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Gion Karyo

#82 of 9,491 Restaurants in Kyoto
#86 of 10,082 Places to Eat in Kyoto
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570-235 Giommachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 755320025
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu - Tue 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer

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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Japanese Intricate Fine Dining

[Location/Exterior = 9/10] Located at beautiful gion street .. Optimal for photographs and shrine visits [Interior = 7/10] Was expecting decor and interior to be posh with fine tables/chairs .. Probably this is not Japanese culture Am impressed with cutlery and dining ware which were exquisite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
ChristopherK226
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Singapore
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Singapore
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100 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

[Location/Exterior = 9/10] Located at beautiful gion street .. Optimal for photographs and shrine visits [Interior = 7/10] Was expecting decor and interior to be posh with fine tables/chairs .. Probably this is not Japanese culture Am impressed with cutlery and dining ware which were exquisite and rarely seen. [Service/Hospitality = 9/10] Google translate is your best friend if Japanese... More 

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2 Thank ChristopherK226
London
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Two of us went here for dinner on the recommendation of the concierge at our hotel. Atmosphere was cozy (all seats are at the counter). Service was excellent with several English speakers and a printed English menu (altho we were the only westerners there that night) and food was delicious. We booked in advance and requested no meat as one... More 

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1 Thank mmarsh8080
Rome, Italy
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118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I don't want to be negative on this place given the high marks, but I would have expected much more from the kitchen and the service. We took the 10.000 Yen menu that was mandatory for the night (excluding drinks and taxes). The menu was including 10 dishes, presentation was very good, food quality really depends on personal tastes, but... More 

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Perth, Australia
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had trouble finding the restaurant and walked pass it a few times as there's no english name in front of it. With the help of a local we finally found it, which is just the opposite of Gion Corner! We came quite late without any reservation at nearly 8pm and were lucky they'd still accept us as there were... More 

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Thank Selina K
Singapore, Singapore
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

The thing about Kyoto is that shops and buildings do not have their unit number displayed upfront so we kept getting lost and missed this gem for 2 days. Finally on our final night in Kyoto, we managed to locate the restaurant after spending an hour searching for it. We visited Gion District THREE times and only found it on... More 

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4 Thank Angie E
Italy
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603 reviews
474 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 976 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

All of the dishes were very delicate looking and appeared like a pieces of art. Every ingredient was thoughtfully placed in the dish and it felt like each course had a purpose within the entire meal. The service here was excellent.

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1 Thank SettembreNero
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

The courses kept coming, menu was in English, location was beautiful, wife was satisfied :) the price was 10,000 yen per person however experience such as this could be double back home. Highly recommended.

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Thank ValLiberman
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

I visited Gion Karyo in August. It was highly recommended by the hotel staff and I was not disappointed. The restaurant is located in the heart of Gion. You have to go to a typical Kyoto alley lit by typical lanterns to get into the restaurant. Once inside, you will be greeted by the staff and conducted to your table.... More 

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Weesp, The Netherlands
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Absolute great service. All staff speak (some) English. Foreigners welcome (50% tourist the night we visited). Food being prepared in front of you. Nice to try the Japanese wines.

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2 Thank EduardNederland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

We made a reservation for lunch and got lost while looking for the restaurant. However, we met two friendly ladies who called the restaurant for directions and one of the Karyo staff was out on the street looking for us! That was a good start and of course the food was good and presentation lovely. There was a detailed menu... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 570-235 Giommachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
  • Neighborhood: Gion
  • Phone Number: +81 755320025

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 10
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Staying in Gion

Neighborhood Profile
Gion
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.