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Iwasa Sushi in Tsukiji

The Best Value Sushi in Tsukiji Market is a Japan Foodie Must-try We've been coming here since the late 1990s, attracted by the fabulous value top-notch sushi and sashimi, and the fact that though it's often full, you rarely have to wait in a long line. Those in the know - we were introduced by the GM & the head chef at the now sadly-defunct 4-Star Hotel Seiyo Ginza - swear by Iwasa Sushi, but it ...

Iwasa Sushi Tsukiji ( 岩佐すし)

Japan, 104-0045 Tokyo, Chuo-ku, Tsukiji 5-2-1-1
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Iwasa Sushi

03-3544-1755


Open Times: 05:30am~14:30pm Closed Sundays, most Wednesdays, Market Closing days


Price range: ¥3000 ~ ¥4000

Accepted: Cash only

Smokers allowed? : No

Seats: 15

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Tsukiji Hongwanji Cafe Tsumugi

Healthy Tsukiji Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Chez the Buddhists of Hongwanji Temple Tsukiji's most relaxed, dining cafe is also one of its best kept secrets. A short stroll from the Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market, Tsukiji External Market (not moving anywhere, remember) Tsukiji Hongwanji Cafe Tsumugi has its own entrance next to Exit 1 of the Tsukiji subway station (Hibiya line). 

Tsukiji Hongwanji Cafe Tsumugi ( 築地本願寺カフェ Tsumugi)

Japan, 104-0045 Tokyo, Chuo-ku, Tsukiji 3-15-1
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tsukijihongwanji-lounge.jp

03-5565-5581


Open Times: 08:00 - 21:00 (20.30 LO)


Price range: ¥2000 ~ ¥3000

Accepted: Cash only

Smokers allowed? : No

Seats: 80

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Turret Coffee

The Hippest Tsukiji Coffee Shop  Welcome to the Best Outrageous Coffee Shop in Japan reads the sign outside Kiyoshi Kawasaki''s super cool, super friendly coffee haven in Tsukiji, just a short stroll from the famed Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market, Tsukiji External Market (not moving anywhere, btw) and Exit 1 of the Tsukiji subway station (Hibiya line). 

Turret Coffee ( タレットコーヒー)

Japan, 104-0045 Tokyo, Chuo-ku, Tsukiji 2-12-16, SK Buil 1F.
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Turret Coffee on FB

+81-80-3344-8819


Open Times: Mon~Sat 07:00~18:00 Sun 12:00~18:00


Price range: Less than¥1000

Accepted: Cash only

Smokers allowed? : No

Seats: 10

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FGL's Top 10 Kyoto Dining Experiences: Kappo Nakagawa Shij...

#6. Pike Conger Cuisine at Kappo Nakagawa Shijo Hamo aka the pike conger or daggertooth is emblematic of Kyoto cuisine, and nowhere is it served with more loving care than at Kappo Nagawa Shijo.

Kappo Nakagawa Shijo (割烹なか川 四条木屋町)

Japan, 604-8001 Kyoto Prefecture, Nakagyo ku
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Japanese Website

+81-75-256-8009


Open Times: Lunch 12:00~14:00 Dinner 17:00~21:30(L.O)


Price range: Fixed-price lunch menus: from ¥5,500. Fixed-price dinner menus: from ¥6,800

Accepted: Cash / Visa / MasterCard / Amex/JCB/Diners

Smokers allowed? : No

Seats: 20

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FGL's Top 10 Kyoto Dining Experiences: Ippodo

#10. Gourmet Green Tea at Ippodo Ippodo have been retailing the finest green teas in Kyoto for about three centuries, and their name is synonymous with the highest quality and service. Ippodo tea is renowned in particular for its elegance and refinement.

Ippodo (一保堂)

Japan, 604-0915 Kyoto Prefecture, Nakagyo-ku
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Japanese Website

English Website


Open Times: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm*


Price range: ¥1,000 ~ ¥2,000

Accepted: Cash / Visa / MasterCard / Amex

Smokers allowed? : No

Seats: 30

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FGL's Top 10 Kyoto Dining Experiences: Nishiki-koji Ichiba

#8. Strolling and Eating at Nishiki-Koji Market Arcade To the locals it is Kyo-no-daidokoro or ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’, and the Nishiki-koji Ichiba market arcade has existed on this central site since 1615, serving the inexhaustible appetites of the Imperial court and the high-end ryotei restaurants.

Nishiki-Koji Market Arcade (錦市場商店街)

Japan, 604-8054 Kyoto Prefecture, Nakagyo-ku
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kyoto-nishiki.or.jp

+81-75-211-3882


Open Times: 9am to 5pm


Accepted: Cash only

Smokers allowed? : No

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FGL's Top 10 Kyoto Dining Experiences: Shoraian

#7. The Art of Tofu at Shoraian The Arashiyama district to the West of Kyoto has long been the playground of Japan’s nobility, who would gather here for Heian era moon-viewing parties, writing elegiac verse and indulging in a spot of ukai cormorant fishing.

Shoraian (松籟庵)

Japan, 616-8386 Kyoto Prefecture, Ukyo-ku
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shoraian.com

+81-75-861-0123


Open Times: Mon~Thu 11:00~17:00 Fri~Sun Holiday 11:00~20:00


Price range: Lunch: ¥3,800~¥5,800 Dinner: ¥6,300~¥10,000

Accepted: Cash / Visa / MasterCard / Amex/Diners

Smokers allowed? : No

Seats: 30

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FGL's Top 10 Kyoto Dining Experiences: Great Soba in Kyoto...

#9. The Taste of Tradition at Honke Owariya Honten  

Honke owariya (本家尾張屋)

Japan, 604-0841, Kyoto Prefecture, Nakagyo-ku
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honke-owariya.co.jp

honke-owariya.co.jp

+81 75-231-3446


Open Times: 11:00〜19:00 (L.O 18:30) Closed 1/1 ,1/2


Price range: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999

Accepted: Cash / Visa / MasterCard / JCB/Diners

Smokers allowed? : No

Seats: 92

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FGL's Top 10 Kyoto Dining Experiences: Sushidokoro Man

#5. Exquisite Sushi at Sushidokoro Man Conventional wisdom has it that the finest sushi in the world can only be found amongst the legendary itamae sushi chefs of Tokyo. So much for conventional wisdom. Sushidokoro Man is a true gem.

Sushidokoro Man (すし処 満)

Japan, 604-8075 Kyoto Prefecture, Nakagyo-ku
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+81-75-223-3351


Open Times: 17:30~23:00


Price range: A la Carte dinner menus: budget from ¥15,000

Accepted: Cash / JCB/AMEX/Diners/VISA/MASTER

Smokers allowed? : No

Seats: 13

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FGL's Top 10 Kyoto Dining Experiences: Ranmaru

#4. Wonderful Fish Dishes at Ranmaru Owner-chef Taiki Sato runs this fantastic, intimate restaurant near to the Heian-jingu Shrine in Kyoto’s Shogoin district. His speciality is fish, be it grilled, steamed, deep-fried or raw and supremely fresh.

Ranmaru (嵐まる)

Japan, 606-8392 Kyoto Prefecture, Sakyo -ku
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+81-75-761-7738


Open Times: Tue~Sat: 17:30~2:30 Sunday Holiday: 17:30~0:30 Closed: Monday


Price range: ¥5,000~¥5,999

Accepted: Cash / JCB/ Amex

Smokers allowed? : No

Seats: 20

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Hana Kitcho | FGL's Top 10 Kyoto Dining Experiences - Food...

  #3. Contemporary Kaiseki at Ultra-chic Hana Kitcho When Destinasian catches up with Kunio Tokuoka, the Michelin 3-starred celebrity is suffering from the surfeit of the previous night’s carousing. The charismatic chef bears an uncanny resemblance to former sumo wrestler bad-boy, Asashoryu, though an altogether more urbane, articulate and slimmed down version.

Hana Kitcho (HANA吉兆)

Japan, 605-0802 Kyoto Prefecture, Higashiyama Ku
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kyoto-kitcho.com

+81-75-531-1500


Open Times: 11.30 - 15.00 (LO 14.00) 17.00 - 22.00 (LO 20.00)


Price range: Lunch¥5,000~¥5,999 Dinner ¥15,000 -¥19,999

Accepted: Cash / Visa / MasterCard / JCB

Smokers allowed? : No

Seats: 50

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FGL's Top 10 Kyoto Dining Experiences: Ryozanpaku

#2. Home-crafted Artisanal Fare at Ryozanpaku Dining at Ryozanpaku is like being invited into an impossibly gracious and tasteful wealthy friend’s private residence. You enter through the carved wooden gate, walk across the stone pavement, through the beautiful garden, slide back the door and pass into a realm of flower-arrangements, beautifully chosen art, and of course, the wonderful food!

Ryozanpaku (梁山泊)

Japan, 606-8301 Kyoto Prefecture, Sakyo-ku
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ryozanpaku.co.jp

+81-75-771-4447


Open Times: Lunch: 12:00~14:30(LO:13:00)  Dinner: 17:30~22:00(Last admission: 19:30) Closed: Sunday


Price range: Lunch:¥8,000~¥9,999 Dinner ¥20,000~¥29,999

Accepted: Cash / Visa / MasterCard / Amex/Diners

Smokers allowed? : No

Seats: 80

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