Top 11 Popular Restaurants In And Around Kyoto Station Worth Trying Once
There are many popular restaurants to try in Kyoto Station, which is a station used by a lot of tourists as the starting point or last stop in their journey to Kyoto. Among those, this article will introduce 11 restaurants in and around Kyoto Station that everyone has to try at least once!
1. Kyoto Kitcho (Kaiseki Cuisine)
Located inside Hotel Granvia Kyoto right next to the central ticket gate of Kyoto Station, Kyoto Kitcho is a place where you can enjoy the distinct vibe of the season together with elaborate Japanese cuisine that pays careful attention to everything up to the smallest of details, such as the colors and china used in serving the dishes. You will be moved by this restaurant’s wide array of dishes that not only taste delicious, but also look beautiful, and you will also feel their commitment to true hospitality.
One popular menu item is the Shokado Bento – a boxed lunch of kaiseki dishes that are usually served during tea ceremony. It is only served for lunch at the price of 8,316 JPY (incl. tax and service charge). Guests love this bento as it allows them to enjoy Japanese cuisine in a more casual manner than course meals.
The course meals, served during lunch and dinner, are priced from 15,444 JPY (incl. tax and service charge). These meals are a good choice for those who want to try authentic Japanese cuisine in a traditional fashion.
※Photo is for illustration purposes
※Photo is for illustration purposes
2. Shozankaku MATSUYAMA JR Kyoto Isetan Branch (Yuba, Kyoto Dishes, and Kaiseki)
Kyo-ryori (Kyoto cuisine) may have an image of being fancy and posing high hurdles to those who wish to try it out, but Shozankaku MATSUYAMA at the 11th floor of JR Kyoto Isetan will let you enjoy traditional Kyoto dishes at reasonable prices.
This restaurant specializes in yuba (tofu skin - an ingredient often used in Kyoto dishes) that is made by hand at its own workshop. The Meibutsu Yuba Oke-zen "Hana" that uses yuba is priced at 4,860 JPY (incl. tax and service charge) for both lunch and dinner. Aside from that, you can also order the Kyo-gonomi "Miyako" (4,104 JPY (incl. tax and service charge) for both lunch and dinner that will let you taste raw yuba, nama-fu (boiled ingredient that is made from gluten), seasonal vegetables, and other traditional ingredients, as well as the Kyo Bento (2,700 JPY (incl. tax and service charge)) that is only available during lunch.
There are also various course meals available that are priced for as low as 6,480 JPY (incl. tax and service charge), so you can say that this restaurant is recommended to those who want to enjoy proper Kyoto dishes at comparatively affordable prices. English menu available.
Sample Course Meal
3. Morita-ya JR Kyoto Isetan Branch (Sukiyaki and Shabu-Shabu)
Morita-ya is a veteran sukiyaki (dish in which meat cooked in salty-sweet sauce based on sugar and soy sauce is dipped in raw egg and then eaten) and shabu-shabu (dish in which meat is lightly cooked in broth and then eaten with sauce) restaurant in Kyoto that was founded in 1869. At its branch, located on the 11th floor of JR Kyoto Isetan, you will be able to enjoy dishes that have beef at the core, such as sukiyaki, shabu-shabu, teppanyaki (food grilled on an iron plate), and steak. There is also a plan that will let customers dine while watching the Gozan no Okuribi (Mountain Bonfire) every August 16th (reservation required). The beef used at Morita-ya is specialty beef that comes from cattle bred at Morita-ya FARM, the restaurant’s own farm in Tanba, Yasaka-cho in Kyoto. For lunch, there are various options available, from bite-size steak, beef stew and other affordable dishes that are priced at around 2,000 JPY, up to course meals that are priced at several thousand yen. As for dinner, various course meals priced from 4,644 JPY (incl. tax) to 14,040 JPY (incl. tax) are served.
English menu available, and there are English-speaking staff to assist you.
Delicious Beef from Morita-ya FARM
4. Hatcho Ajidokoro Kushi no Bo (Kushiage)
If you feel like eating piping hot kushikatsu (deep-fried meat and vegetables on a skewer), then Hatcho Ajidokoro Kushi no Bo is the place to go. The appeal of this restaurant is not limited to its kushikatsu, though. This restaurant also offers a superb selection of special alcoholic beverages from all over Japan that have been chosen by the owner of Yokohama Kimijima-ya, a liquor store in Yokohama that was founded in 1892. Some of these selections include choice sake, rare shochu (distilled liquor), awamori (a kind of distileld liquor from Okinawa), and wines directly purchased from a winery in France. Enjoy the exquisite harmony between the kushikatsu that is fried right before your eyes and the special sake.
The kushikatsu is priced from 162 JPY (incl. tax) per stick. There are also various course meals (priced from 2,322 JPY (incl. tax)), so this restaurant is a good choice for those who just want a light meal like snacks as well as those who want to have a proper meal. English, Simplified Chinese, and Korean menus available.
Ambience Inside the Restaurant
5. Kuukaisan (Fresh Seafood and Authentic Kyoto Cuisine)
Kuukaisan is a restaurant where you can eat extremely fresh fish and other seafood as well as authentic Kyoto dishes. Order the Shinsen O-sashimi Moriawase (assorted fresh sashimi) (priced from 1,180 JPY (excl. tax) for one person) to enjoy fresh seafood in season that is directly delivered to the restaurant from across the country. They may not have it on the menu, but they will also make sushi for you if you ask! The fish, which boasts an outstanding level of freshness, is also delicious when stewed or grilled. Fresh fish cooked shio-yaki style (grilled with salt) and netsuke style (boiled in soy sauce) (1,500 JPY – 4,000 JPY (excl. tax)) are also recommended. Further, you should not miss the O-banzai (traditional home-cooked dishes from Kyoto) that incorporate Kyoto vegetables, nama-fu, raw yuba, and other ingredients grown and sourced in Kyoto. This restaurant caters to those who want to try various dishes in small portions.
6. Akasaki (Creative Cuisine)
Akasaki is a ryotei (traditional Japanese-style restaurant)-style izakaya (Japanese-style tavern) where you can eat creative dishes at reasonable prices. Here, the dishes made by a chef, who gained experience working at a hotel in Kyoto, are served with expert craftsmanship that can be seen immediately from the otoshi (small dish served at the beginning of the meal) and on throughout the meal. There is a rich variety of dishes that go well with alcoholic beverages, such as the Shiokara to Negi no Pizza (850 JPY (incl. tax)), a Japanese-style baked pizza with shiokara (paste from fermented salted seafood), and the Sengyo Carpaccio (800 JPY (incl. tax)), which is made with fresh fish. Enjoy the flavors of a traditional Japanese restaurant in a casual manner at this hideaway for adults that is filled with a Japanese ambiance.
7. Toku (Kushiage)
Toku is a restaurant that specializes in ingredients from Kyoto that are cooked in kushiage (fried on skewer) and kushiyaki (grilled on a skewer) style. At Toku, you can enjoy creative dishes that incorporate locally grown ingredients, such as the Manganji Togarashi no Nikuzume (200 JPY (excl. tax)) that is a kind of kushiage that uses Kyoto vegetables, and the Kyo-tofu to O-tsukemono no Kyo Salad (690 JPY (excl. tax)), which is a salad incorporating Kyoto-style tofu and pickles. You’d want to pair those dishes with Kyoto’s local sake for sure. This restaurant offers a selection of limited seasonal Japanese sake as well, such as the Kyo Kissui, a 100% local sake in Kyoto that is brewed using Kyoto’s water, rice, and ginjo yeast. Note that there are counter seats available, so you can still easily dine even when you’re alone.
8. Kamokamo (Duck Dishes and Kyoto Cuisine)
Kamokamo is a restaurant serving duck cuisine where you can dine in a kyo-machiya (a traditional Kyoto townhouse) that was built 120 years ago. Its signature dish is the Kamo-Suki (Kamo-Shabu) (3,330 JPY (excl. tax) per person). It is an exquisite dish of flavorful duck meat and crispy spring onion that is made by putting duck meat in a pot of broth and cooking it shabu-shabu style for about 10 seconds and cooking white spring onion for 5 seconds. You need to make a reservation (for a minimum of two persons) at least a day in advance if you will be having the Kamo-Suki. During summer, you must try the seasonal Kamo Hamo Course (6,500 JPY (excl. tax)) that will also let you enjoy hamo (conger pike) – one of the staples of summer in Kyoto.
9. Tajimaya Aeon Mall KYOTO Branch (Shabu-Shabu)
Tajimaya is a restaurant for all-you-can-eat-meat for lunch and dinner. You can choose to have the meat in shabu-shabu or sukiyaki style. Its meat courses range from the Butaniku no Course (pork course) (2,380 JPY (excl. tax)) up to the Honkaku Kobe-gyu (authentic Kobe beef) (6,480 JPY (excl. tax)) course, with a time limit of 90 minutes (60 minutes for lunch, priced from 1,380 JPY (excl. tax)). Freshly cut meat will be brought to your table upon order, and you can enjoy as much vegetables and dessert as you want, buffet-style! There is no doubt that everybody from children to adults will be satisfied here!
10. Grill Capital Touyoutei (Porta Branch) (Western Cuisine)
Capital Touyoutei is the oldest yoshoku (Western-style cuisine) restaurant in Kyoto, having opened in 1897. Yoshoku is Western-style cuisine that has been independently developed in Japan, and this restaurant will let you savor hamburg steak, curries, omurice (omelet with fried rice inside), ebi-furai (fried shrimp), and other standard yoshoku dishes.
The hit dish at Touyoutei is the Touyoutei Hamburg with a generous serving of beef stew on top. The aroma that escapes when you open the aluminum foil covering the hamburger will surely awaken your appetite.
There are primarily three options for lunch. There is the A Lunch (priced from 1,260 JPY (incl. tax)), which includes a main dish, the restaurant’s famous Marugoto Tomato Salad (whole tomato salad), and rice or baguette. The B Lunch (priced from 1,600 JPY (incl. tax)) that has everything in the A set plus drink and dessert. The C Lunch (priced from 2,060 JPY (incl. tax)) contains everything from Lunch B and also has an additional side dish. The dinner courses that can be ordered from lunchtime are priced from 2,500 JPY (incl. tax). There are ala carte dishes, too. Further, there is a long list of dessert choices, so you can also treat this restaurant as a cafe where you can have coffee and sweets.
Whole Tomato Salad
11. Osteria SAKURA (Italian)
Osteria SAKURA, located on the 3rd floor of JR Kyoto Isetan, is a restaurant where you can taste food unique to Kyoto that fuses Italian dishes with a Japanese twist, such as locally grown fresh Kyoto vegetables. There is a casual vibe inside this restaurant despite its calm ambiance, making it easier for guests to enjoy Italian cuisine. During lunch, there are ala carte dishes, as well as course meals such as Pranzo A (1,350 JPY (incl. tax)) that comes with pasta, salad, bread, and drink, and the Pranzo B (1,851 JPY (incl. tax)) that comes with pasta, assorted appetizers, bread, drink and dessert. For dinner, there are also ala carte dishes and course meals. In between lunch and dinner, you can come here and take a break over coffee while waiting to ride the shinkansen (bullet train).
Kyoto Station is the gateway to sightseeing in Kyoto. There are many restaurants offering delicious food in and around this station. So, when you come to Kyoto Station, make sure to try these spots.
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