Wagyu Steak Hanasato Gion

The Gion-Shirakawa/Hanami-Komichi-Doria area is a famous district of Kyoto located near Shijo Avenue between the Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River to the west. The neighborhood is a popular tourist area, which was developed to accommodate travelers and visitors to the shine.

After a busy day in and around Kyoto, members of our team partook in the traditions of a Japanese steak house, the Gion Hanasato which is a Teppanyaki restaurant renovated from a home. The restaurant is designed to be spacious, as there are a limited number of seats so, guest may enjoy their meal in a relaxed and spacious atmosphere.

Teppanyaki is a style of cuisine that uses a griddle to cook food, the words ‘teppan’ {iron plate} and ‘yaki’ {grilled} literally means grilling on an iron plate. And, the best part of this technique is the heated flat surface is used to cook the meal in front of you the relaxed guest.

Chef Hiroshi Takeshi takes pride in grilling Yonezawa and Kobe beef for his guest.

Beef with grilled vegetables.
Creating the rice dish to serve with the beef.

Raspberry sorbet to cleanse the pallet after a fabulous meal.

Wagyu Steak Hanasato Gion
404 Hashimoto cho
Higashiyama ku Kyoto shi
Kyoto prefecture

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Kyoto Culture


In the Fushimi Ward of Kyoto City, one will find the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, which has a long history and is the best place to see torii gates. Torii gates are traditionally found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, and symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred. The beautiful red color exemplifies vitality and protection against evil.

The history of this shrine can be traced to the year 711, and grew to importance in the Edo period during the 17th and 18th centuries, as a prospering economic nation. The Inari shrines became a place for Japanese merchants to communicate their prayers for successful businesses’ so; the Inari people donated funds for the construction of torii gates along the paths from the main shrine’s buildings to the top of Mount Inari.

Another symbol of the shrine are the numerous statues of foxes, which are regarded as the messengers of Inari, these statues often hold a key in their mouths. And, after hiking through forest to the top of the mountain, you are extremely aware of leaving the daily grind behind, allowing you to enjoy your natural surroundings.

Breathe deeply and enjoy,