Enjoy exquisite Japanese and western food while you gaze out into the beautiful garden
Nanzenji Sando Kikusui is a restaurant-ryokan right by Nanzen-ji Temple. The building the restaurant-ryokan is located in was built in the year five of the Meiji period (1895) as a villa of a kimono merchant. There is a great chisen-kaiyu-shiki garden on the premises designed by the seventh Ueji, Ogawa Jihei VII, delighting the visitors. The restaurant-ryokan was renovated in 2018, and now Kikusui has been reborn into a place that retains its historical origins but still has a modern refined feel to it. While the facilities are of course great, so are the Japanese and western dishes made with seasonal ingredients and the heartfelt omotenashi-service. How about forgetting the business of everyday life for a moment and spending some elegant and special time at Kikusui?
Cuisine Classique
Cuisine Classique / ¥8,000 (+tax)
This traditional French cuisine classique course menu called Cuisine Classique starts with an amuse, then appetizers, a fish dish, a meat dish, vegetable dish, bread, dessert, and mignardises, so altogether it contains seven dishes. The course contains ingredients of the four seasons of Japan, so you can enjoy seasonality with your five senses such as sight and taste. Great French cuisine, as expected of Kikusui. This course can be had in the dining room on the first floor. *Note that a 10% service charge is added to your bill in dinner time.
Dinner Kaiseki
Dinner Kaiseki / ¥12,000 (+tax & +15% private room charge required for private rooms)
This kaiseki course contains 10 dishes from the appetizers to the fruits. Like the western course, this course uses the best seasonal ingredients available to carefully cook them, and even though this course contains 10 dishes, you don’t get bored of them halfway through. Not only are the dishes delicious, but you also need to see the delicate and elegant garnishing and beautiful tableware used for the dishes. Unlike the western course, you can have this course in a private room in the garden. The private rooms can be reserved for any number of people from two to 21, so it’s great for banquets, dinner with friends, and wining and dining. I would like you to have a chance to enjoy dining here while you gaze out into the beautifully illuminated vegetation of the night garden. *Note that a 10% service charge is added to your bill in dinner time.
Let’s stay at Kikusui!
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Let’s stay at Kikusui! / Room 101, one night with dinner and breakfast for two people: starting from ¥71,280 (prices may change seasonally)
There are five refined hotel rooms at Kikusui where you can spend quality time, and the rooms on the first and second floors each have their special features. In room 101 on the first floor, which has the garden as the background, there is also a small terrace where you can relax while you enjoy the view of the beautiful Japanese garden. The predominant feel of the elegant room is warm and Japanese, as you can feel the warmth of the wood used in the interior design, and the room is very Kyoto-like. From the second floor rooms, you get a commanding view of the garden. Unlike the room on the first floor, the bedroom and the relaxation space are divided, so the room is very spacious and open. Check-in: After 3;00 p.m. Check-out: Before 12:00 noon Breakfast: Starting from 7:00 a.m., last orders at 10:00 a.m.
How to Order

Kikusui menu

The menu has English on it. 

There is a signboard before the restaurant with the menu on it, and this menu also has pictures on it, so you can look at the pictures to know how many dishes each course contains and what kind of an atmosphere it has. 

- Order Tips -

You can also have lunch and tea at Kikusui. 

Lunch, like dinner, can be chosen from Japanese and western options, and the lunch kaiseki, like dinner kaiseki, can also be had in a private room. Compared to dinner time, you can enjoy Nanzenji Sando Kikusui’s dishes for a comparably reasonable price. 

For tea time, they have an afternoon tea set and a la carte sweets. All the sweets and sandwiches are handmade in-house by a pâtissier. I recommend their terrace seating for tea time, as you get to enjoy a gentle breeze. How about enjoying a view of the great garden while you have your tea break? 

3.6 food3.0 service3.3 atmosphere4.5
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.7 food3.0 service3.0 atmosphere5.0
Nanzenji Sando Kikusui is a splendid place that has a building with a Kyoto-like feel and a garden that has been kept intact for generations. We had our food in the first-floor dining room, but even as I just entered it, I was already captivated by the beauty unfolding before my eyes. The staff worked very briskly and I was extremely pleased. They told me about the ingredients and cooking techniques so I felt like this added to my satisfaction. This restaurant is recommended to those who want to enjoy both first-class service and first-class cuisine!
3.5 food3.0 service3.5 atmosphere4.0
We had two courses, both the Japanese and western one, but I personally I felt that the takikomi gohan (Japanese mixed rice) made with Japanese wild ginger and burdock, served last in the Japanese course, was really delicious! All the dishes and tableware were also beautiful and looking at the garden, which is maintained carefully, while dining was a luxurious experience.
4.0 food4.0 service3.6 atmosphere4.3
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.8 food4.0 service3.5 atmosphere4.0
3.8 food4.0 service3.5 atmosphere4.0
4.0 food4.0 service3.5 atmosphere4.5
4.2 food4.0 service4.0 atmosphere4.5
Nanzenji Sando Kikusui / 南禅寺参道 菊水
Category Kaiseki / Kyo Ryori (Kyoto Cuisine)
Phone +81 75-771-4101
Address 31 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions From JR Kyoto Station: Subway: Take subway Karasuma Line toward Kokusai Kaikan and transfer at Karasuma Oike Station to Tozai Line going toward Rokujizo Station and get off at Keage Station (the trip takes around 19 minutes and costs 260 yen one-way). JR: Take the Special Rapid Service going to Yasu, then transfer at Yamashina Station to subway Tozai Line going to Uzumasa Tenjingawa and get off at Keage Station (the trip takes around 17 minutes and costs 450 yen one-way).
Open Hours 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Lunch: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Last orders taken at 2:00 p.m.) Café: 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Dinner: 5:00 p.m.-10:00p.m. (Last orders for full courses is at 8:00 p.m.) (Last orders for a la carte at 9:00 p.m.)
Reservations Accepted.
Closed Open every day
Price range
Credit cards Accepted 
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Friendly service to foreigners.
Menu English
Lanuages spoken English
Number of seats 152
Private dining rooms Yes
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking (smoking room available)
URL1 http://kikusui-kyoto.com/
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