Restaurants & Cafés


This is often described as Kyoto’s most exclusive restaurant, but it’s only the cost that keeps the hoipolloi away (lunch starts at ¥36,750, dinner at ¥42,000). Chef Kunio Tokuoka produces food that’s seasonal, colourful and almost too beautiful to eat. Elegant service, antique ceramic dishes and impeccable rooms with garden views still don’t quite account for the immoderate price tag, but for gastronomes looking to tick boxes, this is one of the city’s big-name restaurants.

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009


55 Susukinobaba-cho, Tenryu-ji, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto

Transport Arashiyama station (Keifuku line), Saga Arashiyama station (JR Sagano line).

Telephone 075 881 1101

Open 11.30am-3pm (last seating 1pm), 4.30-9pm daily (last seating 7pm).

Admission ¥¥¥¥.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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