Kyoto is known as one of the historical hearts of Japan. Visit here and we’re sure that you’ll fall in love with the secretive streets of Gion, where modern-day geishas still pass by, stand in awe at the torii gates of Fushimi Inari-Taisha and discover monkeys above the quiet Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. From every corner, you’ll find food sellers and restaurants, so it can be difficult to make a decision for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you’re looking for delicious halal food, where do you even start? Want traditional halal Persian food, Indian food, or maybe fusion cuisine? Fear not, because we’ve listened to your pleas for help and have created this list of the best halal restaurants in Kyoto, Japan. Just scroll below and let your tastebuds lead the way.
1. Halal Ramen Gion Naritaya
With a menu that is full of delicious, non-pork dishes, you’ll comfortably find lots of delicious halal food to enjoy. In fact, the menu is 100% halal. A lot of the dishes utilize local products such as the chicken karaage and the local vegetables. Not only do we love them for their dedication to halal cuisine, but the portion sizes are big and everything is fairly priced. If you’re in Kyoto and looking for a hearty, halal-friendly meal, then this food joint is a must-visit.
Halal Ramen Gion Naritaya
Address: Ability Gion Bidg. 1F, 424 Rinkacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 605-0062
Website: Halal Ramen Gion Naritaya
Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)
2. Istanbul Saray
Known to offer authentic Turkish food, this restaurant can get extremely busy, so be prepared to wait. It is also the only specialty Turkish restaurant in Kyoto. We think that the best way to enjoy the menu is to order lots of things and share them out between your group. The menu is pork-free and is halal-certified. This is a small, family-run business and definitely one to try.
Address: 534-28 Ebisucho Kawarachodori 3jo Agaru, Nakagyo-ku, 3F Matsuki Bldg., Kyoto 604-8005, Kyoto Prefecture
Website: Istanbul Sarayt
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Sat - Sun: 12pm - 3:30pm, 5:30pm - 10:30pm
3. Curry Club Ruu Kiyomizudera Ninenzaka
With halal certification and various local specialties on the menu, we’re sure that you’ll love this spot as much as we do. We’d recommend the chicken nanban curry and wagyu curry. In fact, its so popular that it has already won a string of awards. There is also a prayer room on the second floor so that, if needed, you have the space to pray. If you’re a vegetarian, you also won’t be disappointed by the choices on the menu.
Curry Club Ruu Kiyomizudera Ninenzaka
Address: 349-20 Ashiyacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Opening hours: 11:30am - 8:30pm (daily)
4. Arash's Kitchen
Offering both Persian and Indian halal food, this restaurant is one you’ll love. There are weekly belly dance performances here, and due to its popularity, we’d recommend making a reservation. Here’s a secret: this restaurant is particularly well-known for its koobideh dishes. Did we also mention that, if you’re lucky, you can get a seat with a river view?
Address: 16-4 Shogoin Sannocho, Sakyo-ku | 2F Sun Plaza, Kyoto 606-8392, Kyoto Prefecture
Website: Arash’s Kitchen
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 12am; Sat - Sun: 11am - 12am
5. Dolphin Garden Restaurant
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Split in half, this place is equal parts restaurant and imported food supermarket. It is also a great place to enjoy halal food before doing some shopping. They have Muslim staff, but it is worth noting that alcohol is served on-site. With regular belly dance and drum performances, you can enjoy a full show while you relish the authentic tastes of your meal. Rather than alcohol, we recommend ordering the lassi - it’s delicious.
Dolphin Garden Restaurant
Address: 21-5-105, Yawatagenjigaito, Yawata-shi, Kyoto
Website: Dolphin Garden Restaurant
Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm (closed on Tue)
6. Mezopotamia Kebab
Less of a restaurant, this is more of a grab-and-stand food venue. You can order a number of different kebabs and then eat them at the side of the venue. Please remember not to eat and walk while in Japan - it’s considered rude. This stop is popular not only for its excellent food but also for its location. It’s in the heart of the market area of Kyoto so you can easily stop by as you’re doing your shopping - perfect if you need an energy boost. As a side note, this spot also serves bottled alcohol.
Address: 501-14 Higashigawacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8046, Kyoto Prefecture
Website: Mezopotamia Kebab
Opening hours: 11:30am - 9:30pm (daily)
7. Mabrur Halal Dining
Mabrur Halal Dining is popular for its curry set menu and the koobideh kebabs. It is a perfect blend between Indian and Persian cuisine. They often host regular events such as karaoke, so be sure to check online to see if anything is happening during your stay in Kyoto. You can enjoy fantastic halal food with excellent customer service in a fun and welcoming atmosphere.
Mabrur Halal Dining
Address: 574, Nakanocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8042
Website: Mabrur Halal Dining
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 3:30pm, 5pm - 10:30pm; Sat - Sun: 11:30am - 10:30pm
8. Salman & Sohel Halal Kitchen
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The restaurant has ‘halal’ in the name but they also clearly show their certification, so you can relax when you choose your meal. The portion sizes are big, the tastes are perfect and, best of all, it won’t hurt your wallet. They only opened their doors in 2016 but are already gaining dedicated customers and a lot of popularity. So, be sure to follow the others and enjoy a delicious halal meal at Salman and Sohel’s. Did we also mention that they deliver?
Salman & Sohel Halal Kitchen
Address: 602-0853 Miyagakicho, 88-3, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-0853 Japan
Website: Salman & Sohel Halal Kitchen
Opening hours: 11am - 11pm (daily)
9. RAJU Tanbaguchi
Owned by the same people who run Salman & Sohel Halal Kitchen, you should know to expect excellent food and good customer service here. This award-winning restaurant is another must-visit if you are in the area. They have worked hard to create a menu that suits a lot of people’s tastes and are happy to discuss your preferences and any food allergies that you might have. It’s worth noting that this is a small place, so it might not be suitable if you are part of a large group.
Address: 12 Chudoji Mibugawacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8806, Kyoto Prefecture
Website: RAJU Tanbaguchi
Opening hours: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 11pm (daily)
This delicious restaurant received its halal certification in 2016 and has been offering exceptional meals ever since. Located in the beautiful area of Arashiyama, it’s a great spot for lunch or dinner. Uniquely, the restaurant combines halal food with traditional Japanese cuisine called “washoku”. Now you can try traditional food with peace of mind! This restaurant quite spacious, but even so, it can still get really busy so be prepared to wait. It is worth noting that a prayer room with an ablution facility is available on-site.
Address: 31-4 Sagatenryuji Tsukurimichicho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8384
Opening hours: 11am - 5:30pm (daily)
Enjoy mouthwatering halal food in Kyoto today
We don’t know about you, but our mouths are watering just at the thought of these delicious halal meals. In fact, these are the best halal restaurants in Kyoto in Japan, so during your trip be sure to try one (or all of them). What are you waiting for? Reserve your table today and get ready for a taste sensation.
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