Downtown YakinikuWagyu/SteakJun. 07, 2016 UPDATE
Yakiniku that Lets You Delight in the Myriad of Great Tastes of Premium Wagyu (Japanese Beef)

Kyoto Yakiniku HIRO Kiyamachi

/ 京の焼肉処 弘 木屋町店
Kyoto Yakiniku HIRO
If you want to eat yakiniku barbecue featuring wagyu (Japanese beef) in Kyoto without breaking the bank, Kyoto Yakiniku HIRO Kiyamachi is the place to go. While it goes without saying that you can fully indulge yourself in the great taste of wagyu, you can also try cuisine and yakiniku barbecue featuring a variety of different cuts of the wagyu beef. The reason this is possible is that the restaurant stocks the wagyu it serves by purchasing entire cows. Consequently, guests can enjoy the great t...moreaste of wagyu featuring fresh, rare parts that you just cannot get a taste of at other restaurants. Visitors also grill the meats on their own using the smokeless roasters equipped on the table. Although at other yakiniku restaurants, the smell of the smoke while grilling the meat often ends up sticking to your clothing, at Kyoto Yakiniku HIRO Kiyamachi, there is no cause for concern since the roasters do not put off any smoke. The restaurant has been renovated from what used to be a ryokan travel lodge, and the atmosphere radiates a sense of traditional Japan in addition to being clean. From the windows, guests have a view of the Kamo River which flows right next to the restaurant. Every year from May to September, people flock to enjoy yakiniku on the noryo yuka (a seating area built from a wooden platform above the Kamo River), a seasonal summer tradition in Kyoto.
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Average: ★★★★★3.3
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If you are excited about eating great-tasting wagyu and yakiniku, I suggest you check out Kyoto Yakiniku HIRO Kiyamachi first. They use safe, high-grade wagyu, and the restaurant will definitely leave meat-lovers feeling satisfied. Personally, I would strongly suggest trying the horumon-yaki (broiled organs) featuring the internal organs of wagyu cows. Kyoto Yakiniku HIRO Kiyamachi also has a selection of a la carte items that make for good snacks to go with alcohol as well as sushi featuring wa...moregyu. Since it is located close to a busy downtown area, it is an ideal restaurant for dinner after sightseeing.
Kyoto Yakiniku HIRO is a popular restaurant, with several locations in Kyoto. My recommended dish was My recommendation is trying the today's special,which was Daily Special Meat Plate on the day I visited. This plate lets you enjoy a variety of different cuts of beef and doesn't skimp on the volume.
With the large number of foreign tourists that visit this shop each day, the staff is used to supporting a wide variety of needs and provides an extremely nice welcome. That makes this a great plac...moree to fully enjoy the deliciousness of Japanese Wagyu beef, even for those who are trying a Japanese yakiniku grill for the first time.
Daily Special Meat Plate
1Must Eat !
Daily Special Meat Plate / ¥6,980
You have got to order this yakiniku platter first if you are having trouble settling on what to get. The wagyu cuts of the day are served up as a platter, letting you enjoy a range of tastes of wagyu beef — ranging from popular cuts to cuts that are a little more out of the ordinary — all on a single plate. The staff will show you how to grill the meat, so do not worry about a thing.
* Serves two to three people
* Platter items vary depending on the day.
Wagyu thigh – white radish and vinegar sauce
2Must Eat !
Wagyu thigh – white radish and vinegar sauce / ¥1,200
Cut up this big piece of meat served in a pot into bite size pieces using scissors, then grill it. There is a special tare sauce made from Japanese radish and vinegar in the pot, and the flavor of the sauce pervades the meat, making it a dish with a refreshing taste that also lets you enjoy the flavor of wagyu.
Japanese yukke
3Let's Try !
Japanese yukke / ¥980
This is a dish featuring raw wagyu meat. Yukke is a dish made from finely chopped raw meat. The seasoning makes use of a salty-sweet tare sauce, and adding a raw egg on it gives it an overall mellow taste. Raw meat is a little chewy, and you can enjoy its flavor by just barely biting into it.
* The raw meat uses fresh wagyu meat that has cleared legal standards and is prepared by cooks.
* Generally, raw meat poses the risk of food poisoning. Children and elderly guests, along with others who h...moreave a lessened capacity to combat food poisoning, should refrain from eating raw meat.
Meat Sushi Three-Item Platter
4Let's Try !
Meat Sushi Three-Item Platter / ¥980
Kyoto Yakiniku HIRO Kiyamachi’s original sushi featuring wagyu. The ingredients are yukke, lean red meat, and roasted karubi (short ribs) (the cuts used depend on the day.) Although the sushi does have some seasoning, the meat is relatively free from tinkering, letting you enjoy its natural taste. The size of the sushi is easy to eat even for women. I suggest eating it in one bite.
How to Order & Eat
HIRO How to order & eat

The restaurant features menus listing dishes popular with foreign nationals in English and Chinese (with traditional and simplified characters). Dishes with the ☆ mark are particularly popular.
- Order Tips -
You should tell the staff before ordering if you have any allergies or if there are any ingredients you are not fond of. Also, try as best as you can to avoid leaving leftovers.
HIRO Interior Photo
Table seats feature a device to grill the yakiniku at each seat.
HIRO Interior Photo
The private booths are rooms that allow families and groups kick back and take things slow.
HIRO Interior Photo
Visitors can dine while enjoying a nice breeze outside on the noryo yuka (a seating area built from a wooden platform above the Kamo River).
The restaurant is located along Kiyamachi-dori. The sign that reads: 「弘」 (HIRO) marks the shop.Walk through the gate and the entrance will be located just ahead.
HIRO Appearance PhotoHIRO Appearance Photo
Kyoto Yakiniku HIRO Kiyamachi
Categories Yakiniku, Wagyu/Steak
Phone +81 75-213-5000 (Our staff may only be able to communicate in Japanese.)
Address 527 Kamiosaka-cho, Kiyamachi Dori Sanjo Agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City 604-8001
Directions Keihan Main Line Sanjo Station 5-minute walk
Hours 5pm - 12am (L.O.11pm)
Reservations Accepted / You can make reservations from the website.
Ask the restaurant directly about reservations for the noryo yuka.
Closed Open everyday
Price range
  • ★
  • ★
  • ☆
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc.
Good for With Friends, Families with Children
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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  • ○
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The restaurant is often visited by customers from overseas and menus are available in English and Chinese (with both traditional and simplified characters).
Menu English, Chinese (traditional characters), Chinese (simplified characters)
Languages spoken Basic English
Number of seats 170 seats
Private dining rooms Available
Non smoking / smoking 1st floor is separated smoking and non-smoking, smoking is allowed on 2nd floor
Kyoto Yakiniku HIRO Kiyamachi +81 75-213-5000 (Our staff may only be able to communicate in Japanese.) -1/3

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