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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: Reservations, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Such an amazing experience - one of the highlights from our trip. Amazing food!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Natasha_83
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London, UK
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19 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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London, UK
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

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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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

we were staying in a nearby temple and heard of this kitchen from the staff so thought we would check it out. It is hidden away a little on a corner and does not clearly say the name on a sign but looks bright, interesting and full of character from the outside and says kitchen with the Japanese name above... More 

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San Diego
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

My favorite meal in Japan. Mr. Akira the chef proprietor treated my family to a delicious four course meal built to our tastes and preferences. The venue is not your traditional Japanese restaurant. It is an eclectic collection of pots and pans in a full view kitchen set behind bar seats. The chef is a warm, friendly, culinary talent with... More 

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La Jolla, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Previous glowing reviews of Akira's fabulous joint have got it all right: He's a one-man show serving sublime food right from the stove. He asks you what you like (fish, beef,veggie etc) and suggests a fablous multi-course dinner. Ours included a hot-pot of fish, vegetables and chicken in a sublime citrus and soy flavored broth, delicious salad, wonderful soba course... More 

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Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

If you want to experience the true characters that this area provides and not the robotic behaviour of the cities. This is your place. If you want to experience great food from a man who loves what he does then this is your place. If you want a relaxing and interesting bar to drink at and meet some of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

On our night at the nearby temple we found our way over to kitchen rakuraku. The outside alone let's you know you are in for a quirky good time. The inside lit with muted lighting and the flames of the oven has an amazing authentic homey feel. Our fantastic chef, Akita, showed us our options and provided a descriptive sketchbook... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

It was my daughter's birthday and we were thankful that we followed the recommendation of the temple we stayed in Kyoto. Akira was not only a good chef, he was also very accommodating and entertaining and it was like eating in a friend's house. The impromptu menu he served were an explosion of flavors. Dining here made our trip in... 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
  • 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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