Updated: December 18, 2019
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The BEST Sushi In Kyoto For All Budgets!

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Looking for amazing sushi in Kyoto? Then we have the best recommendations for your budget! We cover everything from super affordable kaiten sushi restaurants to high-end Michelin-starred traditional sushi bars.

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Cheap to Mid-Range-Priced Sushi

The first part of this article introduces affordable, bang-for-the-buck sushi restaurants.

If you are looking for high-end sushi restaurants, you can go directly to the "High-End Sushi" section.

Izuu いづう

Established in 1781 (during Edo Era!), Izuu is famous for serving outstanding saba sushi (mackerel sushi), which is perhaps the most emblematic type of sushi in Kyoto. Beloved by people in Kyoto, their mackerel is thick, juicy and exquisite. They also have take-out sushi if you prefer to eat it elsewhere. Located just a 5-minute walk from Keihan Gionshijo station.

AWOMB アウーム

If you are looking for a little different sushi experience, AWOMB can help you. They serve a brand new style of sushi - as shown in the photograph below, all you can see is the toppings. Very colorful, artsy and beautiful toppings. Where's rice? Well, you make your own maki (roll)! You will be given an instruction to follow, so don't worry too much. And for those of you who are wondering, this sushi is called "Teori sushi".
They also use Kyoto's vegetables, so you can appreciate the taste of Kyoto. Enjoy!
Around a 6 minute walk from Karasuma station.

Ganko がんこ 高瀬川二条苑

Ganko is a chain, but this one has a particularly amazing location that it is worth mentioning. It is housed in a historic building inside a Japanese garden so the atmosphere is superb. You can get good-for-the-price kaiseki cuisine there, including sushi kaiseki sets that are from ¥ 5,500. For an extra ¥2,000, you can also add an all-you-can-drink option.

The restaurant is near the Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae station.

Sushi-no Musashi 寿しのむさし

If you want a bang for your buck, this is the place to go. This is by no means the quality of a high-end sushi shop, but if you want to fill up on tasty sushi for really cheap, you should try this place. This resto can get quite busy, so you might have to wait in line for a while, but it is well worth it! Also, conveyor belt sushi restaurants are a really fun family activity!

[HALAL] Sushi Time

For Muslims following a halal diet, Sushi Time next to Nishiki Market is the place to go! They have official halal certification from the MPJA (Muslim Professional Japan Association). This means that everything in the restaurant, down to the vinegar used for the sushi rice, is certified halal. That makes Sushitime one of just a very few places in Japan that offers halal sushi, so don't miss it while you're in Kyoto!

The sushi at Sushi Time is quite unique, served as sushi "doughnuts" that have a variety of fresh and delicious neta (toppings). There is even a halal Kobe Beef sushi doughnut that is a must-try!

High-End Sushi

Sushi restaurants presented below are over ¥10,000 per person for an omakase (leave it to the chef) dinner.

Sushi Iwa すし岩

Located about a 5-minute walk from Kyoto station, this place is very popular among tourists, and it's also known for great quality. You can order a la carte, but omakase (leaving it to the chef) courses are the best way to enjoy the best seasonal catches. Prices for the courses are from ¥8,000 to ¥30,000.

They also have a great number of wines to choose from. Enjoy your sushi with some wine.

Sushi Kassai 寿し喝采

Located around 5 minutes away by walk from Gojo station, this place only has 8 counter seats which creates a homely atmosphere. They also serve fresh fish that is hard to get in Kyoto. You should absolutely consider this place if you want great sushi in Kyoto! You will not be disappointed. This place is particularly famous for its crabs.

Sushi Matsumoto 鮨まつもと

Probably every sushi lovers in Kyoto know about this place - with its history of being featured on Michelin guide, here you can have Edomae sushi (rice that is little hardened and seasoned with salt and strong red vinegar) that represents Kyoto! Enjoy an authentic, luxury sushi experience. Just a 5 minute walk from Gion Shijo station.

Gion Sushi Tadayasu 祇園 鮨 忠保

Gion Sushi Tadayasu is an authentic sushi restaurant where you can enjoy exquisite one Michelin-starred omakase sushi courses in Gion, the heart of old Kyoto. Courses are offered both at lunch and at dinner time.

From your counter seat, you see the chef prepare each piece and then serve it to you directly at your seat. This is the 'edomae' style of sushi, which also means that you are expected to eat the piece pretty much as soon as it is served to you. This is not to rush you but simply because the piece is at its best right upon being served.

The courses vary depending on the availability of the best seasonal ingredients, but you can be sure that you'll be served the best cuts of fish and other seafoods of outstanding freshness and quality.

Sushi Kawano 鮨 かわの

This sushi bar with just nine counter seats is another Kyoto gem. The sushi is absolutely delicious and presented beautifully as well. The restaurant is particular about the sake and wine it serves so feel free to ask for recommendations to pair with your meal!

You can go for either lunch or dinner time. Prices for lunch are around ¥8,000, whereas dinner omakase courses are around ¥15,000.

Located a 10-min walk from Kitaooji station.

Sushi Making Classes

For a truly special sushi experience in Kyoto, take a sushi-making class from a host on Airkitchen, a Japanese website that's basically the Air BNB of cooking classes! For a very reasonable price, you can learn to make sushi and then enjoy a meal with the host in their home. Check out the Airkitchen website for details on the classes offered:

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