Updated: October 17, 2019
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The Best Kaiseki Restaurants in Tokyo!


Kaiseki cuisine is the absolute refinement of Japanese cuisine, it is a succession of incredibly meticulously made beautiful dishes. Here's a list of the best possible places to have kaiseki cuisine!

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Fukudaya 福田屋

Fukudaya is a 2-Star Michelin restaurant in Chiyoda, Tokyo. Kaiseki cuisine is the quintessence of refined Japanese cuisine and will absolutely amaze all your senses. Kaiseki cuisine at Fukudaya is an unquestionably astounding experience.
There are only three lunch courses available, at ¥15,000/¥20,000/¥25,000.
The dinner courses are ¥25,000/¥30,000/¥35,000/¥40,000.

Kagurazaka Ishikawa 神楽坂石かわ

This restaurant is located in chic Kagurazaka, a short walk from Iidabashi station.
This restaurant only offers a set menu for dinner and starts at ¥25,000. The chef, Hideki Ishikawa, is imaginative and creates seasonal menus which will impress you with their innovativeness. Depending on the availability and freshness of vegetables, Chef Ishikawa will ensure beautiful and delicious dishes.

Kyo Aji 京味

The chef's father was also a chef, and was said to be one of the best in Kyoto! "Kyo Aji" means a taste of Kyoto and it is said to be one of the best "kaiseki" (Japanese course cuisine) restaurants in Tokyo.
In fact, Kenichiro Nishi(the chef and owner) received three Michelin stars for his impeccable cuisine. This tiny resto only has 20 seats and it is often full.
There is only one-course menu available at the resto, and it varies according to the seasons and what is available at the market.

But keep in mind that a course menu is around 37,000-45,000 YEN. Rendering it an even more exclusive experience!
Actually, the only way to get in is to be taken by a regular, there's no going around that, no matter how much you're willing to pay!

Makimura まき村

Makimura is an exceptional 3-star Michelin restaurant in Shinagawa, Tokyo. The Chef Akio Makimura specializes in kaiseki dishes, where each dish is carefully prepared and served slowly. You can sit at the counter which only holds six seats. It makes for quite an intimate dining atmosphere. You can also eat in the private dining room which has eight seats.
This restaurant only serves dinner, and you should expect to pay over ¥18,000 with a 10% service charge.

Ise Sueyoshi 伊勢すえよし

Ie Sueyoshi is run by Chef Tanaka and is located in Nishi-Azabu, which is between Hiroo and Roppongi. At this restaurant, the ingredients are brought in directly from Ise, Mie Prefecture, where the chef is in direct contact with farmers and fishermen to guarantee absolute freshness.
It is a tiny kaiseki restaurant with only a few seats at the counter and a few tables. The chef will take the time to explain the story behind each dish and where the ingredients are from. The cuisine is simply outstanding!
When ordering the course, you can ask for some modifications, for example, a gluten-free course, a vegan/vegetarian or even Halal course. The chef is very welcoming and accommodating.

Shinjuku Kappo Nakajima

Shinjuku Kappo Nakajima is a Michelin-starred restaurant that offers innovative traditional Japanese cuisine.
It is a few minutes from Shinjuku station and has a relaxed atmosphere, despite serving carefully prepared dishes.
It is a great place to entertain guests.
They serve beautiful Japanese cuisine with a modern twist using seasonal vegetables.

There are two courses to choose from for dinner: the chef's selection with a drink for toasting, or with 3 glasses. The price is 15,000 yen or 18,500 yen.

There is also a lunch service, but you cannot make a reservation. You have to wait in line and hope for the best. Lunch is really affordable although it's a Michelin restaurant, so be prepared to queue.

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    Lili Wanderlust
    I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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