Japanese Food Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Kyoto Gion Tempura Yasaka Endo
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    4.5
    427 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Komatsuchou 566
    In 1885, Tempura Yasaka Endo was founded under the name Ochaya Omie. There you can dine from a menu that includes their famed Kyoto style tempura bursting with local ingredients. It's housed in a traditional Kyoto sukiya style building constructed 90 years ago in the early Showa period. They offer a variety of dining spaces from easily accessible counter seating to rooms with different feels perfect for entertaining or formal occasions. People also enjoy their lunch menu.

    Multi-course tempura encompassing delicious seafood, mushrooms and vegetables. We experienced great service in a private dining room which had a window out onto a beautiful garden... lovely peaceful...

  • Gion Izuju
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    4.0
    251 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 292-1
    A venerable sushi restaurant located in front of Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto City’s Higashiyama Ward founded in the late Meiji period. Specializing in Kyoto sushi, a unique variety of sushi which evolved in an area far from the sea, the restaurant’s saba mackerel sushi, made with cub mackerel from Tsushima Bay, is particularly famous. The thick, fatty meat of the shimesaba vinegar soused mackerel goes perfectly with the sumeshi vinegared rice. Other excellent choices include the makizushi rolled sushi, inarizushi fried tofu sushi, and hamonoko young pike conger narezushi fermented sushi. Diners even travel from overseas to enjoy a meal at this popular establishment.

    Food servered should have packed with more fish that commensurates with reputation and high appraisal by diners of Tripadvisor. The first restaurant since becoming a favourite fan of Japan Hour for...

  • Hirobun
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kuramakibunechou 87
    A restaurant and traditional inn just a minute's walk away from a sub shrine belonging to the Kifune-jinja Shrine famed as a power spot which brings luck with love. The inn has a total of eight rooms available to parties of two or larger. The inn takes particular pride in its highly seasonal cuisine, and diners can enjoy “riverbed cuisine” while listening to the murmurs of a stream fed by the Kifune River in summer. In winter, the inn serves wild boar hot pot rich in collagen and nutrients said to give beauty and good health. No matter what season you visit, you are sure to find unique seasonal charms.

    We had heard that getting to Hirobun would be difficult so we made sure to triple check our route, we did this using local maps, asking local people and using google reviews which detailed the route...

  • Tenryu-ji Shigetsu
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    4.5
    169 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 68
    A Buddhist vegetarian cuisine restaurant located inside the Tenryu-ji Temple’s garden, a World Heritage Site, in Kyoto City. Buddhist vegetarian cuisine was originally developed for monks who were prohibited from eating meat. It is made without any animal-derived products, instead using highly seasonal ingredients with a focus on vegetables and emphasizing the “five flavors,” the “five colors,” and the “five laws.” The restaurant offers three courses which change with the seasons—a 3,000 yen course, 5,000 yen course, and 7,000 yen course. No matter which course you choose, you will be able to enjoy delicate flavors that make maximum use of the individual ingredients involved.

    it was a nice traditional vegan food I had here. the atmosphere is great and I really hope for a tranquility and quiet meals but too bad, there was a couple who keep on talking with each others and...

  • Okonomiyaki Machiya
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    4.0
    233 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Higashi-shiokojicho 902 Kyoto Sta. Mae Underground shopping center Porta

    Okonomiyaki with pork or seafood is delicious. We also had it with noodles. A delightful, inexpensive, tasty, healthy meal!

  • Seikoro
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    4.5
    218 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto shi Higashiyama kuya tower Tooru Gojo down Le 3 - chome Nishitibachi cho 467
    A venerable traditional inn founded in 1831 and located in Higashiyama Ward in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. The inn’s interior is Edo period in style with a hint of Taisho Roman. The inn offers a wide selection of rooms, from shoin-zukuri style rooms built a hundred years ago to Western style rooms offering excellent rooms to even rooms which allow guests to stay with their pets. Depending on room occupancy, reservations for dinner only are accepted. The inn’s Kyoto style kaiseki course cuisine is truly the taste of tradition. Carefully made with fresh ingredients, showiness and tricks are kept to a minimum, with flavor taking precedence over all. The inn’s spacious man-made hot spring bath is also popular.

    My first stay at a ryokan. Great experience. The staff were unbelievably nice, welcoming and attentive. They made our stay feel so special. The place was beautiful, very atmospheric, clean and...

  • Mishima Tei
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    4.0
    236 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto shi Kyoto shi Chukyo-ku Teramachi dori Sanjo down
    This veteran Japanese restaurant is located about five minutes on foot from the Keihan Railway Main Line's Sanjo Station in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. They feature the highest grade of Japanese black beef which they mature themselves. You can dine on delicacies like sukiyaki, shabu-shabu, and mizudake hot-pot with seasonal vegetables. Founded in 1873, tourists pour in from home and abroad for an ambience of the time when Japan was opening to the world.

    Do not go to mishimatei takashimaya. Very BAD service from the young lady with the glasses and stars on her hair. Anyway, the food was good.

  • Hanaikada
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    4.0
    88 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Arashiyamanakaoshitachou 57
    Hanaikada is a traditional Kyoto-style restaurant located in the inn of the same name at Arashiyama Hot Spring. The chef goes to the Central Wholesale Market every day to select seasonal ingredients according to strict criteria. The food at Hanaikada brings out the true flavors of the ingredients. The yudofu, steamed tofu, made with soy milk is especially noteworthy. The restaurant has package deals for all sorts of day trips, including celebrations and business entertainment.

    Stayed two nights in this traditional ryokan, we booked the room with private semi outdoor onsen (Mokuren room). Location is convenient and easy to find, only 3 mins by taxi from JR Saga Arashiyama...

  • Gion Gyuzen
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    4.0
    103 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 323 Gion Hall 4F
    This Japanese cuisine restaurant close by the Kyoto sightseeing spot of Yasaka Shrine mainly serves shabu-shabu, sukiyaki and other nabe (hot pot) dishes. They are choosy about the quality of their meat, and offer a set where guests can simultaneously enjoy shabu-shabu and sukiyaki. There are plenty of all-you-can-eat options from reasonably priced menu offerings to those which allow you to eat Japanese Black beef to your heart’s content, while the course offerings where guests can try food including Kyoto’s obanzai cuisine and fried foods are popular. Despite the fact that the interior has been designed with a Japanese ambience, the ceilings are high to provide a sense of spaciousness. They also have private rooms with horigotatsu (recessed, heated floor seats) and counter seats available. The closest station is Gion-Shijo Station.

    A bit difficult to find as they located inside the building, they do variety of beef selection with combination of Suki-Shabu. I think its worth the price you pay, but nothing special.

  • Ganko Sanjo Main Shop
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    3.5
    224 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Sanjyodo Kawaramachi Higashiro Nakajima cho 101
    Ganko Sanjo Main Shop lets guests enjoy authentic kaiseki course dining and sushi in a quaint Japanese atmosphere. A variety of large and small tea rooms cater to a range of uses from family get-togethers to large banquets. Guests enjoy a variety of dishes that tantalize the senses, from a small lunchtime kaiseki course to full-fledged Japanese cuisine. There is a kid's menu too.

    Ive eaten here a few times over the years. Usually I have sushi, but this time I went for the sashimi and tempura set lunch. It was massive and really tasty...plus fantastic value. I could not fault...

  • Ganko Takasegawa Nijoen
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    4.0
    211 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Kiyachou Toichuzu town descending two ordinances 484 - 6
    This Japanese restaurant is in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. Takasegawa Nijoen is a historic Japanese garden constructed by the merchant Suminokura Ryoi in 1611. The restaurant is used for celebrations and receptions, and focuses on elegant kaiseki course dining, as well as dishes like shabu shabu made with Omi beef. Lots of tourists come to dine while taking in the seasonal view.

    We accidentally discovered this place on our walk to Gion and whowh what a beautiful surprise! You enter the restaurant, you are asked to take your shoes off, and they take you to a table overlooking...

  • Gion Hatanaka
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 505 Yasaka Shrine Minaminoe
    This restaurant and traditional Japanese inn is located in front of south gate of Yasaka Shrine in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. Despite its location in florid Gion, this renowned establishment is quiet and peaceful. Here diners can enjoy Kyoto cuisine made with seasonal ingredients such as bamboo shoots in spring, eel  in summer, matsutake mushrooms in autumn, and crab in winter. Via the restaurant’s popular Kyoto Cuisine and Maiko Evening, you can enjoy a delicious meal and games with maiko (apprentice geisha). An English-speaking host and English language explanations and interpretation are available.

    We loved every minute of the evening. Its not a cheap evening but its so worth it. The experience is wonderful. You wont go wrong booking this evening out when you are in Kyoto.

  • Yudofu Sagano
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    4.5
    94 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 45
    This is a boiled tofu restaurant near the grounds of Tenryu-ji Temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto, around a five-minute walk from Randen Line’s Arashiyama Station. The pure Japanese sukiya-style architecture that stands in the quietness like a tea-ceremony arbor along with the wide Japanese garden is one of its attractive charms. There are casual counter seats for single diners, tatami room seats for families and groups, and even outdoor seats where one can enjoy the garden at proximity. The “Yudofu” on offer comes with 10 dishes including Kyoto traditional Saga boiled tofu, Kyoto vegetable tempura, gomadofu (crushed sesame seeds boiled in water and chilled like tofu), and deep-fried tofu. The “melt in your mouth” healthy tofu flavor is extremely popular with more elderly diners too.

    Food is my life and although I am not vegetarian, I was really intrigued by the concept of this restaurant.The place is so beautiful that is worth just visiting because of the setting. You only have...

  • Moritaya Kiyamachi Branch
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    4.5
    154 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Kiyamachisanjou Uelu top Osaka cho 531
    Located only two minutes by foot from Keihan Main Line’s Sanjo Station along the Kamogawa River, this is a long-standing ryotei (Japanese restaurant) which was established in 1869. This branch is set deep in a backstreet alley with a long cobblestone approach that is typical of Kyoto and has a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. In addition to the small rooms facing the Kamogawa River, guests can enjoy platform seats overlooking the Kamogawa River in summer. On the menu are sukiyaki, shabu-shabu and oil-yaki (slices of meat fried in oil) which use carefully selected Kyoto meat. In particular, the sweet Kansai-style sukiyaki which they will cook one slice at a time is quite popular, and has earned them many repeat customers.

    Highly recommended. Eating the marbled sukiyaki beef, from Wagyu cows which are massaged and fed with beer, is a treat the Japanese reserve for very special occasions. The restaurant features the...

  • Hanbey-fu
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    4.5
    89 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku, wholesale town Gojo Gojo Leisure town 433
    A long-established shop selling ‘fu,’ a bread-like food made of wheat gluten, from the Edo period. The shop opened in 1689, and introduced the secret method of how to make “fu” which had until then been treated as a high-class food in the palace. The shop is a traditional wooden building, but the sales area inside is a modern Kyoto-style decorated with stained glass, making you aware of the changes over time. In the tea shop “Hanbei,” there is a course menu of ‘fu’ and ‘yuba’ (tofu skin), and you are able to dine here as well.

    OFU :fua breadlike food made of wheat gluten This is the special rare [OFU] restaurant in KYOTO. You can eat a lot type of OFU dishes. All seasoning are traditional tastes. You must make...

  • Shoraian
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    4.5
    137 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagakamenochou In public land
    A traditional kaiseki course cuisine restaurant located upstream of the Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama. Referred to as the villa of politician Fumimaro Konoe due to his frequent visits, the restaurant is situated amongst lush greenery and patrons can enjoy the changes of the seasons from their tables while dining on a monthly changing menu of tofu kaiseki dishes. The paintings and calligraphy on display in the restaurant are the work of the proprietress, who is also an artist.

    Shoraian is a Tofu restaurant tucked away by the banks of the Oi river inside the Arashiyama bamboo forest. You can’t get there by car, you simply have to trek the trails to get there. Almost getting...

  • Yudofu Okutan Kiyomizu
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    4.0
    88 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 3-340
    A venerable Buddhist vegetarian cuisine restaurant located in the Kiyomizu neighborhood of Higashiyama Ward founded in 1635 in the early Edo period. The tofu used in the restaurant’s famed boiled tofu is made with organic soybeans and natural brine extracted in a special room below ground. The tofu is made fresh each morning in a workshop situated under the 2000 square meter garden visible from the dining areas.

    The receptionist here was surprisingly rude. Snappish, curt and downright unpleasant. You have to pass her booth and order before going into the restaurant. She acted as if she was doing us a big...

  • Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya
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    3.5
    82 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu Temple Mae Shimizu 2
    This Kaiseki restaurant which uses tofu as a main ingredient in their cuisine is located near Kiyomizu Temple. The refurbished traditional townhouse restaurant can be found a little off the road approaching Kiyomizu Temple. There is a tofu factory on the premises, and freshly made tofu and yuba are included in the menu. The main dish on the course menu is boiled tofu, but there are a la carte dishes such as tofu-don (rice bowl topped with tofu) and nama-fu tempura (wheat-gluten tempura baked and coated with miso) as well. In addition, occasionally there are limited menus related to festivals, so many customers visit according to the season.

    I was craving a return to this restaurant that I first visited with my husband. It is difficult to find Yuba outside of Japan, and it is such a vegetarian joy. The restaurant is spacious. It is in a...

  • Hashitate
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    4.0
    122 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku
    A Japanese restaurant in the station building at Kyoto Station. We recommend their monthly changing Hashitate Don rice bowl which combines seafood and wild vegetables from the Tango region along with homemade vegetables pickled in miso. During the evening you can enjoy a hot pot meal. They also sell popular souvenirs including Sea bream sushi with miso and sesame paste.

    I did not have a lot of time to explore for my dinner before my Shinkansen trip back to Tokyo. But, here this restaurant is at really convenient place, 3rd foot of building in front of exit of JR...

  • Ryokan Nenrinbo
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    4.0
    119 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Kita-ku Takagaminekitatakagaminecho 40
    This restaurant is about 30 minutes' drive from Kyoto Station, inside a hotel in the Takagamine area, near to a number of ancient temples like Genko-an or Koetsu-ji. It is surrounded by the beauty of the foothills of the Kitayama mountain range, known as Kitayama Cedars, and offers the fruits of the mountains all year round in various seasonal dishes. In summer they have hamo pike conger, in fall matsutake mushrooms, and in winter they have blowfish, all served in dishes that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate. The shop is loved for how its dishes bring out the flavor of their ingredients to their utmost, whether it's hamo shabu-shabu hotpot or sushi, matsutake rice, or boiled blowfish. Their mini-kaiseki Nenju Manpuku Zen and Koetsu dim sum meals, featuring the flavor of the seasons with a Kyoto flair, are also quite popular.

    We stayed here for 3 days at the end of December 2019 as a family of 4 adults. My parents stayed in a bigger room while my brother and I stayed in a normal twin room. The rooms come with Futon beds...

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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