For those who want to try Sushi while staying in Kyoto, check out the following 4 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 conveyor 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. And as a local, this restaurant is recommended for another reason. A lot of Sushi restaurants has been opened as the number of tourists has been increasing for the past several years. However, most or at least some of them are not great, because they focus on the one-time customers. On the contrary, Sushi no Musashi has been here to provide Sushi for local people for long time. They need to provide quality and reasonably-priced food, otherwise nobody would visit them again. Yes, you will see a lot of foreign tourists, but it is definitely still loved by many locals. Additionally, if you are in the Kyoto station waiting for a train, but want to try some Sushi, Musashi has a branch in Kyoto Station (Kyoto Tower side).
Price: 1,000 – 3,000 yen
11:00 – 22:00 (Last Order 21:45)
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. Also, Chojiro has an easy-to-use table ordering system, which provide you with an English menu. The lunch set (less than 1,000 yen) is also a good choice, which sometimes include Tofu and Udon noodles.
1,000 – 3,000 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). Honestly, this is my favorite because of the quality.
1500 – 3000 yen
11:00 – 23:00 (Last Order 22:30)
Although this restaurant looks like a luxury Sushi restaurant, they have many 220 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. It is quite popular among both tourists and locals. required.
1500 – 4000 yen
Weekday 17:00 – 24:00 (Dinner)
Weekend 12:00 – 14:00 (Lunch) & 17:00 – 24:00 (Dinner)
December 31st and January 1st
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