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Savor Kyoto: 18 Diverse Restaurants Recommended by Michelin’s Official Partner

Savor Kyoto: 18 Diverse Restaurants Recommended by Michelin’s Official Partner

Jul 18, 2024
The ancient city of Kyoto offers a unique and rich cultural heritage, with many historical temples, shrines, and other buildings. Kyo-ryori, the cuisine of Kyoto, is no exception. Kyoto cuisine encompasses various styles, including banquet cuisine for nobles, plant-based cuisine for monks in training, ceremonial dishes, and kaiseki cuisine for tea parties. What stands out most in Kyoto cuisine is its reflection of the beautiful four seasons. In spring, when cherry blossoms are in full bloom, bamboo shoots take center stage. Summer brings pike congers, followed by matsutake mushrooms in autumn, and puffer fish and crab in winter. These signature ingredients highlight the beauty of each season. Additionally, Kyoto’s local vegetables and flavors centered around rich soup stock offer a culinary experience distinct from that of Tokyo.
Michelin Official Partner

Kyoto: A Gastronomic Destination as Great as Tokyo and Osaka in Japan

Kyo-ryori: the uniquely developed cuisine of Kyoto

The ancient city of Kyoto offers a unique and rich cultural heritage, with many historical temples, shrines, and other buildings. Kyo-ryori, the cuisine of Kyoto, is no exception. Kyoto cuisine encompasses various styles, including banquet cuisine for nobles, plant-based cuisine for monks in training, ceremonial dishes, and kaiseki cuisine for tea parties.

What stands out most in Kyoto cuisine is its reflection of the beautiful four seasons. In spring, when cherry blossoms are in full bloom, bamboo shoots take center stage. Summer brings pike congers, followed by matsutake mushrooms in autumn, and puffer fish and crab in winter. These signature ingredients highlight the beauty of each season. Additionally, Kyoto’s local vegetables and flavors centered around rich soup stock offer a culinary experience distinct from that of Tokyo.

Fine dining in Kyoto

In 2024, the Michelin Guide recognized over 200 eateries in Kyoto, including more than 100 offering Japanese cuisine. Besides Japanese cuisine, sushi, Italian, and French cuisines are also well received, making Kyoto one of the biggest culinary destinations in Japan.

In this article, the editorial team from OMAKASE—the only online culinary service provider in Japan officially recognized by the Michelin Guide—will guide you through the best restaurants in Kyoto across various genres:

  1. Kaiseki & Japanese Cuisine
  2. Sushi
  3. Tempura
  4. Yakiniku
  5. Yakitori
  6. Italian
  7. French
  8. Soba

Each restaurant featured here offers a unique culinary experience of Kyoto with the highest quality dishes, making dining a highlight of your trip.

Japanese cuisine

Here are some of the high-end Japanese cuisine restaurants in Kyoto, among the over 100 restaurants listed in the Michelin Guide.

Miyawaki

New selection
Michelin Guide, 2024
 sushi restaurant counter

Newly opened in 2022, Miyawaki quickly earned recognition from the Michelin Guide for its exquisite dishes that pair perfectly with alcoholic beverages. Chef Miyawaki, who honed his skills at renowned Michelin-starred restaurants such as the two-starred Kappo Chihiro, cherishes tradition by offering dishes like white fish with salted kelp. His omakase course is designed to leave customers feeling satisfied with its generous portions. The natural interior and plates crafted by modern artists also reflect his warm hospitality and unique style.

 sushi on a blue plate
Miyawaki's Information
Operation hours:
18:00 - 22:30
Regular holiday:
Thursdays
Price range:
Dinner: USD 232.10 - USD 232.10
Address:
Shiki Ami-cho Building 1F, 122-1, Aburakojidori-aji, Nakagyoku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Nijojo Station
Directions from station:
3 minutes walk from Nijojo Station
Payment methods:
Credit card available
Seats:
14 Seats
Awards:
Michelin
New selection
  • Alice Ho
    5.0
    Posted on :04/14/2024

Ogawa

Michelin Star
Michelin Guide, 2024
 Seasonal delicacies on a white plate

At Ogawa, the omakase course features an ever-evolving selection of seasonal ingredients, sourced primarily from Kyoto and regions across Japan. This culinary journey combines strong traditions in craftsmanship, flavor, aroma, and beautiful presentation with innovative ideas to create extraordinary Japanese cuisine. Kyoto's unique culinary heritage shines through at Ogawa, where diners can savor the best of the region paired with local sake.

Set in an elegant, adult-oriented ambience, you can immerse yourself in the exceptional meal, sake, and attentive hospitality that makes time stand still. This experience is sure to be a highlight of your trip to Japan.

 shop counter
Ogawa's Information
Operation hours:
18:00 - 21:30(Last Entry Time19:00)
Regular holiday:
Sundays, Irregular Holidays
Price range:
Dinner: USD 211.00 - USD 211.00
Address:
515 Anenishidoin-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Karasuma Oike Station
Directions from station:
5 minutes walk from Karasuma Oike Station
Payment methods:
Cash, Credit card
Seats:
11 Seats
Awards:
Michelin
star
  • Sai Yiu Cheung
    4.8
    Posted on :06/16/2024
  • Bernard
    5.0
    Posted on :11/21/2023

Kikunoi Honten

  1. Michelin (2024):★★★

The elegantly beautiful Japanese cuisine served at Kikunoi Honten, along with its impeccable ambience and hospitality, provides a memorable experience that refines your senses. As the head of this Japanese cuisine restaurant with a history spanning over 100 years, Chef Yoshihiro Murata played a key role in the registration of washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity with UNESCO in 2013. Chef Murata's efforts have helped spread Japanese culture worldwide, highlighting the great emphasis washoku places on umami, a distinct taste that enhances the flavor of each dish.

Kikunoi Honten's Information
Operation hours:
12:00 - 14:00,17:00 - 20:00
Regular holiday:
Irregular holidays, New Year's
Price range:
JPY 40,000 - JPY 49,999 (lunch/dinner)
Nearest station:
Higashiyama Station
Directions from station:
459 Shimo Kawaramachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Access: 927 meters from Higashiyama Station
Payment methods:
Credit cards accepted (VISA, JCB, AMEX)
Seats:
120 seats (10 private rooms)

Make a reservation

Sushi

Kyoto offers traditional styles of sushi such as saba-zushi (mackerel sushi) and hako-zushi (box sushi), which are made by pressing ingredients atop rice in a box. Many fine dining sushi establishments in Kyoto serve Edomae (Tokyo-style) sushi, the most common style in Japan, while numerous other sushi restaurants specialize in traditional Kyoto-style sushi.

Kyoto Saeki

  1. Japanese Sushi West Top 100 Selected Restaurants in 2021,22 (on famous Japanese gourmet website)
 shop noren

Sushi Saeki specializes in Edomae (Tokyo-style) sushi and is located in Ginza, Tokyo: a highly competitive area for sushi restaurants. The Tokyo venue has been listed in T Tokyo's Top 100 Sushi Restaurants for two consecutive years since 2021. With a reputation as the number one Edomae sushi chef in Kansai at his former restaurant in Osaka, Hiroshi Saeki ensures that the Kyoto branch of Sushi Saeki offers authentic sushi crafted with skills he has mastered and passed down.

Mixed with homemade red vinegar, the perfectly balanced, mild acidity of the shari (sushi rice) enhances the taste of fish. The hospitality of the top chef, Taniguchi, is also highly praised; he personally shows the fish to customers before filleting them. Boasting exceptional pairings of sake and appetizers, this luxurious restaurant provides an unforgettable dining experience, complemented by a stunning view of a Kyoto garden.

 Hikarimono Sushi
Kyoto Saeki's Information
Operation hours:
18:30 - , 20:30-
Regular holiday:
Irregular Holidays
Price range:
Lunch: USD 232.10 - USD 232.10
Dinner: USD 232.10 - USD 232.10
Address:
663 Izumi-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Marutamachi Station, Nijojo Station
Directions from station:
5 minutes walk from Marutamachi Station
8 minutes walk from Nijojo Station
Payment methods:
Credit card available
Seats:
16 Seats
  • Ryan
    5.0
    Posted on :06/27/2024
  • Annabel Samimy
    5.0
    Posted on :03/28/2024
  • Shlomi
    5.0
    Posted on :03/24/2024

Sushi Hayashi

Michelin Star
Michelin Guide, 2024
 Tuna nigiri

Sushi Hayashi makes the most of its Kyoto location by offering traditional local sushi such as saba-zushi (pickled mackerel on sushi rice) and steamed sushi. This Edomae (Tokyo-style) sushi restaurant combines the best of both worlds. Ingredients sourced from western Japan bring distinct regional toppings for a unique culinary experience.

Owner-chef Hayashi refined his craft at a hotel in Switzerland and Sushi Wakon, a one-Michelin-starred restaurant within the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto. With his rich background in hospitality, Chef Hayashi expertly pairs his exquisite sushi with a curated selection of beverages, including rare Swiss wine. Immerse yourself in the exceptional hospitality of Sushi Hayashi, a hidden gem nestled in the serene heart of Kyoto.

 sushi restaurant counter
Sushi Hayashi's Information
Operation hours:
Lunch: 12:00 - 14:00
Dinner: 18:00 - 21:00
Regular holiday:
Wednesdays, Thursdays
Price range:
Lunch: USD 154.73 - USD 239.84
Dinner: USD 239.84 - USD 239.84
Address:
Grancosmo Gosho 101, 31-1, Omotecho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Demachiyanagi Station
Directions from station:
6 minutes walk from Demachiyanagi Station
Payment methods:
Cash, Credit card
Seats:
8 Seats
Awards:
Michelin
star
  • Keith
    5.0
    Posted on :07/16/2024
  • David
    4.8
    Posted on :07/11/2024
  • Tad
    4.8
    Posted on :04/02/2024

Sushi Matsumoto

  1. Michelin (2019,20,23):★
  2. Japanese Sushi West Top 100 Selected Restaurants in 2022 (on famous Japanese gourmet website)

Sushi Matsumoto has earned one Michelin star three times and has establishments in major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, and Fukuoka. The Kyoto branch also offers an immersive experience in traditional Edomae (Tokyo-style) sushi. They only offer omakase courses, where the chef curates the dishes to ensure a delightful combination of appetizers with playful touches and traditional Edomae sushi.

The carefully-designed omakase course begins with freshwater clam soup, followed by appetizers with playful touches such as deep-fried nebuto (a type of cardinal fish), chawanmushi (smooth steamed egg custard with soup stock in a cup) topped with pickled plum, and two types of sea urchin. In the latter half of the course, traditional Edomae sushi is served, rounding out the elegant course.

Sushi Matsumoto 's Information
Operation hours:
11:30 - 14:00 (L.O. 13:30) Dinner: 17:30 - 21:30 (L.O. 21:00)
Regular holiday:
Irregular Holidays
Price range:
Dinner: JPY 20,000 - JPY 29,999 Lunch: JPY 10,000 - JPY 14,999
Address:
570-123 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Gion Shijo Station
Directions from station:
5 minutes walk from Gion Shijo Station 228 meters from Gion Shijo Station
Payment methods:
Credit cards accepted: JCB, AMEX, Diners Club, VISA, MasterCard Electronic money not accepted QR code payment not available
Seats:
11 Seats (Counter: 7 seats, Table: 2 seats x 2)

Make a reservation

Tempura

Tempura Matsu

  1. Japan Restaurant Award,Bronze (2021,22)
  2. Japanese Tempura Top 100 Selected Restaurants in 2022,23 (on famous Japanese gourmet website)
 Exterior of the store

With a history spanning over 35 years, Tempura Matsu offers not only tempura dishes but also kaiseki cuisine to cater to its patrons. The course features sashimi, fried dishes, hot pot, and rice dishes, along with its exquisite tempura. Each course beautifully reflects the four seasons, a hallmark of Kyoto cuisine. Gaining popularity among locals, this kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto has been selected as one of the Top 100 Restaurants on Japan’s biggest restaurant review website. Tempura Matsu welcomes you with a serene ambience, decorated with plates and handicrafts created by renowned artisans.

fish tempura
Tempura Matsu's Information
Operation hours:
Lunch: 12:00 - 13:00
Dinner: 18:00 - 19:30
Regular holiday:
Wednesdays, Irregular Holidays
Price range:
Dinner: USD 162.47 - USD 348.15
Address:
21-26, Umezoonawaba-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Matsuotaisha Station
Directions from station:
7minutes walk from Matsuotaisha Station
Payment methods:
Cash
Seats:
30 Seats
Awards:
Awards

Tempura Kawatatsu

 Sudachi and tempura

This hidden gem by the Katsura River serves light, crispy seasonal tempura, with each piece fried in healthy rice oil by the chef at the counter. Once selected as a Bib Gourmand, Tempura Kawatatsu features courses crafted with fresh seasonal ingredients sourced from across Japan, including vegetables, fish, and shrimp, all accompanied by two types of sashimi. With course prices starting as low as 7,000 JPY, Tempura Kawatatsu is highly cost-effective. Situated in the middle of a residential area, the restaurant offers a dining experience in a hideaway slightly removed from the busy city.

 Exterior of the store
Tempura Kawatatsu's Information
Operation hours:
Lunch: 11:30 - 14:00(Fri, Sat, Sun and Public Holidays only)
Dinner: 17:30 - 22:00
Regular holiday:
Tuesdays, 3rd Wednesday of the month
Price range:
Lunch: USD 45.72 - USD 45.72
Dinner: USD 87.92 - USD 112.53
Address:
65, Kuzekawahara-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Katsuragawa Station
Directions from station:
10 minutes walk from Katsuragawa Station
Payment methods:
Lunch: Cash only
Dinner: Cash, Credit card
Seats:
33 Seat
Awards:
Awards
  • Thomas
    5.0
    Posted on :03/31/2024

Yakiniku

Yakiniku Yazawa Kyoto

  1. Japanese Yakiniku West Top 100 Selected Restaurants in 2021 - 23 (on famous Japanese gourmet website)
 restaurant interior

Any yakiniku gourmand would know the Japanese kuroge wagyu wholesaler, Yazawa Meat. This renowned distributor operates a yakiniku restaurant, Japanese BBQ Yazawa, just a few minutes walk from Tokyo Station, offering the highest-quality kuroge wagyu beef, exceptional yukhoe (raw meat), and sirloin, along with unforgettable rare cuts such as tri-tip (a part of the thigh meat). Yakiniku Yazawa Tokyo also sources the best quality eggs, making the egg yolk on top of the yukhoe remarkable. Additionally, the sauce, made with a mixture of yam, soup stock, and the carefully selected egg yolk, perfectly accompanies the meat and later serves as the ideal sauce with umami from the meat to pour over the rice. Your meal will be complete with homemade Japanese pudding made with those high-quality eggs. 

Despite being a fine-dining restaurant, you have the option of ordering à la carte instead of the full course. In an ambience reminiscent of an Italian bar, wine complements your outstanding dining experience at Yakiniku Yazawa Tokyo.

 Egg and Yakiniku
Yakiniku Yazawa Kyoto's Information
Operation hours:
17:00-23:00 (L.O.22:30)
Regular holiday:
The Year End and New Year holidays(31DEC-2JAN)
Price range:
Dinner: USD 112.53 - USD 154.73
Address:
1st Floor, 243 Shinmeicho, Ayanokoji-dori Higashinotoin Higashi-iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Torimaru Station, Shijo Station
Directions from station:
3 minutes walk from Torimaru Station
3 minutes walk from Shijo Station
Payment methods:
Credit card available
Seats:
66 Seats
Awards:
Awards
  • Kz
    5.0
    Posted on :03/17/2024

Rikichan Gionten

  1. Japanese Yakiniku West Top 100 Selected Restaurants in 2023 (on famous Japanese gourmet website)
red meat

For savoring top-quality yakiniku in Gion, there's no better destination than Rikichan, where tender female black beef loin is prepared to delight the most discerning palates. Awarded a spot among Japan's Best 100 Yakiniku Restaurants, Rikichan offers a distinctive experience. Witness the charcoal-grilling process right before your eyes, and enjoy the meat cooked so tender that it can be cut with a fork into succulent bites. The course consisting of grilled loin, chateaubriand steak, and specialty tongue is accompanied by deliciously prepared kimchi and fresh vegetables, creating a truly memorable yakiniku feast.

 grilled meat
Rikichan Gionten
Rikichan Gionten's Information
Operation hours:
16:00 - 22:00
Regular holiday:
Irregular Holidays
Price range:
Dinner: USD 175.84 - USD 225.07
Address:
572-10, Giommachi-minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Gionshijo Station
Directions from station:
8 minutes walk from Gionshijo Station
Payment methods:
Credit card available
Seats:
30 Seats
Awards:
Awards

Italian

Dodici

 A masterpiece of French cuisine

Aiming to offer the best Italian cuisine in Kyoto with overwhelmingly warm hospitality in a luxurious atmosphere, the head chef at Dodici creates dishes that delight all five senses. With over 30 years of experience in Italian cuisine, the chef skillfully uses the finest ingredients, including pesticide-free vegetables, duck and venison, and top-brand wagyu (Japanese beef), to enhance the rich, original flavors of each ingredient. The name Dodici means "twelve" in Italian, reflecting the monthly menu changes—12 times a year—to celebrate the beautiful four seasons in Kyoto. The chef, who is also a certified sommelier in Japan and Italy, recommends the perfect drink to pair with the courses from a selection of over 500 bottles of wine. Having earned one Michelin star, Dodici is made more accessible by the availability of English-speaking staff.

 Inside view of the shop
Dodici's Information
Operation hours:
Lunch: 12:00 - 15:00 (L.O. 13:00)
Dinner: 18:00 - 22:00 (L.O. 19:00)
Regular holiday:
Wednesdays, Thursdays
Price range:
Lunch: USD 34.04 - USD 119.15
Dinner: USD 34.04 - USD 229.78
Address:
239, kamihakusancho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station
Directions from station:
5 minutes walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station
Payment methods:
Cash (JPY), Credit card
Seats:
26 Seats
Awards:
Michelin
star
  • Owen Kweekul
    4.8
    Posted on :01/23/2024
  • Kitikorn
    5.0
    Posted on :01/15/2024

cenci

  1. Michelin (2022 - 24):★
  2. Japan Restaurant Award,Bronze (2020 - 21)
  3. Japanese Italian West Top 100 Selected Restaurants in 2021,23 (on famous Japanese gourmet website)

At Cenci, the focus is on using freshly hand-picked ingredients and creating dishes that reflect the passion of their producers, offering a remarkable dining experience. Recognized by the Michelin Guide and 50 Best Discovery in Asia, Cenci has gained popularity among overseas guests for its seamless blend of Italian cuisine and Japanese precision. Chef Sakamoto, a native of Kyoto, uses local vegetables such as kujo green onions and Shogoin daikon radish, along with other ingredients from across Japan, to craft dishes that enhance their natural flavors. Cenci offers a unique, top-notch Italian culinary experience in a restaurant renovated from a century-old traditional house, decorated with handmade brick walls and an interior designed by a skilled woodworker.

cenci 's Information
Operation hours:
12:00 - 15:00 (L.O. 12:00), 18:00 - 21:30 (L.O. 18:30)
Regular holiday:
Monday,Tuesday
Price range:
lunch: ¥8,000~¥9,999 / dinner: ¥20,000~¥29,999
Address:
44-7, Shougoin Entoncho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Higashiyama Station
Directions from station:
12 minutes walk from Keihan Jingumarutamachi Station, 15 minutes walk from Subway Tozai Line Higashiyama Station
Payment methods:
Credit card (JCB, VISA, Master, AMEX, Diners)
Seats:
26 Seats (Counter: 4 seats, Tables: 2×6 tables, 4×1 table, Private room: 6 people)

Make a reservation

French

Nakatsuka

  1. Michelin (2022 - 24):★
  2. Japanese French West Top 100 Selected Restaurants in 2023 (on famous Japanese gourmet website)
A dish of French cuisine

Centered around the main theme of bringing out the best aroma, Nakatsuka offers innovative French cuisine where herbs and citrus are skillfully used to satisfy your palate. Chef Nakatsuka, who honed his skills at the two-starred Narisawa and other renowned Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, meticulously crafts French dishes with detailed Japanese twists. Awarded one Michelin star, Nakatsuka focuses on sourcing fresh, seasonal ingredients, changing the menu every one or two months to ensure the best use of seasonal produce. The aesthetics of the dishes delight both the eyes and the palate, with an aroma that fills not only your mouth but also your heart.

 Inside the shop
Nakatsuka's Information
Operation hours:
Lunch: 12:00 - 15:00
Dinner: 18:30 - 22:00
Regular holiday:
Sundays, Mondays.
Price range:
Lunch: USD 85.10 - USD 102.12
Dinner: USD 144.68 - USD 144.68
Address:
1F, Coto Glance Anekoji Street, 299 Kinoshitacho, Sakaimachi Higashiiru, Shimogyo-ku, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Karasuma Oike Station, Kyoto City Hall Station
Directions from station:
5 minutes walk from Karasuma Oike Station
7 minutes walk from Kyoto City Hall Station
Payment methods:
Cash, Credit card
Seats:
8 Seats
Awards:
Michelin
star
Awards
  • Roberto
    5.0
    Posted on :07/11/2024
  • Jia
    5.0
    Posted on :10/03/2023

MOTOÏ

  1. Michelin (2013 - 23):★
  2. Michelin (2024):Selected Restaurant

With a unique background, Chef Motoi Maeda creates French cuisine infused with Chinese and Japanese styles and techniques. He began his culinary career at a Chinese restaurant in a luxury hotel in Kyoto and later moved on to French restaurants such as the three-starred Hajime. At Motoi, the narrative woven through the course meal is of utmost importance, inspired by the traditions of Chinese cuisine. Selecting the highest quality ingredients is a crucial part of this story, with the chef sometimes personally hunting in the mountains and handpicking watercress from nearby rivers. Listed in the Michelin Guide for over ten years, Motoi has gained popularity among locals and tourists alike. Situated in a century-old Kyoto house, Motoi offers an ambiance of traditional rustic beauty and style to ensure guests receive the best service.

MOTOÏ 's Information
Operation hours:
12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:00
Regular holiday:
Wednesday,Thursday
Price range:
lunch: ¥10,000~¥14,999 / dinner: ¥20,000~¥29,999
Address:
186 Tawaraya-cho, Tomikoji-dori Nijoshita, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station
Directions from station:
10 minutes walk from Karasuma Oike Station, 399m from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station
Payment methods:
Credit card (JCB, AMEX, Diners, VISA, Master)
Seats:
32 Seats (8 tables for 4 people, special room for up to 8 people)

Make a reservation

Yakitori

Yakitori Kyoto Tachibana

New selection
Michelin Guide, 2024
  1. Japanese Yakitori West Top 100 Selected Restaurants in 2022 (on famous Japanese gourmet website)
 1 piece of yakitori

Yakitori Kyoto Tachibana is one of the few restaurants that offer yakitori dishes made with the famous Takasaka chicken, available exclusively through advanced booking. Raised in an environment with clean air and clear water, Takasaka chicken is known for its thick, juicy, and flavorful meat. By offering these rare, top-notch yakitori meals, Yakitori Kyoto Tachibana has earned a spot in the Michelin Guide and a place among the Best 100 Restaurants on Japan's biggest restaurant review website. The highest quality chicken, paired with carefully selected Kyoto vegetables, allows patrons to directly taste the rich flavors of the ingredients in each exquisite dish.

 sushi at the counter
Yakitori Kyoto Tachibana's Information
Operation hours:
[Tue, Wed, Thu] One Parts
・18:30 -

[Fri, Sat, Sun] Two Parts
・17:00 -
・20:00 -
Regular holiday:
Mondays,Irregular Holidays ※Approximately twice a month
Price range:
Dinner: USD 110.64 - USD 110.64
Address:
North side B1F, 612 Tachibana-cho, Nishiiru, Goko-machi, Oshikoji-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Kyoto City Hall Station
Directions from station:
3 minutes walk from Kyoto City Hall Station
Payment methods:
Credit card available *Debit cards are not accepted.
Seats:
10 Seats
Awards:
Michelin
New selection
Awards
  • Jens Cromer
    5.0
    Posted on :04/10/2024
  • Jiyoen Jun
    5.0
    Posted on :03/30/2024
  • Paddy
    5.0
    Posted on :02/16/2024

Soba

Juu-go

  1. Bib Gourmand (2019 - 24)

With the aim of offering an authentic soba experience, the owner-chef at Juu-go creates soba noodles from scratch, farming his own buckwheat in a field located north of Kyoto. In an effort to produce zero food waste, the chef utilizes food scraps as fertilizers for his field, an endeavor that earned Juu-go the Michelin Green Star for Gastronomy and Sustainability. Situated along the scenic Philosopher's Path near the famous Ginkakuji Temple, the restaurant is an ideal stop for overseas visitors. With international recognition, Juu-go offers pure, authentic soba noodles with a rich texture and aroma, allowing diners to savor the true essence of this traditional Japanese dish.

Juu-go 's Information
Operation hours:
No information
Regular holiday:
Irregular holidays (announced on Instagram)
Price range:
¥1,000~¥1,999
Address:
71-6 Jodojikamiyanacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Mototanaka Station
Directions from station:
7-8 minutes walk from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop, 2 minutes walk south from where the Ginkakuji approach crosses the Philosopher's Path, 1,678m from Mototanaka Station
Payment methods:
Cash only
Seats:
6 Seats (Counter only)

Make a reservation

Vegan-friendly restaurants

Shojin cuisine, originally offered to Buddhist monks in training, does not use any animal products, making it suitable for vegan diets. Kyoto is renowned for its many shojin restaurants that cater to vegans, offering authentic and flavorful plant-based dishes rooted in this traditional Japanese culinary style.

Shigetsu

Michelin Star Green Star
One Star , Green Star
Michelin Guide, 2024

Embark on an enchanting culinary journey at Shigetsu, a shojin cuisine restaurant nestled within Tenryuji Temple, a renowned World Heritage site and part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. Rooted in the tradition of serving Buddhist monks, shojin cuisine embodies harmony with nature, offering a uniquely healthy dining experience. Focusing on plant-based ingredients such as vegetables, mountain greens, wild herbs, and seaweed, Shigetsu crafts exquisite dishes that resonate with the flavors of the season.

Shigetsu’s shojin cuisine is a stunning fusion of aesthetics and flavor, transforming the traditional perception of temple cuisine into a captivating culinary experience. Delight in the vibrant flavors of fresh, seasonal ingredients meticulously prepared to perfection. Awarded the prestigious Bib Gourmand recognition, Shigetsu offers an exceptional opportunity to indulge in shojin cuisine at a reasonable price, with meals priced at less than JPY 10,000.

■ Vegan menu availability

・The restaurant is able to accommodate your requests.

・They have a vegan menu.

Shigetsu's Information
Operation hours:
11:00 - 14:00 (L.O. 14:00)
Regular holiday:
Irregular Holidays
Price range:
Lunch: USD 26.73 - USD 63.30
Address:
68 Sagatenryuji, Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Nearest station:
Arashiyama Station, Saga-Arashiyama Station
Directions from station:
5 minutes walk from Arashiyama Station
10 minutes walk from Saga-Arashiyama Station
Payment methods:
Cash, Credit card
Seats:
250 Seats (10 Private Rooms)
Awards:
Michelin
stargreen star
  • Vickie
    4.8
    Posted on :04/30/2024
  • Brent
    5.0
    Posted on :01/03/2024

About the author

Koyanagi
Koyanagi

A Tokyo-based foodie, she spends nearly all of her earnings on culinary explorations throughout Japan, from street food to fine dining. Her passion for food has become a career, contributing to gourmet magazines and collaborating with TV shows. She also handles the creation of articles for OMAKASE. When dining out, she makes it a point to properly understand the chefs' and restaurateurs' backgrounds and philosophies.