Kyoto-style Sushi

What is Kyoto-style Sushi?

Kyoto-style sushi uses mainly cured or cooked fish. Because Kyoto is located in the center of the island, it does not have access to fresh fish as the coastal areas do. That means in the years before refrigeration, the sushi chefs of Kyoto used mostly cured fish or fish that were known to keep fresh for longer periods of time to make sushi.

Best Kyoto-Style Sushi in Kyoto

1. Izuu


Sushi restaurant Izuu opened in 1781, and is tucked away in the Gion district. They specialize in saba-zushi (cured mackerel pressed together with sushi rice), and the recipe has not changed since the restaurant opened over 230 years ago.

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