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Kappo Ichikawa

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Japanese: Kaiseki

Kappo Ichikawa Description

Located in the quiet neighborhood of Kyoto's Imperial Palace South, Kappo Ichikawa is a traditional Japanese restaurant that offers a relaxed and enjoyable dining experience. What sets this restaurant apart is its commitment to showcasing the true flavors of its ingredients through its kappo-style cuisine. Kappo Ichikawa's head chef, who honed his skills at renowned kappo restaurants, brings his expertise and artistry to the forefront, creating dishes that are both visually stunning and incredibly delicious.

The restaurant's interior exudes a sense of tranquility, providing the perfect backdrop for a peaceful and memorable meal. Guests can choose to dine at the intimate counter seats, where they can witness the chef's culinary mastery up close. Kappo Ichikawa also offers private rooms for those seeking a more secluded dining experience.

One of the highlights of Kappo Ichikawa's menu is its selection of seasonal dishes, which showcase the freshest ingredients of each season. From hearty hot pots and nourishing rice porridge to the enticing flavors of their signature turtle cuisine, there is something to satisfy every palate. The restaurant offers a variety of courses, each thoughtfully crafted to provide a well-rounded and satisfying dining experience.

Whether you're looking for a special occasion dinner or simply want to indulge in authentic Japanese cuisine, Kappo Ichikawa is the perfect destination. With its dedication to quality ingredients, skilled craftsmanship, and serene ambiance, this restaurant promises a truly memorable dining experience.

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Kappo Ichikawa Overview


572 Ebisu-chō, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto 604-0813


+81 (0) 75-223-3232


7 minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station (Subway).
8 minute walk from Marutamachi Station (Subway).
10 minute walk from Kyoto City Hall Station (Subway).

Operating Hours

Sun: 5:00PM-11:00PM
Mon: 5:00PM-11:00PM
Tue: 5:00PM-11:00PM
Wed: 5:00PM-11:00PM
Thur: Closed
Fri: 5:00PM-11:00PM
Sat: 5:00PM-11:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Private Dining Room


Sake Selection

Kappo Ichikawa Reviews

Kappo Ichikawa Google Average Rating



Excellent multi-course dinner in a quiet restaurant near the Imperial Palace. Emphasis on fresh seafood and vegetables, seasonal dishes.


I came to Kyoto for the first time in a while, so I went to this restaurant to try some Japanese cuisine.
I made a reservation for the 11,000 yen course about two weeks ago.
On the day of the event, both the counter and private rooms were fully booked.
Every dish was carefully prepared and I was satisfied.
The yellowtail shabu is especially delicious.
I was able to get a second helping of sea bream rice, so I had two bowls.
Dessert is Edo persimmon and kuzumochi. (There is no photo.)
There were many customers who ordered à la carte rather than course meals.
Next time, I would like to pair it with sake.


◆ Steamed clams with egg custard, asparagus (boiled), bonito (sashimi, grilled), horse mackerel pickled in Nanban, salt-grilled sweetfish (2 pieces), white fish with ginger sauce, eel Hachiman rolls, chirimen pepper rice, sake, etc.
◆Actual cost: 16,000 yen/2 people
You can reach our store in about 7 minutes on foot from either Karasuma Oike Station or Marutamachi Station. There is a counter and two table seats, so it can be used for both date entertainment. I made a reservation about a week in advance and visited on a Sunday night. You can enjoy your favorite authentic Japanese cuisine a la carte.

Unfortunately, the counter was full, so I made a reservation at a table. Early reservations are recommended.
Alcohol is cheap, with draft beer and highballs starting at 700 yen. Sake is also around 1,000 yen.

I ordered while listening to Mr. Ichikawa, the owner, for recommendations. The customer base on Saturdays and Sundays is roughly 50-50 split between Tokyo and locals. Mr. Ichikawa personally responded to my request, and he was extremely polite. It seems suitable for entertainment use.
〇Asparagus boil
〇Aji Nanbanzuke
〇 Bonito sashimi and tataki
〇Salt-grilled live ayu
〇Chirimen pepper rice
〇Eel Hachimanmaki
〇Guji with bean paste

The pickled horse mackerel, salt-grilled live ayu, and bean paste are especially impressive. Cooking using dashi soup is especially delicious and memorable.
It was almost time for the Shinkansen, so I settled on that. Less than 10,000 per person.
I ate quite a bit, so I assumed it would cost 15,000 yen, so it was about half the price.

Unexpected cost-effectiveness. Next time, I would like to reserve a seat at the counter and enjoy a full course without worrying about time.

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