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Hanamikoji Food Guide: Where and What to Eat Near Hanamikoji Street

Wondering where and what to eat on Hanamikoji? This guide highlights our top picks for the best restaurants near Hanamikoji Street in Gion, Kyoto.


Hanamikoji is one of Kyoto’s most historic areas, filled with traditional wooden merchant houses and teahouses (ochaya), offering a glimpse into Japan’s past. The wooden buildings lining the street are called machiya, and many of them now house restaurants serving delectable local cuisine.


Located in Gion, Kyoto’s geisha district, Hanamikoji is one of the best places to spot a geisha and maiko (an apprentice geisha). It's not guaranteed that you'll see a geisha on Hanamikoji Street, but it's certainly possible. If you do see one, don’t bother them and refrain from taking pictures.


Of course, Hanamikoji has charming shops selling everything from traditional Japanese souvenirs to kimonos.  There are also a number of restaurants serving local cuisine.


Here are our top picks for the best restaurants near Hanamikoji and what to eat:


1. Kobe beef at Mouriya

Starting with the best, Mouriya serves a range of Kobe beef steaks to its guests, from rib-eye to sirloin. Although it’s a bit expensive, this teppanyaki restaurant in Gion is worth visiting.


Price: From 10,000 yen

Hours: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM Daily

Contact: +81 75-532-4129

Address: 7-1-1, Yamatocho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto



2. Oyakodon at Wabiya Korekido

One of the most popular restaurants in Gion, Wabiya Korekido serves a wide range of local foods. We highly recommend trying their oyakodon or chicken-and-egg rice bowl if you come at lunch. Or, you can try their well-loved yakitori if you come for dinner.


Price: From 1,000 yen

Hours: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, 5:30 - 10 PM (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

Contact: +81 75-532-3355

Address: Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto



3. Sukiyaki at Junidanya

For your shabu-shabu or sukiyaki cravings in Kyoto, head over to Junidanya. This renowned restaurant also serves a good selection of hearty Japanese dishes, including tendon, unadon, and more.


Price: From 3,500 yen

Hours: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, 5-8 PM

Contact: +81 75-561-1655

Address: 570-240 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto



4. Kaiseki dining at Yagenbori

If you would like to have a kaiseki dining experience in Kyoto, Yagenbori is one of your best bets when in Gion. We highly recommend trying their special kaiseki, which has 9 dishes, including omi beef.


Price: From 10,000 yen

Hours: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, 5-10 PM (closed on Tuesdays)

Contact: +81 75-525-3332

Address: 570-122 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto


 

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