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Five Izakaya Popular With Locals Near Kyoto Station

Here are five izakaya (drinking establishments with food, similar to pubs) conveniently located near Kyoto Station that are popular among locals. Hopefully the tasty food and drinks will help you recuperate from your travels.

1. Rakuzo Utage Kyoto Station Branch

This izakaya, 2 minutes away from Kyoto Station, has a relaxing atmosphere and is made up of private rooms. In addition to seafood items such as sashimi platters and items typical of Japanese izakaya restaurants such as yakitori skewers, there is a large selection of creative dishes such as Fire-roasted Iberico Pork Spareribs, Ajillo of Shirasu Whitebait and Fresh Nori, and Herb Coriander Green Salad. Enjoy their meals paired with various drinks such as shochu (starting at 530 JPY per glass (excl. tax)) and draft beer (starting at 470 JPY (excl. tax)).
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1. Rakuzo Utage Kyoto Station Branch

4F 730 Higashishiokoji-cho Higashinotoin-dori Shichijosagaru 2 Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

2. Taketori No Neiro Kyoto Station Branch

This izakaya, a minute walk away from Tokyo Station, has a modern Japanese-style interior made entirely of private rooms that can flexibly accommodate 2-100 people.
It has an extensive menu but the fresh seafood delivered straight from Wakayama is particularly popular. The carpaccio (749 JPY (excl. tax)) flavored with an Italian sauce is recommended. In addition, there are meat dishes such as fried chicken and avocado mixed with miso mayonnaise (699 JPY (excl. tax)) and vegetable dishes such as a potato salad (449 JPY (excl. tax)). It also has a full selection of drinks from beer to cocktails, sake, and wine.

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2. Taketori No Neiro Kyoto Station Branch

1-3F Kyotoekimae Sakura Building, 544-3 Higashishiokoji-cho, Shiokoji-dori Higashinotoinnishi-iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

3. Suito no Kyouen Kyoto Station Branch

This restaurant is also just a minute away from Kyoto Station, and it consists entirely of private rooms, with each room having an aquarium filled with tropical fish. You can have a relaxing meal while enjoying the cobalt blue world inside the aquarium.
The menu is wide-ranging, including both standard and creative dishes. There is a great selection of à la carte dishes such as a couscous salad (777 JPY (excl. tax)) and camembert and fried potatoes with three types of sauces including butter oil (includes three potatoes; 599 JPY (excl. tax)). Drinks are priced in the range of 499 JPY (excl. tax) for a glass of draft beer.

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3. Suito no Kyouen Kyoto Station Branch

4F Yu-Ai Building, 557-1 Higashishiokoji-cho Higashinotoin Shiokojihigashi-iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

4. Akachiriya Kyoto Station Hachijo Gate Branch

This izakaya, 2 minutes away from Kyoto Station, offers their specialty, the Akachiri Teppanyaki Grill (starting at 880 JPY per person (excl. tax)). This dish, which has been popular since the restaurant opened, is a spicy red pepper flavored dish of a large serving of vegetables and pork back ribs grilled on an iron plate. Customers can choose the ingredients and the spiciness.
The restaurant's other specialty is the Omi Beef Offal Pot (1,080 for one person (excl. tax)). It is a pot dish in which beef offal from Shiga cows is cooked with vegetables and served with a variety of toppings and soup. Both go perfectly with cold medium draft beer (490 JPY (excl. tax))!

*The image is of Akachiri Teppanyaki Grill (880 JPY (excl. tax)).


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4. Akachiriya Kyoto Station Hachijo Gate Branch

15-8 Higashikujo Nishisanno-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

5. JYUNIKIYA KAN Kyoto Branch

This restaurant is connected to Kyoto Station and only takes 2 minutes to reach by foot. "Jyuniki" in the restaurant name refers to the gradually changing "twelve (jyuni) seasons." True to the name, it serves traditional Japanese food made with an abundance of seasonal ingredients.
It has many healthy menu items using ingredients specific to Kyoto such as namafu (seitan) and yuba (a processed food made by scooping the thin layer that forms at the top when soy milk is boiled). The drinks menu focuses on sake, particularly local sake from Kyoto. Sake prices start at 340 JPY (excl. tax) per glass.
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5. JYUNIKIYA KAN Kyoto Branch

B1F Kyoto Avanti, 31 Higashikujo Nishisanno-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

After walking the beautiful sights of Kyoto, relax your body and soul with great sake. Please thoroughly enjoy your time at an izakaya.

*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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