Kyoto Kiu


A top-secret sushi establishment only accessible through a referral and if privately booked.

  • children 13up
  • Counter Seat

Kiu is an place where its telephone number is not shared with the public and cannot be reserved via SNS or email.

This completely referral-only establishment in Kyoto was opened by the owner of the famed Sushi Hisada in Okayama and was never intended to win a Michelin star due to its referral-only nature.
Chef Kazuo Hisada learned Italian cuisine in culinary school but took a position in his uncle’s sushi restaurant upon graduation. He then opened his own business at the astonishingly young age of 23 years in Okayama and his sushi using only the freshest produce from the Seto Sea became an immediate hit with Sushi lovers from all across the country.
25 years from then, Chef Hisada says the reason he opened Kiu is so that guests could enjoy “dishes made by a former sushi chef in a non-sushi restaurant”.

The wish to serve the unique fusion of Sushi and Italian cuisine which cannot be found anywhere else is embodied in the fact that the kanji character “鮨 Sushi” in not included in the name of the restaurant.
However, the question of why it is completely referral-only and requires the entire restaurant to be privately booked remains.
The Chef says its because he wanted to create a place where it feels like a home where familiar people gather together, as some people cannot fully enjoy the atmosphere when sitting next to strangers.

If Chef Kuda’s cuisine was to be described in a few words, it would be “Sushi Innovation.” The cuisine that only Chef Kuda can create is completely new and cannot be found anywhere else, providing new surprises every time you visit his counter.

Address 2nd Floor, 230-2 Shinmeicho, Shimogyoku, Kyoto
Business hours 13:00
Closed Irregular
Directions 5 min walk from Karasuma Station of Hankyu Kyoto Line
Price From ¥66,000
Service Charge 15%
Seating 5 Seats (Only for private bookings of 2 to 5 guests)
Smoking Prohibited
Children Only children who can order and eat a course are allowed.
Wi-Fi None
Language None (1 guest who speaks Japanese required in each reservation)
Parking None
Dresscode Smart Casual required.
Short pants, sandals and sportswear etc are not allowed.
Payment method 【Advance payment for online reservation】
PayPal or Credit Card

【Payment for additional orders at the restaurant】
Cash or Credit Card
Cancellation Policy 【Cancellation Policy】
※ Cancellations made up to 15:00 JST of 21 days before the reservation date are eligible to receive a full refund. ※ Cancellations made within 20 days of the reservation date are not eligible to receive any refund. ※ All changes to the reservation are required to be made at least 21 days before the reservation date. ※ Requests to change or cancel a reservation made after the specified days above will not be eligible for any refund and requests to change the reservation to an alternative date/time will not be accommodated.

2nd Floor, 230-2 Shinmeicho, Shimogyoku, Kyoto


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