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Michelin 3-Star restaurant Kichisen serves Kyoto cuisine with a meticulous attention to a seasonal choice of ingredients, tableware and decor and a sophisticated culinary and cultural experience in the tradition of court and ceremonial feasting.
- High-end Kyoto cuisine.
- Traditional ryotei atmosphere.
- Cha-kaiseki (tea ceremony) style presentation.
- Next to Shimogamo shrine, a World Heritage Site.
- Peaceful surroundings.
-This restaurant is located 15 minutes by taxi from JR Kyoto Station.
-5 minutes by taxi from Imadegawa Station on the subway line.
-10 minutes on foot from Demachi-yanagi Station on the Keihan line.
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Highlight of our Michelin-star tour
We went to a few Michelin-star restaurants in both Tokyo and Kyoto and Kichisen was definitely the highlight. My pictures don't do it justice, but presentation and taste-wise, this restaurant is truly deserving of its 3 stars, unlike others we tried. Every single course was presented in a unique way and the ingredients and sake selection were fantastic. English-friendly and welcoming in general. The aesthetics of the place are also beautiful - very Japanese and minimalistic. Truly recommend! We went there for lunch. Next time I'm in Kyoto, I'll definitely go back.
Best restaurant in Kyoto
I really liked the experience, the presentation of the food and service was excellent
Exquisite food, gracious hosts. Unlike what some trip advisor reviews of Kichisen say, the staff are very kind and helpful, and there is no sense that foreigners are not welcome or treated differently. We sat at the counter and had the chance to chat with the chef serving us as well as with our Japanese sitting neighbors. Needless to say, food was outstanding -- imaginative without being cheeky or kitsch, traditional without being overbearing or boring. The pacing was fine, and the presentation was wonderful.
Amazing kaiseki experience
This is the 2nd time we have used Voyagin for restaurant bookings in Japan.
Booking was again super easy. We received a response confirming our booking very soon after submitting our request.
We took the taxi from our hotel to Kichisen - otherwise the bus/ subway trip would have been 40+ minutes.
There was a member of staff waiting outside the restaurant when we arrived.
We had lunch at the counter seating. The chefs spoke english and was able to explain the ingredients in each dish.
The kaiseki course took 2 hours to complete.
Excellent experience - would definitely recommend this to others.
Kichisen Friendly Kaiseki
The atmosphere was welcoming to foreigners, which is quite a surprise since many kaiseki is very much close to locals. The location is a little hidden, but a waiter was at the door waiting and welcomed me to the restaurant. The chef spoke a little English but he made it up with his enthusiasm. The food was beautifully presented with different potteries as in the tradition of kaiseki. The food itself was locally sources and was very tasty. It was a journey from sea to land from wild vegetables, sushi, to fruits. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who is being introduced to traditional japanese cuisine.
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