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Gion Matayoshi Description

Located in the heart of Gion, Kyoto, Gion Matayoshi is a renowned Japanese restaurant that has been awarded the Bronze Prize in the 2023 Tabelog Awards and selected as one of the top 100 Japanese restaurants in the prestigious 'The Tabelog Award 2023' and 'Japanese Cuisine WEST Top 100 Restaurants 2023'. With a history of consistently earning two Michelin stars since 2016, Gion Matayoshi offers a truly exceptional dining experience.

Led by Chef Kazutomo Matayoshi, who hails from Okinawa, Gion Matayoshi specializes in traditional yet innovative kaiseki cuisine. Each dish is meticulously prepared with a deep respect for the ingredients and a dedication to the spirit of 'ichigo ichie' (one encounter, one opportunity). The menu showcases a wide range of flavors, from simple and rustic dishes to more elaborate and extravagant creations.

What sets Gion Matayoshi apart is not only its exquisite cuisine but also its attention to detail in every aspect of the dining experience. The restaurant features custom-made tableware from local kilns, creating a harmonious blend of delicate dishes and an elegant atmosphere. Whether you choose the evening course priced at ¥24,200 or the lunch course at ¥11,000, you can expect to embark on a journey of refined flavors and impeccable hospitality.

For those seeking an unforgettable gastronomic adventure in the heart of Kyoto, Gion Matayoshi is the perfect destination. Immerse yourself in the essence of Japanese cuisine and indulge in the artistry of Chef Kazutomo Matayoshi's creations.

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Gion Matayoshi Overview


123-570 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto 605-0074


+81 (0) 50-3184-1604


10 minute walk from Kawaramachi Station

Operating Hours

Sun: 12:00PM-1:00PM, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Mon: 12:00PM-1:00PM, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Tue: 12:00PM-1:00PM, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Wed: 12:00PM-1:00PM, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Thur: 12:00PM-1:00PM, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Fri: 12:00PM-1:00PM, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Sat: 12:00PM-1:00PM, 6:00PM-8:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted


Private Dining Room


Sake Selection

Gion Matayoshi Reviews

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Yesterday, I had the privilege of experiencing this kaiseki restaurant, and the experience was truly memorable. Not only was the food delicious, but there was also a thoughtful integration of ingredients and flavors. The chefs selected many seasonal ingredients, and it was evident that they put a lot of thought and effort into their creations. Notably, even though I don’t speak Japanese, the head chef and sous-chef were extremely hospitable. They patiently explained the origins of the dishes through pictures, showing great respect for their customers. Despite kaiseki being a high-end cuisine, I felt this restaurant offered great value for money. I am keen to revisit and highly recommend it to everyone.


2* michelin restaurant in Kyoto is worth a try. Seasonal and regional dishes are very special. It can be mentioned as uni in kobe, shirouo fish in streams, bamboo shoots extracted since they have not sprouted off the ground. Sake here is also very delicious, very suitable for the menu. The service staff is always happy and enthusiastic. Thank you to the restaurant for bringing us a fun evening.


Deserves its two Michelin stars. It’s hard to describe the incredible food and amazing service we had here today during lunch. The staff were some of the friendliest people we’ve met in Japan, and were very chatty and informal while still maintaining the mystique and respect during a kaiseki meal (we were expecting clinical, formal behaviours and were worried about the etiquette rules).

The food was amazing and they did an excellent job of explaining each course and how it was prepared, with use of photos so we knew the ingredients and why they were relevant to the region.

The sashimi was some of the best we’ve ever had, with the chef taking a really long time to perfect it while we enjoyed our first few courses.

The sesame ice cream was to die for!

Not sure when I’d be here next, but already in my list for future.

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