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Kaiseki or kaiseki-ryōri is a traditional Japanese dining experience that involves multiple courses of delicious food in order to create the perfect meal. This sophisticated haute cuisine is known for its meticulous preparation, fresh seasonal ingredients and beautiful presentation. With many places to try it – from top-class restaurants to traditional Ryokan inns – Kyoto is famous for its kaiseki. Here is a list of some of the best restaurants for kaiseki in Japan’s former Imperial capital. Bon Appétit!
Minoko is a 100 year old Kyo-ryori (Kyoto cuisine – the umbrella term for kaiseki) restaurant in Gion that specialises in kaiseki. The restaurant’s charming rooms are connected by wooden passages that look out onto a Japanese style garden. It is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner; they do a fantastic 11-course meal. Kocha shitsu (small tearooms) are available to enjoy upon request.