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Kaiseki/Kappo Traditional Japanese Cuisine Spots in Gion / Higashiyama / Yamashina Area

  • Gion Hatanaka
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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
    212 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    Staying at the Seikoro Ryokan was our first experience of a traditional Japanese inn and it was an absolute pleasure. The inn is very well positioned for exploring Kyoto. Seikoro’s intention is to...

  • Yudofu Okutan Kiyomizu
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    The receptionist here was surprisingly rude. Snappish, curt and downright unpleasant. You have to pass her booth and order before going into the restaurant. She acted as if she was doing us a big...

  • Gion Mametora
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 570-235
    A traditional Japanese ryotei restaurant located in front of the Kaburenjo Theater on Hanamikoji Street in Gion. Diners here can enjoy traditional kaiseki course cuisine made with seasonal ingredients such as mamezara ryori designed to be enjoyed a little at a time and bite-sized sushi made to be eaten even by maiko without disrupting their makeup. At lunch, the restaurant serves bite sized sushi and sushi/mamezara sets meals.
  • Gion Kurashita
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    4.5
    80 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 570-157
    A traditional kaiseki course cuisine restaurant located in the Gionmachi Minamigawa neighborhood of Higashiyama Ward. The restaurant offers kaiseki dishes made with seasonal ingredients, plain boiled mizutaki dishes, and, in winter only, tecchiri (boiled fugu). The shop’s boiled tofu is made with specially ordered dashi soy sauce and tofu from Hattori, a venerable shop established in 1910 famed as the official provider of the Nanzen-ji Zen Temple. The boiled tofu can be ordered a la carte in addition to the boiled tofu meal.

    We had a yudofu and kaiseiki lunch here. We chose this option as we weren’t sure if we will like yudofu and having a kaiseiki with other dishes felt like a safer choice. The food was really good...

  • Nikenchaya Nakamura-rou
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto shi Higashiyama ku Gion Yasaka Shrine Torii inside
    A traditional kaiseki course cuisine restaurant located past the torii gate of Yasaka-jinja Shrine. There were once two (“ni ken”) tea houses (“chaya”) facing each other across the approach to Yasaka Shrine, resulting in them being collectively referred to as the “Niken Chaya.” Later, Nakamuraro succeeded one of these, the Kashiwaya, the history of which dates back to the Muromachi period. In the late Edo period, Nakamuraro became widely known as one of Kyoto’s leading restaurants, and in the Meiji period it was a popular place for financiers, writers, and artists to meet. Both in the daytime and at night, the restaurant primarily serves a monthly changing menu of seasonal kaiseki cuisine. The restaurant is also available for wedding receptions, Buddhist memorial services, and other events.

    I couldnt help but try a few of the kakigoris here, I was not disappointed. This is the Ume kakigori, unique flavour and very delicious.

  • Kyoutomi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Washiochou 503-6
    Approximately 10 minutes on foot from Kyoto’s Yasaka Shrine, this restaurant serving Kyo kaiseki (Kyoto’s traditional local cuisine) is located in a quiet spot at the back of a small cobblestone path. Inside are counter seats that look out over the inner garden and private rooms with horigotatsu-style seats (recessed, heated floor seats) are also available. With a focus on seasonal Kyoto ingredients, each item of the Kyoto cuisine is carefully prepared, resulting in dishes that have their own elegance and vibrant appearance from season to season. The dashi uses water drawn from Mt. Daimonji, and has been crafted by a delicate combination of kombu kelp and bonito. The seasonal bento lunch box that is limited to the lunch menu is a popular offering that is reasonably priced and allows guests to enjoy the seasonal tastes.
  • Kodaiji Temple Kyoto Cuisine Manjiro
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji temple Kitamon-dori Shimogawara east entrance Washio-machi 518
    This is a Japanese-style restaurant located near Kyoto Kodai-ji Temple. It offers traditional Japanese course dishes called Kaiseki which change according to the season, and visitors can enjoy hamo dishes using special hamo (sea eel) from April to October. In the back there is a luscious garden and the cuisine can be enjoyed in a calm space. In the tatami room you can call for Maiko and Geiko (traditional entertainers) and enjoy a unique evening that can only be experienced in Kyoto. There is also a casual lunch menu available. Visitors can enjoy eating a mini-Kaiseki course in the tatami room seated on the floor.
  • Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya
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    3.5
    81 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu Temple Mae Shimizu 2
    This Kaiseki restaurant which uses tofu as a main ingredient in their cuisine is located near Kiyomizu Temple. The refurbished traditional townhouse restaurant can be found a little off the road approaching Kiyomizu Temple. There is a tofu factory on the premises, and freshly made tofu and yuba are included in the menu. The main dish on the course menu is boiled tofu, but there are a la carte dishes such as tofu-don (rice bowl topped with tofu) and nama-fu tempura (wheat-gluten tempura baked and coated with miso) as well. In addition, occasionally there are limited menus related to festivals, so many customers visit according to the season.

    I was craving a return to this restaurant that I first visited with my husband. It is difficult to find Yuba outside of Japan, and it is such a vegetarian joy. The restaurant is spacious. It is in a...

  • Gion Rakuraku
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto shi Gion Shijo Hanami Koji Shimo Le west side 1F
    A restaurant facing Hanamikoji Street in Gion where diners can enjoy traditional Kyoto kaiseki course cuisine made with seasonal Kyoto vegetables grown in Kameoka and seasonal ingredients from around the country. The restaurant is situated inside a sukiya-zukuri tea house-style townhome rich with the atmosphere of Kyoto. The restaurant has counter and raised tatami seating from which diners can enjoy an elegant Japanese environment. The Hanakago bento, served in the afternoon, is a popular way to enjoy kaiseki course cuisine at a reasonable price. Patrons can eat sweets suited to adult tastes made with Tanba ingredients in the café space on the second floor. Closest station: Gion-Shijo Station.
  • Kenninji Gion Maruyama
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto shi Kyoto shi Kenshinji south side (Kenninji main entrance to the east entrance)
    Close to gorgeous Gion-cho, Kenninji Gion Maruyama honors Kyoto tradition while fusing it with the new in a comfortable and dignified atmosphere. With the seasonal court banquets of old in mind, guests enjoy ever-evolving Kyoto cuisine and elegant Kyoto kaiseki course dining made with local, seasonal ingredients. Reservations are required.
  • Traditional Dining Saami
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto shi Higashiyama kuyama park
    This kaiseki course dining restaurant is located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. From this restaurant situated in the elevated grounds of Maruyama Park many of the Japanese Gardens in the Kyoto vicinity can be seen. You can indulge in the exquisite Kyoto cuisine, discriminatingly prepared using fresh ingredients, while enveloped in refined authentic Japanese ambience. Many patrons use the grand hall, floor seating for up to 200, for weddings or receptions.
  • Kodaiji Yoshinoya
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto city Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji temple Kitamon-dori Shimogawara Higashiizumi Washio cho 528
    This restaurant specializing in Kyoto cuisine operates from the inn near Kodaiji Temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. Featuring yuba (tofu skin) made from soybeans grown on contract farms, guests dine on Kyoto's traditional cuisine made with ingredients like locally grown vegetables. In addition, they host banquets for gatherings and ceremonies for up to 36 people. It's also fine to stop by just for a meal.

    京都市内に居ながら、静かな空間で京料理を楽しむことが出来ます。揚げたての天ぷらに、お出汁でいただく京料理の数々。ゆっくりと静かにお食事するには最適です。お店の方もせかせかしていませんし、ゆったりとしたおもてなしです。

  • Gion Karyo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 570-235
    This kaiseki cuisine restaurant is located on Gion's atmospheric Hanamikoji Street, one of the most quintessentially Kyoto-esque places in Kyoto. Guests can enjoy orthodox Kyo-ryori (Kyoto cuisine) across from the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater. The restaurant is located inside a renovated tradesman's house that was once a teahouse. Its interior features an atrium that allows guests can see the inner workings of the kitchen from the second floor as well as from the counter. The restaurant prepares its colorful seasonal dishes in accordance with traditions passed down for generations in Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital. Each delights both the eyes and the palette. Their kaiseki cuisine includes a serving of seasonal okudosan gohan (rice cooked on a hearth) and has earned a reputation for featuring lots of seasonal ingredients and for being quite filling.
  • Niku Kappo Yassan
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 347
    This Japanese restaurant specializing in meat dishes is located a ten-minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station. Look for the red paper lanterns. Guests can enjoy fresh meat without any unpleasant odor in an interior that gives off a Showa Retro vibe. The restaurant doesn't have a fixed menu. Instead, the chef selects items for customers to enjoy based on the daily recommendations and customers' preferences. Its specialty is their stewed beef tail, which is even mentioned by name on the restaurant's paper lanterns. The melt-in-your-mouth beef tail, which has absolutely no unpleasant odor, is stewed until it is so soft you can pull it apart with chopsticks. You'll definitely want to visit this restaurant if you are in the mood for delicious meat in Gion.

    Surprised to find wonderful Ox Tail Stew, many other beef dishes + salad. No reservations, 18:00+, cash only, no English, cannot reach by taxi (short walk).

  • Kappo Tanyoshi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Shin Monmae Dori Hanami Koji Nishi Iru
    This Kyoto-style Japanese restaurant was established in 1926. Guests can enjoy orthodox Kyo-ryori (Kyoto cuisine) at the restaurant's beautiful wooden counter, which was cut from a single knotless Kiso cypress tree. The restaurant's recommended dish is its hamodon, a quintessential summer Kyo-ryori dish. This flavorful donburi features a bowl of rice topped with an expertly prepared filet of fresh daggertooth pike conger flavored with a secret sauce passed down from the founder. Another of their famous dishes is their irresistibly springy and aromatic kamo manju, a tradition that has continued since the time of the founder. This delectable dish features a steamed bun with a minced duck and tsukuneimo (a variety of Chinese yam) filling wrapped in a thin rice cake covering served in a thick kudzu sauce.
  • Gionnishimura
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Pref. Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 570-160

    Kyoto is renowned for Kaiseki dining because of restaurants like Gion Nishimura. Owner-chef Nishimura-san and his wife are hospitable hosts, genuinely dedicated to their craft. This is not a tourist...

  • Giontanimoto
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 570-121

    妻とよく行きます。注文しなくても四季それぞれの美味しい料理が次々と出て来るので安心して座っていられます。オーナーも気さくな人で祇園なのに肩肘を張らずに ゆっくりと料理を楽しめます。

  • Gionokada
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 570-6

    一品一品のレベルが高い。 生ビールまで、サーバーの手入れ、グラスの洗浄、、、サーバーの使い方。たかが生、されど生。 実は奥が深い。このレベルでサーブされる店は意外と少ない。 付き出しのぬた、各食材の硬さまでが計算され、ちょうど良いからしのきかせかた、、、 この辺りでグッと食欲が湧く。 軽めに頼んだ刺身、ホタルイカの刺身、形はそのまま、きちんと処理されて提供。細かい作業をキッチリされており、食感...

  • Kyoryori Kyoya
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Yamatoojishimbashi Agaru Motoyoshi-cho, 43 Gion Motoyoshi-cho Building 1F

    A very hard to find place, its small and hidden away on the street level of an office building. The chef prides himself of only buying th best ingredients that are available on that specific day and...

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