Authentic kaiseki cuisine in the atmospheric Gion Higashiyama area
On the northern side of Kodaiji Toyokawa there is the shrine of Yasaka and Kodai-ji Temple, and on the southern side Kiyomizu Temple, so there are many sightseeing spots close to this restaurant. This restaurant surrounded by sightseeing spots is very Japanese, with sliding doors and tatami mats, so at it, it’s easy to relax. Besides their counter seats where you can enjoy their cuisine even if you’re alone, they also have private seating where you can relax with your friends or family (reservation needed). The cuisine here is made by Mr. Nakamura, who has spent years perfecting his craft in many of the most famous restaurants in Kyoto. Mr. Nakamura puts a lot of emphasis on seasonal vegetables and getting the most out of their taste. I hope you will get to enjoy the elegant but gentle taste of Toyokawa.
Toyokawa kaiseki
Toyokawa kaiseki / ¥12,000 (+10% service charge)
The Toyokawa kaiseki course contains 12 dishes. The local ingredients are carefully cooked one by one. Kaiseki cuisine is served to you one dish at a time. The dishes served in order are all very pretty and have a complex taste, so wondering what you’re going to be served next is fun. The tableware also plays an important part in making the dishes look even prettier. I think it may be a nice idea to also take some time to look at the tableware while you’re eating.
Shojin ryori
Shojin ryori / ¥5,000
This very satisfying course contains 11 dishes. Shojin ryori means Buddhist vegetarian cuisine that does not include meat or fish and uses only non-animal based ingredients such as vegetables and tofu. The dishes have simple flavors, but there is a simple deliciousness to their taste. Like Toyokawa kaiseki, this course too is made using seasonal ingredients so that you can feel the current season. I hope you will enjoy the vegetables from Ohara the chef has chosen and the delicious goma dofu (sesame tofu).
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Sake / ¥550 and up
They stock seven types of sake, mainly delicious ones from Kyoto. Sake goes well with the dishes, so I hope you will order a cup when you come to this restaurant. It’s nice that you get to choose your sake cup (ochoko) yourself. They have many types and shapes of ochoko, so how about choosing one and enjoying sake from it?
How to Order

Kodaiji Toyokawa menu

They have their food and drinks menu in English. 

The menu also has pictures on it, so take a look at them too. 

- Order Tips -

Notice that there is a 10% service charge for the dinner courses. 

You need to make a reservation for the vegan shojin ryori beforehand. The chef can make you a course menu based on your budget. 

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As I entered the restaurant, I was surprised by the beauty of it. I felt completely relaxed in the calm restaurant where you could feel both the Japaneseness and seasonality of the atmosphere. The dishes were all delicious, but I especially liked their vegetables which they procure especially from the area of Ohara, Kyoto! The seasoning was not too strong, and I got to enjoy the taste of the vegetables themselves. The staff was also really nice to us, and I would like to go to this restaurant again.
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This restaurant is in the popular tourist area of Kodai-ji, but it’s a calm place where you can relax both your body and soul. While the dishes are simple, you can also taste the dedication of Mr. Nakamura in them, and I felt that they were all very elegant.
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The seasonal vegetables they use let you relish the deliciousness of the vegetables themselves. I especially liked their “goma tofu,” which is actually not tofu made from soybeans, but from sesame seeds! The fragrance of sesame was very nice and appetizing, even addicting. The staff is very nice, and they make you feel at home. This is a restaurant I can easily recommend to everyone!
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Kodaiji Toyokawa / 高台寺 とよ川
Category Kaiseki / Kyo Ryori (Kyoto Cuisine)
Phone +81 75-205-2917
Address 427-2 Kamibenten-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions A 3-minute walk from Kyoto City Bus Higashiyama-yasui bus stop. A 5-minute walk from Yasaka-jinja Minami-romon Tower Gate.
Open Hours Lunch: Starting from 11:00 a.m., last orders at 1:30 p.m. Dinner: Starting from 5:00 p.m., last orders at 8:00 p.m.
Reservations Accepted
Closed Wednesdays
Price range
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners / Accepted
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The menu is in English. It also has pictures on it.
Menu English
Lanuages spoken Some simple English
Number of seats 31
Private dining rooms Yes
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking
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