Restaurants & Cafés


Turtle hotpot isn’t everyone’s idea of a dream dinner, especially at these prices, but this 12th generation restaurant claims to have served every prime minister of Japan, as well as the cream of feudal-era Japanese society. Slashes on the entrance beams are said to have been made by frustrated samurai, who arrived after closing time. Everyone has the same set meal here: an appetiser of stewed turtle followed by a steaming turtle hotpot and then a bubbling turtle broth with eggs and rice. In case you’re wondering, it tastes a little like chicken. If you’re here for thrills, try the sake with turtle blood.

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009


6-371 Shimochojamachi, Senbon Nishi-iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto

Transport Bus 206.

Telephone 075 461 1775

Open 12.30-1.30pm, 5-7.30pm mon, wed-sun.

Admission ¥¥¥¥.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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