Kyoto isn't just the bedrock of traditional Japanese culture, but also home to some Japan's best sushi. But why stop at eating one? We are going to introduce the five best all-you-can-eat sushi bars of Kyoto.
1. Kyo Wasabi
This is a Japanese restaurant on the first floor of Urban Hotel Kyoto that offers all-you-can-eat sushi and shabu shabu (a Japanese hot pot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water then dipped in sauce). You can fill yourself with the sushi made using fresh seasonal seafood delivered from fishing ports around the country! Their hit course is the sushi & select pork course, which is all-you-can-eat for 2 hours. The last order is taken 30 minutes before your time is up, and it costs 3,980 JPY for adults, half price for elementary school age children, and 500 JPY for younger children (all excl. tax). The course includes all-you-can-eat of more than ten types of sushi, including tuna, amberjack, and rolls, as well as shabu shabu hot pot with their special dashi soup, Biyuton pork from Kagoshima and vegetables, à la carte dishes and banzai (traditional style of home cooking native to Kyoto) dishes only available in Kyoto. You can enjoy a leisurely meal in a relaxing environment.
2. The Buffet Style SARA
This is a restaurant in the Shijo Karasuma where you can enjoy a colorful buffet. The all-you-can-eat buffet consists of approximately fifty types of food including Japanese and Western-style deli items, appetizers, meat and fish, pasta, and cute desserts made in the open kitchen, as well as bottomless drinks. At dinner (limited to two hours, 2,743 JPY for adults, 1,285 JPY for elementary school age children, 540 JPY for children between four and six, and free for toddlers and babies three or under (all incl. tax)), several types of sushi make their appearance. It offers a full selection of desserts and drinks as well, so it's perfect for people who want to enjoy a variety of food with their sushi.
3. Susume! Viking Kyoto Yahata Branch
This restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat of more than 100 types of food including yakiniku, sushi, ramen, deli items, and dessert. It has such an abundant selection, it's fun just deciding what to eat! The yakiniku, udon noodles, and six types of ramen are particularly popular. There are about ten types of sushi at any given time. The best time to go is during lunch and dinner on weekends and holidays when the tuna sushi appears. There is such a wide selection you may find yourself reaching for many things and getting full before you know it, so start with the sushi then move on to other food!
Lunch (100 minutes): 1,280 JPY for adults, 1,180 JPY for seniors, 1,080 JPY for elementary school children, 600 JPY for pre-elementary school children
Weekend and holiday lunch (100 minutes): 1,480 JPY for adults, 1,280 JPY for seniors, 1,180 JPY for elementary school children, 600 JPY for pre-elementary school children
Dinner (100 minutes): 2,080 JPY for adults, 1,680 JPY for seniors, 1,380 JPY for elementary school children, 600 JPY for pre-elementary school children (All excl. tax)
4. Kagonoya Shijo Karasuma Branch
This is a restaurant serving shabu shabu and other Japanese food in a space decorated in a Japanese-modern style with different types of seats, such as the hori-gotatsu seating where the floor is carved out under the table so you can sit on the floor as if on a chair, regular table seats, and private rooms with chairs.The all-you-can-eat shabu shabu course includes all-you-can-eat sushi.
The popular pork premium course (2,980 JPY for adults, half price for elementary school age children, free for younger children (all excl. tax)) includes an all-you-can-eat selection of about 83 types of food including shabu shabu, sushi, deep-fried skewers, soba, and udon. There are about twenty different types of sushi including tuna, squid, shrimp, and freshwater eel. There are some interesting gunkanmaki rolls including salmon and avocado and sashimi and yuba (tofu skin). What a thrill to fill yourself up with Japan's representative cuisine!
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5. AQUABLU Café Restaurant at the Westin Miyako Kyoto
This is a restaurant in Higashiyama where you can enjoy a buffet meal. The menu consists of approximately 50 items of Japanese and Western cooking including everything from appetizers made using an abundance of fresh vegetables to desserts. It has an open kitchen and the lively performance by the chefs create a festive atmosphere. A sushi corner appears for the dinner buffet only (5,100 JPY per person, half price for elementary school age children, free for younger children (incl. tax and service charge)). The sushi made in front of your eyes by the chefs using carefully selected ingredients is so good you'll want to keep going back for more!
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Please find the all-you-can-eat sushi you want to try and enjoy a gourmet trip.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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