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Sangencha Description

Located in the serene area of Gion, Kyoto, Sangencha is a renowned Japanese restaurant that offers a unique dining experience. With its traditional yet innovative cuisine, Sangencha has been recognized as a Bronze Award recipient in The Tabelog Award 2023 and has been selected as one of the top 100 Japanese restaurants in the prestigious 'Nihon Ryori West' ranking.

Led by the talented chef Nobuhiko Masuda, who honed his skills at the renowned Shofukuro, Sangencha serves exquisite dishes that combine the essence of Zen cuisine and the art of tea ceremony. Each dish is meticulously prepared, showcasing a perfect balance between tradition and innovation. The restaurant's elegant and sophisticated ambiance adds to the overall dining experience, creating a serene atmosphere that captivates the senses.

One of the highlights of Sangencha is its seasonal menu, which allows guests to savor the flavors of each season. From delicate sashimi to beautifully presented sushi, every dish is a work of art that reflects the beauty of nature. The chef's mastery in creating harmonious flavors and textures is truly remarkable, making each bite a delight for the palate.

Whether you are a connoisseur of Japanese cuisine or simply looking for a memorable dining experience, Sangencha is a must-visit restaurant in Kyoto. Its dedication to preserving tradition while embracing innovation sets it apart from other dining establishments. Prepare to embark on a culinary journey that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the art of Japanese cuisine.

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Sangencha Overview


347-96 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto 605-0073


+81 (0) 75-533-0218


12 minute walk from Gion Shijo Station.

Operating Hours

Sun: 12:00PM-2:30PM, 6:00PM-9:30PM
Mon: 12:00PM-2:30PM, 6:00PM-9:30PM
Tue: Closed
Wed: 12:00PM-2:30PM, 6:00PM-9:30PM
Thur: 12:00PM-2:30PM, 6:00PM-9:30PM
Fri: 12:00PM-2:30PM, 6:00PM-9:30PM
Sat: 12:00PM-2:30PM, 6:00PM-9:30PM

Payment methods

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

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List


Private Dining Room


Sake Selection

Sangencha Reviews

Sangencha Google Average Rating



I would say this is s hidden gem in a small alley at Gion of Kyoto. This was recommended by a gourmet friend & again proven to be super good value for lunch. Despite the very decent price for lunch set, dishes were well prepared & tasted good. Services were of very high standard. Must try.


A truly memorable meal at the counter with ex-colleagues, one of the best of a series of fabulous eating experiences, as every year in Japan. We took a fixed dinner - highly creative. The service personalized, in part by the owner, and the accompanying sake of high quality. Sangencha-san is definitely on my list of Kyoto restaurants where I will always return on every visit to Kyoto.


This place was amazing. My friend and I were first time visitors. Dang! This is a must visit if you're looking for a Kyoto experience when it comes to food.

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