A vast downtown sushi specialist, Ganko Sushi is one of the most approachable and reasonably priced sushi places in Kyoto.
There’s nothing subtle about Ganko Sushi: The windows are crammed with gaudy food models and the whole place screams “tourist trap.” And, to tell the truth, the place is pretty full of tourists (but quite a few locals go as well). The thing is: the food here is pretty good. The sushi sets are very reasonably priced, and they’re an easy choice. But you’ll get much better sushi (and pay a bit more) if you order sushi a la carte (piece by piece). I always sushi a la carte here and the bill rarely exceeds Y2500. In addition to sushi, you can choose from a huge variety of Japanese classics, including good value set meals and children’s meals. There are both smoking and non-smoking rooms and this is one of the most child-friendly restaurants in Kyoto – its spacious, noisy and there are special kids’ meals for finicky eaters. Best of all, there’s a full English menu (as well as several other languages). So, if you don’t mind eating with a lot of other tourists, give Ganko a try.
101 Nakajima-cho, Sanjo-dori, Kawaramachi Higashi iru, Nakagyo-ku
Non-smoking area: Yes
2min walk from Sanjo Station, Keihan line
Official Website (Japanese)
More Restaurant Suggestions: See my list of Kyoto’s Best Restaurants for more eating inspiration. The list covers all cuisines and price ranges.
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