Kyoto is one of our favourite cities in Japan (if you don’t already know by now😉) and one of the many reasons why we love it, is, of course, THE FOOD! From amazing halal ramen to sushi and wagyu, there’s just so much to try in Kyoto.


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Well, if you’re making a trip to Kyoto this holidays (or if you’re just looking for some holiday ideas😛), here’s a list of 12 halal eateries in Kyoto! This is definitely the most important guide you’ll need when visiting the amazing city.

1. Ayam­-ya Karasuma

It’s unanimous. Our entire team has voted and Ayam-ya is our favourite ramen stall in Japan 😛 (Out of those that we’ve tried in Tokyo and Kyoto, that is!)

The flavorful broth, the springy noodles and the perfect ramen egg. We wish we could fly to Kyoto and have a bowl of piping hot ramen right this minute! Oh did we also mention that the rich chicken broth is free of MSG?

Yes, to get this amazing bowl of ramen, the chicken is boiled for several hours and different kinds of vegetables are added to enhance the sweetness of the broth🤤

#HHWT Tip: The amazing thing about Ayam-ya is that they have a prayer room equipped with prayer mats and a washing area so you can do your prayers at ease.

Halal status: Halal-certified, prayer facilities in establishment

Price: ¥380 – ¥850
Opening hours: Mon – Sat, 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.30pm, Sun, 11.30am – 2.30pm
Contact No:+81 75-708-5666
Address: 1F, Douka Bld., 470, Kannondocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Directions: The place is 5 minutes away from Shijo Station, exit 24. Walk straight all the way until you see Holly’s cafe and turn right into the alley. Continue heading straight until you see KADO, turn left and you will arrive at the destination.
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2. Halal Ramen Naritaya Gion

Craving for MORE ramen? Be sure to visit Naritaya when you’re visiting Gion in Kyoto! It’s also the second branch in Japan, opening shortly after the one in Asakusa, Tokyo.

If Ayam-ya is famous for their chicken broth ramen, then Naritaya is where you should try miso ramen and their famous fried chicken karaage! Trust us, your trip to Japan won’t be complete without trying these dishes 😋

#HHWT Tip: Extra perk of visiting Naritaya? They offer a prayer room and ablution facilities, complete with prayer times. They even have free Wi-Fi in the restaurant, so you can stay connected too.

Halal status: Halal-certified

Price: ¥300 – ¥1200
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily
Address: Ability Gion Bldg. 1F, 424 Rinkacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 605-0062
Directions: Naritaya is a 5-minute walk from the Keihan Gion-Shijo Station, 10-minute walk from Tozai Line Higashiyama Station and 10-minute walk from Hankyu Kyoto Line Kawaramachi Station
Contact No:+81 75-531-8200

3. Halal Yakiniku Naritaya

While you’re savouring the ramen at Naritaya, why not head over to its sister eatery to enjoy some yummy yakiniku? Here’s where you can get your fill of barbecued meat, and they offer different cuts from sirloin to tenderloin, brisket and even beef tongue!


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The best part is, Naritaya has a special halal BBQ sauce that’s served alongside their juicy beef. After grilling your beef to perfection, dip it in the sauce and we guarantee it’ll leave you thoroughly satisfied 🤤


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Halal status: Halal-certified

Price: from ¥1200
Opening hours: 11.30am – 2pm, 4pm – 10pm, closed on Tue
Address: 422-2 Rinkacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 605-0062
Directions: Naritaya is a 5-minute walk from the Keihan Gion-Shijo Station, 10-minute walk from Tozai Line Higashiyama Station and 10-minute walk from Hankyu Kyoto Line Kawaramachi Station
Contact: +81 75-744-1350
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4. Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya

Kyoto is famous for its yudofu (simmered tofu in hot water) and if you want to try this local delicacy, you have to visit this restaurant! It’s also conveniently located near the Kiyomizu-dera Temple (3-minute walk away), so it’s a perfect stop for lunch 🤗


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There are several set meals for you to choose from, with the cheapest, with 7 food items in the set, to the most expensive, with a total of 12 food items. Don’t worry, they all come with yudofu! Plus, they also have a Sukiyaki set where you can indulge in juicy and tender beef and eat it together with the yudofu.


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#HHWT Tip: Make a reservation for the halal menu at least a day in advance. As the restaurant is located near the famous Kiyomizu temple, make sure to include it in your sightseeing plan!

Halal status: Halal-certified menu available

Price: Set meals range from ¥2160 – ¥4000
Opening hours: 10.30am – 5pm daily 
Address: 
Kiyomizu 2 cho-me, Kiyomizu-dera Monzen, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 605-0862
Directions: Okabeya is an 8-minute walk from the nearest bus stop, Gojyo-zaka which serves bus 206. Alternatively, Okabeya is a 5-minute walk from Kiyomizu-dera via Matsubara Dori
Contact: +81 75-541-7111
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5. Nanzan

Okay, we’re starting off with a disclaimer for this one. It’s pricey. But oh-so-worth saving up for! Where else can you try authentic halal wagyu yakiniku (that tastes amazing and melts in your mouth)?!🤤

Nanzan offers two different set meals – each with salad, rice, soup and dessert. Both sets include Kyotankuro Wagyu – the highest quality of beef produced in Kyoto Prefecture! The Kyoto Wagyu BBQ set (¥5000) includes 5 different cuts and assorted vegetables.

P.S. Interested to find out more about Nanzan? Check out our review!

If you’re still craving for more after your set meal, there are a number of items on the ala-carte menu such as additional cuts, scallops, squid and wagyu sushi, so feel free to pick and choose!

#HHWT Tip: Do remember to make your reservation at least 3 days in advance by calling the restaurant at +81-75-722-4131. It will be easier to ask your hotel concierge for help if you’re not able to speak Japanese. Do note that you can only make the call once you’re in Japan!

Halal status: Halal-certified menu available

Price: Starts from ¥5,000 (excluding tax)
Opening hours: 11am to­ 10.30PM (last order at 10pm)
Address: 
Kitayama Notre Dame Mae, 31 Shimogamo Kitanononogami-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto city 606-0846
Directions: Take the Kyoto Subway Karasuma Line and alight at Matsugasaki Station. Nanzan is about a 6-minute walk from the station
Contact: +81-75-722-4131
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6. Ukihashi, Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Whether you’re in the mood for a halal Japanese bento or want to go all out and try halal kaiseki (traditional Japanese course meal), Ukihashi is the place for you! You can choose from either the bento or kaiseki meal, and yes, they are both really really good 😋

P.S. Find out more in our review of Ukihashi’s bento and kaiseki!

For the uninitiated, the dishes in a kaiseki usually varies by season. The meal we had at Ukihashi started with a seasonal tofu, traditional clear broth, and then grilled beef with mushroom and vegetables, tempura, steamed rice, dessert and more!

#HHWT Tip: Do remember to make a reservation at least 3 days in advance through phone (+81 75-342-5527) or their contact page.

Halal status: Halal-certified menu available

Price: 
¥4,200 for the bento and ¥8,300 for the kaiseki
Opening hours: 
7am – 10am (Breakfast), 11.30am – 3pm (Lunch, last order 2pm), 5pm – 10pm (Dinner, last order 3pm)
Address:
 M3F, Hotel Granvia Kyoto, 901, Higashi­shiokoujicho, Shiokoji­sagaru, Karasuma­dori, Shimogyo­ku, Kyoto­shi, Kyoto
Directions: The hotel is located just above Kyoto station and the restaurant is in the hotel
Contact no: +81 75­342­5527
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7. Honke Tankuma Honten

Another restaurant offering halal kaiseki is Honke Tankuma Honten! If you’re looking for a premium restaurant to try your halal kaiseki, this establishment definitely fits the bill. It’s been around for 90 over years now and if you’re wondering why it’s so pricey… Well, that’s because it’s a 1-star Michelin restaurant 😱


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You can choose a kaiseki course from a range of 7 to 11 items and each of them is differently priced. Expect to indulge in some quality sashimi and tempura!

#HHWT Tip: Do call them 2 days in advance to make a reservation for their halal kyo-kaiseki!

Halal status: Halal-certified menu available

Price: Around ¥5000 (Lunch), ¥15000 (Dinner)
Opening Hours: 1130am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm, closed on Sunday
Address: 168, Izumiya-cho, Kiyamachi-dori, Bukkoji-Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Directions:
Around 6 mins walk away from Gion-shijo station
Reservation: Call +81 75-351-1645 or reserve online
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8. Yoshiya Kyoto Arashiyama

Located in the popular tourist district of Arashiyama (yes, the one with the bamboo forest😉), Yoshiya specialises in halal washoku (traditional Japanese dishes) and they also serve seasonal cuisine from Saga prefecture.


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Try their Shokado Lunch Sets which includes a tofu hotpot and side dishes like tempura, chicken karaage, sashimi or soba. This hearty meal will definitely fill your tummy after all that walking at Arashiyama!


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Alternatively, you can also get their cheaper bento sets where you can enjoy some tempura and soba or chicken karaage sets.

Halal status: Halal-certified menu available

Price: ¥1300 – ¥3000
Opening hours: 11am – 5.30pm daily
Address: 31, Sagatenryuji Tsukurimichicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Directions: Yoshiya is about a 4-minute walk from Keifuku Arashiyama Station and 11-minute walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Station
Contact No: +81 75-871-0448
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9. Umemori Kyoto

Ever wanted to try making your own sushi? Well, now you can do just that at Umemori Kyoto! The best part is, the eatery offers halal ingredients so you can enjoy making your sushi without any worries.


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From measuring the weight of the rice to perfectly slicing the fish and other ingredients for your sushi, rest assured you’ll be your own chef in no time! After you’re done, you can top up your meal with tempura or udon.


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Plus, you’ll also get a certificate at the end of the class so you can show it off to all your friends back home and perhaps try making it yourself? 😉

#HHWT Tip: Do reserve your class at least a week in advance by emailing kyoto-umemori@umemori.co.jp.

Halal status: Halal-certified

Price: from ¥2800
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm daily
Address: 8 Takeda Matsubayashicho, Fushimi-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 612-8371
Directions: Umemori is about a 15-minute walk from Fushimi Station
Reservations: Call +81 75-601-1414 or email kyoto-umemori@umemori.co.jp
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10. Halal Curry Udon Inari

If you’re paying a visit to the famous Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, head over to this halal eatery near the shrine. Tuck into a piping hot bowl of halal curry udon which is comforting especially in cold weather.


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Their curry broth pairs perfectly with the udon and we’re pretty sure you’ll be savouring every bit of it 🤤 Besides curry udon, the eatery also serves kakigori (Japanese shaved ice) – definitely a perfect finish to your meal!

Halal status: Halal-certified

Opening hours: 11am – 3pm, closed on Tue
Address: 21-462-17, Hon-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0981
Directions: Halal Curry Udon Inari is a 3-minute walk from Tobakaido Station and an 8-minute walk from Fushimi-Inari Station
Contact No: +81 757418003
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11. Okonomiyaki Sansei

Okonomiyaki Sansei is where you can enjoy a halal version of okonomiyaki, a specialty in Japan’s Kansai region. For the uninitiated, okonomiyaki is a Japanese-style “pancake” where you can choose various toppings like octopus, squid or shrimp and then it’s mixed with flour, eggs, shredded cabbage and grated yam, before it’s grilled to perfection.


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What’s great about this dish is you can watch the chef prepare it right in front of you, which means that it’s really fresh! Other than okonomiyaki, the eatery also serves yakisoba and yakiudon plus a number of sets. Don’t forget to complete your meal with their appetising ice desserts too 😉


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#HHWT Tip: Do note that you’ll need to make a reservation for a halal meal at least 1 day in advance. Email sansei.kyoto@gmail.com or drop them a direct message via Instagram.

Halal status: Halal-certified menu available

Price: ¥780 – ¥3500
Opening hours: 10am – 1am (Reservations 10am – 5pm)
Address: 2F Haitsukusunoki, 8th Kamihakubai-cho Kitano, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8325
Directions: Take the Keifuku Line to Kitanohakubaicho Station and walk for 2 minutes
Reservations: Call +81 75-467-9933, email sansei.kyoto@gmail.com or Instagram DM
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12. Ramen Factory Kyoto

If making halal sushi isn’t enough to immerse yourself in local Japanese culture, why not make some ramen too? At Ramen Factory Kyoto, you can do just that! But it’s not just the ramen noodles that you’re preparing; you can also make your own broth and pick your own meat 😱


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Wheat, rice and miso (from fermented soybeans) are used in making the soup, while chicken meat and alcohol-free soy sauce are added to the pot for that extra oomph 🤤 After all that toiling for the perfect ramen, tuck into a piping hot (and delicious!) soup and remember to slurp your ramen as you eat it!


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If you don’t have the time to make your own ramen, don’t worry! You can simply pop in to the eatery and indulge in any of their ready-made ramen dishes.

#HHWT Tip: After you’re done enjoying your ramen, head over to their prayer room to do your prayers.

Halal status: Halal meat and ingredients used

Price: from ¥2500
Opening hours: 11am – 7pm daily
Address: Higashiyama-ku, Honmachi 15-chōme, 814−18, Kyoto, Japan
Directions: Ramen Factory is just a 3-minute walk away from Tofukuji station. Tofukuji station is only one stop away from Kyoto station and Fushimi-inari station.
Contact No: +81 75-741-7104
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We’re pretty sure by now, you can’t wait to get your fix of halal Japanese food in Kyoto! With these 12 awesome eateries, you’re now all set to conquer Kyoto 🤗 Have fun on your gastronomic adventure!

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