Kaiseki is the ultimate form of Japanese cooking. A kaiseki meal consists of many elaborate small courses which showcase various cooking techniques and local ingredients. Kyoto is home to some of the very best Kaiseki restaurants in the world, and many have earned Michelin stars. This is a guide to 5 of the best.
Located in Gion, Kyoto, 'Chihana' is a kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) restaurant that first opened in 1954. Gion is one of the most iconic districts of Kyoto, and high-end kaiseki such as that served at Chihana is the perfect meal to complete a visit to the historical neighborhood.
'Sojiki Nagahigashi' is a 2 Michelin star kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto that serves incredible food which utilizes fresh local ingredients that the chef gathers each day. Guests lucky enough to dine here can experience kaiseki cooking at its finest while watching the chef from a seat at the counter.
The 2 star Michelin restaurant offers one of the most authentic traditional dining experiences in Kyoto with its rare kind of local cuisine called Yusoku Ryori.
Kichisen is one of just seven restaurants in Kyoto to have earned 3 Michelin Stars. The restaurant serves an extravagant and visually stunning Kyokaiseki course. For those seeking to experience the very best of Kyoto's cuisine, Kichisen is about as good as it gets.
Beautiful, naturally tasty, and very healthy, you've got to try Kyo Kaiseki while in Kyoto, and for that, there is no better place than Gion Namba, located in the heart of old Kyoto!
Kyoto Kitcho Arashiyama is a breath-taking restaurant located in Arashiyama, Kyoto. They serve beautifully prepared kaiseki cuisine with a view on the stunning garden. You are bound to have an incredibly memorable dinner!
Kaiseki cuisine is a completely unique dining experience that you must try at least once while you're in Japan. Kaiseki is a series of beautifully presented dishes. Kaiseki generally is quite pricey, but not all of these restos are. Check out our list of kaiseki restaurants you need to try in Kyoto!
Kaiseki cuisine is a typically Japanese type of cuisine which everyone should try at least once during their trip to Japan. If you want a taste of Kyoto's splendid unique cuisine, be sure to make a reservation at the 1-star Michelin restaurant, Jiki Miyazawa.