Yaoichi is an elegant and slightly posh supermarket right in the heart of Kyoto’s downtown shopping district. It’s a fantastic place to buy fixings for a picnic lunch or a great dinner back at your hotel.
Yaoichi exterior – image © Chris Rowthorn
Yaoichi is a favorite food shop of Kyoto’s well-heeled professionals who live downtown. It’s also becoming popular among some of Kyoto’s expats and some well-informed travelers. Their prepared foods and sushi/sashimi sections are very strong, and they have an excellent bakery.
Yaoichi interior – image © Chris Rowthorn
On the ground floor, you’ll find sushi, sashimi, prepared meals, produce and the bakery. Upstairs, you’ll find such things as tea, coffee and spices. All in all, it’s a great spot if you don’t mind spending a bit more than at regular neighborhood supermarkets.
Yaoichi sushi and sashimi section – image © Chris Rowthorn
Name in English:
Kyoto Yaoichi Honkan
Name in Japanese:
220 Sanmonji-cho, Higashinotoin-dori-Sanjo-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku
Price: cheap to moderate
3min walk from Karasuma Oike Station Exit 5, Karasuma and Tozai subway lines
Official Website (Japanese)
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