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Japanese: Kaiseki

Ayanokoji Karatsu

Ayanokoji Karatsu Overview


113-1 Yadachō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto 600-8442


+81 (0) 75-365-2227


4-minute walk from Shijo Station (Kyoto Municipal Subway).
4-minute walk from Karasuma Station (Hankyu).

Operating Hours

Sun: Closed
Mon: 5:30PM-10:00PM
Tue: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM
Wed: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM
Thur: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM
Fri: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM
Sat: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Ayanokoji Karatsu Description

Located in Kyoto, Ayanokoji Karatsu is a Japanese restaurant that offers a unique dining experience. As soon as you step into the elegant interior with its traditional mud walls and a beautiful courtyard garden, you will feel transported to a different world. The restaurant's decor exudes a sense of tranquility and sophistication, creating the perfect atmosphere for enjoying traditional Japanese cuisine.

What sets Ayanokoji Karatsu apart is the meticulous attention to detail in their dishes. Head chef Shosaku Karatsu believes in preserving the essence of traditional Japanese cooking while adding his own touch. Each dish is carefully prepared to capture the peak flavors and textures of the ingredients. For example, their simmered dishes are cooked separately, allowing each ingredient to reach its optimal taste and texture before being artfully arranged on the plate. This dedication to craftsmanship results in beautifully presented and exquisitely flavorful Japanese cuisine.

One of the highlights of Ayanokoji Karatsu is their commitment to using the finest ingredients sourced from the beautiful mountains of Kyoto. The restaurant takes pride in showcasing the treasures of the region, allowing guests to savor the flavors of Kyoto's bounty. From seasonal vegetables to premium seafood, every ingredient is carefully selected to ensure the highest quality and taste.

To complement the dining experience, Ayanokoji Karatsu is also a certified 'Kamawa' restaurant, which means they serve beer with the perfect foam. The staff pays meticulous attention to the pouring technique and uses special glasses to enhance the aroma and richness of the beer. This dedication to quality extends to every aspect of the restaurant, ensuring that guests have a truly memorable and satisfying dining experience.

Whether you are a connoisseur of Japanese cuisine or simply looking for a unique dining experience in Kyoto, Ayanokoji Karatsu is a must-visit. Immerse yourself in the refined ambiance, savor the exquisite flavors, and let the skilled chefs take you on a culinary journey through the rich traditions of Japanese cooking.

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List

Private Dining Room


Sake Selection

Stylish Interior

Ayanokoji Karatsu Reviews

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Fantastic traditional Japanese restaurant. Love everything there, the decor, the dishes, the flavor, the design of food. Highly recommend to those who want to experience authenticity and good value for money:) Will return to it next time in Kyoto


It was amazing


The husband and wife run this restaurant, and it's great to be able to enjoy delicious food at such a reasonable price.
The bowls, grilled fish, sashimi, soba noodles, and rice are made using Keihoku's aigai duck farming method and are pesticide-free.This year, I've been receiving seasonal meals in April, July, and October, and I've been satisfied with all of them.


Translated from Japanese:

This is a famous Japanese restaurant that serves a variety of delicate dishes. The food created using good old techniques is worthy of being called gourmet food, and the customer service from the owner and landlady is also professional. It was a wonderful restaurant worthy of its Michelin rating⭐️


Translated from Japanese:

2023/3 Spring Kyoto Trip Day 1 Strolling around Nishikikoji, at 12:00pm, I went to Ayanokoji Karatsu in Shijo to take a seat at the counter overlooking the inner garden where camellias were blooming.There were cute Hina dolls on display.


Translated from Japanese:

[Menu] Appetizers (hairy crab), soup (conger eel, matsutake mushrooms), sashimi (white sweet sea bream), sashimi (yellowtail), 100% soba noodles, 8-inch grilled dishes (fatty sawara), simmered (lobster), sweet meals...

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