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[2024] 6 Shops Open on New Year's Day, Kyoto

Stores in Kyoto that will be open at the end of the year 2023 and the beginning of the year 2024 (three days of the New Year)!
How about a delicious meal and drinks to start off 2024? Enjoy Kyoto cuisine, Japanese food, cafes, and more with your family or friends you haven't seen in a while.

1.A two-tiered stacked dinner plate filled with Japanese cuisine from a long-established restaurant [Sanmi Koan, Main Branch] / Higashiyama, Tokyo

December 31 (Sun) *Opening hours: 11:00-15:00 (LO/14:30), 17:00-21:00 (LO/20:30)

January 1 (Mon.) - January 4 (Thu.) *Opening hours: 11:00 - 17:00 (LO/16:30)

*Closed on Friday, January 5.

Founded at the end of the Edo period (1603-1867), Sanmi Koan is a long-established restaurant serving Japanese cuisine such as Saikyo-yaki and Chirimen Sansho. The Soba Gozen, a beautifully arranged two-tiered Soba noodle dish with appetizers, Tempura, Saikyo-yaki, etc., served with Kakesoba and dessert, is gorgeous and perfect for starting the year off right.

Sanmi Koan Head Office

Soba Gozen: 4,500 yen, two-tiered set menu with dessert and a choice of either kakesoba or seiro (buckwheat noodle). 2-day advance reservations required.

Sanmi Koan Head Office

Sanmi Koan Head Office

  • third-party security guard
  • 393, Shisenin-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • Short walk from Higashiyama Subway Station
  • Tel. 075-771-0952
  • 11:00-15:00 (LO/14:30), 17:00-20:30 (LO/20:00)
  • Approximate budget: 1,500 yen and up Reservations required at least 2 days in advance for both lunch and dinner. 330 yen charge is required for terrace seating. However, it is not necessary during the winter season.

2.Melbourne-style cafe restaurant [Common Well] / Karasuma

January 1 (Mon.) - 3 (Wed.): Normal business hours
Cafe-restaurant on the first floor of the hotel [HOTEL RINGS KYOTO]. The stylish Melbourne-style café offers all-day specialty coffees, including flat whites with beautiful latte art, and sweets such as the very popular carrot cake. A wide variety of healthy and casual Western-style dishes are available for lunch and dinner, and are recommended for New Year's dining.

Common Well Coffee and Carrot Cake

Spicy carrot cake with slow-roasted carrots, walnuts and raisins 550 yen Flat White 550 yen


Common Well

  • Commonwell
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Nakagyo Ward, Sakaimachi-dori
  • 7 minute walk from Subway Shijo Station
  • Tel.075-746-3087
  • Morning 7:00-11:30 (LO/10:30)
    Lunch 11:30-15:00 (LO/14:30)
    Cafe 15:00-18:00
    Dinner 18:00-22:00 (LO/21:30)
    * Cafe use is from 7:00 to 22:00
  • Approximate budget: Cafe from 1000 yen, Restaurant from 2500 yen

3.A value-priced kappo restaurant at the end of an alley [Gion Shinbashi Nakatani] / Gion

January 1 (Mon.) - 3 (Wed.) *16,000 yen course only
A Japanese cuisine restaurant tucked away in a narrow alley in Gion. Chef Nakatani, who has devoted himself to Japanese cuisine for over 20 years, offers course meals at reasonable prices starting from 5,500 yen for lunch and 8,800 yen for dinner. The fish is delivered directly from Awaji Island and Wakasa Bay, and the vegetables are mainly Kyoto vegetables delivered from farmers.

Course meal at Gion Shinbashi Nakatani

Example of a 16,000 yen course featuring fresh seafood directly from Awaji and Kyoto vegetables

Gion Shinbashi Nakatani

Gion Shinbashi Nakatani

  • Gion Shinbashi Nakatani
  • 51-1 Motoyoshi-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 5-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station
  • Tel.075-525-1881
  • Lunch 11:30-13:30
    Dinner 18:00-21:00
  • Approximate budget: Lunch: from 5500 yen, Dinner: from 8800 yen Lunch 11:30-13:00 (LO), Dinner 17:00-20:00.

4.Artistic French cuisine in a machiya with a beautiful tsuboniwa garden [Kishin, Kyoto / Kinkakuji area

Normal business hours on January 2 (Mon.) and 3 (Tue.)

Closed Tuesday, December 26 - Thursday, December 28 and Sunday, December 31 - Monday, January 1

In a renovated space of a 100-year-old machiya (traditional Kyoto townhouse) and a historic Japanese house, this restaurant offers Kyoto-style kaiseki French cuisine prepared by Chef Higuchi, who has served as executive chef at many prestigious hotels and other establishments. The seats overlook a tsuboniwa garden and a Japanese garden, which are unique to Kyoto, and offer a special experience. Private rooms with a tea ceremony room and second-floor seating are also available for family gatherings.

Kishin Cuisine

You can enjoy delicate, innovative, and beautifully formed dishes to your heart's content. Course from 4,840 yen

Kyoto Ki Shin

Kyoto Ki Shin

  • Kyoto Kisin
  • 37 Kinugasa-nishi Goshonouchi-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 2 minutes on foot from "Kinkakuji-michi" bus stop
    5 minutes drive from Kitaoji Subway Station
  • Tel. 075-432-7734
  • Lunch 11:30 -, 12:00 -, 13:00 -
    Dinner 17:30~, 18:30~, 19:00~ *Reservations required for dinner time
  • Approximate budget: Lunch from 4,840 yen, Dinner from 8,800 yen

5.Yakiniku (grilled meat) made with Kyoto ingredients [Gion Ishiya] / Gion, Kyoto, Japan

December 31 (Sun.) - January 3 (Wed.) 11:30 - 15:00 (LO/15:00), 17:00 - 23:00 (LO/22:00)
*Lunch break on Monday, January 1.

This yakiniku restaurant changes the origin of the wagyu beef it purchases from time to time in pursuit of the best taste, and offers handmade original blends of sauce. For lunch, you can enjoy the Kyo-no-Meat Hamburger Set (2,100 yen) or the Kyo-no-Meat Steak Donburi (1,800 yen). For dinner, you can enjoy fine Japanese beef in a relaxed atmosphere. Located near Yasaka Shrine, it is also a good place to visit when sightseeing.

Gion Ishiya's hamburger

Lunch popular "Kyo no Meat/Hamburger Set" 2,100 yen

Gion Ishiya

Gion Ishiya

  • gibbet (i.e. the "gibbet hut" in Greek mythology)
  • 539, Gion-cho South, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 5-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station
  • Tel. 075-531-0290
  • Lunch 11:30-15:00 (LO/15:00)
    No lunch service on Sunday, January 1.
    Dinner 17:00-23:00 (LO/22:00)
  • Budget: Lunch from 2,500 yen, Dinner from 6,000 yen Other restaurants also open during the year-end and New Year holidays (Yakiniku Ishiya Demachi Honten, Yakiniku Ishiya Fuchomae, Yakiniku Ishiya Taimata)

6.Enjoy Kyoto cuisine and a wide selection of Japanese sake [Sake-tasting Nishikawa] / Kawaramachi-Gojo

December 31 (Sun.) - January 3 (Wed.) Normal business hours
I want to serve delicious food at a reasonable price. With this in mind, the owner of the restaurant offers a wide selection of sake and excellent dishes prepared by a chef who honed his skills at a Japanese inn in the Gion area. Even sake beginners can feel at ease as the owner is always ready to suggest the best sake to go with each dish. The menu offers a wide variety of more than 80 different kinds of food, including Iburi Gokko and cream cheese (980 yen).

Nishigawa cuisine

Enjoy rare sake with a wide variety of menu items, such as the sake snacks assortment for 980 yen and the day's recommended sashimi.


Sake Drinking River Kawaramachi Gojo

  • Kawaramachigojoten
  • Urban Stage Kawaramachi 1F, 615 Azuchicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 5 minutes walk from Keihan Kiyomizu Gojo Station
    10-minute walk from Subway Gojo Station
  • Tel.080-2479-2424
  • 17:00-25:00 (LO/ 24:30)
    Opening hours may change during the year-end and New Year's holidays.
    *No reservations from 12/29 to 1/3.
  • Budget: 6000 yen and up
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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