Kyoto is one of the sights which are popular among the travelers from abroad. You can enjoy traditional Japanese atmosphere and learn culture there by visiting temples, shrines, and old cities or by having traditional Japanese style rich meals. Here are 5 best restaurants in Kyoto, which are highly recommended. Might be a bit more expensive than you expect, but worth it. Let's check them out!
Sushi Gion Matsudaya (寿し 祇園 松田家)
Sushi Gion Matsudaya is an Edo-style sushi restaurant located on a corner of the Hanamikoji in Gion. The fish procured are all natural and either from Tsukiji or the Nishiki market in Kyoto. There is no fixed menu, as Matsudaya provides only the best fish of the day. A must-try dish is “caviar sushi.” You will be impressed by both its appearance and flavor. Other dishes are also very well elaborated and original.
Restaurant Information: Sushi Gion Matsudaya (寿し 祇園 松田家)
Michelin 3-star award, historical well-established Kyoto restaurant, Hyotei (瓢亭)
Hyotei‘s history is long and could track back about four hundred years ago. It is said to have started as a tea ceremony house at Nanzen-ji temple. Since its founding, Hyotei has a thatched roof tea room referred to as “kuzuya” greeting guests even to today. Found here are witty epigrams by Aritomo Yamagata and Yajiro Shinagawa, figures active during the Meiji Restoration. There are tea jars at the entrance that also date back. These and other decorations are rich remnants of the restaurant’s history. The subtle hospitality and harmony of seasonal cuisine have continued to enchant persons of culture, tea masters, financiers, Kyoto gentlemen, and many more.
Restaurant Information : Hyotei (瓢亭)
Uosaburo (魚三楼) providing rich fish dishes
Established during the Edo period, this restaurant is a Kyoto fixture with a history of over 250 years, standing strong in its location near Fushimi-Momoyama Station and Momoyama Goryo-mae Station at Kyoto. This is one of most famous restaurants in Kyoto, attaining Michelin-star on a yearly basis.
Fushimi is known as a place for sake, and the restaurant uses the local, high-quality natural well water. As for ingredients, they use fresh fish delivered directly every morning from the wholesale market and Akashi, as well as Kyoto vegetables, which guests can enjoy the combination of Kyoto-style Kaiseki course and local Fushimi sake.
Restaurant Information : Uosaburo (魚三楼)
Sushi Wakon (鮨 和魂)
The five-star Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto opened in October 2016 in Higashiyama, Kyoto, a location with a large number of temples and other historical buildings. Sushi Wakon is a stunning location next to the beautiful 800 year old Sekisuien pond garden. The restaurant was created by Michelin stared master sushi chef Rei Masuda. Chef Masuda has assembled and trained a world class team that focus on providing a truly unforgettable Edo-Mae style sushi dining experience.
Sushi Wakon uses only the finest ingredients available from Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo which are flown in daily. The restaurant provides a sublime omakase course, offering dishes especially selected by chef Masuda, focusing on seasonal ingredients, and showcasing a perfect combination of cooked dishes and nigiri sushi. There is also a wide variety of premium Japanese sake and wines available, all carefully selected to be the perfect accompaniment for sushi. It would not be an exaggeration to say that this type of Edo-style sushi —combined with the absolutely stunning interior designs, furnishings, and artworks by some of the nations foremost craftsmen— is an experience for all the five senses that can only be encountered at Sushi Wakon.
Restaurant Information：Sushi Wakon (鮨 和魂)
Seasonal Kyoto cuisine and hospitality to taste, Gion Hanasato (京料理 祇園 花郷)
Kyoto cuisine “Gion Hanasato” located at Hanamikoji street, Gion, Kyoto, an area you may meet Maiko or Geisha. Authentic Kyoto cuisine is provided here with traditional atmosphere . In Gion area, rarely could you find a place like here to enjoy the food easily.
The chef selects the ingredients carefully from local supplier, purchases seasonal vegetables in Kyoto and fresh fish from ”Katsugi” shop. Changing the foodstuffs to a masterpiece of the finest taste, the chef magically present them into a kaiseki dish, with the admiration of the seasons in Japan. Exploring the cuisine with colorful appearance, smells and the taste. Japanese Sake, such as a famous brand ”Sake Breweries in Fushimi” is also highly recommended for a combination to Kaiseki food.
Restaurant Information : Gion Hanasato (京料理 祇園 花郷)