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"Jyunidanke Honten" a famous restaurant that originated shabu-shabu.Kyoto beef among the works of folk art masters

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Jyunidanke Honten is located in Gion-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, where Yasaka Shrine is located. The restaurant is unique in that it combines the atmosphere of a traditional Kyoto-style machiya house with a sturdy folk-arts architecture.

Jyunidanke Honten is known as the origin of shabu-shabu, the most popular Japanese dish, which was invented in 1949 by the second-generation owner of the restaurant on the advice of YOSHIDA Shakuya, a doctor with whom he had a close relationship, and others. The shabu-shabu is made with carefully selected ingredients and methods, such as copper hibako using charcoal, Kyoto beef sirloin, and homemade sesame sauce, and is unique to the restaurant where it originated. Along with shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, Kyoto beef sukiyaki, is also popular.

The first-class artworks displayed in the store, including crafts and paintings, are also a must-see. You can view works by eminent artists who were part of the Mingei movement, such as potters KAWAI Kanjiro and HAMADA Shoji, lacquer craftsman KURODA Tatsuaki, and printmaker MUNAKATA Shiko, who were in contact with the second-generation owner. Enjoy the luxury of dining on Kyoto's finest beef while experiencing the winds of folk art at Jyunidanke Honten.


570-128 Gion-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan



Access from the nearest station

5 minutes on foot from Gion-Shijo Station on the Keihan Main Line

Opening hours

  • Lunch: 11:30 - 14:30 (last order 13:00)

  • Evening 17:00 - 22:00 (last order 20:00)


Thursday, 2nd Wednesday *Subject to change


30 seats


No private parking available; elementary school students (12 years old and under) and younger require a consultation

Official Website


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