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Kyoto cuisine is well known for it’s refined and delicate taste.

Beautifully Created dishes are like an art, it will please both your tongue and your eyes.

There are more than 170 Michelin star restaurants in Kyoto.You can enjoy delicious dishes in a Japanese traditional atmosphere at these Michelin restaurants.

But since there are many Michelin restaurants, which restaurant is the best?

Kyoto’s fine dining must be a once in a lifetime experience for you.

I would like to share with you Top 5 best Michelin restaurants in Kyoto where you can enjoy a great dishes in a Japanese traditional atmosphere!

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Local tells Top 5 best Michelin restaurants in Kyoto!Enjoy once in a lifetime dining!

1.Kikunoi Honten/菊乃井本店

Kikunoi Made in the first year of the Taisho era, Kikunoi Honten is one of the only three restaurants in Japan that has received the 3 stars 5 red cutlery ratings in the Michelin guide: a rating only given to the most highest quality restaurants around the world.

The third owner and master chef of Kikunoi, Yoshihiro Murata, born as the first son in a family running the most well-known, long-standing restaurant in Kyoto, works with many of his other talented chefs that amuses us with exquisite Japanese cuisine.

Kikunoi offers 5 different levels of kaiseki course menus which range from 10,000~ 30,000 yen.

They are presented with 12 seasonal dishes which include fresh sashimi to a delightful variation of desserts. (Dishes vary according to the season)

Because Kikunoi is one of the most renowned restaurants in Kyoto, it is must to make reservations in advance moreover a few weeks in prior.

If you are planning a trip to Kyoto, there is no better place to enjoy the traditional Kaiseki cuisine than Kikunoi Honten!

Address: 459 Shimokawara-cho, Yasakatoriimae-sagaru, Shimokawara-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Location: 20 min walk from Keihan Line Gion Shijyo station,
Phone: 075-561-0015
Open Hours:
Lunch:Shigure Meshi Bento 11:30〜12:30 ,Kaiseki Cuisine:12:00〜13:00
Dinner 17:00~20:00
Closed: every third Wednesday, year ends, new years
Price: Lunch :Shigure Meshi Bento 4,000 yen,Shigure Meshi Bento with Sashimi 5,200 yen Kaiseki Cuisine:10,000 yen〜
Dinner:16,000~30,000 yen
Service Charge: 8%

2.Gion Sasaki/祇園 さゝ木

Gion sasaki Gion Sasaki is always full, making it one of the most difficult restaurants to make reservations at in Kyoto.

This restaurant serves a crowd-pleasing variety of Japanese Cuisine, completely overturns the concept of traditional Kyo-Kaiseki cuisine with its luxurious presentation, alluring taste, and most importantly it’s cost performance.

Despite the lavish spread of food they serve, their lunch can be enjoyed from 5,500 yen which is quite affordable compared to other prestigious restaurants in Kyoto.

Dishes mainly include seasonal seafood, and the menu is constantly renewed so that customers can enjoy the finest food at the perfect season.

Chef Sasaki has quite the reputation as he thoughtfully demonstrates the ways we can enjoy our food.

As I said before, Gion Sasaki is a restaurant well-known for its difficulty in making reservations.

It is said that reservations must be taken more than a month ahead of time, and if you are lucky enough, they will put you on the waiting list.

Not only does Gion Sasaki please your appetite, but it also entertains your eyes. It is a must-go restaurant when visiting Kyoto.

If you want to reserve Sasaki for sure,Reservation service is available at Voyagin:here

Address: 566- 27 Yasakadori, Yamatoji, Higashiiri, Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075-551-5000
Location: 10 min walk from Keihan Line Gion Shijyo station
Open Hours: Lunch 12:00~12:30 Dinner 18:00~19:00
Closed: Sunday, and every 2nd Monday
Price: Lunch 5,500 yen,Dinner18,000 yen ~
Service Charge: 8%

3.Gion Maruyama/祇園 丸山

Gion maruyama Gion Maruyama is located in the center of Gion with classic elegant atmosphere. It is very close to restaurant Sasaki which I listed above.

Gion Maruyama is one of the best restaurants in Kyoto, and has recieved the Michelen 2 star for 5 years in a row.

It’s menu consists of exquisite seasonal dishes that are served beautifully and neatly.

The refined arrangement of the food is appealing to all of our five senses. They provide English explanation politely so you know what the ingredients are, and how to make it.

There are some private tatami rooms with a small garden so you can dine at there in a relaxed atmosphere.

Address: 570-171, Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama ward, Kyoto
Location: 5 minutes from Keihan Line Gion Shijyo Station
Phone: 075-525-0009
Open Hour: Lunch 11:00~13:30 Dinner 17:00~19:30
Closed: Wednesday
Price: Lunch 6,480 yen~ Dinner 18,630 yen ~ or 31,050 yen~
Service Charge: 8%

4.Kitcho Arashiyama Honten/吉兆 嵐山 本店

Arashiyama kitcho Kitcho Arashiyama Honten is not only famous for its distinctive cuisine, but most known for their fancy tableware.

With plates made by the famous artist Rosanjin, and others from Baccarat, some are even specified as important cultural property.

The dishes, service, setting… Everything is all first class.

Their traditional cuisine can also be enjoyed outside on the Yakata-bune where dishes are served on a small boat while watching the Ukai performance (Only available from July to September).

For further information or to make a reservation, please visit Voyagin:here

Address: 58 Sagatenryuji, Susukinobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture
Location: 5 minutes from Arashiyama Station
Phone: 075-881-1101
Open Hour: Lunch 11:30~15:00 Dinner 17:30~21:00
Closed: Wednesdays
Price: 43,200~ 54,000 yen
Service Charge: 8%


Ifuki Ifuki is Michelin two star restaurant run by husband and wife.

They serve seasonal cuisine which are all full of originality and a sense of Japanese beauty.

Locally produced vegetables are charcoal-grilled and can be enjoyed with a variety of wine and sake, of which the master chef, also sommelier, offers.

The antique style interior of the restaurant gives a calm, relaxing atmosphere which makes you feel at home.

If you want to reserve ifuki for sure,Reservation service is available at Voyagin:here

Address: 570-8 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama ward, Kyoto Kyoto Prefecture
Location: 7 minutes from Keihan Line Gion Shijyo station
Phone: 075-525-6665
Open Hour: 17:00~23:00
Closed: Tuesdays
Price: Dinner Course 16,000 yen ~
Service Charge: 8%

These restaurants will definitely offer you once in a lifetime experience in Kyoto.

I hope you’ll enjoy the best dining in Kyoto!

For your information
If you’re looking for unique activities and experiences in Kyoto,you can find them here:

There are also a variety of unique food tours in Japan.

If you are a foodie looking for a nice hang-out plan out in the city with the locals, these tours will truly delight you!

Kyoto Bar Hopping Night Tour:

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