Eating out in Kyoto offers a glimpse into the immense cultural heritage of Japan’s former capital. From kaiseki cuisine to ramen, tempura and trendy cocktail bars, this guide showcases 10 of the best authentic Japanese restaurants in Kyoto.
Although found among the international chain restaurants and coffee shops of Gion, Kagizen offers a traditional Japanese tearoom experience. It stands out especially for its delicate wagashi, the traditional Japanese sweets usually served with tea, and its incredible mochi, rice cakes filled with red or white bean paste. The tea, prepared according to traditional recipes, is uniquely flavorful and thick. This delightful tearoom is a favorite among Kyoto-ites for the delicious pastries and tea as well as for the tranquil atmosphere that offers repose from Gion’s bustling activity. For a true Japanese tea experience, Kazigen is definitely not to be missed.