Tsudaro was originally a tea house built in last days of the Edo period in Shijo, Kyoto’s Kawabata area. It moved to the present location in the early Taisho era. In those days, typical for tea houses, Maiko and Geiko played for guests every night. In addition to its Gion location, Tsudaro also operated another restaurant in Yamashina specializing in freshwater fish cuisine. Paying homage to these old times, our logo is made up of a catfish and an eel.
A new culture salon in the Gion district
In 2010 Tsudaro was fully refurbished. It re-opened as a concept-space new to the Gion district in Kyoto. Rather than just being a place for food and drink, Tsudaro wants to bring the essence of Japanese and Kyoto culture to its visitors. Varied, unique cultural events are offered; such as Maiko drawing and poetry reading with traditional Shamisen (you can check our past events in the Culture Salon page of this website).
Gion is famous for being “invite only” – many bars or tea houses are not open to the public – only allowing guests by recommendation. Tsudaro is different. We open our doors to the public during lunch or dinner times and wish for the regional Kyoto tradition to reach the hearts and senses of all of our visitors alike. Experience the architecture, craftsmanship, and atmosphere of a traditional Kyoto setting.
Regional food, excellent drinks
Escape from your daily life – indulge yourself with Tsudaro’s original Japanese Sake, hundreds of selected wines from all over the world, unique light à-la-carte meals, and live music with traditional Japanese instruments. Tsudaro can arrange exclusive cultural experiences, such as beautiful traditional dance, a pillar of our Kyoto culture. Once within Tsudaro, patrons are filled with a sense of refinement and wonder at experiencing the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere at Tsudaro. Have a first taste here.
Tea house culture
Tsudaro offers the traditional, peaceful and private exclusive entertainment with authentic Japanese cultural art specialists, Maiko and Geiko. You will have chance to talk with the experts, and learn traditional Ochaya Asobi. Don’t miss this opportunity to make your night in Kyoto very special.
Meet Japanese craftsmen
Our shop is open from 13:00h – 19:00h. We are closed on Tuesdays. If you happen to be strolling around the Gion district, just come in any time and experience a part of this unique traditional house. You can find antiques selected from Masayuki Murata, the director of the Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum, as well as crafts created by contemporary artists and artisans. Tsudaro offers a range of traditional Kyoto crafts such as: cloisonné work, gold lacquer, and metal work, as well as a variety of Ukiyo-e, traditional Japanese prints.