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Savor Some of Japan’s Best Wagyu Beef! 5 Top-Quality Sukiyaki Restaurants in Kyoto

Sukiyaki (hot pot stew) is a type of food not to miss if you are in Kyoto in the winter. Meat with great umami flavors that seem to melt in the mouth is combined with the sweetness of vegetables and enhanced the by dipping sauce, which makes for an outstanding dish! This article features five recommended sukiyaki restaurants in Kyoto - all of which are places to enjoy fantastic sukiyaki, including sukiyaki of Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef / cattle) and chargrilled sukiyaki.

1. Moritaya

Moritaya is a famous restaurant that was established in 1869. It started primarily as a beef wholesaler but today has expanded from Kyoto to around Japan and has charmed many as a place to enjoy fantastic sukiyaki. Moritaya is committed to serving the highest quality Japanese Kuroge Wagyu raised at its specialized farms. There are sukiyaki courses available starting at the reasonable price of 4,730 JPY (incl. tax). The restaurant is in a great location with a view of the iconic sites of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Gozan. Savor the outstanding Kuroge Wagyu while enjoying the Kyoto scenery.

1. Moritaya

In Eat Paradise 11F, JR Kyoto Isetan, Karasuma Dori Shiokoji-sagaru Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

2. TORIBUN Kawaramachi Branch

Omi Beef is a brand name beef that is said to have the longest history in Japan. It is considered to be one of Japan's three great Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef / cattle). TORIBUN Kawaramachi Branch is the place to go to if you want to thoroughly enjoy Omi Beef. You can savor the umami flavors of Omi Beef through the Wagyu Sukiyaki Course (5,500 JPY (incl. tax)). The restaurant is not only particular about the meat, but also about the vegetables that it serves. It is a great place to enjoy Kyo-Yasai (traditional vegetables from Kyoto), only available in Kyoto. It can be reached directly from Kawaramachi Station, so it is easy to stop by in amidst sightseeing or on the way back to the hotel. Enjoy outstanding sukiyaki of Omi Beef in a luxurious space.

2. TORIBUN Kawaramachi Branch

Kotocross Hankyu Kawaramachi 8F, 67-1 Shijo Dori Kawaramachi Kobashi Nishi-iru Shin-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

3. Hokuto Kyoto Ekimae Branch

The Kyoto Ekimae Branch of Hokuto is a restaurant where you can enjoy sumibi (chargrilled) sukiyaki, which is rare. Chargrilling further enhances the umami flavors of the meat and vegetables. The Gyusuki "Jo-Mori" (1,790 JPY (excl. tax)) is a great way to enjoy sumibi sukiyaki at a reasonable price. It is common to eat sukiyaki dipped in raw egg, but this restaurant also offers an unusual "tororo dashi" dipping sauce made with grated yam and dashi (broth). The sukiyaki can be enjoyed in different ways with the two sauces: The raw egg gives it a soft, rounded flavor while the tororo dashi has lighter, brighter flavors.

3. Hokuto Kyoto Ekimae Branch

177 Higashi Sakai-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

4. HYOTO Kyoto Ekimae Main Restaurant

HYOTO Kyoto Ekimae Main Restaurant is a sukiyaki restaurant that locals rave about. At HYOTO, you can enjoy luxurious sukiyaki made with the highest quality Japanese Wagyu, Omi Beef, starting from 5,200 JPY (excl. tax). The sukiyaki of Omi Beef with a rich aroma and just the right amount of fat cooked in the restaurant's special dashi and warishita (dashi with seasoning such as shoyu (soy sauce), mirin (sweet rice wine used for cooking), sugar and sake) is an outstanding dish that you'll want to try at least once. HYOTO is a highly acclaimed restaurant that attracts customers from all corners of the world. The restaurant itself is decorated in a simple yet sophisticated style and is a great place to relax and enjoy the sukiyaki.

4. HYOTO Kyoto Ekimae Main Restaurant

607-12 Nishino Toin-dori Nanajo-sagaru Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

5. GYUZEN

GYUZEN is a sukiyaki restaurant where you can enjoy all-you-can-eat Kuroge Wagyu. The All-you-can-eat Kuroge Wagyu (6,180 JPY (excl. tax)) is a great way to enjoy as much Kuroge Wagyu as you want. What a luxury it is to have bottomless servings of this high quality meat! The vegetables are, of course, bottomless as well. You can also add bottomless domestic pork for an additional 500 JPY (excl. tax). The restaurant has a cozy, warm feel to it and is a great place to enjoy all-you-can-eat Kuroge Wagyu to your heart's content.

5. GYUZEN

4F, Gion Kaikan, 323 Gion-machi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Was there a restaurant that piqued your interest? Be sure to try quality sukiyaki when in Kyoto.

*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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