November 3, 2017
The 10 Best Places for Lunch in Gion, Kyoto
Gion is one of the places you should visit in Japan. You can enjoy the traditional vibe of Kyoto, and also there are many great restaurants here too. Today, I’m going to introduce 10 great restaurants to have lunch in Gion area.
Kanemasa serves delicious eel dish. “Kinshi Donburi” which comes with eel and eggs is a popular menu there. If you sit at the counter, a chef will cook eel right in front of you! Enjoy the amazing baking smell while waiting for your dish.
Address:155-2 Joban cho, Yamato oji shijo, Higashiyama ku, Kyoto shi, Kyoto
Access: 3 mins walk from Gion Shijo station
Map: Map to Kanemasa
2. Oniku-to-yasai Hachibe
In this restaurant, you can enjoy seasonal and fresh vegetables and meat. I recommend “Harami donburi”, which is great quality meat cooked perfectly comes with rice and fresh vegetables.
Name: Oniku-to-yasai Hachibe
Address:577-17 Nakano cho, Shinkyogoku Shijo, Chukyo ku, Kyoto shi, Kyoto
Access: 5 mins walk from Kawaracho station
Map: Map to Oniku-to-yasai Hachibe
3. Gion Ranburu
Just 5 mins from Gionshijo station, this restaurant serves great lunch! It’s only for weekend and holidays. There are three menus to choose from and they are all healthy dishes. The building is renovated from an old house so it got a nice vibe too.
Name: Gion Ranburu
Address: 570-125 Gion cho Minamigawa, Higashiyama ku, Kyoto shi, Kyoto
Store hours: 11:45-14:00 Sat, Sun and holidays
Access: 5 mins walk from Gionshijo station
Map: Map to Gion Ranburu
4. Gion Okumura
If you are looking for a luxurious lunch, this is the place. They serve French style Kaiseki dish, starting from 5000 yen. Starting from appetizer, fish dish, meat dish, soup and dessert. They are all delicious, but you’ll be amazed at how beautiful each dish is made. Enjoy the Japanese beauty!
Name: Gion Okumura
Address:255 Gion cho Kitagawa, Higashiyama ku, Kyoto shi, Kyoto
Store hours: 12:00-13:30 / 17:30-21:00
Access: 5 mins from Gionshijo station
Map: Map to Gion Okumura
This restaurant was opened in 1959 and serves home style meals. Looking at the view of Takase river which runs by the restaurant and staying in the old house building, you might feel like the time went back to 1950’s.
Name: Chin Chiku Rin
Address: 237 Sendo cho, Shimogyo ku, Kyoto shi, Kyoto
Store hours: 12:00-15:00/17:30-20:30
Closed on Wednesday
Access: 5 mins walk from Gion shijo station
Map: Map to Chin Chiku Rin
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This restaurant is known for their delicious seasonal dishes. “Oku’s obanzai” comes with four side dishes, rice, soup and dessert. It’s very healthy and every time you visit there, they offer something seasonal and new.
Address: 570-119 Minamigawa, Gioncho, Higashiyama ku, Kyoto shi, Kyoto
Store hours: 11:30-21:00
Closed on Tuesday
Access:4 mins walk from Gionshijo station
Map: Map to Oku
7. Omen Nippon
Just 3 mins walk from Kawaracho station, this restaurant is popular among foreign visitors. Their udon is really delicious! If you like spicy taste, you can add three kinds of spices to your udon.
Name: Omen Nippon
Address:Shidojori, Sentocho Nishi, Nakagyo ku, Kyoto shi, Kyoto
Store hours: 11:30-22:00
Access: 2 mins walk from Kawaracho station
Map: Map to Omen Nippon
Would you like some delicious Tempura for lunch? This restaurant serves “Tendon” -Tempura donburi. Each piece is really big so you’ll be surprised. Eel tempura, shrimp tempura, vegetable tempura, which one would you choose?
Address: 244 Kitagawa, Gion cho, Higashiyama ku, Kyoto shi, Kyoto
Store hours: 11:00-14:00 / 17:30-21:00
Closed on Wednesday
Access: 3 mins walk from Gionshijo station
Map: Map to Tenshu
This restaurant offers various menus for lunch and everything is just 1000 yen. Tempura, Sashimi, Karaage, Tempura donburi and Seafood donburi, so many choices!
Address: 6-361, Miyakawa suji, Higashiyama ku, Kyoto shi, Kyoto
Store hours: 11:30-15:00 / 17:30-24:00
Closed on Thursday
Access: 4 mins walk from Shimizu Gojo station
Map: Map to Shinkiro
If you like tofu, this is the place to go! They serve home made tofu and it is really delicious. It’s located in the center of Kyoto but once you step inside, it’s quiet and relaxing. The building has 130 years of history and it will give you a special experience.
Address: 38-1, 4 chome, Higashi oji, Torimatsubara, Higashiyama ku, Kyoto shi, Kyoto
Access: 15 mins walk from Gionshijo station
Map: Map to Tousuirou
Have a delicious lunch!
Did you find your favorite restaurant? There are so many restaurants in Gion area so you might have a hard time choosing one. Enjoy your lunch!