A personable owner and traditional kaiseki cuisine right around the corner from Nijo Castle!
Nijo-jo Furuta is located on the eastern side of Nijo Castle—a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. This up and coming kaiseki restaurant just opened its doors in April of 2016.
The owner previously trained in Kyoto and Tokyo at noted 3-star kaiseki restaurants before heading out on his own to open Nijo-jo Furuta.
His current restaurant focuses on traditional Japanese cuisine prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients that distinctively highlight each season.
Head east on Oshikoji Dori from Nijo Castle and you’ll find Nijo-jo Furuta situated along a quiet residential block. The entryway is built with delicately toned wood and they have a noren (curtain sign) hanging in the doorway with an eye-catching deep green color. Once you step inside the two owners come over and welcome you at the door with a friendly smile. The interior has a quiet, reserved atmosphere to it, but it still feels cozy and informal since the two owners are very approachable and easygoing with guests.
The owner handles all of the food, while his wife shares her knowledge of Sake to provide guests with thorough descriptions of each bottle. You can tell they are husband and wife just by seeing how well they work together as a team. They both help to create a comfortable dining atmosphere with a perfectly coordinated sense of hospitality.
Nijo-jo Furuta is a great choice for enjoying authentic Kyoto kaiseki cuisine in a relaxing setting, which is especially nice after spending the day at popular sightseeing spots with packed crowds.
*Reservations are required in advance. It’s essential that you go with someone who can speak Japanese and help interpret. Make your reservation ahead of time via a hotel concierge or other service.