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Japanese BBQ: 4 Best Yakiniku in Kyoto

Like in most countries all over the world, barbecue is a popular dish in Japan. Locally known as “yakiniku,” the Japanese barbeque is not to be messed with. In this guide, we listed the 5 Best Yakiniku in Kyoto.

Yakiniku is the general Japanese term for “grilled meat.” This dish is made with thinly sliced meat, whether it’s beef, pork, or chicken, grilled over charcoal or a gas burner. However, yakiniku may also refer to vegetables. Yakiniku is served with varying dipping sauces, such as wasabi, sesame oil, or soy sauce.

Often compared with Korean BBQ, it’s not just any other barbecue, though. Yakiniku puts heavy emphasis on the quality of the meat instead of the flavor or marinade.

Yakiniku is quite a popular dish as you can never go wrong with any BBQ dish. If you are a picky eater or have a discerning palate, yakiniku is a great dish you can start with on your trip to Kyoto, Japan.

If you are looking for the best yakiniku restaurants in Kyoto, here are our top recommendations:

1. Hiro Kiyamachi

This chain of yakiniku restaurants in Kyoto is quite popular with both locals and tourists. We highly recommend visiting the one in Kiyamachi along Kamogawa for a different kawadoko experience. Wagyu beef is a must-try!

  • Price: From 3,000 yen

  • Hours: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM (Monday-Sunday)

  • Location: 527 Kamiosakacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8205, Japan

  • Contact: +81 75-213-5000

2. Enen

If you are looking for a top-notch yakiniku experience in Kyoto, head over to Enen and get the best service you will ever have. The restaurant’s aesthetic and cool ambiance is an added bonus. Make sure to book your appointment ahead of time as it tends to get booked.

  • Price: From 5,000 yen

  • Hours: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM (Monday-Friday), 12 NN - 2:00 PM - 5:00 - 9:30 PM (Saturday & Sunday)

  • Location: 209-13 Nabeyacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8015, Japan

  • Contact: +81 75-286-7479

3. Kizashi Kyoto Station

The main branch of Kizashi near Kyoto Station is a must-visit if you are looking for a luxurious yakiniku experience. They serve all high-quality meat, including Wagyu. They don’t have an English menu, though so it pays to have a Japanese pal with you.

  • Price: From 8,000 yen

  • Hours: 5:00 - 11:00 PM (Monday-Friday), 11:30 PM - 3:00 PM, 5:00 - 11 PM (Saturday & Sunday)

  • Location: 709 Ebisunocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8310, Japan

  • Contact: +81 75-585-5336

4. Yakiniku Dining Kinoe

Offering one of the most refined barbeque restaurants in Kyoto, Yakiniku Dining Kinoe offers a range of dishes that gourmands from around the world will love. From upmarket beef to rice dishes, this yakiniku restaurant in Kyoto is highly recommended.

  • Price: From 5,000 yen

  • Hours: 5:00 - 11:00 PM (Monday-Friday), 4:00 - 11:00 PM (Saturday & Sunday)

  • Location: 34-1, Tojijicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-0956, Japan

  • Contact: +81 50-5484-9449

That’s all for the best yakiniku restaurants in Kyoto! With yakiniku, you can never go wrong no matter your taste and budget.


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