Kyoto: 10 Things to Do

6. Kyo-Ryori

Kyo-ryori dish Sarah Franklin
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A waitress in kimono kneels on the tatami mat floor and silently begins placing a dozen or so small, yet picture-perfect dishes on the low dining table. Among the subtle favors and seasonal tones are a clear soup garnished with a sprig of green sanshou, slices of raw sea bream and tuna specked with tiny, delicate yellow flowers, and a simmering silver pot of off-white soy milk and tofu. Japanese cuisine doesn't get more refined than Kyo-ryori, or "Kyoto cuisine." For a quintessential Kyo-ryori experience, head to Gion and the 100-year-old Minokou restaurant, where they do an 11-course Kyo-ryori dinner for ¥15,600, as well as lunchtime sampler sets presented in shiny lacquer ware bento boxes for ¥4,000. Alternatively, try the equally traditional Kinobu, where they have a seven-course dinner for ¥12,000 and a ¥4,200 lunchtime sampler.

  • 1. Minokou
    480 Aoi-cho, Gion Shimogawara-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan; 81-(0)75-561-0328 35.001693135.778462
  • 2. Kinobu
    416 Iwatoyama-cho, Bukkoji-sagaru, Shinmachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan; 81-(0)75-352-000 35.000948135.756511

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