I will be traveling on business in Kyoto next Sunday through Wednesday. I realize it is probably too late to make reservations anywhere. Given the limited amount of time I have, I was wondering if anyone has recommendations on restaurants. My goal would be to try a different type of Japanese cuisine for each meal (sushi, traditional Kyoto meal, something with Kobe beef or similar, other types?). I am not very familiar with the cuisine types.
I will be able to make a Sunday dinner (although I will not arrive until around 8 pm - so I would need someplace in or near the Granvia), Monday lunch, and Monday and Tuesday dinners. Location-wise, I am staying at the Granvia which I hear is at the Kyoto train station.
At least one evening, I will be dining with locals on business. Etiquette-wise, I assume I should let them pick the restaurant (even though I expect to pay for dinner). That will also be the only meal I will have the benefit of a Japanese-speaking member of my dining party.
Also, although this is off-topic, if someone had one day to see the sites of Kyoto, what would be your top three things to see - either scenery-wise or history-wise.
I will also be in Tokyo one evening, if anyone has a suggestion for a restaurant there, perhaps with the idea of continuing my goal of experiencing different cuisine types, please let me know. I will continue to review the posts of this site, but wanted to post something first in the hopes of getting some responses before I leave.