Cool Kyoto 😎

For @carlyewisel, with assistance from @markravina.
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    BEST DUMPLINGS AND NABE: Rokuden-ya (On Potocho) 六伝屋 先斗町店
    Super noms and near the Kamo River right in the heart of Kyoto.
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    MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE CHERRY BLOSSOMS: Philosopher's Walk
    This is an amazing pedestrian path along a cherry blossom-lined canal. It connects Ginkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji and omg you'll take so many good Instas.
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    BEST PUB: Omuraya おむら家
    Located in Izakaya near Kyoto University.
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    BEST LOCAL x EXPAT SPOT: Café Frosch
    V hip and happening near Kinkakuji.
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    BEST CHAIN TONKATSU: Katsukura
    It's only a regional chain, so it's not too "mainstream," but they're everywhere in Kyoto.
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    BEST TEMPLE x TOFU COMBO: Visit Byodo-in and then go eat at Seian.
    This temple is in Uji, but if you make it down there you have to eat at Seian. It's a super amazing tofu and yuba spot.
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    BEST KAISEKI: Giro Giro Hitoshina
    This spot is kind of hard to find, but really well known. It's located sort of in-between Higashiyama and Shimogyo.
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    BEST PLACE TO SPOT A GEISHA: Hanami-koji area of Gion.
    It's so worth it.
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    BEST CAJ BUDDHIST TEMPLE: Otagi Nenbutsu-ji
    Located in the Arashiyama neighborhood, it was founded in the 8th century. Google it and you'll see how amazing it is.
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    BEST BIKE-RIDE: Kamo River
    Literally anywhere on it. Amazing views and you'll see a bunch of locals.
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    BEST TEMPURA/EATING EXPERIENCE: Yoshikawa
    What Jiro does for sushi, Yoshikawa does for tempura. @taybelight can back me up.
    Suggested by   @Nicholas
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    BEST SAKE TASTING: Yoramu.
    Suggested by   @josh