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5 Popular Yakiniku Restaurants in Kyoto

Although traditional Japanese food first comes to mind when talking about Kyoto, in actual fact, there are many restaurants that serve delicious yakiniku. Here are some of the more popular yakiniku restaurants in Kyoto.

1. Kyoto Kaiseki Yakiniku HIRO Yasaka-Tei

Remodeled from a 90-year old mansion, you can experience the elegance of Kyoto whilst enjoying your Kyo kaiseki or yakiniku meal. Only course meals are offered, such as the Yasaka-tei no Kyo Yakiniku Kaiseki (8,640 JPY - 12,960 JPY (incl. tax, for 2 people and above)) which allows you to have a taste of the delicate and vibrantly colored seasonal ingredients, as well as the yakiniku that this restaurant is so proud of. A party course meal is also available for groups of 6 or more people. While there are both private and tatami rooms, try having your meal in the hall, where you can have a perfect view of the 330 square meter Japanese garden in all of its glory. For desserts, you should move to the salon. At Kyoto Kaiseki Yakiniku HIRO, you can be sure that you will have a wonderful meal in elegance.
※English menus and English-speaking staff available.

1. Kyoto Kaiseki Yakiniku HIRO Yasaka-Tei

11-9 Komatsu-cho, Higashioji-dori Yasaka Nishi-iru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

2. Karoku

Remodeled from an approximately 90-year old Japanese restaurant, you can have some highest-grade kuroge wagyu beef yakiniku in this charming Kyo machiya (a long building that has a narrow facade). Karoku is located diagonally opposite from Kyoto Kaiseki Yakiniku HIRO Yasaka-Tei, and operates from lunch time. There are 3 course meals to choose from, such as the Karoku Course (7,500 JPY (excl. tax, for 2 people or more)). At night, the deluxe Goku (16,000 JPY (excl. tax, for 2 people or more)) course also becomes available. Have an elegant dessert time on the 2nd floor, after enjoying your delicious yakiniku meal. Satisfy both your heart and your stomach by spending some time in this cozy environment and having a stimulating conversation with some loved ones.
※English menus and English-speaking staff available.

2. Karoku

Yasaka-dori Higashioji Nishi-iru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

3. Tendan Gion Main Branch

This well-established restaurant is so loved by its patrons that it would not be going too far to say that this is the place to go to for yakiniku in Kyoto. Tendan is proud of its secret sauce that it has been making in-house ever since its establishment in 1965. Dip the meat into the clear golden sauce, and you will find that the slightly sour taste will transform into a mellow, sweet taste that fully brings out the taste of the meat. The Gion main branch has undergone renovation, transforming into a modern Japanese interior that has a maximum capacity of 400 people. Private and tatami rooms, as well as counter seats are available, so you can choose your seat type according to your needs. There is a good variety on the kids' menu, and there is also a kids' space, so patrons who are accompanying small children can feel at ease.

3. Tendan Gion Main Branch

1-225 Miyagawasuji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

4. Kamogawa Takashi

Kamogawa Takashi brings in their Omi beef straight from the farms. Omi beef, along with Kobe beef and Matsusaka beef, are the three top brands of wagyu beef in Japan. For a high-class yakiniku restaurant, don't miss the very reasonably priced regular sized Omi Beef Yanagawa-don (540 JPY (incl. tax)). The tendons of the Omi beef have been meticulously handled and boiled in soup stock, with an egg poured in before serving on rice. The tendons are so delicious that it unconsciously raises the expectations of the yakiniku. You can get the Omi beef course (2,150 - 3,250 JPY during lunch time, 5,500 - 8,850 JPY during dinner time) for a really good price. It is not uncommon for people to order both the Omi beef course and the Yanagawa-don. Why don't you try coming here on an empty stomach?

4. Kamogawa Takashi

265-1 Suemaru-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

5. Kyo Yakiniku Yoshida

You can enjoy some Kyoto wagyu beef in the modern Japanese interior of this restaurant befitting of Kyoto. The meat used in Kyo Yakiniku Yoshida is of the highest grade, and only comes from female cattle in order to provide the best texture, savoriness, and marbling. Dipping in the specially made light sauce will help to bring out the savory goodness of the meat! Although strict rules are imposed on the consumption of raw meat in Japan, here you can try the Wagyu Raw Tongue Sashimi (1,200 JPY) and the Wagyu Raw Tongue Yukhoe (1,250 JPY). Raw tongue tastes really different from its grilled counterpart! Enjoy the texture of the tongue as the savoriness spreads and melts in your mouth. Why don't you try comparing it with the Wagyu Tokujo Tongue Atsugiri (1,450 JPY)?

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5. Kyo Yakiniku Yoshida

313-1 Karasuma Gojo-sagaru Yokosuwa-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Did you find this information helpful? You can only have kuroge wagyu beef as a kaiseki meal in Kyoto. Please enjoy these yakiniku restaurants, which are popular even among the Kyotoites who have a discerning tongue!

*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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