Updated: April 17, 2018
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Yakiniku in Kyoto: Here are 5 Must-Try restaurants!

When you are visiting the beautiful city of Kyoto, a good option for lunch or dinner is yakiniku (Japanese-style BBQ) because the city has numerous excellent restaurants. There are so many that it might be difficult to choose which one to go to. Here are some highly-regarded places you should consider when you'll be faced with the difficult task of choosing your yakiniku restaurant!

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Aje

Aje is simply one of the best places to have yakiniku in Kyoto! It is located near the Kamo River, at a short distance walk from the Kiyomizu Gojo Station. There, you can have the very popular dish called yukhoe, which is a Korean specialty consisting of seasoned raw beef topped with an egg yolk (picture below). It specializes in tripes but all the yakiniku it serves is excellent. The price for a good meal is about 3,500 yen. You'll really get the bang for your buck at Aje! There is even an all-you-can-drink option (2 hours) that costs 1,500 yen for men and 1,000 yen for women. Aje is only open for dinner.

Kyo no Yakinikudokoro Hiro

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This restaurant is located near the Sanjo Station. It is quite a large place with a seating capacity of 170. You can have seats with a nice view of the Kamo river while you dine. Yakinikudokoro Hiro has sublime course sets for 5,000 to 7,000 yen. The courses include free-flowing alcoholic drinks for 2 hours! One stand-out item is the Shijousaikyou (strongest in history) beef roast plate for 1,380 yen. The pieces are cut thick and are best enjoyed seasoned with salt only.
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Uma Yaro

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Uma Yaro is located near the Gion Shijo Station. This restaurant is different from the others as it specializes in horse meat. The grill is a bit different than the type you find at most yakiniku places. It is convex, which allows for the oil to flow down. You can order a variety of horse meat cuts, and there are course menus reasonably priced. There are also some all you can drink options for up to 3 hours! Expect to pay around 3,000 to 4,000 yen for a great meal.

Vegeteji

Bejitejiya is located a 3-minute walk from the Karasuma Station. This is a Korean-style yakiniku which focuses not only on meat but on vegetables as well. You can have the Vejiteji course for 2,500 yen which comes with all-you-can-eat salads and Korean pickles. You get also many types of meat cuts such as khalbi samgyeopsal (thick slices of pork belly meat grilled on a plate in front of you). You eat the meat by wrapping it in a leaf of lettuce and adding some other toppings such as kimchi. This is a really delicious and healthy way of having yakiniku.

Arakawa

Arakawa is located a 5-minute walk from the Gion-Shijo Station. Although it can be pricey to dine here, with evening meal often surpassing 10,000 yen per person, for an unforgettable yakiniku experience, it's definitely worth the go. They use meat raised in nearby Nara prefecture. During a course, you get to savor all kinds of meat cuts, including some delicacies such as beef tongue. You can get away with a 5,000 yen bill if you visit during lunchtime.

Lastly...

Kyoto is a great place to have yakiniku. It has a high concentration of highly-rated restaurants, so make sure to try some on your next trip to Kyoto!
tabikamome
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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