Top choice noodles

in Northern Higashiyama
Image by Frank Carter / Getty Images
Image by Frank Carter / Getty Images

This elegant noodle shop, a five-minute walk from Ginkaku-ji, is named after the signature dish – thick white noodles that are served in broth with a selection of seven fresh vegetables. Choose from hot or cold noodles, and you'll be given a bowl of soup to dip them in and a plate of vegetables (put these into the soup along with the sesame seeds).

There's also an extensive à la carte menu. You can get a tasty salad here and brilliant tori sansho yaki (chicken cooked with Japanese mountain spice). Look for the traditional Japanese house with a lantern outside.