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  • Nanzenji Junsei
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    4.0
    251 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenji Front of the gate
    The Nanzen-ji Zen Temple is the head temple of Rinzai Buddhism. This restaurant located in front of the temple serves traditional Kyoto kaiseki course cuisine such as its famed boiled tofu. Diners can enjoy seasonal kaiseki dishes and boiled tofu while enjoying the view of the restaurant’s garden. After your meal, why not take a stroll in the garden of the Junsei Shoin, a registered Tangible Cultural Property originally built as a space for the study of medicine in the Edo period.

    I recently ate here for lunch. While there are tatami rooms, we sat in a room with chairs (one member cant sit at tatami tables). The room was small and overlooked the gardens. The food was all...

  • Tempura Yoshikawa
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    4.5
    239 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku, Fujikoji-dori Okeke Shimoru Matsushita cho 135
    Enjoy superb tempura in this elegant and serene restaurant in downtown Kyoto. The tasteful building is a former wealthy merchant’s house built in the sukiya style. Diners can enjoy a relaxing time in the restaurant’s tatami seating, which faces a beautiful Japanese garden said to have been created by the nobleman Kobori Masakazu. The restaurant’s traditional Kyoto style kaiseki course cuisine focuses on tempura and is designed to make the most of the flavors of carefully selected, highly seasonal ingredients. Tempura Yoshikawa is the perfect place for a banquet or business meal. The tempura counter seating, where you can watch the tempura being prepared right in front of you, is also popular. Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station is the closest station to the restaurant.

    3 attempts to have dinner here, and all 3 were a failure. The first, there was no room. The second attempt, when we entered to be seated the entire Resturant stopped and stared as though we had...

  • Gion Hatanaka
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    38 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 505 Yasaka Shrine Minaminoe
    This restaurant and traditional Japanese inn is located in front of south gate of Yasaka Shrine in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. Despite its location in florid Gion, this renowned establishment is quiet and peaceful. Here diners can enjoy Kyoto cuisine made with seasonal ingredients such as bamboo shoots in spring, eel  in summer, matsutake mushrooms in autumn, and crab in winter. Via the restaurant’s popular Kyoto Cuisine and Maiko Evening, you can enjoy a delicious meal and games with maiko (apprentice geisha). An English-speaking host and English language explanations and interpretation are available.

    We loved every minute of the evening. Its not a cheap evening but its so worth it. The experience is wonderful. You wont go wrong booking this evening out when you are in Kyoto.

  • Seikoro
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    4.5
    189 Reviews
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    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto shi Higashiyama kuya tower Tooru Gojo down Le 3 - chome Nishitibachi cho 467
    A venerable traditional inn founded in 1831 and located in Higashiyama Ward in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. The inn’s interior is Edo period in style with a hint of Taisho Roman. The inn offers a wide selection of rooms, from shoin-zukuri style rooms built a hundred years ago to Western style rooms offering excellent rooms to even rooms which allow guests to stay with their pets. Depending on room occupancy, reservations for dinner only are accepted. The inn’s Kyoto style kaiseki course cuisine is truly the taste of tradition. Carefully made with fresh ingredients, showiness and tricks are kept to a minimum, with flavor taking precedence over all. The inn’s spacious man-made hot spring bath is also popular.

    The Seikoro Inn or Ryokan is a very traditional style Japanese in with all trimmings and some of the best service Ive ever experienced. Read up on it to see if this suits you. There was much...

  • Kyogoku Kaneyo
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    3.5
    175 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Hexagon Tong New Shin Kyogendo Entrance Matsukeba-machi 456
    A venerable eel restaurant founded at the end of the Taisho period located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. The warm and retro looking exterior looks the same as when the restaurant was established and stands out all the more amongst the throngs of buildings in Shinkyogoku. The key to the shop’s flavor is a secret sauce passed down for one hundred years which brings out the savory deliciousness of plump eels from Lake Hamana. Particularly popular are the standard eel rice bowl and the restaurant’s famous “kinshi-don”—eel rice bowl topped with an egg fried Kyoto style. One of the restaurant’s customs is the “Kaneyo Yose” held each month, an event which includes live entertainment with a meal.

    The eel quality is really bad. This is definitely over-priced and even comparing to the tourists’ areas and pricing. Cheating the travellers and no heart.

  • Kiraku
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Sanjo street Shirakawa-bashi East 4-chome Nakano-machi 208
    An okonomiyaki restaurant located a 10-minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station on the Keihan Main Line. Redolent with the flavors of a dashi broth made with skipjack tuna flakes and kombu kelp, the shop's okonomiyaki is crisp on the outside and light and airy on the inside. A favorite of taxi drivers as well, the shop is frequented by tourists and students on school trips. The shop offers an abundant variety of okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and teppanyaki dishes, with the Negikake-mix-tama (egg and green onion okonomiyaki) as well as the Tonpei covered with a tangy ponzu sauce are particularly recommended. The restaurant has tatami mat seating, making it great for brining children to.
  • Tenryu-ji Shigetsu
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    4.5
    149 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 68
    A Buddhist vegetarian cuisine restaurant located inside the Tenryu-ji Temple’s garden, a World Heritage Site, in Kyoto City. Buddhist vegetarian cuisine was originally developed for monks who were prohibited from eating meat. It is made without any animal-derived products, instead using highly seasonal ingredients with a focus on vegetables and emphasizing the “five flavors,” the “five colors,” and the “five laws.” The restaurant offers three courses which change with the seasons—a 3,000 yen course, 5,000 yen course, and 7,000 yen course. No matter which course you choose, you will be able to enjoy delicate flavors that make maximum use of the individual ingredients involved.

    Shigetsu is wonderful, great Shojin Ryori. My family and I reserved the smallest course, it was enough for most people, some may choose to get a larger course to try different amounts of food. The...

  • Yoshuji
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kuramahonchou 1074
    A restaurant which serves traditional vegetarian Buddhist cuisine located in front of the Mountain Gate of the Kurumadera temple in Kyoto City. The folksy appearance of the shop blends in with the quiet surrounding neighborhood located at the foot of a mountain. The food is also served on craft dishes from areas throughout Japan. Making maximum use of simple flavors, the restaurant’s hearty and healthy cuisine includes mountain vegetables with rice, seasonal mixed dish platters, tri-colored rice dumplings, and pickled vegetables. Diners are encouraged to try the restaurant’s famed sweet warabi mochi dumplings and coffee made with water from the spring under the Kurumayama Kannon figure. Be sure to stop by when visiting the Kurumadera temple, famed for being a site of mystical energy.

    After hiking Mount Kurama this restaurant was such a treat! The tea was delicious and I loved the vegan meal set I got. Great location and cozy atmosphere. Note:Cash only!

  • Hirobun
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kuramakibunechou 87
    A restaurant and traditional inn just a minute's walk away from a sub shrine belonging to the Kifune-jinja Shrine famed as a power spot which brings luck with love. The inn has a total of eight rooms available to parties of two or larger. The inn takes particular pride in its highly seasonal cuisine, and diners can enjoy “riverbed cuisine” while listening to the murmurs of a stream fed by the Kifune River in summer. In winter, the inn serves wild boar hot pot rich in collagen and nutrients said to give beauty and good health. No matter what season you visit, you are sure to find unique seasonal charms.

    The service here is beyond fantastic. The food is amazingly presented and tasted absolutely delicious. The atmosphere is just unbelievable....i hear the nagashi somen is worth doing, but we were...

  • Kyo-Suiran
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 12 Tideyama Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto
    A restaurant inside the Suiran Hotel Kyoto in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. Here diners can enjoy a new style of cuisine that resounds with the espirit of France while retaining the conventions of traditional kaiseki course cuisine made with seasonal Kyoto ingredients. Originally the luxurious Enmeikaku holiday villa of Kawasaki Heavy Industries founder Shozo Kawasaki, the restored interior is perfect for a banquet or celebration. The seasonal Gozen lunch is one of the restaurant’s most popular menu items.
  • Mizuki
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Kamogawa Nijo Bridge
    A Japanese restaurant located on floor B1 of the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto a three minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station on the Tozai Line. The restaurant is divided into four areas for kaiseki course cuisine, sushi, tempura, and teppanyaki dining – choose whichever suits your dining needs. Patrons can enjoy cuisine born from the creative ideas of the chefs in charge of each section, served on select dining ware, while taking in the restaurant’s special atmosphere and its view of a rock garden and waterfall. The restaurant also carries an abundant selection of recommended sakes, shochus, and wines chosen by sommeliers.
  • Kyoto Cuisine Kaji
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Marutamachi Dori Higashi Iru Yokokajicho 112
    A five-minute walk from Marutamachi Station. This Kyoto cuisine restaurant can be reached by heading towards Horikawa-dori Street from Nijo Castle, turning at Marutamachi-dori Street, and walking a short distance further. The restaurant is conveniently located within a 15 minute drive of such sightseeing destinations as Kamo Shrine and Yasaka Shrine. Specializing in simplicity, this restaurant serves laboriously crafted Kyoto cuisine at reasonable prices, and customers can enjoy everything from Kyoto course meals made with monthly and seasonal fresh ingredients, to seasonal kaiseki nabe hotpot meals. The restaurant also sells Kyoto style chirimen dried whitebait and other items perfect for souvenirs and gifts.

    This is a nice and great option to enjoy the better japanese kitchen. 10 different course menus (ok first is a kind of sake and the last before the excellent desert (had walnut-sake ice cream) is...

  • Yudofu Okutan Kiyomizu
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    4.0
    83 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 3-340
    A venerable Buddhist vegetarian cuisine restaurant located in the Kiyomizu neighborhood of Higashiyama Ward founded in 1635 in the early Edo period. The tofu used in the restaurant’s famed boiled tofu is made with organic soybeans and natural brine extracted in a special room below ground. The tofu is made fresh each morning in a workshop situated under the 2000 square meter garden visible from the dining areas.

    Visited this delightful tofu restaurant on a trip to Kyoto recently, I am a vegetarian and it was heaven to me, my husband is not a vegetarian but he loved it too. All dishes were delicious, very...

  • Toyouke Chaya
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi, Kamigyo-ku Imadegawa-ku Nishi Immigration Nishi-in Kamiyagawa-machi 822
    A tofu restaurant located in the Kamiyagawa-cho neighborhood of Kamigyo Ward which only operates in the daytime. The restaurant is operated by a tofu shop which was founded in 1897. In addition to set specials and rice bowls made with fresh tofu, yuba (tofu skin), and namafu (wheat starch), the restaurant also serves a la carte options like boiled tofu and cubed tofu as well as desserts made with soy milk. The restaurant also offers a selection of beers and sakes, giving diners the chance to enjoy a drink with some boiled tofu in the middle of the day.

    We had to wait in line for 40 minutes to get in, but the yudofu was delicious. It had such a beautiful soft texture and fresh flavor. The smallest tables were four-tops, so my travel companion and I...

  • AWOMB
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    4.5
    58 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Ubayanagichou 189
    A sushi restaurant located in the Ubayanagi-cho neighborhood of Nakagyo Ward. The restaurant is famed for its obanzai, a type of Kyoto cuisine in which numerous bite-sized dishes are served together; and its hand rolled sushi, in which diners are provided with the ingredients and condiments to roll their own sushi combinations as they like. Located inside a renovated old Kyoto townhouse, lines form outside the door even before the restaurant opens.

    This is such a great concept for a lazy lunch with friends or by ones-self. Its the high Tea of sushi... each little bundle of perfectly matched deliciousness can be assembled - by you - into a...

  • Kyoto Rokusei
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakinishitennouchou 71
    A Kyoto cuisine restaurant founded in 1899 located in the Okazaki Nishitenno-cho neighborhood of Sakyo Ward just west of Heian Jingu Shrine. The restaurant offers traditional kaiseki course cuisine and recreations of the meals of Heian court nobles. It’s the restaurant’s “bucket” bento lunches made by the shop’s second generation proprietor with seasonal ingredients and served in a plain wood bucket that are the real attraction.

    Follow GPS was not difficult to locate. We were their in four people of family. We tried their soufflé and coffee. Not very special that I would love the same food in Italian restaurant a lot...

  • Seizan Sodo
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 63
    The Tenryuji Temple, founded in 1339, is a Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple located in Arashiyama and a registered World Heritage site. The Seizan Sodo offers a boiled tofu set meal in the tatami study of the Myochiin, a sub-temple of the Tenryuji. The tofu is from Morika, a venerable Saga tofu shop.

    Stumbled on to this place and so thankful we did. Sit on the floor kind of restaurant with traditional sliding doors and a garden surrounding the building. Really relaxing and mellow.

  • Shoraian
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    4.5
    121 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagakamenochou In public land
    A traditional kaiseki course cuisine restaurant located upstream of the Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama. Referred to as the villa of politician Fumimaro Konoe due to his frequent visits, the restaurant is situated amongst lush greenery and patrons can enjoy the changes of the seasons from their tables while dining on a monthly changing menu of tofu kaiseki dishes. The paintings and calligraphy on display in the restaurant are the work of the proprietress, who is also an artist.

    Our hotel recommended this place but it was over priced lousy food, they said it would be by the river but we had about a foot by 3 feet wide length view of the window. It was pricey about 3800 Yen...

  • Pontocho Robin
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Pontono-machi 137-4 Wakamatsu-machi
    A restaurant housed inside a 150 year old Kyoto townhouse in a back alley along the Kamogawa River in the Ponto-cho neighborhood serving Japanese cuisine prepared with select, seasonal ingredients from around the country. The restaurant’s signature kamameshi vegetable and meat rice pots make a perfect closer to any evening and are prepared in special order earthenware pots with koshihikari rice and high quality dashi. In May and September, the restaurant prepares a traditional wood deck on the bank of the river for diners to enjoy their meals from. Patrons can dine on delicious seasonal cuisine while gazing out over the Kamogawa River.

    Presentation of the was brilliant with awesome view of the river. Nice and friendly hospitality. Highly recommended;)

  • Uoichi
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Imagumanonaginomorichou 25
    A pike conger cuisine specialty shop located along the road leading from Tofukuji Station to Imakumano Shrine. In general, the shop’s pike congers come from Setouchi and are selected based on a policy of offering cuisine that is both delicious and inexpensive. In order to fully bring out the innate flavor of pike conger, the shop uses a uniquely blended vinegar-based sauce in place of the more traditional shredded umeboshi for seasoning. The X-rays of pike congers decorating the shop walls express the owner’s love for pike conger.

    魚市は鱧料理が専門のようだ。小生が出向いた1月は時期外れであったが、こちらの店の鱧会席を一度食べに来ようと思う

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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