Enjoy a seat at the tatami counter, the evolution of Kyoto’s Kaiseki

Nijo Sokkon

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Nijo Sokkon
Though the neighborhood of Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station is a bit far away from Kyoto's lively downtown, it is an interesting area dotted with well-established shops and new shops alike. Within that area is the Japanese cuisine restaurant Nijo Sokkon. Inside the restaurant is a space with the style of a teahouse, and a moderate air of tension drifting about. What stands out are their furnishings : the counter is made out of tatami mats and tea utensils are set out for making matcha greentea. Whil...moree the consideration and flow of Kyoto's traditional kaiseki cuisine is at the foundation, the restaurant is dominated by arrangements all its own. They bring out dishes using fresh seasonal ingredients, mixed with an exquisite balance of sweetness, bitterness, and spiciness. They even prepare hardened block-type soy sauce for the sashimi. Furthermore, the dishes are entertaining because they come in a variety of shapes and colors. Also, at the end of a course meal, you can drink matcha made by the owner. Overall, one can affirm that Nijo Sokkon is a restaurant where you can experience the evolution of Kyoto's kaiseki cuisine. The owner cannot speak any foreign languages; however, if you like kaiseki or Japanese cuisine, you should absolutely stop by.
*Reservations are preferable before coming to the restaurant. Reservations need to be made through avenues such as a hotel concierge.
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Average: ★★★★★4.0
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Nijo Sokkon places emphasis on bringing out the feeling of the season by every means, including their cuisine, dishes, and interior design. That is the fundamental idea and attitude of kaiseki cuisine. While properly observing those tenets, the restaurant also expresses its originality. They don't maintain the status quo. They continue to evolve, day after day. If you are one of those who want to enjoy kaiseki and Japanese cuisine, which are popular in Kyoto lately, then by all means, please go ...moreto Nijo Sokkon!
Nijo Sokkon is a popular restaurant where you can savor edgy Japanese cuisine made by the restaurant owner, Mr. Yamaguchi. The charm of this restaurant lies not only in the food, but also in the restaurant's interior design, dishes, and hospitality, all of which are points of consideration made in order to satisfy the customer. I recommend making a reservation at this restaurant, and experiencing that hospitality for yourself when you come to Kyoto.
1Must Eat !
Courses / Dinner:¥8,000 / ¥11,000│Lunch:¥5,000 *Prices are pre-tax
The course meal is composed of dishes with various textures, temperatures, and aromas. We remember being surprised and moved by the traditionality and originality of the contents of each and every dish. The flatware is interesting because it is modeled after masterpieces from long ago, with various shapes and colors.
*Course menus are changed at irregular intervals.
Craft Beer 馨和KAGUA
2Must Eat !
Craft Beer 馨和KAGUA / Blanc ¥1,200│Rouge ¥1,200
By using a wine glass, you can enjoy the full-bodied aroma of Japanese-made craft beer all the more. The carbonation is subdued in both the Blanc and the Rouge, and they are extraordinarily compatible with Japanese cuisine. The Blanc is characterized by the aroma of fresh yuzu (a Japanese citrus), with a modest sweetness and bitterness. The Rouge has a creamy taste, accented by the spicy flavor of Japanese pepper.
Drink Matcha Green Tea
3Let's Try !
Drink Matcha Green Tea
When you order a course meal at night, you can drink matcha green tea at the end of the meal. The owner uses matcha utensils to carefully make each and every cup right in in front of you at the counter. After making the matcha, the owner puts his head down and bows, so remember that etiquette and manners dictate that you bow at the same time. The matcha tea is slightly thick, with a mellow flavor and rich aroma.
How to Order & Eat
Course menus are changed at irregular intervals. There are no foreign language menus. The beverage menu includes a collection of Japanese sake, beer, Japanese-made wine, sparkling wine, plum wine, shochu, whiskey, and soft drinks.
- Order Tips -
None of the staff members can speak any foreign languages, and there are also no foreign language menus. If you have any questions, food preferences, or food allergies, you should inform the restaurant via your hotel concierge when making a reservation.
Sokkon Interior Photo
Nijo Sokkon brings out a unique Japanese atmosphere with its tatami counter, antique Scandinavian chairs, and a garden visible through the window.
The entrance is found after walking a bit down a narrow path accessible from the main road. You should make note of the landmark sign with 即今 written on it.
Sokkon Appearance PhotoSokkon Appearance Photo
Nijo Sokkon
Categories Kaiseki/Kyo Ryori(Kyoto Cuisine)
Phone +81 75-708-2851
Address 92-12, Enokicho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-0931
Directions 3-minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Stn. (Exit 16)
Hours Lunch 12pm - 1:30pm
Dinner 5pm - 9pm | 9pm - 11pm
Reservations It is definitely best to make a reservation. Reservations need to be made through a hotel concierge or some other such avenue.
Closed Irregular holidays
Notes When taking photographs, it is wise to be considerate of other customers. Be sure to keep to a minimum impolite behavior, such as leaning your body over in order to take a photograph.
Price range
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Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc.
Good for Romantic, Business Meeting
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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The staff cannot speak any foreign languages, and there are no foreign language menus.
Menu Japanese only
Languages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 8 seats (counter seat)
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
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