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Higashiyama Restaurants

Where to Eat in Higashiyama - Kyoto

Some of the city’s best restaurants are in Higashiyama including some that have been awarded up to 3 Michelin stars. While there are a number of different cuisines available throughout the streets of this historic district, visitors would be best to experience a traditional Japanese kaiseki multi-course meal here, while soaking up the ancient atmosphere.

The district of Gion is the best place to achieve a unique dining experience and even catch a glimpse of a geisha on her way to her teahouse engagements.

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Yagenbori

Housed in a historic teahouse on a cobble-stoned path near the Shira-kawa tributary, Yagenbori serves traditional Kyoto cuisine and kaiseki courses. Dining in Kyoto doesn’t get much more romantic than this. Items are presented on beautiful handmade ceramic tableware, containing such Japanese delicacies as hoba miso served with kinoko mushrooms and spring onions grilled in oak leaves, softshell turtle dishes and shabu-shabu hot pot with seasonal vegetables.

  • Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 11.30am to 2pm and 5pm to 11pm
  • Location: 371 – 1 Kiyomotocho, Higashiyama, Kyoto, 605-0084, Japan
  • Tel: +81 (0)75-551-3331
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Mizai

Mizai is a world-renowned yet tiny restaurant that only seats and serves 10 people, and only once a day. But when you’re the recipient of 3 Michelin Stars, who’s going to complain? Chef and owner Hitoshi Ishihara is a celebrity chef in Kyoto exacting elevated standards of culinary excellence to serve truly authentic Kyoto kaiseki cuisine. If diners arrive after the 6pm dining time, they will not be served so be prompt to avoid disappointment and shame. Reservations are vital, and payment is in cash only. This is a real treat for gourmands who want to taste exquisite Japanese cuisine.  

  • Opening Hours: Thursday–Tuesday at 6pm
  • Location: 613, Maruyama-cho, Yasakatoriimae Higashi Iru, Higashiyama, Kyoto, 605-0071, Japan
  • Tel: +81 (0)75-551-3310
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Asuka

Many people go to Asuka Restaurant for its casual atmosphere and great selection of teishoku. This type of set meal is composed of a main item, a bowl of rice, a bowl of miso soup, and a bowl of Japanese pickles.  Teishoku is usually considered a better deal than ordering food from the a-la-carte menu. Still, there are many choices on Asuka’s menu, including Kyoto-style noodle dishes. For a casual meal and menu with plenty of choice, Asuka is hard to beat. 

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 11am to 10pm (closed on Mondays)
  • Location: 144 Nishimachi, Nishi-iru, Jingumichi, Sanjo-dori, Higashiyama-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 751 9809
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