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Gion Finlandia Bar

Gion Finlandia Bar Overview


570-123 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto 605-0074


+81 (0) 75-541-3482


3 minute walk from Gion Shijo Station.

Operating Hours

Sun: 6:00PM-2:00AM
Mon: 6:00PM-2:00AM
Tue: 6:00PM-2:00AM
Wed: 6:00PM-2:00AM
Thur: 6:00PM-2:00AM
Fri: 6:00PM-2:00AM
Sat: 6:00PM-2:00AM

Payment methods

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

Gion Finlandia Bar Description

Located in the Gion district of Kyoto, Gion Finlandia Bar is a unique dining establishment that combines the elements of a bar and a barber shop. This fusion concept sets it apart from other restaurants in the area, offering a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors.

The restaurant's interior is stylishly decorated, with a modern and sleek design that creates a sophisticated atmosphere. The bar area features a wide selection of drinks, including cocktails, spirits, and wines, making it the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a night out with friends.

One of the standout features of Gion Finlandia Bar is its menu, which showcases a range of delicious dishes inspired by both Japanese and international cuisines. From fresh sashimi to mouthwatering grilled meats, each dish is expertly prepared using the finest ingredients, ensuring a memorable dining experience.

Whether you're looking for a unique spot to enjoy a drink or a delicious meal, Gion Finlandia Bar is the perfect choice. Its fusion concept, stylish decor, and delectable menu make it a must-visit destination for food and drink enthusiasts in Kyoto.

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List

Craft cocktails

Wheelchair Accessible

Private Dining Room

Stylish Interior

Gion Finlandia Bar Reviews

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While out on a late-night walk in Kyoto, I happened upon Gion Finlandia Bar, an experience that turned out to be exceptionally cool. The bar had a small entry charge, which I found completely acceptable given the atmosphere and experience it offered.

As I was alone, I managed to get a great corner seat in the bar. This spot was perfect for a bit of people watching, allowing me to observe the local residents in their element. It's always interesting to see the cultural nuances and behaviors of people in different settings, and this was no exception.

The staff at Gion Finlandia Bar were fantastic. One of the staff members spoke excellent English and helped me navigate through their impressive selection of authentic Japanese whiskies. Each whiskey I tried was exceptional. Unlike my experiences in America, they presented the bottle in front of me for each selection, which was a nice touch. It allowed me to appreciate not just the taste but also the presentation and branding of what I was drinking.

Stumbling upon this bar turned out to be a highlight of my night. It was such a great experience to immerse myself in the local scene and try some incredible whiskies. The peaceful walk back to my accommodation, late at night, was the perfect end to a surprisingly delightful evening. For anyone visiting Kyoto and looking for a unique bar experience, Gion Finlandia Bar is certainly worth a visit.


There's no food but love the drinks! We went to several bars and this one was the best. If you're into refreshing cocktails then this is the place. Love the vibes of the place


You’ll read some pretty conflicting reviews on this place but they honestly made me the best martini I’ve ever had. It’s quiet, sure, but you, too, can make conversation with the bartenders who speak English just fine (better than fine!). But it’s a cocktail bar (!!!) - so if you want an incredible drink that’s a bit a surprise or departure from what you normally drink - try this out.

Side note: we saw the bartenders buffing a lime - hand chipping spheres of ice for certain drinks - and generally putting great craft in the experience. Sometimes that takes time. Sometime that takes money. Most times - it’s worth it!

¥1000 ($7.35) isn’t bad for a drink.
¥2000 ($15) isn’t bad for a drink.
Especially these drinks.

EDIT: returned a second time and it was JUST as great. Kudos to Shinji who cared for us throughout the evening.


Translated from Japanese:



Translated from Japanese:

I decided to stay in Kyoto for one night on the way back from the fourth day of my trip to the Setouchi region during the Obon holiday, and I visited this place from time to time. This is my favorite bar. It is located in a quiet area at the edge of a prime location on Gion Hanamikoji. The customer service is good and the cocktails are delicious. ...


Translated from Japanese:

As I was walking around the Gion area, I noticed a townhouse-style building, and when I timidly entered, I found myself at a bar.As the name suggests, it's a bar that mainly serves Scandinavian alcoholic beverages, mainly from Finland.It was a strange encounter. It's something. I don't usually drink much...

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