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Japanese Food Spots in Gion / Higashiyama / Yamashina Area

  • 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.

  • Seikoro
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    4.5
    212 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.

    Staying at the Seikoro Ryokan was our first experience of a traditional Japanese inn and it was an absolute pleasure. The inn is very well positioned for exploring Kyoto. Seikoro’s intention is to...

  • Kiraku
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    4.5
    85 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Sanjo street Shirakawa-bashi East 4-chome Nakano-machi 208
    An okonomiyaki restaurant located a 10-minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station on the Keihan Main Line. Redolent with the flavors of a dashi broth made with skipjack tuna flakes and kombu kelp, the shop's okonomiyaki is crisp on the outside and light and airy on the inside. A favorite of taxi drivers as well, the shop is frequented by tourists and students on school trips. The shop offers an abundant variety of okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and teppanyaki dishes, with the Negikake-mix-tama (egg and green onion okonomiyaki) as well as the Tonpei covered with a tangy ponzu sauce are particularly recommended. The restaurant has tatami mat seating, making it great for brining children to.

    We got the special okonomiyaki and it was enough for us both. Food is really good, I recommend trying the cucumbers with miso appetizer.

  • Yudofu Okutan Kiyomizu
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    4.0
    87 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...

  • Uoichi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Imagumanonaginomorichou 25
    A pike conger cuisine specialty shop located along the road leading from Tofukuji Station to Imakumano Shrine. In general, the shop’s pike congers come from Setouchi and are selected based on a policy of offering cuisine that is both delicious and inexpensive. In order to fully bring out the innate flavor of pike conger, the shop uses a uniquely blended vinegar-based sauce in place of the more traditional shredded umeboshi for seasoning. The X-rays of pike congers decorating the shop walls express the owner’s love for pike conger.
  • Gion Mametora
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 570-235
    A traditional Japanese ryotei restaurant located in front of the Kaburenjo Theater on Hanamikoji Street in Gion. Diners here can enjoy traditional kaiseki course cuisine made with seasonal ingredients such as mamezara ryori designed to be enjoyed a little at a time and bite-sized sushi made to be eaten even by maiko without disrupting their makeup. At lunch, the restaurant serves bite sized sushi and sushi/mamezara sets meals.
  • Gion Kurashita
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    4.5
    80 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 570-157
    A traditional kaiseki course cuisine restaurant located in the Gionmachi Minamigawa neighborhood of Higashiyama Ward. The restaurant offers kaiseki dishes made with seasonal ingredients, plain boiled mizutaki dishes, and, in winter only, tecchiri (boiled fugu). The shop’s boiled tofu is made with specially ordered dashi soy sauce and tofu from Hattori, a venerable shop established in 1910 famed as the official provider of the Nanzen-ji Zen Temple. The boiled tofu can be ordered a la carte in addition to the boiled tofu meal.

    We had a yudofu and kaiseiki lunch here. We chose this option as we weren’t sure if we will like yudofu and having a kaiseiki with other dishes felt like a safer choice. The food was really good...

  • Gohanya Shinkiro
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Miyakawasuji 6-361
    A Japanese restaurant located along Miyagawa-cho Street a three minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station. The restaurant is situated inside a former tea house. As the restaurant’s name implies (“Rice Shop”), the restaurant takes great care in preparing a fluffy rice blending grains from Kyotamba and Omi. During the day, the restaurant serves obanzai Kyoto home-style cuisine meal sets. At night, the shop makes use of its tea house atmosphere to serve a la carte items and course meals together with choice sakes.

    On Friday night around 8 pm my husband and I were looking for a casual restaurant to eat at. Our hotel concierge recommended this restaurant and he called to book and there was availability right...

  • Nikenchaya Nakamura-rou
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto shi Higashiyama ku Gion Yasaka Shrine Torii inside
    A traditional kaiseki course cuisine restaurant located past the torii gate of Yasaka-jinja Shrine. There were once two (“ni ken”) tea houses (“chaya”) facing each other across the approach to Yasaka Shrine, resulting in them being collectively referred to as the “Niken Chaya.” Later, Nakamuraro succeeded one of these, the Kashiwaya, the history of which dates back to the Muromachi period. In the late Edo period, Nakamuraro became widely known as one of Kyoto’s leading restaurants, and in the Meiji period it was a popular place for financiers, writers, and artists to meet. Both in the daytime and at night, the restaurant primarily serves a monthly changing menu of seasonal kaiseki cuisine. The restaurant is also available for wedding receptions, Buddhist memorial services, and other events.

    I couldnt help but try a few of the kakigoris here, I was not disappointed. This is the Ume kakigori, unique flavour and very delicious.

  • Kyoutomi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Washiochou 503-6
    Approximately 10 minutes on foot from Kyoto’s Yasaka Shrine, this restaurant serving Kyo kaiseki (Kyoto’s traditional local cuisine) is located in a quiet spot at the back of a small cobblestone path. Inside are counter seats that look out over the inner garden and private rooms with horigotatsu-style seats (recessed, heated floor seats) are also available. With a focus on seasonal Kyoto ingredients, each item of the Kyoto cuisine is carefully prepared, resulting in dishes that have their own elegance and vibrant appearance from season to season. The dashi uses water drawn from Mt. Daimonji, and has been crafted by a delicate combination of kombu kelp and bonito. The seasonal bento lunch box that is limited to the lunch menu is a popular offering that is reasonably priced and allows guests to enjoy the seasonal tastes.
  • Hanbey-fu
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    4.5
    87 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...

  • Kyoto Hotel Okura Villa Kyoto Cuisine Awata Sanso
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    4.5
    40 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Awataguchisanjoubouchou 2-15
    This is a traditional Japanese restaurant located in Kyoto Hotel Okura specializing in Kyoto Kaiseki cuisine. The building is a renovated villa once owned by a textile manufacturer who made his fortune from Nishijin brocade before the war. From the window of the extravagantly built sukiya-style building (traditional Japanese style) guests can enjoy a view of a well-kept garden, beautiful in every season. Plans including accommodation at Kyoto Hotel Okura and a relaxing enjoyable dinner are available. A lunch menu is also available for guests who want to enjoy the cuisine.

    I was invited by a younger Japanese man who stayed with me in Australia 18 years earlier. We had a private quiet room upstairs to ourselves, overlooking a traditional Japanese garden with granite...

  • Kodaiji Temple Kyoto Cuisine Manjiro
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji temple Kitamon-dori Shimogawara east entrance Washio-machi 518
    This is a Japanese-style restaurant located near Kyoto Kodai-ji Temple. It offers traditional Japanese course dishes called Kaiseki which change according to the season, and visitors can enjoy hamo dishes using special hamo (sea eel) from April to October. In the back there is a luscious garden and the cuisine can be enjoyed in a calm space. In the tatami room you can call for Maiko and Geiko (traditional entertainers) and enjoy a unique evening that can only be experienced in Kyoto. There is also a casual lunch menu available. Visitors can enjoy eating a mini-Kaiseki course in the tatami room seated on the floor.
  • Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya
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    3.5
    81 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...

  • Gion Rakuraku
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto shi Gion Shijo Hanami Koji Shimo Le west side 1F
    A restaurant facing Hanamikoji Street in Gion where diners can enjoy traditional Kyoto kaiseki course cuisine made with seasonal Kyoto vegetables grown in Kameoka and seasonal ingredients from around the country. The restaurant is situated inside a sukiya-zukuri tea house-style townhome rich with the atmosphere of Kyoto. The restaurant has counter and raised tatami seating from which diners can enjoy an elegant Japanese environment. The Hanakago bento, served in the afternoon, is a popular way to enjoy kaiseki course cuisine at a reasonable price. Patrons can eat sweets suited to adult tastes made with Tanba ingredients in the café space on the second floor. Closest station: Gion-Shijo Station.
  • Akebono tei
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2-222
    A traditional Japanese ryotei restaurant which once served as lodgings for such historic figures as Sakamoto Ryoma and members of the “sonno joi” movement to expel foreign influences from Japan located in Kyoto City's Higashiyama Ward. Visitors can practically sense the history of the building. The first floor is decorated with folding screens painted in the Kano school style while the second floor is enlivened by fusuma sliding screens dating to the late Edo period. Diners can enjoy a variety of reasonably priced meals to suit almost any occasion, from Kyoto-style bento box lunches to boiled tofu kaiseki course cuisine. The “Ryoma gozen” meal, taking its name from Sakamoto Ryoma, is also a popular menu choice. Sakamoto Ryoma fans and history buffs from around the country come to this popular restaurant cum tourist spot.

    After a visit to Kiyomizudera I was after a good lunch, and chanced upon this at the start of Sannenzaka off Kiyomizudera. The ambience was that of a quiet teahouse with serenity. My tempura set...

  • Gion Izuju
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    4.0
    248 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...

  • Machiya Cafe Roji Usagi
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Shimoyanagichou 176
    A hidden café located in a back alley in Kyoto City’s Higashiyama Ward housed inside a charming and retro over 100-year-old townhouse. Particularly popular menu options include the Kyo-no asa-gohan breakfast, a set which comes with an abundant variety of dishes like grilled fish, numerous sides, and a dashimaki omelet; as well as the daily Roji uzen lunch special. The café is filled with books on Kyoto tourism and history, giving patrons the chance to enjoy a slow breakfast while planning their itinerary. In addition to tatami mat seating, the café also has counter seating easy for individual customers to use.

    Tucked away in a little side lane in Gion, not a difficult place to find with Google Map. The menu was simple, for breakfast it was either the Japanese Style Breakfast with grill fish or Japanese...

  • Kyoto Cuisine Kotoume
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 506-1
    This restaurant for Kyoto cuisine is located close to the southern entrance of the Kyoto sightseeing spot Yasaka Shrine’s Minami Romon gate, and is the sister shop of Kyoto Cuisine Ume-Mura where Ito Hirobumi regularly stayed. Located in a restored old Japanese house, its appearance is also attractive for its full Kyoto ambience. For lunch the popular choice is the Koto Bento lunch box in which sashimi, fried food and takiawase (different types of boiled food) are packed into a container shaped like a plum, while for dinner the gorgeous and authentic Koto Kaiseki course is popular. Amidst a relaxing Japanese-style atmosphere enjoy the taste of traditional Kyoto cuisine that makes the most of the flavors of seasonal ingredients and is prepared with delicate craftsmanship. The closest station is Gion-Shijo Station.

    It sits at the corner of Yasaka shrine and entrance to Maruyama Park. Nice location but traffic is low volume. Perhaps the pricing is not catered to the masses! The bento boxes looks wonderful and it...

  • 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.

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