Kyoto. Formerly Japan's capital, Kyoto has a deep history that dates back centuries. Not only in the political aspect but also its unique Geisha entertainment venues and some of the most traditional food Japan has to offer. If you're a vegetarian one of the things that you must try is "shojin ryori" many of the temples' munks are vegetarian, so this is a special food that was originally made for them, but now enjoyed by many all over Japan and very commonly in Kyoto. Many of the items are vegan as well, so it is worth trying for everyone. There are also many sweets made from the famous Uji matcha, made fresh in Kyoto. This is only a couple of the hundreds of foods available in Kyoto. Especially if you have a deep interest in traditional Japanese culture and foods, and want to learn personally from a hometown, native point of view, we recommend searching for some local cooking classes on airKitchen.