Admire the scenery while enjoying the taste of a long-established Kyoto multi-course restaurant at a reasonable price

Kyoto Wakuden

Kyoto Wakuden
Wakuden is known for being a famous kaiseki (multi-course meal) restaurant in Kyoto. Having located their restaurants near Kodaiji-Temple and in the Karasuma-Oike area, this restaurant has popularized Japanese food culture through their kaiseki cuisine. Here, we will give you some information about Kyoto Wakuden in JR Kyoto Isetan, which is directly connected to Kyoto Station. When people hear the word kaiseki, they tend to be intimidated by high prices or formal ambience and might find it hard ...moreto go to a kaiseki restaurant. However, at the long-established Kyoto Wakuden, you can enjoy kaiseki in a relatively casual atmosphere. Here, you can sample a signature Wakuden meal that brings out the pure flavors of the seasonal ingredients, at an even more reasonable price than other Wakuden restaurants. With its convenient location, directly linked to Kyoto Station, Kyoto Wakuden is a perfect introduction to Wakuden’s kaiseki cuisine and even Japanese food in general. The manager and staff provide excellent service, so that anyone who comes to Kyoto Wakuden, be they a group of friends or a family with children, can relax and enjoy themselves. This is a restaurant that we would highly recommend for your kaiseki debut in Kyoto.
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Lots of lone female diners come to Kyoto Wakuden because they can enjoy the taste of authentic kaiseki in a casual atmosphere. Their service towards customers is wonderful. For example, they can deal with any dietary requirements if you just let them know about the ingredients that you cannot eat beforehand. I highly recommend Kyoto Wakuden to people who have never eaten kaiseki before!
Kyoto Wakuden allows you to try the kaiseki cuisine of Kyoto’s famous Wakuden restaurants at a reasonable price. This restaurant has a more casual interior than other Wakudens. Diners are attracted by the chance to try classic Japanese food in an informal setting. Located right next to Kyoto Station, Kyoto Wakuden serves both lunch and dinner. So, why not start your trip to Kyoto with a delicious kaiseki meal and a spectacular scenery?
1Must Eat !
Courses / Dinner:¥6,000 / ¥9,000 / ¥12,000 / ¥15,000│Lunch:¥2.700(For a limited number・Reservations not accepted)/ ¥4,320(Reservations not accepted)/ ¥6,000 / ¥9,000
Each course is served with a fish dish and comes with an array of items that really give you a sense of the season. There are a great number of dishes, including tempura, sashimi, and chargrilled fish, in which seasonal ingredients are prepared simply. This allows diners to sample the delicious original flavors of the ingredients. You also have a choice of three types of rice dishes during the course that precedes a dessert. One of them is Wakuden’s signature dish Sea Bream Black Sushi, which is...more thinly sliced sea bream spread onto a bed of rice seasoned with soy sauce.
The menu is subject to change depending on the season.
2Must Eat !
Aotakeshu (Green Bamboo Sake) / One jug ¥1,500
Kyoto Wakuden has a wide range of Japanese sake. Aotakeshu is a type of sake served in a piece of green bamboo and drunk from a small sake cup made of bamboo. It costs ¥1,500 for one jug and anyone can try it as an aperitif. The green bamboo jug and sake cup are very well chilled so that you can enjoy the sake while it is still cold. It has a fruity, sweet taste, which makes it a perfect, refreshing aperitif.
Counter seats
3Let's Try !
Counter seats
Another of Kyoto Wakuden’s special features is the spectacular view from the counter seats. From here, you can see Kyoto Tower and the mountain ranges stretching out across Kyoto’s Rakuhoku northern area. The scenery is particularly excellent from dusk till nighttime. Lots of people prefer the counter seats because they can admire the scenery while eating. We highly recommend that you make a reservation if you would like to dine at the counter seats.
How to Order & Eat
kyoto wakuden how to order and eat

The restaurant has multi-lingual menus. You can select multi-course meals at both lunch and dinner times. The prices range from ¥2,700 for lunch (limited number, reservations not accepted), and from ¥6,000 for dinner. You can also choose items from the kids’ menu if you have children with you.
- Order Tips -
・There is a menu outside of the restaurant.
・Ask for help if you have any questions while ordering because there are English- and Chinese-speaking staff members.
kyoto wakuden interior photo
Though there may be a certain sense of tension in the air, as you might expect at a kaiseki restaurant, the brightly lit, open counter seats give the restaurant a really welcoming atmosphere.
kyoto wakuden interior photo
There are also counter seats in front of the preparation area. If you sit here, you can watch the chefs preparing food in the kitchen nearby.
The restaurant is on 11F of JR Kyoto Isetan, which is directly connected to Kyoto Station.
kyoto wakuden appearance photo
Kyoto Wakuden
Categories Kaiseki/Kyo Ryori(Kyoto Cuisine)
Phone +81 75-365-1000
Address JR Kyoto ISETAN 11th floor, Higashi-shiokoji-cho, Karasuma-dori and shijo-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Directions ISETAN department store is connected to JR Kyoto station
Hours 11:00am – 3:30pm (Please arrive by 2:30am) | 5pm – 10:00pm(Please arrive by 8:30pm )
Reservations Reservations are kindly accepted by telephone.

It is highly recommended to make a reservation on weekends. We also recommend reservations for weekdays if you would prefer to sitting at the counter seats or the seats where you can see into the kitchen. Reservations can be made by telephone.
Closed Irregular holidays
Price range
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Lunch│¥2,700 -¥10,000 Dinner│¥6,000 -¥15,000
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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There are English- and Chinese-speaking staff members. The restaurant is used to attending non-Japanese customers because many foreign couples and families dine there. If you have any issues, feel free to ask the staff.
Menu Japanese, English, Chinese
Languages spoken Japanese, English, Chinese
Number of seats 55 Seats(28 table seats、27 counter seats)
Private dining rooms Available
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
Kyoto Wakuden +81 75-365-1000 Lunch│¥2,700 -¥10,000 Dinner│¥6,000 -¥15,000 -1/3

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