Be a early bird! Kyoto specialties in the morning


Are you a morning person? If yes, we highly recommend you these things below and we are sure you enjoy them. And if not, let’s change your habit while you are abroad and have more fun!




No1 Zazen, Japanese Meditation
Zazen is a well-known Japanese meditation method which started in Kamakura period. By being concentrated and ‘empty’, with sitting still, you can achieve calmness and peace of your mind. The priests occasionally hit you on your shoulders when you move or seem not to very focus on doing zazen. But don’t get mad as it is part of the meditation!

Kenninji Temple offers Zazen program for free on the second Sunday every month. You will do zazen twice from 8am (each zazen is 20 minutes long), chant Buddhist sutra and listen to a sermon. This will finish at around 10am. No reservation is needed, so you can just come along in the morning. Tofukuji Temple also offer free zazen program on Sundays from 6:30am. It lasts 1 hour, and you don’t have to book a place. So just go there by yourself and meditate!


Kenninji Temple
Address Kyoto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Yamatoojidori Shijo Kudaru, Komatsumachi
Tel 075-561-6363


Tofukuji Temple
Address Kyoto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Honmachi 15-778
Tel 075-561-0087




No2 Most Famous Breakfast in Kyoto
The local says, ‘you can’t start a day without having breakfast at INODA COFFEE.’ It is just perfect to start your day with a croissant, scrambled eggs, ham, fresh squeezed orange juice and their original coffee. Since this place is always very busy, make sure you get there at their opening time (7am) so that you can avoid the crowd. Once you get seated, just relax and energize yourself with their amazing dishes for the trip awaiting you!





Opening hours 7am to 8pm
Regular Holidays None
Address Kyoto-shi, Nakagyo-ku, Sakaimachidori Sanjo Kudaru, doyucho 140
Tel 075022100507




No3 Visiting Temples and Shrines


Can you imagine that you are the only one who is standing on the stage of Kiyomizu Temple, having a splendid view of Kyoto just for yourself? It is possible if you go there early in the morning. In fact, they are open from 6am. There are also many temples and shrines where you can visit before breakfast, Fusimi Inari, Shimogamo Shrine, Ginkakuji Temple and Toji Temple, to name a few. We assure that they will show you different faces and create a quieter and more sacred atmosphere.




No4 Going to Market


Do you want to find something special, things like handmade accessories by local artists? Then markets are probably the best place to go. There are some handcraft markets held regularly throughout the year, and they starts very early in the morning (one even starts at 5am!). And they also have food stalls, so you will not be hungry while shopping around. Visit them in the morning to beat the crowds and take your time to find your favorite handmade products!



Hyakumanben Tedukuri Ichi

Opereating Hours 8am to 4pm
Opening Day 15th every month
Address Hyakumanben Chionji Temple; Kyoto-shi, Sakyo-ku, Tanama Monzencho



Kobo Ichi, Toji Temple Market

Opereating Hours 5am to 4pm
Opening Day 21st every month
Address Kyouou Gokokuji Temple (Toji); Kyoto-shi, Minami-ku, Kujo 1



Kamigamo Tedukuri Market

Operating Hours 9am to 4pm
Opening Day The 4th Sundays
Address Kamigamo Shrine; Kyoto-shi, Kita-ku, Kamigamo Honzan 339




No5 Strolling along Kamo River


Kamo River, running the city center of Kyoto has always been the trademark of this town and loved by everyone. Let’s take a walk along the bank and breathe the fresh air of the morning. It is also a good idea to get your breakfast from bakeries nearby and eat them sitting on a bench. But be careful with kites, because they are looking for the chance to steal your food!







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