Jan. 17, 2023 UPDATE
Arashiyama Daizen - 大善 -
Traveler Friendly
No English menu.
Menu
Japanese and English.
Languages spoken
Japanese only
1005 7 --- 0 reviews
Jan. 17, 2023 UPDATE

Arashiyama Daizen

- 大善 -
Traveler Friendly
No English menu.
Menu
Japanese and English.
Languages spoken
Japanese only
1005 7 --- 0 reviews
Story & Recommendation
Sushi originating from Kyoto that goes well with sake
This sushi restaurant is about a 7-minute walk from the Togetsukyo Bridge in the tourist hotspot of Arashiyama. The restaurant is famous for its mackerel sushi, known in Japanese as saba sushi. There are also several a la carte options made with fresh fish. The restaurant also has some sushi that use unusual ingredients, all of which go well with sake. Going with a group of people to try various kinds of sushi is also recommended. Inside the restaurant is like a 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.
1Recommended
Hako sushi
Hako sushi / ¥2,200
This is the sushi dish for the Instagram generation. It’s called hako sushi because it’s made using a box-like tool, and because of this the shape of it is really beautiful. You get 12 pieces with each containing two different ingredients. You have Japanese omelet, bream, conger eel, and shrimp on top of the rice. There is a surprising amount of rice in this dish so it’s very filling.
2Recommended
Chirashi sushi
Chirashi sushi / ¥1,800
This dish is made with shrimp, eel, white fish (bream), 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.
How to Order


They have their menu in English so ordering is easy. Not all of their menu is translated into English, so if you’re feeling adventurous we recommend also ordering from the Japanese one. 

- Order Tips -
After sitting at the table, ring the little golden bell on the wall to get a staff member to come to you.
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