Gion & Kiyomizu Temple SushiDec. 22, 2015 UPDATE
Enjoy a high quality and delicious specialty, Saba sushi, served as a set with sushi of your choice


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A sushi restaurant with approximately 100 years of history, located opposite Yasaka Shrine. The interior of the restaurant is furnished with wooden walls, tables, and chairs, and adorned with a number of decorations that create a traditional Japanese atmosphere. Its specialty dish is Saba sushi. Saba sushi is a type of sushi that has been well loved in Kyoto since the olden times. It is made by placing mackerel pickled in vinegar on top of vinegar-flavored rice. There are many sushi restaurants ...morethat serve saba sushi in Kyoto. From among these, IZUJU's Saba sushi is known to feature delicious mackerel with a high quality flavor. The kelp that surrounds the sushi helps to highlight its delicious flavor even more. The mackerel is cut into thick strips to provide a superb texture, and as soon as you bite into it you will be able to feel the fat of the mackerel spreading deliciously around your mouth. In addition, apart from Saba sushi, the restaurant also offers Inari sushi and warm Steamed sushi. We also recommend ordering a set of saba sushi combined with sushi of your choice.
Our Comments
Average: ★★★★★3.5
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From the outside of the restaurant, you can see the chefs preparing the sushi. We definitely recommend watching them make sushi so quickly with their hands! If the restaurant is full, you can wait inside the restaurant by the seats in the waiting area. The best thing to do then is to take a look at the menu and decide in advance what to order! If you do not have enough time, you can take your sushi back with you and eat it at the hotel, etc. Also, it is worth taking a close look at the plates an...mored bowls used for serving the sushi. People who love pottery with beautiful patterns are sure to enjoy themselves admiring them all.
A must visit place if you are in Gion! It's located right across from Yasaka Shrine. It's quite easy to find. You can see the sushi chef making their wonderful creations by the window in front of the restaurant. The Inari sushi was little bit different than the one I usually eat at other places. It had hemp seeds mixed in with the rice. I had such an unique experience eating that. I really loved the plates they used to serve the sushi!
Saba sushi
1Must Eat !
Saba sushi / 6 pieces ¥2,268
Enjoy the delicious fat of the mackerel pickled with the perfect amount vinegar - and with no raw fish smell whatsoever. Take a close look at its beautiful cross section. As it already has plenty of flavor, we recommend eating it without any soy sauce. Peel off the kelp on the outside before eating it.
Inari sushi
2Must Eat !
Inari sushi / 5 pieces ¥756
A dish with sushi pieces featuring fried tofu made from domestic soy beans, filled with vinegar-flavored rice. The vinegar-flavored rice is mixed with yuzu citrus fruit, burdock root, and hempseed. The crunchy texture of the hempseed is a great characteristic of this dish. This dish can be ordered even with just one piece.
* Not available during July to Sep.
3Let's Try !
Sasamaki sushi / 5 pieces ¥1,188
This sushi features the white meat of a small sea bream sitting on top of vinegar-flavored rice, wrapped in an aromatic bamboo leaf. This sushi is not only delicious, but it also gives you great happiness and relief. Its small size makes it very easy to eat.
How to Order & Eat
IZUJU How to Order & EatPlease make sure to try Saba sushi! If you tell the staff what other sushi you would like to eat, they will bring it to you as a set with the Saba sushi.

IZUJU How to Order & EatSaba sushi is eaten after peeling off the kelp around it. The kelp is fine to eat but take care as it can be hard and chewy.
- Order Tips -
All dishes are available for takeout. Saba sushi is always best eaten by the day after purchase. All other dishes should be eaten on the day of purchase.
IZUJU Appearance Photo
Categories Sushi
Phone +81 75-561-0019
Address 292-1, Giommachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0073
Directions 8-minute walk from Keihan Line Gionshijo Station.
Hours 10:30am -19pm (18:30pm L.O.)
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Wednesday(Open on holidays, closed the day after)
Notes The restaurant gets busy during lunchtime on weekdays and national holidays (12pm-14pm). The passageway inside the restaurant is fairly narrow, so please be mindful of other customers when passing through.
Price range
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Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners
Good for Solo, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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English menus available.
Menu English
Languages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 20 seats
Private dining rooms None
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
IZUJU +81 75-561-0019 3/3

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