Admire the scenery while enjoying the taste of a reasonably priced multi-course Kyoto restaurant
Wakuden is one of the most well-known kaiseki (traditional Japanese courses) restaurant in Kyoto.
With locations both near the Kodai-ji Temple and in the Karasuma-Oike area, Wakuden has helped popularize traditional Japanese food culture through their kaiseki courses.
In this article, we'll be looking at Kyoto Wakuden inside the Kyoto Station department store of JR Kyoto Isetan.
When people in Japan hear the word kaiseki, they tend to be intimidated by the high prices or and formal atmosphere. This is also why a lot of people never take the time to experience kaiseki for themselves either.
However, at Kyoto Wakuden, you can enjoy kaiseki in a relatively casual atmosphere at a relatively reasonable price.
Kyoto Wakuden gives you the opportunity to experience a taste of the well-established Wakuden restaurants' signature dishes and the unadulterated flavors of the seasonal ingredients used inside. What's more, Kyoto Wakuden offers everything at comparably more reasonable prices than its sister restaurants.
Conveniently located inside Kyoto Station's JR Kyoto Isetan department store, Kyoto Wakuden is the perfect introduction to kaiseki cuisine and even Japanese food in general.
The manager and staff provide excellent service as well, so anyone who visits the restaurant, be they a group of friends or a family with children, can relax and enjoy themselves.
We highly recommend Kyoto Wakuden if it's your first kaiseki experience in Kyoto.
/ Dinner：￥6,000 / ￥9,000 / ￥12,000 / ￥15,000│Lunch：￥2,700（For a limited number・Reservations not accepted）/ ￥6,000 / ￥9,000
Each course is served with at least one fish dish and an assortment of other dishes that reflect the season.
Each using seasonal ingredients, each course contains a range of dishes, including tempura, sashimi, and chargrilled fish.
The simple culinary methods used to prepare each dish allow the natural flavors of the ingredients to take center stage and not be clouded out by anything unnecessary.
The courses also come with your choice of three types of rice-based dishes that precede the dessert.
One of them is Wakuden’s signature dish, Sea Bream Black Sushi.
This dish contains thinly sliced sea bream laid on a bed of rice seasoned with soy sauce.
The menu is subject to change depending on the season.
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 is the perfect pre-meal drink.
The green bamboo jug and sake cup are well chilled, allowing you to enjoy the sake while it's still cold.
The sake has a fruity, sweet flavor that lends itself well to being enjoyed before your meal.
Another hallmark of Kyoto Wakuden is the spectacular view from the counter seats.
From these seats, you can see Kyoto Tower and the mountain range stretching across Kyoto’s northern Rakuhoku region.
The scenery becomes particularly beautiful between dusk and nightfall. Many favor the counter seats as they want to admire the scenery while eating, so we highly recommend making a reservation to make sure that you get the seats for yourself.