Enjoy a high quality and delicious specialty, Saba sushi, served as a set with sushi of your choice
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 that 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.
Saba sushi
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
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.
Sasamaki sushi
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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

Please 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.

Saba 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.
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Izuju is a long-established sushi restaurant close to Yasaka Shrine. The atmosphere of the restaurant reminds me of old Japan, a world I never got to experience myself. My recommended dish has to be mackerel sushi! The fatty, thick mackerel is really a delicacy, and once you start you can't stop eating.
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Izuju is located right next to Yasaka Shrine and here you can taste great sushi in a tasteful setting. I want to especially recommend their mackerel sushi! The fatty mackerel and soft rice go together perfectly. I hope you will have mackerel sushi if you go to Izuju.
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Izuju is one of the absolute best sushi restaurants I have been to in Japan. Especially worth a recommendation is the inarizushi, a pouch of fried tofu filled with rice. The rice inside the pouch is seasoned perfectly, it is hard to describe how good this sushi tastes, but I can say that it is no easy feat to make the simple inarizushi taste this good.
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.2 food3.5 service3.0 atmosphere3.0
IZUJU / いづ重
Category 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.
Open 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
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners
Good for Solo, With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
English menus available.
Menu English
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 20 seats
Private dining rooms None
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
URL1 http://gion-izuju.com/
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