Sushisei is one of the best moderately priced sushi restaurants in Kyoto. They’re relatively comfortable with foreigners and its right downtown.
A branch of Tokyo’s famed Sushisei chain, Kyoto’s Sushisei is where we go when we find ourselves craving casual sushi right downtown. Sit at the counter and watch the chefs do their thing, or grab a table with a few friends. It’s easy to spot: It’s on the basement level of the building opposite the east side of Daimaru Department Store (on Takakura-dori Street).
For more Kyoto affordable sushi restaurant choices, see our Best Affordable Sushi in Kyoto page.
B1 Daimaru department store, Shijo-Takakura Parking Building, 581 Obiya-cho, Takakura-dori Nishikikoji sagaru, Nakagyo-ku
11:30am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm (Mon-Fri), 11:30am-10:00pm (Sat, Sun and holidays)
Non-smoking area: Yes
3min walk from Shijo Station, Subway Karasuma line
3min walk from Karasuma Station, Hankyu line
Website: 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.
Where Is This Place Located?See these places on our Kyoto Google map:
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Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
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- Compare Japan flight prices and timings to find the best deals
- If you're visiting more than one city, save a ton of money with a Japan Rail Pass - here's my explanation of why it's worth it
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