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Top 10 Nightlife Spots in Kyoto

Kyoto is the heart of Japan and a city with over a millennium of history. 

I introduce 10 spots in Kyoto where we can enjoy typical KYOTO cuisine for dinner. You will experience traditional and elegant trip of time.

Uosu

Uosu is a long established restaurant with over 70 years of history in Nagaokakyo. This restaurant serves Kyoto-style Kaiseki meals filled with seasonal specials and Kyoto-style sushi using fresh fish.

“Takenoko Sugata Sushi” — stuffed bamboo shoot sushi — is a popular menu entree available all year round. Nagaokakyo is very well-known for its bamboo shoots. In the springtime, Uosu serves a “Takenoko Kaiseki” course to enjoy bamboo shoots.

Address 2-17-8, Imazato, Nagaokakyo-shi, Kyoto
Access Hankyu Kyoto Line Nagaoka-Tenjin Station 15-minute walk, Hankyu Kyoto Line Nagaoka-Tenjin Station Car 5-minute, JR Kyoto Line Nagaokakyo Station Car 10-minute
Opening hours 11:00-20:30(L.O.20:30)
Holiday Every Monday
Phone 075-951-0325
Website or Facebook http://www.uosu.jp/

Honke Tankuma

Kyoto, a city famous for its natural scenic beauty. Honke Tankuma serves “Kyoto cuisine” that has incorporated the unique taste of softshell turtle hotpot soup and that is the very first attempt in Kyoto cuisine.

Softshell turtle hotpot that has been loved by many people for a very long time, don’t have the fishy smell also no eccentricity.

It is so exquisite that if you try it once, your idea about softshell turtle will completely change. From May to September, you can enjoy dining at the seat set up on the cooling Kamo River.

Address Kiyamachidori Bukkojisagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Access Hankyu Line Kawaramachi Station 5-minute walk, Keihan Line Gion-Shijo Station 7-minute walk
Opening hours Monday-SundayLunch:11:30-15:00(L.O.13:30)、Monday-SundayDinner:17:00-22:00(L.O.20:00)
Holiday No fixed holiday
Phone 075-351-1645
Website or Facebook http://www.tankuma.jp/

Yoshina

Yoshina brings you Kyoto’s seasonable Japanese cuisine within one of our old capital’s abundantly charming traditional wooden townhouses.

Walking up its old fashioned tansu kaidan staircase, you will find the second floor furnished with horigotatsu style counter seating as well as regular table seating.

On the first floor we also offer tatami furnished Ozashiki style seating. Further, during summer (May-Sept.), a platformed seating service along the banks of the Kamo River is exclusively available.

Address Pontochodo-ri sannjyo sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access Keihan Main Line Sanjo Station 5-minute walk, Subway Tozai Line Sanjo-Keihan Station 5-minute walk, Hankyu Kyoto Line Kawaramachi Station 10-minute walk
Opening hours Monday-Sunday12:00-14:00、Monday-Sunday17:00-23:00(L.O.22:30)
Holiday No fixed holiday
Phone 075-213-4471
Website or Facebook http://yoshina.net/

Manten

Manten is housed in a Kyoto-style townhouse right in front of Pontocho Kaburenjo. Manten serves new and original Kyoto-style grilled skewers, with which Kyoto vegetables, meat roll and seafood are carefully grilled over charcoal fire.

This restaurant’s diverse menu that includes our signature dish ‘Meat roll Skewer’, prepared with seasonal ingredients such as Kyoto vegetables, our standard dish ‘Grilled Skewer’, and our especially fresh ‘Seafood Skewer’, are sure to satiate you with their tastiness.

Address 179-1, Zaimokucho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access Keihan Main Line Sanjo Station 3-minute walk, Subway Tozai Line Sanjo-Keihan Station 4-minute walk, Subway Tozai Line Kyoto-Shiyakushomae Station 5-minute walk, Hankyu Kyoto Line Kawaramachi Station 6-minute walk
Opening hours 17:00-23:30(L.O.22:30)
Holiday No fixed holiday
Phone 075-212-0600
Website or Facebook http://r.gnavi.co.jp/kh2rkebg0000/

Manzara DONGURIBASHI

MANZARA DONGURI BASHI is located on the bank of the Kamo river. You are able to enjoy seasonal fish and Kyoto-style home cooking in a relaxing space filled with Kyoto atmosphere.

Popular dishes are as follows : “Sakura (cherry blossom)” in March and April, “Kawayuka (riverside terrace)” from May to September. It is sure that you feel the atmosphere of Kyoto more than usual.

Address Takaoka building 1F, Shijodori Kiyamachisagaru Donguribashinishi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access Hankyu Kyoto Line Kawaramachi Station 3-minute walk, Keihan Main Line Gion-Shijo Station 3-minute walk
Opening hours Monday-Sunday17:00-24:00(L.O.23:30)
Holiday No fixed holiday
Phone 075-344-0280
Website or Facebook http://www.manzara.co.jp/donguri-bashi/

Suien

Suien is located near YASAKA JINJA Shrine and KODAIJI Temple. This restaurant’s specialty is “Water”. You are able to enjoy dishes made with carefully prepared soup stock utilizing the beautiful natural spring famous water of Kyoto.

The source of the spring is as same as OTOWANOTAKI Spring of KIYOMIZUDERA Temple.

It pulls out the taste of of the essence of Kyoto cuisine soup stock. Nearby restaurant, while it is a relaxex place, it is also a convenient place for sightseeing. So you will be able to enjoy authentic KYOTO cuisine in a casual atmosphere.

Address Shimogawarato-ri Yasakatoriimae Sagaru Kamibentencho446, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0822
Access Keihan Main Line Gion-Shijo Station Exit 6 12-minute walk, Hankyu Kyoto Line Kawaramachi Station Exit 1 15-minute walk, Subway Tozai Line Higashiyama Station Exit 2 15-minute walk
Opening hours Day:11:30-15:00(L.O.14:00),Night:17:00-21:00(L.O.19:30)
Holiday Every Wednesday
Phone 075-551-0035
Website or Facebook http://www.suien-kyoto.jp/

CHIRIRI

At this restaurant, maybe you would like to eat TSUYUSYABU (pork shabu, beef shabu) from a Kyoto townhouse. “TSUYUSYABU” is pork shabu shabu sampled with a Japanese-style tsuyu sauce using plenty of white onions, yuzu, and chili peppers.

Additionally, beef shabu is prepared with one of the three great brands of beef, Oumi beef.

Address Daimoncho 265,Marutamachi-agaru,Muromachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access Subway Karasuma Line Marutamachi Station Exit 2 2-minute walk
Opening hours Lunch: 11:00-14:00 , Dinner: 17:00-2:00(L.O.21:00)
Sunday & Holiday 17:00-21:00(L.O.20:30)
Holiday No fixed holiday
Phone 075-222-5557
Website or Facebook http://chiriri.co.jp/

Manzaratei

Manzaratei founded more than 120 years ago in Pontocho. You are able to enjoy original dishes together with local sake within the space of machiy (house of common people in town).

The room with tatami and table is filled with more refined atmosphere, which is suitable for spending precious time.

Address Shijo Pontochoagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi,Kyoto
Access Hankyu Kyoto Line Kawaramachi Station 5-minute walk, Keihan Main Line Gion-Shijo Station 5-minute walk, Keihan Main Line Sanjo Station 5-minute walk
Opening hours Tuesday – Sunday 17:00 – 24:00(L.O.23:30)
Holiday Every Monday
Phone 075-212-0028
Website or Facebook http://www.manzara.co.jp/pont/

Hanasaki

Hanasaki is located at Kyoto Gion where many geiko and maiko come and go, preserves old townhouse-style refinement. You will be able to enjoy seasonal colors in each dish in Kyoto-style rooms floored with tatami mats.

The chef prepares charcoal-grilled Kyoto beef steaks in front of the guests, and Hana Kaiseki (8,400 yen) as well as Mai Kaiseki (10,500 yen) that include seafood sushi are highly popular among foreigners.

Address 570-17, Gionmachiminamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access Keihan Main Line Gion-Shijo Station 10-minute walk, Hankyu Kyoto Line Kawaramachi Station 10-minute walk
Opening hours Monday – Sunday Lunch: 12:00 – 14:00(L.O.14:00)、Monday – Sunday Dinner: 17:30 – 21:00(L.O.21:00)
Holiday No fixed holiday
Phone 075-533-3050
Website or Facebook http://www.gion-hanasaki.com/

Matchayahompo

Matchayahompo is a pub where you can enjoy Kyoto vegetables, Kyoto tofu, and Kyoto cuisine at a reasonable price. This pub serves plenty of carefully selected fresh ingredients procured in the Kyoto market every morning.

There are private rooms for tables with hollows underneath to stretch your legs. This pub is located at south side of Kyoto station. 5 minutes walk.

Address Higashikujokamigoryocho 2-19, Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access JR Kyoto Station Hachijo-guchi 10-minute walk, Kintetsu Kyoto Line Kyoto Station 10-minute walk, Subway Karasuma Line Kyoto Station 10-minute walk, Subway Karasuma Line Kujo Station 3-minute walk
Opening hours Lunch: 12:00 – 15:00、Monday – Thursday & Sunday & Holiday Dinner: 17:00 – 1:00, the following day(L.O.24:00)、Friday & Saturday & Day before holiday Dinner: 17:00 – 2:00, the following day(L.O.1:00)
Holiday No fixed holiday
Phone 075-634-8081
Website or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/macchayahonpo/app/109770245765922/

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