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Kitchen Rakuraku

#163 of 11,472 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Western Kyoto
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2-3 Hanazonoinokecho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8037, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-462-9156
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Akira cooked us the most amazing meal! It included everything from seafood, wagyu beef, mushrooms, and Japanese sweets... It rivaled our amazing sushi in Tokyo and some of our best meals ever!!! We were able to walk right in, sit down, and let Akira go to work. The quality of the food was only surpassed by the quality of the... More 

1 Thank Scott W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here from a recommendation from the temple we were staying in nearby. The place has only 8 seats but it creates a great atmosphere where you can chat with Akira and the other patrons. When we came in he asked if there is anything we can't eat then prepared us the most amazing meal. Go with the chef's... More 

Thank travelsalot35
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

We as a group of seven had an exquisite time & dinner there. The chef is unique, very kind and cooks deliciously!

Thank Clemens H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2016

Although located far from the city center, it's not too hard to find this restaurant, take bus number 8, 10 or 26 and stop at Tojiin-michi bus stop, or if you are around Arashiyama area, can also opt for the Randen Keifuku train/tram and stop at Tojiin temple station. Kitchen Raku Raku is not your conventional restaurant, no such fixed... More 

Thank Liandy_Vu
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon Akira's kitchen Rakuraku online and decided to give it a shot! Boy were we glad we did! Akira is not only an exceptional chef, but also an excellent character for company! We went for his recommend course, and the meal was of quality, beautifully presented and well balanced! For people looking for a unique and delicious dining... More 

1 Thank asilew
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

Most enjoyable against all criteria - tramped there on first night in Kyoto based on tripadvisor reviews, and our expectations were exceeded. We were lucky enough to have Akira to ourselves, whom played an entertaining and uplifting host. All-round great experience for those in search of relief from prepackaged-robot-menu fatigue while in Japan. An essential Kyoto dining experience, just leave... More 

Thank TommDoyle
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Akira the chef is awesome. His food is so fresh and he comes up with these dishes himself. He cooks right in front of you. The kitchen is on the first floor. The second floor is his house so this is very much homemade. It was so good we stayed around afterward to talk and hang out. Best meal yet... More 

Thank Hung T
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

Great, tasty food cooked right in front of you. Restaurant also has a funky vibe and it was good fun chatting to the chef. Definitely recommended.

Thank Katherines_31
Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

This place is amazing. The food was incredible. We had a very nice chat with Akira, the owner. When we sat down he asked what we would like to eat or if we want what he feels like cooking...we went for the second option and had our best meal in Japan. This place is a must go when you are... More 

Thank Petri L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled upon Kitchen Rakutura by chance and found an absolutely amazing place. Akira cooks what he feels like cooking for you in the manner he wants to.....no excuses, no pretence. We walked in, he says in his cool relaxed manor "hi...whats up".... and then starts doing his thing in the kitchen right in front you. Amazing food, cooked by... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2-3 Hanazonoinokecho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8037, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Western Kyoto
  • Neighborhood: Western Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-462-9156

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Staying in Western Kyoto

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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.
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