A Gourmet Guide to Kyoto Station Restaurants

There are plenty of restaurants in and around Kyoto Station. Discover the best with our Kyoto Station restaurant guide.

Photo Credit: Shuichi Aizawa via Flickr cc

Photo Credit: Shuichi Aizawa via Flickr cc

The second-largest station building in Japan with a memorable, futuristic design, Kyoto Station draws quite the contrast with the usual ideas associated with traditional Kyoto. Besides serving as a transportation hub, the complex is also home to a shopping mall, a department store, a hotel, a movie theater and plenty of restaurants. 

In the station itself, Hotel Granvia Kyoto offers some luxurious dining choices with skillfully prepared meals in elegant surrounds. For more affordability, head towards the pedestrian walkway, JR Kyoto Isetan, shopping mall The Cube or Kyoto Porta where you’ll find a plethora of cheap and cheerful international and Japanese dining options. Crave some noodles? Kyoto Ramen Koji is the place to go with their wide range of regional ramen varieties. 

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Kyoto Station is also surrounded by local restaurants to check out when you’re in the area. 

Here are our top picks:

1. Katsukura

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Price: 1,000 ~ 2,000 yen

Location: The Cube 11F 

Opening hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Specializing in Tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork tenderloin), Katsukura is loved for their crispy yet juicy cutlet, unlimited refillable rice and miso soup. Customers can even grind their own sesame seeds for their sauces. Imagine tender pork, freshly ground sesame seeds and chewy barley rice. Yummy!

2. KYK 

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Price: 1,000 ~ 2,000 yen

Location: Kyoto Porta  

Opening hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

KYK is a more diverse option for deep-fried food lovers. Apart from delicious tonkatsu, KYK also serves shrimp, prawn, scallop, chicken, and veggies. Diners can also refill rice, miso soup, cabbage and tea for free. KYK is the place to have a superb Japanese meal on the cheap. 

3. Sushi no Musashi 

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Price: 146 ~ 346 yen per dish

Location: Kyoto station 1F

Opening hours: 10:00 am – 10:30 pm

Don’t miss this distinctive Japanese experience: sushi straight from a conveyor belt. One of the best of its kind in town, Sushi no Musashi’s food is cheap yet fresh and delicious. The options are so varied you won’t know where to start. Encircled by the conveyor belt, the chefs move their hands quickly and skillfully to make fresh sushi to order (should you not find what you crave on the belt). Great food and a memorable performance. 

4. Ganko

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Price: 1,000 ~ 5,000 yen

Location: Kyoto station 2F 

Opening hours: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Should you seek authentic surroundings, affordable Japanese cuisine and professional service – Genko is the one! Though they specialize in sushi, there are plenty of other mouth-watering Japanese dishes: tofu, tempura, steamed fish and so on. The restaurant is catered toward and loved by locals and tourists alike.

5. Okonomiyaki Machiya

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Price: 800 ~ 2,000 yen

Location: Kyoto Porta

Opening hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Conveniently located in the food court of Kyoto Porta, Okonomiyaki Machiya specializes in regional Kansai dishes including seafood okonomiyaki, beef okonomiyaki, mixed okonomiyaki and teppanyaki beef. Order your favorite, fry it yourself and enjoy. 

6. Kyo-chabana 

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Price: ~ 2,000 yen

Location: In front of Kyoto station

Opening hours: 05:00 pm – 02:00 am

It’s late and you don’t know where to get some good food? Kyo-chabana it is! There’s a good range of menu staples, but try the tomato okonomiyaki for something special. Using only Kyoto sourced vegetables and home-grown, carefully chosen tomatoes, this is one for the health conscious too.

7. Pound 

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Price: 450 ~ 7,800 yen

Location: In front of Kyoto station

Opening hours: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm (Lunch), 5:00 pm – 12:00 am (Dinner)

Just 5 minutes from Kyoto Station is Pound – a splendid yakiniku restaurant. Pound is known best for their quality savory jyukusei niku (dry-aged meat). The meat is hung for 45 days in a controlled environment to enhance the texture and flavor, resulting in supremely tender and juicy meat. Complement your meal with one of the many excellent side dishes or a glass or two of wine. 

8. Tsujiri 

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Price: 1,000 ~ 2,000 yen

Location: JR Kyoto Isetan 6F

Opening hours: 10:00 am – 08:00 pm

Claimed by many to be the best green tea shop in Kyoto, Tsujiri specializes in matcha based foods, from matcha parfait to matcha noodles. Don’t be put off by the long queue, go ahead and give yourself a refreshing matcha treat.

9. Le Temps 

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Price: 1,500 ~ 5,000 yen

Location: Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Opening hours: 6:30 am – 12:00 am

Being a Muslim traveler in Japan might be tricky. Le Temps is one of the scarce restaurants that are fully Halal certified and even has a prayer room accessible on request. The menu is diverse; including continental and American style breakfasts, course meals and buffet options. 

10. Shozankaku 

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Price: 2,700 ~ 10,000 yen

Location: JR Kyoto Isetan 11F

Opening hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Compared to others on our list, Shozankaku is a little pricey. However, the ingredients are of extraordinary quality (bamboo shoots, mushroom, yuba – tofu skin) and the views of Kyoto justify the price. You will not be disappointed.

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