Yakitori consists of bite-sized pieces of chicken stuck on a skewer and cooked. The names of dishes differ depending on the part of chicken used, and each part has a unique taste. Usually you can choose between two kinds of seasoning, salt or sweetened soy sauce.
Shops specializing in yakitori are found throughout Japan, and many double as izakaya. Beef and pork is often available in addition to chicken. On the approach to Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto's most popular attraction among non-Japanese tourists, try out the yakitori made from sparrow (locally called pinyaki), which you can buy for takeout.