Kiyamachi Sakuragawa is an approachable and superb spot to enter the world of kaiseki cuisine.
This small kaiseki restaurant on a picturesque stretch of Kiyamachi-dori is a good place for kaiseki newbies to enter the refined world of kaiseki cuisine (Japanese haute cuisine). The chef chooses from the best seasonally available ingredients to make a flight of dishes that will dazzle the palate and please the eye. We recommend getting someone at your accommodations to call in advance to reserve and to set the budget.
If you need help with getting reservations, you can book many Michelin-starred Kyoto restaurants online with GoVoyagin. Be aware you pay a fee simply for the reservation – your meal is not included.
1F, 491 Kamikoriki-cho, Nijo sagaru, Kiyamachi-dori, Nakagyo-ku
11:30am-2:00pm (lunch), 5:00pm-9:00pm (dinner), Closed Wednesday
Non-smoking area: Yes
3min walk from Kyoto Shiyakushomae Station, Subway Tozai line
Website: Official Website (Japanese)
More Restaurant Suggestions: See my list of Kyoto’s Best Restaurants for more eating inspiration. The list covers all cuisines and price ranges.
Where Is This Place Located?See these places on our Kyoto Google map:
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Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
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