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The Best Teppanyaki Joints In Kyoto, Japan

Picture of Carrie Chan
Updated: 9 February 2017
Teppanyaki is a Japanese way of grilling different kinds of ingredients on an iron plate, producing a smoky, mouth-watering meal. While most teppanyaki places will have an open kitchen, restaurants differ in the ingredients they use. Check out some of our favorite teppanyaki venues in Kyoto.
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広島 お好み焼きたむちゃん | ©Tatsuo Yamashita/Flickr
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Kyoto Yachimun (京都 やちむん)

The founder of Kyoto Yachimun, Miwa Tatsuhiko, opened up this restaurant in 2003 after living in Okinawa where he ran a retail shop. Deeply impressed by Okinawa, Miwa borrows the Okinawa culinary cultures and introduces Kyoto Yachimun as “a little Okinawa”. If you want to try something beyond Kyoto teppanyaki, Kyoto Yachimun is your place.

Address: 5 Nishinokyonanseicho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture +81 75-821-3603

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Teppanyaki Grill | ©Alex Schröder/Flickr
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Hoen (鉄板焼 豊園)

If you fancy teppanyaki, but done a bit differently, Hoen offers the fusion style of Teppanyaki, incorporating Japanese styles and Western features into the dishes. Hoen uses an immense variety of ingredients, from kyoto vegetables and wasabi to natural French salt and domestic fish and shellfish. You can even request the chef to cook teppanyaki with wine.

Address: Karasuma Takatsuji Higashi-iru, Shimogyo-ku, kyoto-shi, kyoto 600-8096 +81 75-342-2111

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Gion district | © David Offf/Flickr
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Teppan Manryu (鉄板焼き 萬隆)

Chef Teppan Manryu, who originated from Fusumaya, was inspired to put innovative ideas into teppanyaki after moving to Gion, Kyoto. Embracing the motto of serving a wide range of customers, Teppan Manryu explores different ingredients in an attempt to cater to the appetites of the world, from Chinese to Westerners. It strikes a balance between the innovative elements and the traditional taste of teppanyaki. Not only does Teppan Manryu offer a wide range of food in Teppanyaki-style, but, with an open kitchen, you might be invited to have a taste of cooking your food by yourself on a teppan.

Address: 382-2 Hashimotocho, Higashi-iru 2-chome, Yamato-oji Shinbashidori, Higashiyama-ku | Motosan Building first floor, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture +81 75-525-0377

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Kunugi Teppanyaki (鉄板焼 くぬぎ)

Certified as a seasonal Kyoto vegetable provider, Kunugi Teppanyaki serves high quality kyoto vegetables and Japanese beef. Located inside the Westin Miyako Hotel, Kunugi Teppanyaki only has 15 seats, which provides a tranquil dining environment. If you are tired of kaiseki and sushi, Kunugi Teppanyaki is a great choice for something different.

Address: Keage, Sanjo, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0052 +81 75-771-7111

Itoh Dining (伊藤ダイニング)

Itoh Dining has been serving teppanyaki in Nobu style and specializing in Kobe beef, for 50 years. Committed to attaining a high standard of fresh and safe ingredients, Itoh Dining is interior is a traditional Japanese house style design, with spectacular interior design, furniture and lighting. Reserve a table to guarantee a night of fine dining among the picturesque scenery inside and outside the restaurant.

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Bonheur Teppanyaki

Bonheur Teppanyaki, specializes in dry aged beef, which is an unusual ingredient in Kyoto. Bonheur Teppanyaki carefully selects special ingredients for teppanyaki such as avocado and salmon. Apart from traditional teppanyaki, it also offers wagyu (Japanese beef) hamburger and rib roast. The restaurant is gaining popularity as one of the best spots for teppanyaki in Kyoto.

Address: 680, Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan +81 75-351-0111

Carrie Chan