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Japanese: Kaiseki

Gion Sasaki Description

Gion Sasaki is a renowned Japanese restaurant located in the heart of Kyoto, specifically on the charming Higashiyama district's Yasaki Street. This hidden gem is known for its authentic Kyoto cuisine and has gained a reputation as one of the most sought-after dining establishments in the city.

What sets Gion Sasaki apart is not only its exquisite dishes but also the unique dining experience it offers. The restaurant's owner, Hiroshi Sasaki, is known for his witty and engaging conversations, creating a lively and enjoyable atmosphere for guests. The courses at Gion Sasaki are carefully crafted to showcase the beauty and energy of seasonal ingredients, allowing diners to rediscover the joy and pleasure of Japanese cuisine.

The restaurant's decor exudes the traditional charm of Kyoto, with its elegant and understated design. The intimate space features a small counter with only five seats, providing an intimate and exclusive dining experience.

One of the highlights of Gion Sasaki is its dedication to serving the perfect beer. As a certified 'Kamawa' establishment, the restaurant ensures the highest quality by meticulously managing the aroma and richness of their beer, specifically 'The Premium Malt's.' The creamy and smooth foam enhances the flavors and allows guests to fully appreciate the aroma and natural richness of the malt.

Whether you're a local or a visitor to Kyoto, Gion Sasaki offers a unique opportunity to experience the next generation of Kyoto cuisine. Indulge in the flavors of the season and immerse yourself in the warm hospitality and culinary expertise that Gion Sasaki has to offer.

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Gion Sasaki Overview


566-27 Komatsuchō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto 605-0811


+81 (0) 75-551-5000


10 minute walk from Gion Shijo Station.
12 minute walk from Shijo Kawaramachi Station along Higashiyama Street.

Operating Hours

Sun: Closed
Mon: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 6:30PM-9:00PM
Tue: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 6:30PM-9:00PM
Wed: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 6:30PM-9:00PM
Thur: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 6:30PM-9:00PM
Fri: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 6:30PM-9:00PM
Sat: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-10:00PM

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Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List


Private Dining Room


Sake Selection

Stylish Interior

Gion Sasaki Reviews

Gion Sasaki Google Average Rating





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About 10 minutes walk from Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Line. A Japanese restaurant that received three stars from the Michelin Kyoto in 2023 and is said to be the most difficult to get a reservation in Kyoto.

A major renewal will take place in the summer of 2023. Climb the stairs to reach the entrance, where you will be greeted by the landlady.

There is a statue of Nio, and in front of the automatic door is an open kitchen with 12 seats at the counter. Not only can you see the master cooking, but you can also clearly see the disciples, making it a great place to not only watch them cook, but also enjoy conversation with them.

・PIERRE CHAVIN Pierre Zero Blanc de Blancs
・Gyokuro Hojicha KAHO Koro
・Fall in Love Deluxe

・Milt apple paste
・One plate of grilled barracuda, sea bream pate, karasumi, ginkgo, etc.
・Lotus root bun
・Sashimi of Chairo grouper
・Sashimi of returned bonito
・Nigiri of bluefin tuna from Aomori Prefecture
・Ichibo steak with matsutake mushrooms
・Mushroom and chrysanthemum greens with Tosa vinegar
・Japanese-style mapo tofu with Mikawa eel
・Tororo rice and pickles
・Fresh fruit
・Roasted sweet potato

The impressive array of artistic dishes was a feast for the eyes, tongue, and soul. What was most impressive was the sushi prepared by the chef. An exquisite taste that lets you feel the history of craftsmanship. What makes the ingredients even more delicious is the temperature of the chef's hands. It was an amazing piece that I will never forget, where I could feel the deliciousness deep within the warmth.

Japanese-style mapo tofu is wonderful, and although the ingredient is eel, it looks and tastes like mapo tofu. The dessert made from roasted sweet potatoes was also impressive, and the taste of the first milt I tasted remains in my memory.

I am grateful that I was able to enjoy the most delicious food that I could enjoy from beginning to end.

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