitous Japanese dish. “People hold...

Yamazaki Distillery

Whisky-making at Yamazaki Distillery is notable for its wide variety of whiskies, unique at a global level. You can choose how to enjoy the distillery. It is free to explore the grounds. 1,000¥ to experience an audioguide tour of the...

JAM Hostel Sake Bar

JAM Hostel Sake bar (JAM ホステル) boasts over 30 different sake (Japanese rice wine) to try by region, including specialties from Kyoto itself. These rotate, so there is always new sake to try. Sake flights are available and the owners...

Asano Sake Store

Asano Sake Store (浅野日本酒店 Kyoto) not only allows you to purchase from one of the widest ranges of sake available in Japan, but also crucially allows you to sample their offerings at their bar before you purchase. This iconic store is...

Takimoto Liquor Store

Takimoto Liquor Store ((株)タキモト)  is a five minute walk from Gojo Station on the Karasuma subway line, facing Rokujo-dori. The shop is overflowing with sake not just from Kyoto, but from all over the country. They keep the quality by...

Francois Cafe

Francois Café (うフランソア喫茶) in the Shijyo Kobashi district of Kyoto opened its doors in 1934 and immediately distinguished itself through its style, curated by founders Shinichi Tanino and Shiro Takagi. Stained glass windows, an elegant...

Kafe Kosen

Kafe Kosen (KAFE工船) is just a fifteen minute walk from our host institution, Doshisha University. Famed for being featured in Merry White’s ‘Coffee Life in Japan‘ as an example of the vibrant café society that has been a mainstay of...

Elephant Factory Coffee

Elephant Factory Coffee is a quiet, hidden café near Kawaramachi street. Known for the care and patience taken when preparing their coffee, this establishment is a sanctuary tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto city centre....

Funaoka Onsen Public Baths

Located in northwest Kyoto, Funaoka Onsen (船岡温泉) is one of the best places in the city to take the plunge and try the Japanese sento (public bath) experience. Be sure to check out the ranma (carved wooden panels) in the changing room....

Tenkaippin Ramen Shop

Tenkaippin (天下一品) is a Japanese institution – a ramen food chain with over 200 branches in Japan and Hawai’i, famed for its especially thick soup (こってり). In Kyoto you can visit the first ever Tenkaippin restaurant which began the...

Hakuunan Vegetarian Restaurant

Hakuunan (黄檗普茶料理 白雲庵) may be a little far from the centre of Kyoto, about 1 hour away from our hosts Doshisha University by public transport, but it is a vegetarian restaurant serving Fucha style of Shojin temple cuisine introduced...

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