Jan. 17, 2018 UPDATE

Top 10 most popular restaurants on Sharing Kyoto in 2017

In the year 2017, what were the 10 most popular restaurants on Sharing Kyoto? Come find out! I can guarantee they’re all delicious!
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I’m sure that you all want to also include some restaurants in your schedule when planning your Kyoto itinerary. In 2017 we from Sharing Kyoto went to so many restaurants it’s hard to keep count of them, and had so many nice culinary experiences that our Instagram accounts are full of pictures of food. So, take a look at this list of the 10 restaurants that were the most popular on Sharing Kyoto in 2017! They’re all delicious!


10Ginjo-Ramen Kubota

When it comes to ramen in Kyoto, it’s hard to beat Ginjo-Ramen Kubota who are famous for their tsukemen and the seafood-based miso broth they’re dipped into. The dipping broth has a very strong taste, and the saltiness of the miso just explodes in your mouth (in a good way, that is). After you have eaten all the noodles, you can add kelp stock to the dipping broth and drink it. 



9Honke Owariya

This soba restaurant has over 550 years of experience in soba noodle making, and it’s a popular restaurant among both Japanese and overseas tourists. Their specialty is this dish, which contains a tower of five layers of soba noodles, every layer a different taste. 



8Kikunoi Roan

Kikunoi Roan is even rated worth a Michelin star, and at the restaurant you get to watch closely as the artisanal chefs perform their magic. As this is one of the most famous kaiseki cuisine restaurants in Kyoto, they use the best seasonal ingredients to make their dishes. You have to have a reservation for Kikunoi Roan. 



7Sushi Matsumoto

Sushi Matsumoto is a sushi restaurant that also has a Michelin star. What’s special about this restaurant is that they don’t use sugar in their sushi rice, but instead use red vinegar, which gives the sushi a more impactful flavor, and also a more refreshing aftertaste, with a slight sweetness to it. Reservation required. 



6Gion Uokeya U

Again! A Michelin star rated restaurant, Gion Uokeya U, which specializes in wooden buckets full of fragrant eel. The eel is very soft and just melts in your mouth. The rice under the eel sucks up the sauce of the eel, making it taste absolutely delicious, and this eaten together with the eel is an experience those who like eel need to have. 



5Kyoto Yakiniku Hiro

Kyoto Yakiniku Hiro is one of the most popular yakiniku or Japanese BBQ restaurants in Kyoto, and it has almost become synonymous in Kyoto with yakiniku. Because the restaurant is run by a meat shop they get fresh meat every day. Their set meals are sure to leave you satisfied. 



4Kyoto Katsugyu

Kyoto Katsugyu has become one of the most well-known places to enjoy wagyu beef in the whole of Japan. The restaurant is famous for their deep-fried steaks which are fried only for 30 seconds, keeping the meat juicy, but also making the batter crispy. You can make the beef taste extra nice by adding some wasabi or Japanese pepper to it. 




3Tendon Makino Kyoto Teramachi

There has always been a line in front of Tendon Makino Kyoto Teramachi, ever since they started offering their rice bowls overflowing with tempura here in the old capital. They only the freshest ingredients, and with the batter being so light, the texture of the tempura here is hard to beat. This bowl may look fatty, but it’s surprisingly light in taste, so my recommendation is this: go for it! 



2Sushi no Musashi

The sushi here is made right in front of you, so you can be sure that it’s really fresh. They have 50 types for you to choose from, so they’re bound to have something you like. The restaurant is conveniently located in Kyoto Station, so why not enjoy sushi, one of the most famous Japanese dishes, in the middle of Kyoto? 



1Kyoto Wakuden

The most popular restaurant is Kyoto Wakudon, which is known for offering excellent kaiseki cuisine at very reasonable prices. Most kaiseki restaurants have a very stately, official feeling to them, but Kyoto Wakuden is a restaurant which is easy to enter, and welcoming to their foreign guests.


Vanessa[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ] STAFF DETAIL
So, how many restaurants on this list have you been to? If it’s your first time in Kyoto, I would like to recommend Kyoto Wakuden; you can enjoy Kyoto’s world-famous kaiseki cuisine for a very reasonable price. The view from the restaurant is to die for! Of course, restaurants in Kyoto are not only these 10, so I hope you too can make a list of your 10 best restaurants in Kyoto.
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All Restaurants Kaiseki / Kyo Ryori (Kyoto Cuisine) Wagyu / Steak Ramen Soba & Udon Noodles Tempura Unagi (Eel) Yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) All Kyoto Area
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