Updated: April 11, 2019
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Where To Have An Unforgettable Shabu Shabu Experience In Kyoto

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At these traditional and stunning Japanese restaurants, you are bound to have a memorable dining experience. These shabu shabu restaurants offer delicious cuisine in a beautiful decor.

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Ton Shabu Hide (豚しゃぶ英)

Ton Shabu Hide is a warm and inviting shabu shabu restaurant with a lively atmosphere in central Kyoto, conveniently located nearby the popular Nishiki Market, at a 1-minute walk from the Karasuma Station and a 2-minute walk from the Shijo Station.

The warm ambiance makes it an ideal spot for enjoying great food in good company. Ton Shabu Hide is very foreigner-friendly too with its multi-lingual staff.

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat course meal that includes excellent quality meats (Awa pork & Awa-odori Chicken) for just ¥3,600. You can even add an all-you-can-drink option to that for a little extra. For a reasonably priced option in Kyoto, this has got to be your best choice.

Yamafuku (あごつゆしゃぶしゃぶ 山福)

Yamafuku serves amazing shabu shabu in an intimate setting. They have seats at the bar, as well as traditional tatami seats. The staff is very welcoming, and although their English is limited, they are very helpful. The vegetables are fresh and tasty, and the meat is incredibly tender. The shabu shabu set is 1,680 yen which is incredibly reasonable for Kyoto and such quality ingredients.


Chiriri is a stunning restaurant close to Kyoto's imperial palace. Lunch is surprisingly affordable, you can get a lunch set from 1,800 yen. You can also get the "kaiseki" lunch course, which is a succession of dishes, such as sushi, shabu shabu and soba (5,000 yen).
Dinner starts at around 6,000 yen for shabu shabu or an elaborate kaiseki meal.

Ichiriyuuan (一粒庵)

This shabu shabu house is rather on the high-end side (expect to pay around ¥8,000), and accordingly, the quality of every ingredient is top-notch. People are particularly blown away by the rich sesame tare dipping sauce that comes with the meal. Located in a traditional building, has the really pleasant feel of an old-fashioned ryokan.

Hyoto (瓢斗 京都)

Hyoto has an impressively sleek interior which has integrated Japanese aesthetics to a modern decor. Lunch here is also affordable, for a shabu shabu set, it starts at 2,000 yen, and an elegant "kaiseki" lunch starts at 5,000 yen. For dinner, shabu shabu starts at 3,800 yen, and the kaiseki course starts at 8,000 yen. The dishes are beautifully presented and this restaurant makes for a memorable experience.

Mishima-tei (三嶋亭本店)

Mishima Tei is set in a traditional Japanese house and you can even get your own private room to have dinner with family or your significant other. The waitress dressed in a kimono will slide the door and enter the room to serve you the dinner. The ambience in itself is well worth the visit. The lunch course starts at 7,722 yen and for dinner, the shabu shabu course is 8,640. The sukiyaki course is also recommended.

Shabuzen (しゃぶ禅)

Shabuzen has a few branches across Tokyo as well (Shibuya, Roppongi, etc.). The restaurant has a traditional Japanese feeling, with waitresses in kimonos welcoming the customers.
The shabu shabu all-you-can-eat-course is ¥4,900 (you can also choose a normal course); it normally comprises beef, vegetables, appetizers and noodles. It's a great deal!

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    Lili Wanderlust
    I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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