Updated: October 08, 2019
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Ginza Yamaji: Famous Kaiseki and Half Year-Aged Sea Bream Chazuke!


Ginza Yamaji is one of the best places in Ginza to get a high-end kaiseki course meal. If you've got the money to spend, you won't regret choosing Yamaji for a fancy dinner night in Ginza.

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Why Go?

Yamaji has long been considered one of Ginza's top kaiseki restaurants. They have been serving the same outstanding food for more than 30 years, and have recieved a great deal of acclaim, including being awarded a prestigious Michelin star from 2010 to 2016. You'll be enchanted by the delicious kaiseki course which includes the best and freshest Japanese ingredients from around the country.
The restaurant's most famous dish that you absolutely must try, however, is the 'Tai Chazuke' (sea bream and black sesame tea soup). The dish is made by marinating sea bream in a special sesame and soy sauce concoction for half a year! Its flavor is complex and filled with wonderful umami that will leave you speechless.


Ginza Yamaji is definitely on the high end of Ginza restaurants. Dinner courses start at more than ¥15,000 and go up to nearly ¥30,000 for the most expensive 'Yamaji Course.' It's definitely a splurge, but shouldn't disappoint anyone looking for an authentic and delicious kaiseki meal.

Reservations / Access

If you plan to dine at Yamaji, you'll definitely need a reservation in order to guarantee yourself a seat. Best to make it as far in advance as you can. Unlike many similarily high-end restaurants, it's okay to bring your children to Yamaji, and vegetarian options are also available.

The restaurant is located just 5 minutes away from Higashi Ginza Station.
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