Kyoto Sushi – the 10 Best Sushi Restaurants in Kyoto

Heading to Kyoto? You're going to want to try some of the city's world-class sushi. Our guide to the 10 best sushi restaurants in Kyoto can help.

Sushi can now be found all over the world, but undoubtedly, the best sushi is still found in Japan. It is an experience you should be at pains not to miss when in the country, although, with so much choice, deciding on the sushi joint for you can be a challenge. If you are popping over to Kyoto, have a look at our list of the city’s 10 best sushi restaurants – ranging in style and price, you’re sure to find somewhere that fits the bill. 

1) Sushisei

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This jam-packed eatery will most certainly satiate your sushi hunger. Part of a chain that started in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market, the biggest (and most popular) seafood market in the world, freshness and quality is guaranteed. A short walk from the station, with English menus and a friendly atmosphere, convenience and comfort is another big plus for this place.  

Address: 600-8006, Tachiuri Nakanocho,Shimogyo Ward , Kyoto
Opening hours: 11:30am to 10pm

2) Sushi Ina

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This sushi place is renowned for its delicious sushi and chatty chefs, guaranteeing an interesting conversation alongside your food. The fish itself is hand picked from Tsukiji Fish Market, something the full flavored taste makes quite clear. Despite the high quality, the prices are very reasonable and clearly displayed. 

Address: 600-8411, Karasumadori Shijosagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Opening hours: 11:30am to 10pm

3) No.1 Sushi Iwa

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Steve Jobs famously said of No.1 Sushi Iwa: it’s the “best sushi that I’ve ever had.” High praise indeed. And, fortunately for the store, it’s not just the tech tycoon who think this way – the restaurant is now one of the most popular sushi restaurants in Kyoto. Try it for yourself!

Address:  600-8411, Karasumadori Shijosagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 
Opening hours: 11:30am to 10pm

4) Wasabi Sushi

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Tucked away in serene Higashiyama, this ultra-contemporary eatery serves sushi with style. Also serving a variety of complimentary side dishes, load up on plates or opt for one of the various sharing platters, and savor the experience. Although the staff speaks little English, the quality of the fish speaks for itself.  

Address: 108-1, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Opening hours: 6pm to 4am

5) Musashi Sushi

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Not far from the station, make your way to Musashi Sushi for the kaiten-zushi (conveyor-belt sushi) experience. Watch as the chefs prepare the sushi in front of your eyes and simply pluck whatever takes your fancy from the revolving belt. With an English menu and sushi plates starting from as little as 137 yen, Musashi Sushi is extremely convenient and won’t blow the budget.  

Address: 604-8005, Ebisuchō, Nakagyo-ku,Kyōto-shi, Kyoto
Opening hours: 11:30am to 10pm

6) Genki Sushi

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Another kaiten-zushi spot with even more of the fun factor. Popular with tourists, you may have to wait for a seat at Genki, but once seated you’re in for a treat. Choose from the extensive menu on the electronic tablet in front of you and wait for it to be delivered on the miniature train tracks. Watching the plates zip along the tracks is all part of the fun and pretty unique to Japan. The sushi is hand-prepared and fresh, plus, if you’ve overdone the sushi a little, there’s even the option of french fries or hamburgers. Starting at just 105 yen per plate, Genki Sushi is also as cheap as you’ll find anywhere. What’s not to love? 

Address:3-1, Kinmeidaikita,Yawata-shi, Kyoto 
Opening hours: 11:30am to 10pm

7) Chojiro, Shijo-kiyamachi Sushi

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Crowned the best sushi restaurant in Kyoto, you won’t be surprised by the seemingly ever-present queues outside. Unless you’re willing to wait for an hour (minimum), it’s advisable that you make a reservation. Nevertheless, less than 10 minutes from the station, the location is convenient and inside, everything is extremely foreigner friendly, including the iPad menus with an English option. The sushi, needless to say, is divine. 

Address: 600-8006, Tachiuri Nakanocho,Shimogyo Ward , Kyoto
Opening hours: 11:30am to 10pm (weekdays), 11:30am to 10pm

8) Gion Matsudaya Sushi

Gion is renowned for being Kyoto’s traditional center, all wooden buildings, tea houses and geishas. If you’re in the area, you’ve got the perfect excuse to visit Gion Matsudaya, a Michelin-starred sushi restaurant as traditional and charming as its surroundings.  

Address: 570-123 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 
Opening hours: 11:30am to 10pm

9) Tsukiji Sushisay Kyoto Daimaru

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Located adjacent to Daimaru department store, this place isn’t difficult to find and offers delicious sushi in a variety of styles. The sushi chef carefully prepares your meal and presents it beautifully. The fish is fresh and delicious, exactly what sushi should be like. 

Address: 570-123 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto,
Opening hours: 11:30am to 10pm

10)  Kappa Zushi

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This sushi chain restaurant combines great sushi, affordable prices and a traditional ambiance. The chef takes pride in his dishes, offering advice on what sushi to eat and what sake to wash it down with. An eye into Kyoto’s past as much as a fanatstic restaurant, this place comes highly recommended. 

Address: 604-8013, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto 
Opening hours: 11:30am to 10pm

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