Nathan's recommendations in Niseko and Kyoto

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City guides: Kyoto and Niseko, Japan

Nathan Hartono is a singer, musician and songwriter, and he's been honing his craft since the age of 14. Listen to him on his tumblr (nathandothartono). He tells us about his most recent trip to Kyoto and Niseko.


Where have you been recently, and what did you do there?

Japan! Had a huge family trip (immediate family and two extended families) to Niseko and Kyoto. Had some great, much needed, family time. I'm always so grateful for that. Did some snowboarding, sightseeing, lots and lots of eating. First trip I've taken in awhile for just plain leisure.


What would you recommend eating in Niseko?

Gyu+ Bar aka The Fridge Door - sweet little bar with very yummy drinks. Coziness factor is a straight up 10. And the view of snow covered trees is a huge plus.

Niseko Ramen - really good ramen with a unique twist, potato foam on top of its signature bowl. Imagine very fluffy mashed potatoes that add a very cool texture to their already tasty ramen.

Gyu+ Bar aka The Fridge Door

Pictured above: Gyu+ Bar aka The Fridge Door (photo credit: Yogi)


How about things to do or see in Kyoto?

I did a lot of random wandering in Kyoto sans data/wifi. So I have no addresses, just vague memories of locations. So...good luck.

For food, I would recommend 力一 ramen, in the Kawashima area. It is a tiny little place in an alley that has very good ramen at a very good price (average of $8 a bowl).

The streets leading up to Kiyomizu-dera are packed with things to see, buy and eat. Also, cobblestone paths and lots of houses made of pine. Very Instagram friendly!

Rent a bike! It's the best way to navigate Kyoto. It's about $10 a day, and for the convenience, adventure, and exercise you get, I'd say it's well worth it.

Biking in Kyoto


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