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On special occasions, people in Japan dress up and dine. This article will introduce restaurants in Kyoto that reflect the contemporary ways of celebrating these moments with a feast. Which days are the special days? Occasions such as a birthday celebration, mother's and father's day celebration, Valentine's day, Christmas, engagement parties, weddings, and anniversaries fall under this category. These restaurants are perfect for once-in-a-lifetime moments, for special days that are celebrated once a year, and everything in-between.
1. Cucina Italiana Todo
This is a sophisticated Italian restaurant built from a fully refurbished machiya (old merchant's house), which is hidden in the peace and tranquility of the ancient city of Kyoto. The restaurant's interior, which invokes a sense of nostalgia despite its modern setting, provides a calm atmosphere. With the best ingredients of the season in mind, the restaurant offers exquisite Italian dishes that are said to surpass even authentic Italian flavors!
This is the [Marinated Nagasaki Mackerel and Winter Melon Compote With Red Manganji Chili Pepper Sauce].
Private rooms are available for events like business meals and special occasions.
Cucina Italiana Todo
Open: [Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,100 JPY
Access: 4-minute walk from Exit 7 of Marutamachi Station. Walk south and turn left at the first intersection onto Ebisugawa Street. Turn left again at Higashinotoin Street and it will be located on the left side.
Address: 496-3, Sanbongi 5-chome, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
2. Sushi Gion Matsudaya
This restaurant offers delicious dishes that will leave anyone overwhelmed. Diners from Japan and all over the world love their Edomae sushi. They make sure to only stock wild seafood. Using only the best seasonal ingredients, each piece of sushi is carefully formed to bring out the best flavor of each ingredient.
Each piece is high-quality sushi, made with the chef's utmost care and skill.
Providing the best taste and atmosphere for a mature audience.
Sushi Gion Matsudaya
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Dinner 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
[Sunday] Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm) *Reservation required a day in advance
*Also closed irregularly once a month
Average price: [Dinner] 20,000 JPY / [Lunch] 15,000 JPY
Access: From the station, walk up Shijo Street and head towards Yasaka Shrine in Gion. Turn right on Hanamikoji Street towards Kennin Temple, turn right at the first corner, and then take the last left.
Address: 570-123, Gion-machi Minami-gawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
3. Gion Nishikawa
This restaurant has a relaxing atmosphere that reflects Kyoto's unique hospitality. They serve up luxurious kaiseki (Japanese banquet cuisine with alcohol). Making use of the goodness of each ingredient, they inject their playful spirits into the food, resulting in each dish reflecting the chef's individuality. You'll definitely be looking forward to eating them! Take a look at the luxurious building, which makes use of Sukiya-zukuri (a type of architectural style based on tea house aesthetics), and the dishes they use.
With an attitude of making dishes based on available ingredients, the best ingredients are carefully selected every day.
Enjoy the quiet and mellow side of Kyoto here.
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm *Please come at 12:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm) *Food is served according to the customer's eating pace
Closed: Sunday, Monday afternoon
*If a natonal holiday falls on Sunday, it will be closed the next day
Average price: [Dinner] 20,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY (5,000 JPY - 6,000 JPY)
Access: Around a 7-minute walk from the Higashiyama Yasui bus stop via the Kyoto City Bus. From Higashioji Street, go to Kodaiji-minamimon Street. Turn north on Shimogawara Street and then keep walking for about 50m. The restaurant can be found in a back alley on the right side.
Address: 473, Shimokawara-cho, Shimogawara-dori Yasakatorii-mae Sagaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
4. Kyoto Gion Tempura Yasaka Endo
Here, you can taste Kyoto-style tempura while enjoying the beauty of Japanese architecture. The restaurant's structure will show you another side of Kyoto, as it has the feel of an old teahouse that was structured using Sukiya-zukuri. Pass through the stone-paved walkway and enter the restaurant to experience the peace and tranquility of Kyoto, which makes you completely forget about the hustle and bustle outside. As for the food, you can enjoy delicious and luxurious dishes, which are made using seasonal Kyo-yasai (traditional vegetables from Kyoto) and fresh seafood.
Taste skillfully crafted dishes brought to you by highly experienced chefs, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients available.
Perfect for occasions like dates and family celebrations.
Kyoto Gion Tempura Yasaka Endo
Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:45 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:15 pm)
*Open even during the beginning and end of the year, Obon, and Golden Week
Average price: [Dinner] 12,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
*Hiru no Tempura Set costs 4,000 JPY, Yoru no Tempura Set costs 10,000 JPY
Access: Around a 8-minute walk southeast of Exit 6 of Shijo Station. Go east from Kennin Temple's south gate or west from Goju-no-to. You'll find it north of Yasaka Street.
Address: 566, Komatsu-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)