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Is it possible to find 'authentic' food in overcrowded Kyoto? A video exploring Kyoto's food scene and overtourism

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Although I knew that Kyoto was crowded, I didn't truly know until I recently visited again for the first time in a few years. I had intended to make a video showing some places to eat in Kyoto that have history, but once I went to them, I didn't feel like I could just ignore the overtourism of it all. In this video, I explore how I felt that Kyoto was affected by overtourism, what we as travelers can do to lessen our impact, and a place to go instead of central Kyoto.

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Japan content creator

I'm intrigued as to what people's thoughts are on overtourism in Kyoto.

When I travel to a place for the first time, I tend to look for the 'must do' things first, especially if it seems unlikely I'll ever visit that city again. But lately I've been more aware of the overtourism and sustainability aspects of things. Is this something that plays an important part in your trip planning, or do you prioritize one over the other?

1 month ago (edited)

Very informative, i myself hate overcrowded places

1 month ago
Japan content creator

I'm glad you think so! Yes, crowds can ruin an experience for many people. There's so much of Japan to explore instead

1 month ago
Co-founding Director & Cultural Tour Guide, Victoria West Tours (Pty) Ltd


1 month ago
Founder and Co-CEO, Traveling Spoon

Really insightful video Cassandra! Thank you for sharing. Love that you point out how Nishiki market had to change in some ways and also that there are places like Uji/Jintaro that truly give you a feel for local life and culture. I had a similar experience to you when I was traveling in Mexico - I started Traveling Spoon to give travelers a chance to experience local food and culture by connecting them to locals, in their homes, for a cooking class and meal. Let us know if you're interested in trying Obanzai, a cuisine (and philosophy) native to Kyoto with one of our hosts in her home.

1 month ago
Japan content creator

I'm glad that you enjoyed it, I hope I can share more insightful things about Japan in the future rather than the usual tourism stuff.
What an interesting idea! I would love to hear a bit more about it. I'll send you a message.

1 month ago
Content & Community Manager, RaizUp

Thanks for the video! I've just spent 2 months in a remote ski resort in Japan, followed by 2 weeks of exploring Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

Watching your video, I've decided to give Uji a chance and what a great decision! I loved Uji waaaay more – more quiet streets, lovely food, nature and general calmness. And it's just a train ride away from the crowds in Kyoto (although we successfully avoiding most of those as we woke up early enough to visit some popular places).

1 month ago
Japan content creator

I'm so glad you found it useful, and that you actually visited Uji! I hope you have as good a time during the rest of your trip

1 month ago
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Is it possible to find 'authentic' food in overcrowded Kyoto?

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Is it possible to find 'authentic' food in overcrowded Kyoto? was posted by Cassandra Lord in Video , Kyoto , Japan , Food , Responsible Travel , Discussion . Featured on Feb 29, 2024 (1 month ago). Is it possible to find 'authentic' food in overcrowded Kyoto? is rated 4.6/5 ★ by 5 members.