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Nishikawa Overview


473 Shimokawarachō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto 605-0825


+81 (0) 75-525-1776


8 minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station (Keihan Main Line)

Operating Hours

Sun: Closed
Mon: 6:30PM-10:00PM
Tue: 12:00PM-3:00PM, 6:30PM-10:00PM
Wed: 12:00PM-3:00PM, 6:30PM-10:00PM
Thur: 12:00PM-3:00PM, 6:30PM-10:00PM
Fri: 12:00PM-3:00PM, 6:30PM-10:00PM
Sat: 12:00PM-3:00PM, 6:30PM-10:00PM

Payment methods

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

Nishikawa Description

Located in the heart of Gion, Kyoto, Nishikawa is a renowned Japanese restaurant that has been awarded the Bronze Prize at The Tabelog Awards 2023 and selected as one of the top 100 Japanese restaurants by the prestigious Japanese Cuisine WEST. As you step into the restaurant, you will be captivated by its traditional Japanese architecture, with a beautifully crafted interior featuring luxurious materials such as bamboo and cypress.

What sets Nishikawa apart is the culinary expertise of Chef Masayoshi Nishikawa, who honed his skills at renowned Kyoto establishments before venturing out on his own. With a deep respect for Kyoto's rich culinary heritage, Chef Nishikawa showcases the finest local ingredients in his meticulously crafted dishes. The menu at Nishikawa changes daily, allowing guests to experience a variety of flavors and textures. Each dish is not only a feast for the taste buds but also a visual delight, with playful and artistic presentation that adds an element of surprise to the dining experience.

For those seeking an unforgettable dining experience, Nishikawa offers a range of exquisite kaiseki courses. The lunch kaiseki starts at 12,650 yen and offers a delightful selection of seasonal dishes, while the dinner kaiseki offers two options: the light course starting at 25,300 yen and the regular course starting at 31,900 yen. These courses showcase the essence of Kyoto cuisine, with each dish thoughtfully prepared to highlight the natural flavors of the ingredients.

At Nishikawa, you can expect to embark on a culinary journey that celebrates the beauty of Kyoto and the artistry of Japanese cuisine. With its impeccable service, elegant ambiance, and exceptional culinary creations, Nishikawa is truly a gem among Kyoto's dining establishments.

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List


Private Dining Room


Sake Selection

Wheelchair Accessible

Nishikawa Reviews

Nishikawa Google Average Rating


Nishikawa Tabelog Average Rating



A seasonal kaiseki meal whereby the progression of courses delivers an experience like a warm hug. The environment is cozy and the provided service is rightfully attentive but not overbearing. The dishes are well balanced, nuanced, and beautifully presented, - adorning their autumn attire to fit the seasonal theme.

There were several dishes where we tried a selection of mushrooms that we had never experienced before, which was delightful. The mackerel sushi bite was outstanding and the best iteration we have ever had.

Nishikawa is undoubtedly deserving of its accolades and its two Michelin stars.


Such a memorable experience. Chef travels around Japan in search of best ingredients. Food and service are phenomenal

The only 2-star Michelin restaurant which the chef and all the cooks make us feel so comfortable and intimate.


Some of the best fine dining I’ve had. The lunch was a bit less than two hours and it’s best to arrive on time. Give some time to find the place as it’s tucked at the end of a corridor.

The food was incredible! Each dish was elegantly put together. The wait staff were extremely friendly. The presentation was nothing to write home about, and there weren’t any dishes that pushed my comfort zone. But it was very high quality food nonetheless. The highlights for me was the dessert and the wagyu beef course.

Overall would definitely recommend as an intro to fine dining.


Translated from Japanese:

A variety of carefully seasoned dishes and sake pairings, as we are known as Sasaki Ichimon, it was a blissful time. Kobako crab appetizer, mackerel sushi, seared mackerel, pickled tuna, and blowfish. Mukaizuke, grilled Kawachi duck with sauce, and Karasumi mochi dishes are served by the chef...


Translated from Japanese:

When you open the sliding gate, a long corridor leads out, and the entrance at the back is a very atmospheric entrance. When you enter, you'll notice that the structure is somewhat complicated, and even the counter is set a distance from the entrance. The owner is in front of the counter...


Translated from Japanese:

On this day, I went to Gion Nishikawa. One of the stores I've always wanted to visit. Actually, there are too many places I want to go to in Kyoto. It was my first time at Lol Nishikawa, but it seemed quite lively. There are many employees and the general...

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