For those who want to try Sushi while staying in Kyoto, check out the following 5 Sushi restaurants. Most of them are beginner-friendly, but do remember that most Japanese traditional Sushi has raw fish – unlike Californian Rolls in the US. And it is okay to eat Sushi with your hands. It’s not rude at all, and many Japanese people do it too. Before going to luxury Sushi restaurants (for those who have never eaten it before), try out one of these good & affordable Sushi restaurants in Kyoto.
Sushi no Musashi
Sushi no Musashi is one of the most popular Sushi restaurants in Kyoto. Musashi uses the conveyer style, on which dishes with usually two Sushi are delivered. However, try being brave and ordering Sushi directly from the staff. The great thing about this Sushi restaurant is that they have an English menu. And of course, the quality is pretty good considering its affordable price. Musashi has a branch in Kyoto Station (Kyoto Tower side).
Price: 1000 – 2000 yen
11:00 – 22:00 (Last Order 21:45)
Uokou is conveniently located in the underground shopping area of Kyoto Shiyakushomae Station, called Zest. It is a conveyer style Sushi restaurant, but the best thing about this restaurant is their flagship set menu called “Mampuku set”, which has 13 different Sushi and a Miso soup (for lunch) for just 900 yen.
1000 – 2500 yen
11:00 – 22:00 (Last Order 21:30)
Depends on Zest.
Chojiro Shijo Kiyamachi
Chojiro Shijo Kiyamachi is a stylish Sushi restaurant on busy Shijo street. In addition to lots of conventional Sushi, they serve creative and seasonal Sushi. The price starts at 110 yen, but some of them might cost over 400 yen a dish. And it is nice that some staff members can speak foreign languages.
1500 – 3000 yen
Weekday 11:30 – 15:00 (Lunch) 17:00 – 23:30 (Dinner)
Weekend 11:30 – 23:30
Sankyu is a convention style of Sushi restaurants, where Sushi chefs prepare Sushi right in front of the customers. But for those who are not familiar with Sushi, they also have tables. The quality is pretty high and they have some set menus with other Japanese food such as Tempura. They might not have an English menu, but their menu has many pictures. So just point out the one looks best (with affordable price).
1500 – 3000 yen
11:00 – 23:00 (Last Order 22:30)
Although this restaurant looks like a luxury Sushi restaurant, they have many 100 yen Sushi (two pieces of Sushi). They have lots of creative Sushi, so even Sushi masters should be satisfied here. And luckily they have a menu in English as well. Try some tasty Sushi made by experienced Sushi chefs! It is open until midnight.
1500 – 4000 yen
Weekday 12:00 – 14:00 (Lunch)
Weekend 17:00 – 24:00 (Dinner)
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