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10 recommended lunches in the vicinity of Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan!

The Nijo Castle area is a popular sightseeing spot close to the city. There are many restaurants of interest, including a set lunch prepared by a restaurant owner with a 30-year career in Japanese cuisine, an Okinawan restaurant, and a French restaurant opened by a couple!

1.[Happiness of being able to enjoy fresh fish from Yamakyu in the city

A sister restaurant of the creative Japanese restaurant Sumikyu. Of the more than 10 set menus available, we especially recommend the "ozashimi" set meal, which includes 10 kinds of fresh sashimi. In addition to enjoying a wide variety of seafood at one time, the set meal also includes a small bowl of cooked food handmade by a professional Japanese cuisine chef, as well as arajiru, a soup containing arajiru, a dish created in the hope of eliminating food loss. For dinner, enjoy delicate Japanese cuisine centering on fish dishes with sake.

Creative Cuisine Lunch at Yamakyu

Sashimi set meal with 10 kinds of sashimi for 1980 yen. Includes 10 kinds of sashimi, 2 kinds of small potted dishes, fried vegetables, arajiru soup, and pickles, satisfying your stomach and mind!

Sousaku Cuisine Yamakyu

  • creative cookery
  • 30-1 Platz K Marutamachi 1F, Marutamachi Dori Horikawa Higashi-iru, Marutamachi Dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan Closed Sundays All non-smoking No private rooms No parking @sankyu.126
  • 9 min. walk from Exit 2 of "Marutamachi" subway station
    [Approximately 9 minutes walk from Nijo Castle
  • Tel. 075-606-5057
  • Lunch 11:30-14:30 (LO/14:00)

2.[Enjoy a hearty lunch with authentic Japanese set menus at Wa Seasonal Cuisine.

Kazuhiro Ito, the owner of this restaurant, boasts a career of more than 30 years dedicated solely to Japanese cuisine. In 2021, he settled in his current location near Nijo Castle. He is proud of his cuisine, which is prepared by visiting the market and purchasing only wild-caught fish. For lunch, they offer a set meal style Japanese cuisine. Four days a week, the restaurant is open from morning, so mornings are also available. Reservations can be made for dinner, so enjoy drinks slowly with dishes starting at 4,400 yen omakase. Check SNS for opening hours.

Seasonal cuisine Japanese sashimi set meal

Sashimi Set Meal from 1,500 yen. Includes 5-6 kinds of assorted seafood, 3-4 kinds of obanzai, miso soup with homemade koji miso, and rice.

Seasonal Cuisine Japanese

  • Number of Kisetsu recipes
  • 2F 375-1 Kitagumi, Sambo Inokuma-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
  • 3-minute walk from Subway Nijojo-mae Station
    [5 min. walk from Nijo Castle
  • Tel.090-5069-1353
  • Lunch 11:45-13:45

3.[The set meal style at Shih Tou Hua is sure to fill your stomach and your heart!

The owner-chef, who has studied at famous hotels in Tokyo and Kyoto as well as creative Chinese restaurants such as Ichinofunairi, aims to create an at-home restaurant where neighbors can casually drop by. We have chairs and tableware for children," he says, "so you can enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine without hesitation, even with children. Lunch is reasonably priced at 1,500 yen and includes a choice of five main dishes, such as chili shrimp, sweet-and-sour pork, or fried chicken with condiments sauce, dim sum, and apricot bean curd. In the evening, four different courses are available from 3,500 yen, allowing you to enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine from appetizers to desserts to your heart's content.

Guangdong Cuisine - Shrimp Chili at Shih Tou Hua

Shrimp with chili sauce set for 1,500 yen. This is a Chinese classic menu item that makes white rice go down a treat. The spiciness of the chili sauce is made mild with an egg.

Guangdong Cuisine Shihtouhua

  • Chinese-style vegetarian cuisine
  • 1F Sanki Bldg. 154, Kameya-cho, Shimomachi Choja-machi Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
  • 13 min. walk from "Marutamachi" subway station.
    3 minute walk from Horikawa Shimocho bus stop.
    [Approximately 18 minutes on foot from Nijo Castle
  • Tel. 075-406-5115
  • Lunch 11:30-14:30 (LO/14:00)

4.[Enjoy the exuberant pasta that only a diner can offer at GULLMAN!

A cozy European diner with 10 seats at one large table. The owner, Mr. Mori, serves Italian, Spanish, French, and other delicious dishes he has encountered in Europe. At lunch time, a special set meal including pasta, pintxos, and salad is available for 1,300 yen and up. In addition to pasta dishes that are as hearty as a diner's, a selection of pintxos is a popular menu item for both lunch and dinner. The showcase of pintxos in the restaurant is filled with an exciting array of pintxos, making it exciting just to choose which one to order.


Mozzarella, mushrooms, and bacon with garlic butter: 1,300 yen. A creamy yet punchy dish. Accented with Japanese pork pancetta and parmigiano.


  • Gallmann
  • 1F-A, 8-6 Ikenouchi-cho, Nishinokyo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
  • 8-minute walk from JR/Subway Nijo Station
    [Approximately 15 minutes on foot from Nijo Castle
  • Tel. 075-432-7836
  • Lunch 11:30-15:00

5.[The plate of "Ajipai KYOTO (tentative)" is a harmony woven throughout.

A popular curry restaurant from Tottori has relocated from Shichijo. The restaurant is currently operating temporarily in preparation for a new expansion, so the name "temporary" will be added to the restaurant's name. The owner, Mr. Tsugami's spiced curry is based on cumin, coriander, and turmeric, with various spices finely adjusted gram by gram, and is made to harmonize the overall flavor, including the four to five side dishes. The restaurant has started offering take-out, and plans to open a chai stand where customers can drink chai, which the chef says he is currently studying after learning about chai in its authentic form, so stay tuned.


Three Kinds of Curry Plate 1200yen. Three kinds of curry: chicken keema, coconut, and dahl. Accented with side dishes such as achar.

Ajipie KYOTO (provisional)

  • Ajipai Kyoto Kari
  • April 20, 2023 open
  • 17-2 Minamisei-cho, Nishinokyo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
  • 4 minute walk from JR Nijo Station
    [Approximately 16 minutes on foot from Nijo Castle
  • Tel: None
  • Lunch 11:00-14:30 (LO/14:00)

6.[The beautiful appearance of the food at "lien restaurant & bake" is enchanting!

A French baked goods and French cuisine restaurant where the husband, Takahiro Ohara, is in charge of cooking and his wife, Junko, a pastry chef, is in charge of baked goods and course desserts. The bright and natural interior allows customers to enjoy course meals for both lunch and dinner. The cuisine incorporates French cuisine with Kyoto and Japanese food culture and history, using ingredients from Kyoto and Shiga, the couple's hometowns. The background of the cuisine and ingredients is carefully explained. A new course menu is also available, and a celebration course for 14,000 yen is available for dinner.

Example of lian restaurant & bake course

Lunch from 4,300 yen, Dinner from 11,000 yen. Dishes are examples of courses. Mushrooms, Eggs, and Make-in is a lunch special. From the bottom, the make-in, poached egg, sauce, and mushrooms form a mille-feuille.

lien restaurant & bake

  • Liang Restaurant & Bake
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Nakagyo Ward, Takeyamachi-dori, Horikawa Higashiiriru, Nishitakeyamacho 527
  • 6-minute walk from Subway Nijojo-mae Station
    [Approximately 7 minutes walk from Nijo Castle
  • Tel.050-3577-7259
  • Lunch 12:00-15:00 (last entry at 13:00)
    Reservation required

7.[Pasta with homemade tomato sauce from Colorado Coffee Shop Masusan

This is a long-established coffee shop that the third generation master, Mr. Kumagai, inherited from his grandmother, Masco, from whom the store takes its name. The shop is still as comfortable as it was in her grandmother's time, with a focus on coffee and bread sales. A menu item that has many fans among local regular customers is Neapolitan, which can be ordered from 11:00 a.m. The homemade tomato sauce is a light and refreshing dish. It is characterized by its light, homemade tomato sauce, and has many repeat customers, young and old, male and female. New menu items include French toast for 800 yen and a monthly homemade cake for 750 yen. Set menus with drinks are also available.

Colorado Coffee Shop Massan TAKE

Neapolitan 900 yen. Homemade tomato sauce is light and delicious. Can be made into a special set of 1,200 yen at lunch time.

Colorado Coffee Shop Masun

  • 40 Oshibori-cho, Higashi-horikawa-dori Oike-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
  • 1 min. walk from Subway "Nijojo-mae Stn.
    [5 min. walk from Nijo Castle
  • Tel. 075-222-0990
  • 7:00-18:00 (LO/17:30)

8.[An original cup of Okinawan love at Kafu

An Okinawan restaurant located in Sanjokai Shopping Street. The restaurant has a nostalgic atmosphere, like an old-fashioned Okinawan diner. The owner, Mr. Miwa, says, "We have a U-shaped counter, so people can feel free to use the restaurant even by themselves. For lunch, the restaurant offers a variety of unique dishes, such as Okinawan Soki Soba, which is made with both sweet and spicy sanmai meat rafte and pork cartilage soki, and Okinawan rouleau rice. In the evening and on weekends, enjoy Awamori and other Okinawan alcoholic beverages with a la carte dishes such as Mimigar and Goya Chanpuru.

Kafu Cooking

Lunch set of Okinawa Soki Soba and Okinawa rouro rice (small) for 980 yen. The light soup with bonito-based broth and custom-made chewy fresh noodles are a perfect match!

kajika frog (Buergeria buergeri)

  • 21-19 Minamisei-cho, Nishinokyo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
  • 8-minute walk from JR/Subway Nijo Station
    [Approximately 17 minutes on foot from Nijo Castle
  • Tel. 075-823-6106
  • Lunch 11:30-14:30 (LO/14:00)

9.[Sukiyaki-jyu, an exquisite and beautiful-looking dish at Ushiya Yohei.

A restaurant specializing in meat dishes opened by the owner, who studied at a kappo restaurant. The owner, who is from Aichi Prefecture, procures Aichi's famous Wagyu beef such as Genji Wagyu from Shinshiro City, Aichi Prefecture, and Dandoyama Kogen Beef, a brand beef from Okumikawa raised with sakekasu (sake lees). The juicy, melt-in-your-mouth meats are served in a variety of stacked dishes such as sukiyaki-jyu, steak-jyu, and hamburger steak-jyu. In the evening, in addition to the stacked and a la carte menus, sukiyaki is also on standby, allowing diners to fully enjoy the delicious brand beef. At lunch time, the weekday-only menchikatsu-ju is also recommended.

Sukiyaki-jyu and assorted side dishes (average) 1,700 yen. Sukiyaki-jyu using Dan-do beef. The more you chew, the more you can feel the delicious lean meat and sweetness of the fat of the Danzan beef.

Ushiya Yohei

  • Ushiya Yohei
  • Nishinotoin Nishiiru, Marutamachi Dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
  • 6 minutes walk from Subway Marutamachi Station
    [Approximately 12 minutes on foot from Nijo Castle
  • Tel.075-741-8011

10.Authentic flavors arranged to Japanese tastes [Gapao Thai Restaurant]

Somchai, who has honed his skills in the U.S., Bahrain, and other parts of the world, came to Japan 16 years ago, gained experience in Osaka, and last January opened his own restaurant near Nijo Castle. He chose the name "Gapao," a well-known national dish of Thailand, as the name of his restaurant because he wants his customers to feel familiar with Thai food and feel free to use it. The menu offers a wide variety of about 50 dishes at reasonable prices. The menu is based on local recipes and arranged to suit Japanese palates, so it is recommended for beginners of Thai cuisine. The traditional Thai tableware that complements the dishes is also a must-see.

Thai Restaurant Gapao Cuisine

Tom Yam Kung for 1,485 yen. A classic Thai soup with shrimp. The perfect amount of spice makes it addictive!

Thai Restaurant Gapao

  • Thai Cuisine Gapao
  • 24-5, Jurakumawahigashi-cho, Marutamachi-sagaru, Senbondori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
  • 7 minutes walk from JR Nijo Station
    7 minutes walk from Exit 1 of Subway "Nijo Station".
    [Approximately 17 minutes on foot from Nijo Castle
  • Tel. 075-354-6087
  • Lunch 11:30-15:00 (LO/14:30)
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
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