The Best 10 Sushi restaurant in Kyoto

1. Introduction

Nowadays “Sushi” is the most famous Japanese food.
It is no exaggeration to say that no one who does not know the “Sushi”.
All of the tourists expect to visit Japan to eat the real “Sushi.”
You can eat very tasty sushi everywhere in Japan, especially the area where is close to the ocean.
Tokyo is the one of the best sushi spot, especially around “Tsukiji Fish Market” there are many good restaurants.
Especially this

By the way, How about the sushi in Kyoto??

Kyoto is an ancient capital city as you know.
It’s a traditional area and there are many high-quality restaurants as well.
But Kyoto is located at the inland area. The ocean is far from the city area.
Maybe you don’t have a good image of sushi in Kyoto.

But please don’t worry about that!!

There are many high-quality sushi restaurants in Kyoto as well.
And we have original Kyoto style sushi like a “Temari sushi” and “Pushed mackerel sushi”.

In this blog, we would like to recommend some of them.

2. Sushi restaurants in Kyoto

【Higher price range】

① Sushi Matsumoto / 鮨 まつもと

Sushi Matsumoto is one of the one-Michelin-starred restaurant.
It is located in Hanamikoji-Dori Street running in Gion where is famous for the Geisha district.
The owner, who runs Sushi Matsumoto, had trained in Tokyo and acquired the skills to make “Edomae sushi”=”Edo style sushi”. Then, opened this restaurant in 2005.
He cooks only selected ingredients; fishes from Tsukiji in Tokyo, tilefishes in Kyoto, and octopus from Akashi in Hyogo.

【Price range】Lunch: 10,000~15,000 JPY / Dinner: 20,000~30,000 JPY
【Address】570-123 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto
【Google map】
【Remarks】Reservation can be made by telephone only.

② Gion sushi Tadayasu / 祇園 鮨 忠保

It a new sushi restaurant when it is opened on April 2017 in Gion district.
Already they are very famous even for the local residents in Kyoto.
The counter seats on the first floor are perfect for casual events with guests and dates. A 4-6 person private room is also available for customers wanting greater levels of privacy or larger family events. The authentic Edomae-style sushi restaurant is a must-visit when in Kyoto. Customers are able to experience carefully prepared sushi in a dignified environment.

【Price range】Lunch: 6,000~8,000 JPY / Dinner: 30,000 JPY ~
【Address】572-9 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-KuKyoto
【Google map】
【Remarks】Reservation can be made by the website.

③ Sushi Giom Matsudaya / 寿し 祇園 松田屋

Sushi Gion Matsudaya is an Edo-style sushi restaurant located on a corner of the Hanamikoji in Gion district. The fish procured are all natural and either from Tsukiji in Tokyo or the Nishiki market in Kyoto.
There is no fixed menu, as Matsudaya provides only the best fish of the day. A must-try dish is “caviar sushi.” You will be impressed by both its appearance and flavor. Other dishes are also very well elaborated and original.

【Price range】Lunch: 20,000~30,000 JPY / Dinner: 20,000~30,000 JPY
【Address】570-123 Gionmachiminamigawa, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto
【Google map】
【Remarks】Reservation can be made by the website.

④ Sushi Kawano / 鮨 かわの

It’s located in local and secret Kitaoji area (Northern Kyoto city area).
Inside the restaurant, a calm counter with only 9 seats. The owner explains the seasonal ingredients through the counter.

【Price range】Lunch: 8,000~9,000 JPY / Dinner: 20,000~30,000 JPY
【Address】72-8 Shimogamo Higashihangicho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto
【Google map】
【Remarks】Reservation can be made by telephone only.

⑤ Sushi Wakon / 鮨 和魂

The five-star Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto opened in October 2016 in Higashiyama, Kyoto, a location with a large number of temples and other historical buildings. Sushi Wakon is a stunning location next to the beautiful 800-year-old Sekisuien pond garden. The restaurant was created by Michelin starred master sushi chef Rei Masuda. Chef Masuda has assembled and trained a world class team that focus on providing a truly unforgettable Edo-Mae style sushi dining experience. Sushi Wakon awarded 1 star in the gourmet guide in Autumn, 2017.

【Price range】Lunch: 30,000~ JPY / Dinner: 30,000~JPY
【Address】445-3 Myohoin Maegawa-Cho, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto
【Google map】
【Remarks】Reservation can be made by the website.

【Under middle price range】

⑥ Izuju/ いづ重

Izuju is a traditional sushi restaurant which was established in front of Yasaka-shrine for over 100 years ago. Here is not famous for the common “Nigiri style sushi”. It’s famous for the Kyoto style “Pushed mackerel sushi = We call it Saba sushi” and “Inari sushi” here. It’s reasonable and so yummy.

【Price range】Lunch: 2,000~3,000 JPY / Dinner: 2,000~3,000 JPY
【Address】605-0073 Gionmachi Kitagawa 292, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto
【Google map】
【Remarks】You don’t need the reservation. But you need to wait a bit to enter because it’s too popular.

⑦ Nishiki Sushi shin / 錦 鮨しん

It’s a new sushi restaurant opened on August 2017 in Nishiki Market Kyoto.
We want to let you recommend to visit there at lunchtime. You can taste Edomae sushi with a reasonable price.

【Price range】Lunch: 2,000~3,000 JPY / Dinner: 8,000~10,000 JPY
【Address】169-2 Higashiuoyacho, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto
【Google map】
【Remarks】Reservation can be made by the telephone.

⑧ Gion Mametora / 祇をん 豆寅 祇園店

You can taste Kyoto style Temari sushi what is bite-sized sushi. It was originally made to be bite-sized but Temari sushi is even smaller and rounder. This was so that the geiko and maiko (=Traditional Geisha in Kyoto) wouldn’t mar their elegant make-up for their lipstick would smudge if they couldn’t eat it in one bite. And they couldn’t open their mouths wide. So Temari sushi is the best size for them.
Mametora is located on the “Gion Hanami-koji” in front of Kaburenjo where Maiko and Geiko practice their performances.
You can try Temari sushi alike adorable jewel box and delicious meal with seasonal ingredients.

【Price range】Lunch: 4,000~5,000 JPY / Dinner: 10,000~15,000 JPY
【Address】570-235 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto
【Google map】
【Remarks】Reservation can be made by the telephone.

【Conveyor belt sushi】

⑨ Sushi no Musashi / 寿司のむさし

Sushi no Musashi, which runs three conveyor belt sushi places in Kyoto, opened in 1977.
Aiming to become a simple restaurant that is particular with the use of fresh ingredients since it was opened, it offers authentic sushi flavors at reasonable prices. You can eat over 50 kinds of sushi, including the standard tuna and salmon sushi, from 1~2 dollars per plate at this restaurant. It’s not only a reasonable price but also very tasty.

【Price range】Lunch: 1,000~2,000 JPY / Dinner: 2,000~3,000 JPY
(Sanjo Head store)
(Kyoto Station)
【Google map】
(Sanjo Head store)
(Kyoto Station)
【Remarks】You don’t need the reservation. But you need to wait a bit to enter because it’s too popular.

⑩ Kappa Sushi / かっぱ寿司

Nowadays the conveyor belt sushi is common style in Japan. Even foreign tourist also know it.
But please don’t worry. We have a new one.
They have a conveyor belt but also cute shinkansen train carry your sushi until your front. Kappa Sushi is a chain sushi company. All sushi are only 108 yen. It’s cheap but the taste is still good!!
If you are traveling with your kids, we highly recommend there.

【Price range】108 JPY per plate ~
【Address】2 Nishikyogoku Higashiomarucho, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto
【Google map】
【Remarks】You don’t need the reservation

How do you think about that?
Do you have an urge to visit the sushi restaurant in Kyoto now?

We hope you can enjoy your stay in Kyoto.

3. Map of Sushi restaurant in Kyoto

4. Recommended Guide Tour

Our recommended tour and activities available in Kyoto.

Type Tours
Private Photo tour Full-Day Kyoto Photoshoot and Sightseeing
Private Tour/Guide Tour Kyoto Customize Private Walking Tour
Highlight Tour Full-Day Kyoto Private Highlight Walking Tour
Food tour Food tour in Nishiki market and Gion district
Bike tour Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

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