One of the best and most approachable sushi bars in Kyoto, Den Shichi serves mouth-watering sushi in a classic sushi-bar atmosphere.
Saiin, a rather non-descript neighborhood on the west side of Kyoto, is the last place you’d expect to find a great sushi restaurant. But Den Shichi, located in the heart of Saiin, is one of the best and most accessible sushi restaurants in the city. Sure, there are better sushi bars in Kyoto, but many of these are almost off-limits to foreigners (not because of discrimination – simply because you need an introduction to a regular client to get in).
I love this place because it has all the elements of a classic sushi bar: a long counter, masterful itamae-san (sushi chefs) who bellow “irrashaimasse” (Welcome!) when you enter, and reliably tasty sushi and sashimi, along with a few other dishes to round out the menu. And, best of all, it’s a lot cheaper than comparable places in cities like Tokyo. The only problem is this: The locals are well aware of what a great value Den Shichi is and there’s often a wait to get in. We get around this by going early. Even if you have to wait on line, it’s well worth the wait.
4-1 Tatsumi-cho, Saiin, Ukyo-ku
Non-smoking area: No
3min walk from Saiin Station, Hankyu line
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