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Top Places for Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto
1) Kiyomizu-dera (temple)
Address: 1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-city
Information: 075-551-1234
Access: Kyoto Station

2) Heian Jingu Shinen (Shrine)
Address: 97 Okazaki Nishi-tenno-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city
Information: 075-761-0221
Access: Kyoto Station

Travel to Kyoto, Japan, 2006
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Kyoto Crab lunch - still alive....
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Kyoto Restaurants
Pontocho is a narrow lane running from Shijo-dori to Sanjo-dori, one block west of the Kamo River. One of Kyoto's most traditional nightlife districts, the restaurants here run the gamut for super-exclusive geisha houses to common yakitori bars. Many have pleasant open-air riverside terraces. Rule of thumb is, any establishment with a menu and prices outside is OK, but others are best skipped.

Mishima-tei
If you have a yearning for sukiyaki, and your pockets are deep, you must visit Mishima-tei at the junction of Teramachi-dori and Sanjo-dori. Here you will be bowed in, slippered, and shown to your own private tatami room by your personal kimono-clad hostess. There, having helped you to order, she will prepare your sukiyaki feast on the hotplate set between you. Order the "premium beef", and the richly marbled meat will just melt in your mouth, and require almost no chewing whatsoever: it is delectable and it should be since two of you will spend around 25,000 in less than an hour on 360 grams of beef and a few vegetables! In the butchers shop attached to the restaurant this beef retails at 50,000 per kilogram, and you can have fun devising a fantasy barbecue for you and a half dozen close friends where you would grill thick-cut steaks of this meat, washed down with a couple of bottles of 1982 Lynch Bages, for the modest outlay of 175,000 a pleasant way to pass a Sunday lunchtime.
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