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Original sushi that goes well with sake
This sushi restaurant is about a 7-minute walk from the Togetsukyo Bridge in the tourist spot Arashiyama. The restaurant is famous for its saba sushi, chirashi sushi, norimaki, and others. There are also several a la carte options made with fresh fish. The restaurant also has original sushi with unused ingredients, all of which go well with sake. There is the option to enjoy two different types of sushi in a set meal as well. Going with a group of people to try various kinds of sushi is also recommended. The inside of the restaurant is like an typical Japanese home. The wooden shelves and tables, clocks, and toys sitting around are fun just to look at. The environment is very relaxed. From the counter seats, you can watch the owner making sushi right in front of you.
Sasamaki sushi and saba sushi set
Sasamaki sushi and saba sushi set / ¥1,680
Sasamaki sushi features the sweetness of white fish. The little leaves on top of the rice are Japanese pepper tree leaves. They bring out the flavor of the sushi with their subtle fragrance. The best saba (mackerel) is selected every month to make the saba sushi. Since the rice is flavored with soup stock, this sushi is best eaten without soy sauce.
Mibuna Maki
Mibuna Maki / ¥1,000
This norimaki is made with mibuna, a vegetable that’s a specialty of Kyoto. The flavor of soy sauce and the spiciness of Japanese pepper stand out. The crisp texture of the mibuna is also fun. If you enjoy alcohol, have this dish with sake.
Chirashi sushi
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Chirashi sushi / ¥1,200
This dish is made with shrimp, eel, white fish, and shiitake mushrooms on top of rice with vinegar. The rice has just the right amount of tartness and balances perfectly with the flavor of the toppings. The dish looks very colorful, too. The round wooden bowl is packed full. Use the wooden spoon to scoop up food from the bottom of the bowl and place it on the small dish to eat.
Tuna with grated yam
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Tuna with grated yam / ¥950
This dish is made with finely cut tuna covered with a generous topping of grated Japanese yam. Don’t be afraid to stuff as much of the tuna and thick, gooey yam into your mouth as you can handle. The dish is accented with wasabi, nori, and shiso leaves. This one also goes well with sake.
How to Order

You can choose two of the sushi listed under ”組み合わせ” in the upper left of the menu to make a set. If you don’t know what the sushi are, ask the staff. They should be able to answer you with gestures. If you enjoy alcohol, we recommend ordering sake with your sushi.

- Order Tips -
After sitting at the table, ring the little golden bell on the wall to get a staff member to come to you.
3.3 food3.3 service3.0 atmosphere3.5
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.2 food3.0 service3.0 atmosphere3.5
Here you can enjoy many different kinds of sushi often eaten in Kyoto! Partly because the owner is a fan of alcohol, lots of the sushi is delicious with sake. The restaurant is small, so we recommend going in a group of no more than 3-4 people. If you want to eat unique Kyoto sushi instead of nigirizushi, head to Daizen.
3.3 food3.5 service3.0 atmosphere3.5
Stop by here for some Kyoto style sushi when you are in Arashiyama! The interior is decorated with several vintage items resembling a typical Japanese home. Japanese old tunes are playing in the background. I really liked the Mibuna Maki which are sushi roll with leafy Mibuna vegetables. Sasa Sushi are interesting because it is made with a leaf wrapped around it. You could sit at the table in the front or sit at the sushi counter in the back!
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Daizen / 大善
Category Sushi
Phone +81 75-882-0018
Address 10-3, Saga Isenokamicho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8365
Directions 7-minute walk from Randen Saga Station
Open Hours 12:00am-9:00pm
Reservations Accepted
Closed Thursdays
Notes The restaurant sometimes closes early if food is sold out. Also, there are several only available in certain seasons.
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted
Good for Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
No English menu.
Menu Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 14 seats
Private dining rooms None
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking

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