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Kitchen Rakuraku

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Hanazono Inoke Cyo 2-3 | Kyoto City, Kyoto 616-8037, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-462-9156
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wine and Beer

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  • 3
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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
A truly unique experience in Kyoto!

We had dinner tonight at Akira's restaurant, and we were really blown away. Reading some of the other reviews on the site, I think you have to come in with the right attitude. It's not your typical restaurant, and neither is it a manufactured party-atmosphere or anything like that. What it is: A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We had dinner tonight at Akira's restaurant, and we were really blown away. Reading some of the other reviews on the site, I think you have to come in with the right attitude. It's not your typical restaurant, and neither is it a manufactured party-atmosphere or anything like that. What it is: A really great chef and a nice guy,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We had a very good meal here. The food was tasty and very interesting in its fusion of Japanese and contemporary flavors. The beef was really good. If I lived near Kitchen I'd probably go back but it is way off the beaten path for most Kyoto visitors and I really question whether or not it's good enough to make... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I really searched for a fun, special place to eat our last night in Kyoto. Based on Trip Advisor and other reviews I picked Kitchen Rakuraku for what I thought would be a unique and memorable meal. Because of what looked like a popular restaurant I emailed ahead for reservations. I got a nice reply that we were reserved for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is an amazing little place. The cook (and owner?) spoke some English and was friendly and accommodating. We told him our preferences and he prepared shared dishes for the four of us. The place was dark, the music was great, there was limited seating at a counter in front of the cooking area and it was fun to watch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I sought out Akira based on reviews. I was pumped up and ready for a full on dining out experience, so I was a bit deflated to walk in and find only Akira sitting in his place. A very warm welcome ensued, I took my place at the bar and was handed his menu. As I usually do when I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Good food & drinks. very friendly owner and even knows good English! a bit far from mid city but worth the travel for the experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Having read the reviews on tripadvisor I was keen to go for a meal that was cooked with more of a personal touch. Upon arriving at the restaurant we were greeted by Akira and immediately relaxed as we watched him bustling away in the kitchen. We had four courses in total and each was so tasty. The first course was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Akira's place, food and personality are just amazing! After a long day, probably full of sightseeing or maybe like in my case feeling alien in Japan/Asia, this place makes you feel arrived, safe and relaxed. Akira spoils you with his delicious and fresh dishes and his heartily charisma! For sure you'll meet some nice and interesting people there so you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Stumbled upon this place and found Akira so welcoming to anyone and everyone who comes in. Chilled out music makes the intimate atmosphere so relaxed, making you feel right at home. It's best to just let him take control and serve you up something special, every dish he prepared was unique and beyond delicious. The ingredients were so fresh! Can't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Akira is all good vibes. Playing Bossa Nova and amazing Bob Marley reggae covers on the sound system while he prepared a fish hot pot, homemade green tea, and the best salad imaginable, sold me. He caters to what you do and don't like. It's like having a private chef with mad swagger. Seriously one of the most fun eating... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Hanazono Inoke Cyo 2-3 | Kyoto City, Kyoto 616-8037, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Western Kyoto
  • Neighborhood: Western Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-462-9156

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Western Kyoto

Neighborhood Profile
Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.