October 2022: Please note Ninja Restaurant has now permanently closed. Please see our Downtown Kyoto page for other things to see and do in the area.
The Kyoto Ninja Restaurant is a ninja-themed restaurant where you’ll take a tour through an underground labyrinth and be entertained by “ninjas” while you eat. It’s great for the kids.
Ninja Restaurant – image © Ninja Restaurant
Like its sister-restaurant in Tokyo, the Kyoto Ninja Restaurant is a great way to give the kids a treat and eat a decent meal at the same time. The evening will start when a ninja character greets you and guides you through a subterranean labyrinth. You’ll then be seated in a cave-like grotto (there are many of these, so most parties can get their own private “room”).
Then, your server, also dressed as a ninja, will bring you your food. Each time they bring a dish, they perform a magic trick or ninja stunt. Sure, it’s a bit hokey, but the kids will love it and if you have a playful attitude, so will you. Servers speak enough English to interact with you.
The food is Japanese, with various options for meat eaters and fish eaters.
So, for an interesting night out, give the Ninja Restaurant a try!
Name in English:
Name in Japanese:
583-2 Nakano-cho, Shinkyogoku-dori-Shijo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku
Non-smoking area: Completely Non-Smoking
2min walk from Kawaramachi Station Exit 9, Hankyu line
Official site (Japanese and English)
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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