More Brits could be encouraged to book flights to Japan and travel to Kyoto thanks to the city’s growing reputation as a culinary hotspot.
This is according to the Japan National Tourist Organisation, which commented after the publication of a new Michelin guide to Kyoto and Osaka this month.
Kylie Clark, JNTO’s press manager, said that Kyoto visitors should not miss the city’s dining and cultural offerings, with one of the highlights being a night in a ryokan – a traditional inn – with a kaiseki dinner.
"The two cities have already received quite a bit of press since becoming Michelin-starred cities, so the recognition alone of their restaurants being good enough to warrant a Michelin guide is sure to have already lured some foodie travellers to visit them," she commented.
Ms Clark went on to say that that Kyoto’s cuisine is a "template" upon which Japan’s culinary culture has grown from.
Kyoto locals, who are known for their passionate approach towards food, have an expression called ‘kuidaore’, which translates as "to eat ’til you drop".