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Top 5 most popular Restaurants in Kyoto by Sharing Kyoto readers

The five restaurants you definitely have to go in Kyoto, all chosen by Sharing Kyoto’s users! These were the most popular things to do on Sharing Kyoto in 2016.
Top 5 most popular Restaurants in Kyoto by Sharing Kyoto readers

I’m going to introduce to you the five most popular restaurants on Sharing Kyoto in 2016. Kyoto may be famous for its temples and the great scenery in Arashiyama, but actually, there are many restaurants offering delicious food! If you want to know what restaurants others are looking at and what are the popular restaurants in Kyoto, you will get to know all of that by reading this article. If you can’t decide what to eat in Kyoto, look no further!

1Inoichi / 猪一

Our proud number 1 is Inoichi! Even in the ramen battleground state of Kyoto, there is always a line in front of this restaurant. This restaurant has been featured in the Michelin guide, and the ramen is widely known to be delicious.

This is a mild ramen with a clear soup, and the taste reminds me of dashi soup you get with duck soba at fancy restaurants. The noodles have a strong taste but they taste so good you are sure to enjoy the taste until the last bite. Sharing Kyoto’s ramen connoisseur, Yama, recommends adding some dried kelp flakes into the ramen when you are done, according to him this will lift the ramen’s taste to a completely new level.

The taste is, of course, good, their service is also great, and they take no shortcuts. Since they put this much work into their ramen it’s easy to see why this restaurant is so popular on Sharing Kyoto.


Inoichi

Downtown / Central Kyoto Area
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2Musashi Sushi Sanjo HontenーMain store / 寿しのむさし 三条本店

The next most popular restaurant was this conveyor belt sushi restaurant! The always popular Musashi Sushi Sanjo Honten is a bit to the east from the end of Sanjo-dori’s shopping arcade.

There is always a line in front of this restaurant no matter whether it’s day or night. Most people leave the restaurant right after eating their sushi so you don’t have to wait that long, so don’t worry.

Seeing fresh sushi going by you on a conveyor belt is something that excites no matter how old you get! In many conveyor belt sushi restaurants you can’t see the kitchen but here at Musashi Sushi, the seats surround the kitchen area so you can see them prepare the sushi. It looks so yummy…

In front of the restaurant, there is the sign that has become the symbol of Musashi Sushi with its sushi plates. It looks cute. This restaurant is a great place for a solo dinner as well as for families, and it’s a good place to have some sushi so if you are in the Kawaramachi area, so I hope you stop by to have some great sushi!


Sushi no Musashi Sanjo HontenーMain store

Downtown / Central Kyoto Area
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3Hyakushokuya Sukiyaki Senka / 佰食屋 すき焼き専科


The third one is Hyakushokuya Sukiyaki Senka. The hyaku, one hundred, in the name comes from the fact that they only serve 100 portions of sukiyaki a day!

Their main restaurant offers steaks, and also only 100 portions a day, and it’s really popular. As its sister restaurant, they opened a sukiyaki place that offers only 100 portions of sukiyaki a day, Hyakushokuya Sukiyaki Senka.

They offer a Japanese beef sukiyaki meal set for the price of 1000 yen! It’s really cheap and affordable.

They also have a bite-sized steak meal set, but only serve 20 portions a day! I, of course, wish you will have a chance to have sukiyaki, but also wish you will get to taste this steak too.


Hyakushokuya Sukiyaki Senka

Downtown / Central Kyoto Area
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Our Reviews


4Sushi Mizuki - The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto / 鮨 水暉

Ranking in at number 4 is Sushi Mizuki that is inside The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Kyoto. This restaurant has a different feeling from the ones I just introduced; this restaurant offers fancy, authentic sushi.

Using ingredients that reflect the four seasons they offer luxurious and delicious sushi. Their most famous dish is scorched fish sushi paired with mascarpone cheese. The scorched fish and mascarpone cheese form a literally melting deliciousness!

At Mizuki, they make delicious, beautiful sushi by hand. This sushi on the picture is verily like that. Paired with the fresh and delicious sea urchin is a sheet of beautifully cut nori! They also have nori cut in the shape of the famous Ritz-Carlton logo, a lion on top of a crown. This is already art.


At Sushi Mizuki you can taste excellent sushi on top of a gleaming, vermilion counter table while looking out to the garden. This restaurant is sure to satisfy your body and soul.


Sushi Mizuki - The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Imperial Palace & Teramachi / Central Kyoto Area
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5Sushi Matsumoto / 鮨 まつもと

And last we have again a sushi restaurant, Sushi Matsumoto. This restaurant is in Gion, and it’s the one that pops into most people’s minds when you ask about sushi restaurants in Kyoto.

The chef started this restaurant in Gion after training at a famous sushi restaurant in Tokyo. The red vinegar rice and fresh, tender fish go together really well and the sushi is just delicious.


The front of the restaurant is also refined, and the tasteful feel makes you appreciate the fact that you are about to enter a fancy restaurant in Gion. This is one of the great restaurants in Gion I wish you would visit.


Sushi Matsumoto

Gion & Kiyomizu Temple / Central Kyoto Area
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Shiho[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ] STAFF DETAIL
How did you like the five most popular restaurants? Were they the ones you thought they would be? Sushi is always popular, and there were three sushi restaurants in the top five. It may be that tourists want to have an authentic sushi experience when they come to Japan. I wish you, my reader, will also go to at least some of these restaurants.
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