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Izuju

#86 of 11,623 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Gion
As featured in Best Food in Kyoto
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292-1 Giommachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-561-0019
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Closed
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Thu - Tue 10:30 - 19:00
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singapore
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62 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

In the old days, Kyoto is far from the sea, the seafood are cured before being brought here. We have the mackerel sushi wrapped in kelp, one of the signature dish. Frequently, there is a long Q during meal times. So try to go in between meal times or visit the place at 11am or 5pm, you do not need... More 

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

I cannot understand how anyone is rating this place excellent. It was dirty, it smelled like gasoline and the sushi was horrible. The staff was ungracious and brusque- it did not feel like Japan. As for the sushi- perhaps the positive reviews have gone to their heads because it seemed they were just phoning it in. What little fish there... More 

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Thank Kath610
London, United Kingdom
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631 reviews
521 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 436 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Their sushi is very good, especially the imari - it has a bit of dried orange taste which is absolutely juicy and yummy! The famous saba fish was ok but not wow, wouldn't order it again despite the popularity. Box sushi is a must!! We ordered the set for two - mixture of all 3 so it's easy to try... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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202 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Understand that the sushi here are in the traditionally made in Kyoto. There are sushi with big pieces of fish, square sushi, sushi using steamed rice. I like the presentation of the sushi when they arrive. However I feel that the vinegar is too excessive, which sort of kills the taste of the fish. Also we went during winter and... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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68 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

I love the inari sushi, it was different than any inari I've ever eaten. There was some kind of crunchy seeds inside which add different texture.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

At first, Saba sushi looks challenging for us so we ordered set B including box sushi(?) and 6 pieces of saba sushi. Box sushi was not that impressive and inari sushi was too sweet for my taste while my sister loved it.But both my sister and I think saba sushi is a must try. Before we tried it, we worried... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 December 2016

I never had Kyoto style sushi, so I didn't know what to expect. Enjoyed the mackerel sushi and also the unique mosaic-style sushi with tiny little pickles pressed into the rice.

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Thank Katong Gal K
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

I had no idea what Kyoto style sushi was like so I had to try it and I'm glad I did. This place offered sushi made in a very traditional way. The taste might be different from normal sushi but that's the highlight of it. The sushi came in a square shape with many toppings all of which are preserved... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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130 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Went on 1 January and queued up for some time. The queue moves pretty fast as customers don't really stay on to chat or relax. The food is really good for Kyoto style sushi. It is different from normal sushi in that it is more pickled. This particular style came about a long time. Kyoto is inland and it was... More 

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Lyon, France
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

The problem with restaurants that everybody or guidebooks advise is that it raises your expectation sometimes so high that you are expecting to spend one of the best dinner in the city that you have ever had and actually it turns you to become very picky and get disappointed quickly by any detail not being good. This is what happened... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 - 19:00
Monday
10:30 - 19:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 19:00
Thursday
10:30 - 19:00
Friday
10:30 - 19:00
Saturday
10:30 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 292-1 Giommachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
  • Neighbourhood: Gion
  • Phone Number: +81 75-561-0019
Description
Welcome to Kyoto! Please spend your time here and feel free just like your home. It has been traditional sushi and exclusive available only Izuju. We have been keeping the quality of sushi tasting for 100 years. - Classic & Evolutional Sushi -

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Staying in Gion

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Gion
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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