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Kichisen Description

Located in the serene surroundings of Shimogamo 'Tadasu no Mori' in Kyoto, Kichisen is a renowned Japanese restaurant that offers an exquisite dining experience. With its commitment to traditional hospitality and authentic kaiseki cuisine, Kichisen has earned three Michelin stars in the Kansai region.

At Kichisen, the skilled chefs use seasonal ingredients to create dishes that are not only visually stunning but also a delight to the taste buds. The kaiseki courses, priced between ¥18,000 and ¥23,000, showcase the best of Japanese culinary artistry. Each course is thoughtfully crafted to highlight the flavors and textures of the ingredients, ensuring a harmonious and memorable dining experience.

The restaurant's attention to detail extends beyond the food. Kichisen offers private rooms for a more intimate dining experience, making it an ideal choice for special occasions or business gatherings. The tranquil ambiance of the restaurant, combined with its dedication to preserving the traditions of Japanese cuisine, sets it apart from other dining establishments in Kyoto.

For those seeking an authentic taste of Kyoto's culinary heritage, Kichisen is a must-visit destination. Immerse yourself in the refined world of kaiseki cuisine and savor the flavors of the season at this esteemed restaurant.

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Kichisen Overview


5, Shimogamo Mori Honmachi, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto 606-0805


+81 (0) 75-711-6121


15 minute taxi ride from JR Kyoto Station
5 minute taxi ride from Subway Imadegawa Station
10 minute walk from Keihan Demachiyanagi Station

Operating Hours

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

Payment methods

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

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List


Private Dining Room


Sake Selection

Kichisen Reviews

Kichisen Google Average Rating



This is an amazing restaurant with excellent service, exquisitely prepared meals that are visually stunning, and each plate was absolutely delicious.

Each plate prepared brings out the inherent taste of what is being served.

I’m shocked at the bad reviews, but it seems that most of the bad reviews have no photos, so who knows?

We made a request for reservations far out in advance, got our confirmations, and attended.

We were met outside by a greeter, and taken into our own room. Each set of plates was delightful to see. The servers were attentive and explained each meal. There is a camera in the room so they know when you complete one set of plates and are ready for the next, so I assume this is why people might feel rushed? We had 6pm reservation and had a leisurely 2.5 hour dinner, leaving around 9:30 so we never felt rushed.

One of our servers spoke a tiny bit of English, but between their little English and our bit Japanese and a translator app, it all worked out.

Is it expensive? Yes.
Is it an wonderful experience? Absolutely.
Is it worth it? For us, definitely. For you? That’s something you’ll have to decide.


I see a lot of bad reviews, Kaiseki can get weird, but I don’t think it’s bad, it’s just an acquired taste, you need to know where you are eating at. Delicious? No, it’s just Kaiseki.


Excellent meal, service was great, and chef was friendly. I was nervous going in after reading the other reviews, but the food was amazing. Be aware that it is extremely expensive, so reconsider if this is the best value for you if budget is a concern.

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