Kyoto’s most famous restaurant specializing in shabu-shabu (and sukiyaki), Moritaya is an old-school classic with retro decor and a real sense that they have been doing this for generations – which they have, since 1869. The beef comes from cattle raised on their own farm in the mountains north of Kyoto. The building itself is entered down a narrow passage of Kiyamachi, at the end of which is an old house, the back of which overlooks the Kamo River.