Restaurants in Kyoto

A famous place located in "Pontocho," the backstreet gourmet area in Kyoto! Introducing the fascination of "WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI" where you will experience the perfect matching of Kushikatsu and wine.

Kushikatsu course cuisine at RAKUCHUTEI located in Kyoto Pontocho

Kushikatsu course cuisine at RAKUCHUTEI located in Kyoto Pontocho
Located in the center of Kyoto city, "Ponto-cho" is a famous area for the backstreet gourmet with traditional atomosphere.

In Pontocho, we find many famous places of various kinds of food, such as Kyoto Cuisine, original creation dishes, super professional Sushi, and Nabe Cuisine including Sukiyaki. Among many of those amazing places, Kushikatsu is what we recommend to check out.

"Isn't Kushikatsu the favorite in Osaka? "

Some people may think that way, but the Kushikatsu we are introducing here is completely different from the typical Kushikatsu that we are used to.

The name of the place is "KUSHIKATSU & WINE WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI." Just as the name tells, it specializes in Kushikatsu and wine, a place to enjoy the amazing combination of Kushikatsu and wine.

Kushikatsu menu at WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI is full of originally created items using seasonal fresh ingredients, and regularly, the chef serves the set course of the day.

You may encounter surprising but amazing Kushikatsu which may make you think "Wow, what is this?"

Another attractive point is the wine that is carefully chosen by a sommelier according to the Kushikatsu served.

Every year, from May to September is the season for Kamogawa Noryo-yuka(summertime dinning by the river), and at WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI, there are Noryo-yuka seats. So during this season, you will be able to enjoy the combination of Kushikatsu and wine on the traditional Kyoto style riverside dinning.

Now we would like to present to you more about this special place with originality, KUSHIKATSU & WINE WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI.


1,Basic and useful information of KUSHIKATSU & WINE WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI
2,Combination of the originally created Kushikatsu and wine! WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI's secrets revealed here!
3,WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI's Kushikatsu course menu
5,Comments from EnjoyJapan! Editorial dept.
6,Access information to Pontocho KUSHIKATSU & WINE WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI
7,KUSHIKATSU & WINE WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI's affiliated restaurants
8,Recommended information around KUSHIYAKI & WINE WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI

1,Basic and useful information of Pontocho KUSHIKATSU & WINE WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI

Basic information


Prefecture: Kyoto
Area: Kyoto city area (Kawara-machi・Pontocho area)
Postal code: 604-8012
Address: Umenokicho 152, Pontocho-tori Sanjo Kudaru 3 chome, Nakakyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Closed day: None (open throughout the year)
Hours:17:00~23:30 ※L.O. 22:30
Official site:http://www.wabiya.com/shop2.php#s4
Tabelog site:http://tabelog.com/kyoto/A2601/A260201/26015074/

Useful information

Average minimum cost:1000 yen and up~/person
Within 10 minutes walking distance from the nearest station:◯
Free Wifi: Unknown
Credit card:Yes
Seats: Counter seats (Riverside dinning seats are available during the season of Kamogawa Nouryoudoko.)
Foreign language speaking staff:Unknown
Smoking/NonSmoking: Smoking allowed
To go order:No
Other useful information:

・The Kushikatsu menu at WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI is filled with their original creation items rather than the common Kushikatsu items that matches well with wine. Therefore, it is obviously different from the thick Kushikatsu taste they have in Osaka.
・Reservations are recommended during the crowded Kamogawa Nouryou-doko season.

2,Original Kushikatsu & selected wine are an amazing combination! Introducing the specialty of WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI!


There will be creative and original Kushikatsu served at WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI which would change your impression of Kushikatsu.
Starting with their signature Iki-kurumaebi (live prawn) Kushikatsu, their original Kushikatsu created with the best ingredients of the season are the most amazing fact at WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI.

In addition to the original Kushikatsu, a special note needs to be made regarding their specialty in their wine selection.
There will be perfect selections of wine prepared by a sommelier according to the kinds of Kushikatsu served for the day. So you can pick the wine of your choice from the list and enjoy fully the combination of Kushikatsu and wine.

Signature Iki-kurumaebi and other original Kushikatsu using carefully selected seasonal ingredients

Kyoto Pontocho RAKUCHUTEI's Kushikatsu course set


Here is a photo of Iki-kurumaebi (live prawn).

It is the extravagant signature Kushikatsu at WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI in which they make the still-alive prawn into Kushikatsu.


This is "Isobemaki (seaweed wrap)" of Ikura and camembert cheese.

There are over 20 kinds of chef's special Kushikatsu every day.

Kushikatsu cuisine at Kyoto Pontocho RAKUCHUTEI

Kushikatsu cuisine at Kyoto Pontocho RAKUCHUTEI

Kushikatsu course cuisine at Kyoto Pontocho RAKUCHUTEI

Kushikatsu course cruisine at Kyoto Pontocho RAKUCHUTEI

The kawadoko (breeze-enjoying platform) at Kyoto Pontocho RAKUCHUTEI

Each Kushikatsu is made to enhance the natural taste of the ingredients, and sometimes, you will see Kushikatsu that you had never imagined of.

The kawadoko (breeze-enjoying platform) at Kyoto Pontocho RAKUCHUTEI

This is a Kitsune-Udon Kushikatsu!

It is hard to imagine such Kushikatsu with Kitsune Udon, but WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI, they make it possible.

Kitsune Udon Kushikatsu
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Inside this Kitsune Udon Kushiyaki, you will find Udon noodles wrapped by Kitsune (the deep fried bean curd) !

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This is the "Apple Comport" for dessert served on an apple plate.
It is so fascinating to see the small details that make the meal special!

You can eat creative cuisine like this when you order "Omakase Course (chef's selection course) Set."

Also, Stick Salad and Dessert are included in the course set.


This is their "Vegetable Stick Salad."


"Hojicha (Hoji tea) Pudding" for dessert.

There is another recommended item for those who still have room to finish up the meal.


This photo shows "Mentaiko Dashi Chazuke (tea and broth poured over rice with Mentaiko."
This Dashi Chazuke will amazingly refresh your greasy mouth from eating deep-fried Kushikatsu.
It is truly an exquisite way to finish up the meal!

Kamogawa Noryo-doko season is a must-go! Let's enjoy Kushikatsu and wine on summertime dinning by the Kamogawa river!

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In Kyoto, during the season between May and September along the Kamogawa river, is Kawadoko(summertime dinning by the river to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the cool air from the river). Restaurants in Pontocho would set the dinning along the river, and there are numbers of visitors to enjoy the Kyoto-style occasion.

This dinning "toko" is made at KUSHIKATSU & WINE RAKUCHUTEI during this season, as well.
So we can enjoy their Kushikatsu and wine feeling the nice Kyoto evening breeze from the river and the beautiful scenery.

Inside the restaurant is another must-see! A comfortable space created with special dedication

Quote:WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI official site/http://www.wabiya.com/shop2.php#s4

The special facts about WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI are not only Kushikatsu and wine.
The atmosphere and the arrangements of inside the restaurant is made to create a comfortable space, and all the seats are made along the counter.

You can see how inside of the restaurant looks here.

There is no busy atmosphere that ordinary Kushikatsu shops have, and here you can enjoy your meal in a quiet and comfortable atmosphere.

Also, the hospitality of the staff is very pleasant, as well.

WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI has the determination to show their professionalism in all elements of "food, drinks,and atmosphere."
If you have a chance to visit Pontocho in Kyoto, we recommend that you try this creative Kushikatsu place.

3,Kushikatsu Menu of WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI

Here is the information of the Kushikatsu course menu of WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI.

※Information as of September 2016.

WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI Kushikatsu Course Menu

WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI's course meal is basically chef's choice and he would keep serving one Kushikatsu after another until you tell him to stop.

But there is a course menu as below for your information.


●Course meal:starting from 3900 yen〜

※For your information, 12 pieces of Kushikatsu as below would be about 3900 yen.

●What are included in a course set:

・Vegetable Sticks
・Live Prown Kushikatsu
・About 20 pieces of chef's choice Kushikatsu
※Original creative cuisine using seasonal ingredients
・Espresso coffee

The pricing for the course set would change according to the number of Kushikatsu pieces.


Presented below are the reviews of people who have actually visited Pontocho WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI and experienced the delicious Kushikatsu & wine meal.

Translate: For the first Kawadoko this year, I had Kushikatsu at WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI The weather was nice and cool, it was very comfortable. It was my first visit to the store, I will definitely go back!

Translate: WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI was wonderful with great service and they provided a very comfortable experience.

Among those who visited the restaurant, it is popular to enjoy Kushikatsu and wine on the "toko (dinning)" during the Kamogawa Nouryoudoko season. In their reviews, we see comments such as "I will repeat going there" "Their service and the atmosphere were comforting and excellent" that not only the food but also the atmosphere and location are highly appreciated.

Other than those information above, please refer to Tabelog "Reviews of WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI."

Here is the page for Tabelog Reviews of WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI

5,Comments from EnjoyJapan! Editorial dept


In Sentocho, Kyoto, there are many gourmet shops available. There are various kinds of food available such as popular and famous sushi, other Japanese cuisine including Kyo-style, Nabe cuisine including Motsu-nabe and Sukiyaki, Italian, French, and other western cuisine. Among the many available places, KUSHIKATSU & WINE WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI is a highly recommended place for people who wants to enjoy dinner in a calm and comfortable atmosphere.

Speaking of their Kushikatsu, there are very creative items that we usually do not see at other Kushikatsu restaurants, and the ingredients are carefully selected according to the season. It is exciting to find out what the chef would serve every time. Among their very original Kushikatsu, there are those such as "Kitsune Udon Kushikatsu" that may surprize you. Of course, the taste of each Kushikatsu is amazing.

In addition, the specialty of this restaurant is not only Kushikatsu. Please pay attention to the selections of wine that their sommelier picks out to match the Kushikatsu menu of the day to enjoy the wonderful wine and Kushikatsu combination. Seated at the fancy counters, you can experience a calming, comfortable dinner time.

Also, the months of May through September are the season for "Kyoto-famous Kamogawa Nouryou Doko" and KUSHIKATSU & WINE WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI offers summertime riverside dinning seats to enjoy their Kushikatsu and wine along the river in the open air.

6,Access information to Pontocho KUSHIKATSU &WINE WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI

Postal code: 604-8012
Address: Umenoki-machi 152, Pontochotori Sanjo Kudaru, Nakakyou-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Tel: 075-241-1616

・Keihan Train "Gion Shijou" station: 10 min walk
・Hankyu Train "Kawaramachi" station: 7 min walk

The outside view of KUSHIKATSU & WINE WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI on Google Street View

WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI in Pontocho is in a traditional Kyoto style building.
When you open the door, the atmosphere inside the restaurant is a fancy space, contrary to the outside view.
Please check the outside view of WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI building and surrounding Pontocho on Google Street View.

7,Information about other restaurants of KUSHIKATSU & WINE WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI group

There are other restaurants that are operated by the same group as KUSHIKATSU & WINE WABIYA RAKCHUTEI. They are WABIYA KOREKIDO which specialize in chicken dishes located in Gion Hanami Koji and WABIYA ZANMAI which specialize in Teppanyaki located at Kyoto Station. These restaurants serve specialized original cuisine that would bring enjoyment.

Information of the restaurants belonging to WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI group

1,WABIYA KOREKIDO Gion Hanami Koji Headquarter

Postal code:605-0075
Address: Gioncho Minamigawa Kaburenjo North side, Shijodori Hanamikoji Kudaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Closed days:

・September, October/Every Monday ※Open on September 19th
・November/Open throughout the month


・Lunch/11:30 〜 14:00
・Dinner/17:00 〜 23:00 ※L.O. 22:30


Postal code:600-8215
Address: Kintetsu Kyoto Station, Higashi Shiokoji Kamadonocho 31-1, Shimokyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Closed days:Open all year round

※Last order for Lunch/14:00
※Last order for Dinner/22:00

8,Recommended information around WABIYA RAKUCHUTEI

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