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Japanese: Kaiseki

Gion Maruyama

Gion Maruyama Overview


570-171 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto 605-0074


+81 (0) 75-525-0009


5 minute walk from Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Main Line.
8 minute walk from Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line.

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:00AM-1:00PM, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Mon: 11:00AM-1:00PM, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Tue: 11:00AM-1:00PM, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Wed: Closed
Thur: 11:00AM-1:00PM, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Fri: 11:00AM-1:00PM, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Sat: 11:00AM-1:00PM, 5:00PM-7:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Gion Maruyama Description

Gion Maruyama, located in the Gion district of Kyoto, is a hidden gem that offers a truly authentic and exquisite Japanese dining experience. As you step into the beautifully maintained traditional Japanese building, you will be greeted by the refreshing scent of the seasons and a serene atmosphere. The restaurant's decor, with its carefully crafted wooden architecture, perfectly complements the culinary journey that awaits you.

What sets Gion Maruyama apart is its dedication to showcasing the five senses through its meticulously prepared Kyoto kaiseki cuisine. Each dish is a work of art, carefully crafted using the finest seasonal ingredients. From the delicate flavors of spring bamboo shoots to the rich and earthy aroma of autumn matsutake mushrooms, every dish is a celebration of the changing seasons. The highlight of the menu is the charcoal-grilled winter snow crab, a true delicacy that is prepared to perfection and served with the utmost care.

The dining experience at Gion Maruyama is not just about the food, but also about the ambiance and attention to detail. The restaurant's staff, led by master chef Yoshio Maruyama, are dedicated to providing a memorable and heartfelt dining experience. The combination of the elegant decor, the exquisite cuisine, and the warm hospitality make Gion Maruyama a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an unforgettable taste of Kyoto's culinary heritage.

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List


Private Dining Room

Sake Selection

Gion Maruyama Reviews

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Kaiseki 2* michelin restaurant is quite famous in this region. The menu is very long, many dishes are seasonal. We couldn't eat all the dishes on the menu because we were too full. The service here is very attentive and well-groomed. When we returned, all the staff and the main chef went out to say goodbye to us. A very attentive welcoming culture.


We had eaten at another Kaiseki restaurant only the day before, and still enjoyed this immensely.

Note: we booked for lunch which is significantly cheaper (about £200 total bill for two people) than dinner.

Each course was delicious and obviously prepared with upmost care and attention. The tuna sashimi was probably the best fish I've ever eaten in my life, and may well stay that way. It felt like a very authentic and traditional dining experience. The staff were lovely and although it was very quiet we had booked for 11am and didnt mind that. Greater explanation of each dish and best ways to eat it would have been welcome from the staff and chef - but we are accepting that few people speak fluent English in Japan and that's just how it goes.

Watch out as there are two Gion Maruyamas. Typically we went to the wrong one first, but thankfully theyre only a few mins taxi ride/ 10min walk from each other.


It is commonly known that decent Japanese restaurants are reluctantly to receive underage guests, because even adult foreigners may not know Japanese etiquette very well and bring disturbance to other guests. I cannot count how many fine restaurants I missed because of a child attached.
But not in Maruyama. Their service is extremely well that they can take care of child and at the same time keep things in good order. Very very patient and great attention to details
As with food, here you can expect top tier kaiseki standard, what is surprising is that their child menu is very nice too.


Translated from Japanese:

I visited with the chairman and president of a company I'm friends with, and a mom from a club. It was a quaint building and I was very nervous. The food was very tender and delicious. However, there was a lot of food, so I ended up giving the second half to the maikos who were with me...


Translated from Japanese:

It's a long-established restaurant where you can often see chefs from here in the area, where Maiko's okiya is also located nearby. Nowadays, Japanese food is changing and more than half of the customers are inbound, so what are the problems faced by foreigners? In fact, you can often see a mix of Japanese and Western styles. ...


Translated from Japanese:

Although the Chongyang Festival had passed, Mr. Maruyama made me feel it again. I feel that the best part of Japanese cuisine is being able to express seasonal seasonal festivals and other festivals through flavors to please people. Of course, in terms of appearance...

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