The chef cooks right before your eyes! A famed kaiseki restaurant offers dishes blending tradition and originality

Gion Maruyama

Gion Maruyama
Gion is, a district of Kyoto known for its vibrant streets. Founded in 1988, Gion Maruyama is a kaiseki (traditional full-course Japanese cuisine) restaurant located in an alleyway in the center of Gion. The restaurant, a wooden building made with traditional Japanese techniques, cuts a splendid figure. The first floor has counter seating, while the second has private rooms next to a garden. The decor is equally beautiful, including flowers and hanging scrolls. The cuisine is made with seasonal ...moreingredients, including some that you don’t often see at other restaurants. On top of that, the food is based on the traditional techniques of Japanese cuisine, with the addition of Gion Maruyama’s own unique creations, giving each dish an original taste enjoyed in there. The restaurant is known for its aromatic grilled dishes, made over a charcoal fire right next to the seats. Sweetfish in the summer, matsutake mushrooms in the fall, and crab in the winter are among the delights that can be found on the grill here. Naturally, the food is delicious, and its looks and scents are also made to be enjoyed. Just one visit will be enough to understand why Gion Maruyama is the standard-bearer for kaiseki cuisine in Kyoto.
*Making a reservation beforehand is recommended. Reservations should be made through a professional such as a hotel concierge.
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Average: ★★★★★3.5
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The second I stepped inside Gion Maruyama I thought, “Wow, this is an extraordinary place!” When you enter this beautiful space with the underlying wood tone, you can feel that classy, peaceful atmosphere that’s unique to Kyoto. When you savor numerous dishes that are both delicious and beautiful in this atmosphere, you’ll be glad you came to Gion Maruyama, and you’ll want to recommend it to your friends, too! They’ve been featured in the Michelin Guide, and they have many visitors from abroad. ...moreThe staff are friendly and helpful, so it’s relaxing!
When it comes to enjoying “Kyoto cuisine,” Gion Maruyama is a go-to restaurant! The food is great, of course. Every aspect of the restaurant, from the interior, with the garden and the hanging scrolls, the atmosphere of the room, the staff’s hospitality, and just every aspect of the restaurant make it a truly enjoyable experience for everyone who visits.
Just take one step inside, and you can feel the sophisticated ambiance. Please come here to get the full sensory experience of Kyoto cuisine, ...moreand the atmosphere of Gion!
Full-course meal
1Must Eat !
Full-course meal / Dinner:¥15,000 ~ ¥40,000│Lunch:¥6,000 ~ ¥40,000 *Taxes/service charges not included
You can enjoy dishes made with seasonal ingredients, including products of Kyoto. First and foremost, Gion Maruyama upholds traditional Japanese culinary techniques passed down through the generations. They add their own original touches to offer truly new dishes. We hope you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy them, while also admiring the lovely bowls and plates.
*Menus are changed on an irregular basis.
Char-grilled dishes
2Must Eat !
Char-grilled dishes
When you order a full-course meal (¥25,000 and up), the chef comes over right next to your seat, and prepares a char-grilled dish on the spot. This is a chance to check out the chef’s technique, while enjoying the scents that drift by during cooking. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see food being made before your eyes.
*Photo: Salt-grilled sweetfish, offered during the summer.
A moment of introspection, viewing the décor
3Let's Try !
A moment of introspection, viewing the décor
Gion Maruyama pays special attention not only to cuisine, but to creating spaces for enjoying cuisine. The restaurant is a wooden building in the sukiya style, one of the architectural styles of Japan. We’d love you to experience the atmosphere of this traditional, authentic Japanese building. The interior is beautiful, decorated with flowers and hanging scrolls, making every moment in the restaurant an enjoyable one.
How to Order & Eat
The specifics of the full-course meals change on an irregular basis. The menu of the full-course meal of the day are offered in English.
- Order Tips -
•Several kinds of sake are offered. We recommend starting with the restaurant’s original special takezake. It has a clean flavor, and is easy to drink.
•If you have any allergies, or dietary preferences, please notify the restaurant when making your reservation.
gionmaruyama interior photo
The second floor has all private-room seating. Here, you can have an exclusive space decorated with gorgeous furnishings all to yourselves.
gion maruyama appearance photo
Gion Maruyama
Categories Kaiseki/Kyo Ryori(Kyoto Cuisine)
Phone +81 75-525-0009
Address 570-171, Giommachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0074
Directions 5-minute walk from Keihan Line Gionshijo Stn.
8-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.
Hours 11am - 1:30pm(L.O.) | 5pm - 7:30pm(L.O.)
Reservations Please make sure to reserve a seat before hand. It is recommended to ask a hotel concierge or other agencies to make a reservation.
The surest way to go is to make a reservation through someone like a hotel concierge.
Closed Wednesday
Notes •When you come to the restaurant, wearing socks is recommended, rather than going barefoot under your shoes.
•15% service charge.
Price range
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Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc.
Good for Romantic, With Friends, Business Meeting
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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The restaurant hosts many visitors from overseas, and English menus are available. They also have staff who can provide service in English, so please feel free to visit.
Menu English
Languages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 70 seats *The first floor has counter seating and one private room. The second floor has private rooms only.
Private dining rooms Available
Non smoking / smoking Separate areas for smokers and non-smokers. *Only the counter seating is non-smoking. Smoking is accepted in private rooms on the customer’s request.
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