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Where To Find The Best Sushi In Kyoto

Where To Find The Best Sushi In Kyoto
While technically better known for its kaiseki, Kyoto actually has some pretty fantastic sushi joints, the quality of which are comparable to the best in Tokyo. While visiting temples, shrines and other historical places in Kyoto, why not try some of the best sushi on offer and refresh yourself for the next destination?

Musashi Sushi

Musashi Sushi is an affordable sushi place with a decent selection on offer. Its serves sushi Kaiten-style, when sushi plates are put on a revolving belt and diners just take what they want. The variety of sushi it offers allows you to try out new Japanese ingredients, beyond salmon and tuna, If you want more rice and nori, try a hand roll. Their hand rolls are topped with fresh seafood, which is also something that makes Musashi Sushi stand out from the others.

Price: Mid-range

Watch out for: Kaiten sushi

Opening hours : 11am – 10pm

Address: 440 Ebisucho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8005, Kyoto Prefecture +81 75-222-0634

Sushi In Matsumoto © Henry Burrows/Flickr

Sushi Matsumoto (鮨まつもと)

Located in the heart of Gion, Sushi Matsumoto offers Edomae-style sushi. This is the sushi most commonly eaten around the world today and is not made with fermented rice like traditional sushi. The name comes from “Edon Bay” or Tokyo Bay, where the fish to make this style of sushi was traditionally caught. Thanks to its skillful preparation of ingredients and the chef’s dedication to the design of sushi, Sushi Matsumoto restaurant is ranked one star in the Michelin Guide. With only around 11 seats inside, reservation is required and the dining here is a calming, zen experience.

Price: Fine dining

Watch out for: Edomae sushi

Opening hours: 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 5:30pm – 9:00pm Wednesday – Monday

Address:570-123 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture +81 75-531-203

Ganko Kyoto

Ganko is a large sushi place offering a wide selection of sushi and other Japanese cuisines. While Ganko excels in choosing fresh and raw fish and shrimps as their primary ingredients, it also places much emphasis on balancing the freshness of the fish and the richness of the rice in the sushi. Its freshly smashed wasabi adds a punchy layer of taste to the sushi. The restaurant also aims to provide an environment and atmosphere in accordance to the style and characteristics of the sushi which is elegant and fine.

Price: Fine dining

Watch out for: Unagi sushi

Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm

Address: 98 Nakajimacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8004

Freshwater and Sea Eel l © Ron Dollete/Flickr


When looking for the best sushi in town, diners seek out the place that uses the freshest ingredients, has the most authentic style and the most professionally trained chefs. Tomizushi ticks all three boxes. In a warm and friendly atmosphere, the chef at Tomizushi puts his every effort into both making sushi and chatting with customers. Cooking and eating here are fast paced, so get ready to dive straight in. This little gem of a sushi joint is hidden away down a tiny side street, so keep your eyes peeled because, trust us, you don’t want to miss this.

Price: Mid-range

Watch out for: eel sushi

Opening hours: 5pm – midnight

Address: Shijō agaru, Nakano-chō 578-5, Kyoto +81 75-231-3628

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Nakaichi, located in the Gion area, is one of the better sushi places that provides simple and affordable sushi. The sushi is served in ‘kappo’ style, sushi on one plate. You can expect to see the chef preparing your sushi for you while you wait. Interact with him and you may request different parts of fish to be prepared for your sushi. Nakaichi insists on using freshly and naturally caught fish every day to provide a high standard of authentic sushi. It’s keeping the old values alive that makes this sushi spot truly a cut above the rest.

Price: Mid-range

Watch out for: interacting with the chef

Opening hours: 12pm – 2pm, 5pm – 10pm

Address:570-196 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan +81 75-531-2778

Carrie Chan