A central Kyoto ward, Kamigyo overlaps into the more active areas of Nakagyo and Sakyo and has a number of interesting dining options to be found. There's a famous restaurant which serves a hot pot dish composed of Japanese snapping turtle for the adventurous diner, or you may opt to experience the culinary excellence bestowed upon the members of the Imperial court. Kamigyo also has a number of tea shops which sell traditional Japanese wagashi sweets to accompany their special brews.
If you have the budget for a really top-class, Michelin-star meal, head to Mankamero. It's the only Kyoto restaurant that serves formal yusoku ryori – cuisine of the Imperial court. The specially trained chef must wear a ceremonial kimono and all food items are painstakingly presented.
One of the most dramatic dishes, the ‘dismembered fish’, presents each part of the fish being elaborately arranged on pedestal dishes. The full yusoku ryori sets cost upwards of ¥30,000 per person however there is a much cheaper lunch bento set available. Dress codes apply and reservations are essential.
- Opening Hours: Thursday–Tuesday from 12pm to 3pm and 5.30pm to 9.30pm
- Location: Inokuma-dori, Demizu-agaru, Kamigyo, Kyoto, 602-8118, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 441 5020
Soft shell snapping turtle is a delicacy in Japan and Daiichi has been serving turtle hot pot since the 17th century. So specialised is the Daiichi suppon, that the only meal they serve is a suppon tasting menu which comprises a first course of simmered turtle meat served cold followed by the classic turtle nabe or hot pot which is served extremely hot in antique clay pots.
- Opening Hours: Wednesday–Monday from 12pm to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm
- Location: 364 Rokubancho, Kamigyo-ku, Kamigyo, Kyoto 602-8351, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 461 1775