Sep. 13, 2016 UPDATE
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Extraordinary Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto
Part 1

The place to go for “Kyoto Washoku”! Classic, long-established Kaiseki restaurant

Gion Maruyama
Firstly, let’s look at a long-established historical restaurant.
Let’s highlight a classic restaurant. When you mention “Kaiseki cuisine of Kyoto…,” this restaurant name would surely come up.
These are classic restaurants that one must visit if they were trying Kaiseki cuisine for the first time. The restaurant is also used to serving visitors from overseas as they are famous restaurants listed in the Michelin Guide. Rest assured, you will have a comfortable visit here.
Come taste the history and culture of Washoku that has spanned over hundreds of years in the cuisine that has been prepared thoughtfully by the chef.
Muromachi Wakuden
Muromachi Wakuden
Wakuden is a chain of restaurants with history, representing Kyoto. These restaurants stand out even among other famous restaurants and are highly recommended to those who would like to savor the delicious flavors of Japanese cuisine and Kaiseki dishes upon their first visit to Kyoto. Muromachi Wakuden is especially suitable, because there are various seating options for any situation, including private rooms, tables with a view of the courtyard, and counter seating from which you can see the faces of the chefs. For those who have never tried Japanese food, the bold and exquisite Kyoto cuisine served here cannot be missed. If your first taste of Japanese cuisine is at Muromachi Wakuden, there is no doubt that you will be enamored by the appeal of Kyoto cuisine, Kaiseki, and Japanese food.
Roan Kikunoi
Roan Kikunoi
Kikunoi is a restaurant serving Kyoto cuisine and Kaiseki dishes that has been awarded 3 stars from the Michelin Guide. Roan Kikunoi, which we introduce here, has also been awarded 2 stars, and is a famous restaurant representing Japan. As the owner states that “a restaurant is an amusement park for adults,” the cuisine utilizing seasonal ingredients will not disappoint from the first course to the last. As it is close to the entertainment district and can be visited casually thanks to its comfortable atmosphere compared to Kikunoi, we would like you to make a reservation at this restaurant by all means.
Gion Maruyama
Gion Maruyama
If you would like to enjoy a special night in Kyoto, we recommend Gion Maruyama.
Gion Maruyama is located close to Hanami-koji Street, a famous landmark of Kyoto. As soon as you set foot in the restaurant, you will feel a dignified air of tranquility. All aspects forming the restaurant express the four seasons, and providing guests with the best experience is valued. Sweetfish and char charcoal grilled by a chef in your private room is a specialty of Gion Maruyama. The novel feeling of the chef grilling fish just for your party is sure to satisfy your body and your mind.
Shimogamo Saryo
Shimogamo Saryo
This restaurant will make you feel like “This is Kyoto’s Kaiseki.” Shimogamo Saryo is a long-established Kaiseki restaurant, located right by Shimogamo Shrine, a World Heritage Site, that has carried on since the Edo period. With its dedication to Kyoto, through its use of local ingredients and sake from Kyoto, spirit of hospitality exhibited by all staff members, and beautiful Japanese garden maintained for over 100 years, you can strongly feel the tradition of Kyoto’s Japanese cuisine from the entire restaurant. The “Kaiseki cuisine of Kyoto” that you desire can be found here.
Long-established Kaiseki cuisine restaurants have been protecting the traditions of Kyoto Washoku, and furthermore, the traditions of Japanese Washoku since a long time ago. We have introduced some must-visit restaurants if you want to know more about Washoku.
So, do you think that “Washoku is merely traditional Japanese cuisine that comes with a long history”? That’s not all! Washoku is a very profound subject. Washoku in Kyoto is still evolving day by day.
In the next part, we will move from classic and long-established restaurants to the new allures of Kyoto Washoku!

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