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367 Kiyomotocho, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto 605-0084, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-561-0751
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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36 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

A small sushi restaurant with a few tables. This is a rather plain place that serves excellent saba sugata zushi, a pressed sushi with marinated mackerel wrapped in pickled kelp. This a Kyoto speciality, and if you like sushi you should definitely try it. Remove the kelp from the sushi pieces and eat it separately. I was there for lunch... More 

Thank Roger E
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Go there if you are not hungry and have a lot of yens left in your pocket. You'll get lots of rice with a little fish.

Thank TTT14
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

I don't know... Looks like only japaneses like it... Very especific food for western paladars, very expensive and the staff works on a "soup nazi" style. There are better (and cheapear) food in Kyoto. Too much rice for me.

Thank Murilo F
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

It is a recommended place by a couple of foodies websites so it must be good at what it does. For us - used to westernized sushi - it was a difficult dinner: very strong fish flavours (many came with the skin on) on heavy chunks of rice. Not the high-protein dinner we were hoping for. The menu is very... More 

Thank Elei-Confidential
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

This restaurant gets recommended a lot so we decided to check out the traditional Kyoto sushi. Food was excellent and you get your own teapot on the table. Service was horrible. They were cold and unfriendly. The even spoke bad about other guests who just left the restaurant. Being a foreigner they probably thought I don't speak japanese.

1 Thank Lars S
Uji, Japan
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

This is my first time writing a review for TripAdvisor. If you are considering to experiencing a unique Kyoto style sushi, this is the place to go. Reading the other reviews, I feel like they don't understand Japanese food/taste. The sushi here is made perfectly, and I've been eating the Sabazushi (Mackerel sushi) for over 5 years, and I've never... More 

1 Thank Riki U
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

Quite tricky to find. Small, cosy interior but the atmosphere was unfriendly. We ordered sushi which was quite expensive for what it was. It was quite dry so I asked if we could have some soy sauce and the guy said no! So rude. Then when we wanted to pay, all the staff had disappeared and one of the other... More 

Thank bea196168
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015 via mobile

Found this place after reading many reviews of it from foodie blogs and was not disappointed. The small restaurant was hidden away in a side street of gion and is a must for anyone that is looking for good sushi. The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. I highly recommend their mackerel. It was probably the best i had in... More 

1 Thank Eddy K
Vancouver, Canada
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2014

Service non existent. Food so bland and primitive. Why so expensive? Wow what a bad experience. Worst food ever

Thank Henry H
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2014

Decided to try this restaurant after rave reviews from several blogs about the authenticity of its Kyoto-style sushi. Beautiful little place to look at. No music so it seemed intimidating because there was no one there but us. We found the service rather snobby and cold, and we were told that we had to order a set each as opposed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 26
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 367 Kiyomotocho, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto 605-0084, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
  • Neighbourhood: Gion
  • Phone Number: +81 75-561-0751

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Gion

Neighbourhood Profile
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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