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Kitchen Rakuraku

#172 of 11,657 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

This is the kind of family-style cooking where you, the visitor, are family. Akira cooked my friend and I an incredible three-course meal, joined us in a lively conversation (despite our inability to speak Japanese), and shared a drink with us. We felt almost like family. When you step into Rakuraku Kitchen, it smells like a Vermont farmhouse: earthy, the... More 

Thank Matt C
Stockholm County, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

Only my company and chef Akira who is very friendly and humble. Delicious wagyu and fish I cannot remember the name of. Highly recommend.

Thank Jakubech
Fresh Meadows, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Akira's place was one of the places recommended by the temple we were staying at. We were not sorry to go. We walked in and Akira was welcoming. We were the only ones there at first but we don't care about that stuff. We travel for food and atmosphere and that is exactly what we got. He cooked while we... More 

Thank JYW82
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 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
Vancouver BC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016 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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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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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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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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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

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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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