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Izuju

#70 of 11,529 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Gion
As featured in Best Food in Kyoto
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Gionmachikitagawa, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto 605-0073, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-561-0019
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10:30 - 19:00
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Hours:
Tue 10:30 - 19:00
Thu 10:30 - 18:30
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 18:30
Sat 10:30 - 19:00
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Lyon, France
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73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The problem with restaurants that everybody or guidebooks advise is that it raises your expectation sometimes so high that you are expecting to spend one of the best dinner in the city that you have ever had and actually it turns you to become very picky and get disappointed quickly by any detail not being good. This is what happened... More 

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Jerusalem
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We came upon Izuju by chance and were pleasantly surprised. Excellent sushi beautifully served in a quaint, old style setting. You can eat there or take away. We ordered by seeing what others were eating and enjoyed every bite. To our surprise most of the sushi we had was sweet, some savory. Check out the big wooden table and the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Don't leave Kyoto without having Kyoto-style sushi! Delightful food experience, great presentation too. Got the set for 2 people as well as Hamo sushi. The rice tasted perfect too. Just eat the sushi on its own, no additional wasabi or soy sauce here!

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Lithuania
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I wanted to visit this restaurant during my trip to Kyoto, and managed to accidentally walk straight into it! They don't serve 'regular' sushi - nigiri and maki types we're used to in the West. Here's only the Kyoto type sushi that's available, and you should be happy about it! I tried both the sabazushi and the variety platter, and... More 

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Bay Area, California
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

What amazing sushi. It's Kyoto style, utterly unlike the type that's served everywhere. Big maki rolls with vinegared Saba wrapped in thick kombu that you peel off before eating. Hako (box) sushi that looked like a beautiful quilt. Sasamaki sushi which is red sea bream with a lovely herb called kinome and rice wrapped in bamboo leaves. There's no wasabi... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

You will find different type of sushi compared with what we know. Taste is good but if you really want to go for great sushi, there are other choices in Kyoto.

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Perpetually planning our next adventure
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

The shop could not be any more charming and quaint as it is over 100 years old, in a perfect central location. The food was outstanding. When we first went there about 6 to 7 years ago, there was no english menu, which made ordering rather comical with a lot of pantomiming. Now the problem has been solved with an... More 

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singapore
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Though this was opposite my hotel, never had the chance to sit in for a meal. took its sushi bento sushi instead and it is pretty good traditional sushi. Went back the second time again for the sushi bento before I left kyoto

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San Francisco, California
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509 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 501 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

My wife and I were very excited to go to this place based on the high Trip Advisor ratings, and its inclusion in a particularly informative old guide to traditional shops, ryokans and restaurants in Kyoto. The service was fine, and the chef-owner was an adorable old man who looked like he'd been working there his entire life. The restaurant... More 

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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Izuju is a small restaurant located close to Yasaka Shrine. Kyoto style sushi is distinctively different compared to the sushi I know: more rice is used, the shape is larger and the sushi is wrapped with kelp (not to be eaten). The sushi here is amazing; my family member who dislikes raw fish found the meal very appetizing! The most... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 - 18:30
Tuesday
10:30 - 19:00
Thursday
10:30 - 18:30
Saturday
10:30 - 19:00
10:30 - 18:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gionmachikitagawa, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto 605-0073, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
  • Neighbourhood: Gion
  • Phone Number: +81 75-561-0019
Description
Welcome to Kyoto! Please spend your time here and feel free just like your home. It has been traditional sushi and exclusive available only Izuju. We have been keeping the quality of sushi tasting for 100 years. - Classic & Evolutional Sushi -

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Staying in Gion

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Gion
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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