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Japanese: Kaiseki

Kenya Description

Located in Kyoto, Kenya is a renowned Japanese restaurant that specializes in authentic Japanese cuisine. As one of the selected restaurants in the prestigious 'Top 100 Restaurants in the West' list for 2023, Kenya is a must-visit for food enthusiasts seeking an exceptional dining experience.

What sets Kenya apart from other dining establishments is its commitment to preserving traditional Japanese cooking techniques and flavors. The skilled chefs at Kenya have mastered the art of Japanese cuisine, creating dishes that are not only visually stunning but also bursting with exquisite flavors. From delicate sashimi to perfectly grilled seafood, every dish at Kenya is a work of art.

One of the highlights of Kenya's menu is their meticulously crafted sushi. Using only the freshest ingredients, the chefs skillfully prepare each piece of sushi with precision and care. The result is a symphony of flavors that will delight even the most discerning palate.

The restaurant's interior is tastefully decorated, creating a serene and elegant atmosphere. The minimalist design and warm lighting provide the perfect backdrop for an intimate dining experience. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to indulge in the finest Japanese cuisine, Kenya is the ideal destination for a memorable dining experience.

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Kenya Overview


1f Shogoin Building 28-22 Okazaki Tokuseichō, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto 606-8351


+81 (0) 75-468-9944


8 minute walk from Kyobashi Marutamachi Station (Keihan Main Line)
11 minute walk from Higashiyama Station (Kyoto Subway Tozai Line)

Operating Hours

Sun: Closed
Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: 5:00PM-8:00PM
Thur: 5:00PM-8:00PM
Fri: 5:00PM-8:00PM
Sat: 5:00PM-8:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, JCB

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List


Sake Selection

Kenya Reviews

Kenya Google Average Rating



Japanese cuisine Kenno
Popular Japanese restaurant in Kyoto ♡
A store I've always wanted to go to
I finally made it!
Thank you so much︎💕︎

First of all, the music changes with each item 🎶
For some reason I end up making a lot of puns depending on the food lol
But when it comes to cooking, this gap is irresistible!
The store looks great, but the distance between you and the customers is important.
It's perfect for shrinking it (lol)
Start with something like cold sweetfish soup!
Next, homemade char siu ♪♪
Octopus with jelly
Rockfish sashimi,
All of them have a taste that makes you want a second helping (^^)/
It's a great flavor,
Grilled fish in a bowl
And corn spring rolls?
It was divinely delicious~~~
And delicious fried oysters with okra
The tartar sauce is so delicious😋
Next, the final parade began🤗
The clay pot white rice I've eaten so far...
It might be number one, use that.
Whitebait rice, mackerel heshiko chazuke,
I enjoyed the tuna bowl and green onion soba✋
A general and staff with great human skills\(^o^)
The taste, price, and quality were all delicious.
Thank you for the meal.


Last night's dinner, which I had been looking forward to for a long time, my wish came true and I was taken to a private party at ``Japanese Cuisine Kenno'', a restaurant near Heian Shrine that is extremely difficult to reserve (´∀`)

Take the bus north from Kyoto Station and it's a ``quiet'' building that matches the scenery so well that you'll pass by, but when you open the door, you'll be greeted with a ``Japanese'' atmosphere and a young owner from Aomori, offering Japanese cuisine. Click here for the set list of exquisite courses that are not bound by the concept of ♡

・Deep fried eggplant ~Pre-meal freshly cooked rice~
・Pickles marinated in Shaoxing wine
・Fried pork and shrimp
・Kamasu and celery pickled in Nanban ~Tomato jelly~
・Akashi red sea bream
・ Sweet sea bream and matsutake mushroom soup
・Autumn fruits to cleanse your palate: figs and persimmons
・Fried Spanish mackerel
・Hida Nameko, Kikuna and Chrysanthemum Ohitashi
・Freshly cooked clay pot rice ~3 types of obanzai~
・Oyakodon with miso-marinated salmon and salmon roe
・Charshu oyakodon
・Sea bream pickled natto soy sauce rice
・Heshiko Chazuke
・Chilled Tsukimi Udon
・Tea jelly and fruit sorbet
・Suhamato Coffee

The alcohol and BGM that go with the above courses are a perfect pairing, and by the time I open the box of white rice cooked in an earthenware pot, I'm toasting to myself that I've become a fan of Mr. Kenno (*´Д`*) lol

No matter which one you get, you won't be disappointed, and the content is "more than worth it" when compared to the satisfaction you get ♡

We had a really happy time!

I know that it is difficult to make reservations, but I would like you to visit this restaurant again. . .


Congratulations on winning the RED U-35 Grand Prix

To Mr. Kenno for the first time in a year.
First of all, congratulations on winning the RED U-35 Grand Prix.
Kenya was trained by Kikunoi, Kyo Shizuka, and LURRA. Although he is still young, he has a rich background.
Another unique feature is that the music changes one by one.
The first time I went there, I was blown away.
From Southern to Yumin, from classical to Tom Mish and Chet Baker lol
A truly all-genre song selection.
And dishes of all genres.
It's too much fun.

★Today's course★

Homemade Tofu Jumbo Nameko

Minakuchi Shoten Sea Bream

Kamasu homemade ponzu sauce spicy radish

Char Siu Taro Ginkgo Cumin Burdock

Udon noodles with turnips and mushrooms
Bonito and boiled soup stock

Whale Koro Chinese Cabbage Japanese Ginger

Radish Carrot Myoga Mizuna
Tosa vinegar jelly

Boiled Spanish mackerel Fish sauce Nyoku mam Milt Green onion Lotus root

Red Madonna Apple Jelly

It was a kenya theater as usual!
I look forward to seeing your continued success.

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