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Owatari Description

Located in the historic district of Gion in Kyoto, Owatari is a Japanese restaurant that offers a unique dining experience. The restaurant has received several prestigious awards, including the 2023 Bronze Award from The Tabelog Award and being selected as one of the top 100 Japanese restaurants by the Japanese Cuisine WEST.

What sets Owatari apart is its commitment to using the finest ingredients and showcasing the flavors of Kyoto. The chef, Mahito Owatari, is known for his meticulous approach to cooking and his dedication to exploring the local water sources. The restaurant's signature dish is the 'maguro-bushi' broth, made from the essence of tuna flakes, which enhances the natural flavors of seasonal ingredients and Kyoto vegetables.

The restaurant itself is housed in a beautifully renovated traditional Japanese house, blending modern design elements with traditional aesthetics. The serene atmosphere and attention to detail create a perfect setting for guests to indulge in the delicate and refined flavors of Japanese cuisine. Whether you're a connoisseur of Japanese food or simply looking for a memorable dining experience in Kyoto, Owatari is a must-visit destination.

Owatari Overview


264-570 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto 605-0074


+81 (0) 75-551-5252


12 minute walk from Kawaramachi Station

Operating Hours

Sun: 4:30PM-9:00PM
Mon: 4:30PM-9:00PM
Tue: 4:30PM-9:00PM
Wed: 4:30PM-9:00PM
Thur: 4:30PM-9:00PM
Fri: 5:00PM-9:00PM
Sat: 4:30PM-9:00PM

Payment methods


Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List


Sake Selection

Owatari Reviews

Owatari Google Average Rating



The best Omakase in Japan. It’s my 4th year in Japan and I’ve tried at least 20 famous Omakase here but trust me this one the THE best! Especially for those who love sweet tastes, the crab and 穴子 is mind- blowing! In stead of ordinary rice, the course ends with雑炊, a kind of congee that’s mixed with soup and eggs, loving it! A bit pricey but definitely worth it.


Good cooking and fresh seasonal produce. Chef Owatari, a cheerful character adds to a fun and cosy ambience. A thoughtful person too. We were at his late seating and he noticed we stayed in Osaka. He explained he would pace the serving so we still could catch the last train back :-)
Do bring cash.


All I can say is that most people cannot book this small, fantastic Japanese restaurant because there are tons of enthusiastic fans already.

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