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#1,242 of 11,632 Restaurants in Kyoto
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City Center
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5 Shimogamo Morimotocho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 606-0805, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-711-6121
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
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Thornhill, Canada
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Booked this restaurant for special occasion . We've been in number of 1 and 2 Michelin stars restaurants around the world but it was first time for 3 stars so obviously expectations were high like for any Michelin star . As for any restaurant the rating would be the combination of things such as: Ambience Food Service Presentation Presentation and... More 

1 Thank Minskgirl81
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142 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

I usually let the michelin guide lead me to good dining and it was right on the spot again! This is a three starred restaurant so yes, it is a bit expensive (around 200-300 dollars per person) but the culinary and cultural experience are priceless! It is a kaiseki place, we had the full tasting menu, beautiful prepared and presented,... More 

Thank Carol_Fal
Corner of Earth
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113 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

I don't rate everywhere I go and Kichisen was one of them as I was probably tied up then. Going through Kyoto restaurants on TA today, I came upon Kichisen that I visited for lunch before. Was surprised to see the many extreme opposing views about this place so I decided to give my 2 cents of it. I chose... More 

1 Thank Smelltheflower
New York City, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Went here for our first night in Kyoto. The service and food was not even on par with what you would expect from an average restaurant. Having dined at other Michelin three star restaurants we expected this to be a memorable meal but this restaurant is undeserving of even one star.

Thank James M
Singapore, Singapore
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Considering it has a 3 Michelin star, a little surprised that it is only just slightly above average compared to the other kaiseki we tried so far.. nonetheless still good but wouldn't go all out to recommend to my friends..

Thank JoshLimCY
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Our kaiseki experience in Japan over the years had always been great, until this one. We were met at the restaurant door. The private room we were in was fine. The food was alright, not brilliant, but not bad. However neither the beef nor the seafood served were the top quality, which you expect at a purportedly top class Kaiseki... More 

1 Thank globetripperHongkong
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

We have chosen to dine at Kichisen on the last night of our 10 days Tokyo Kyoto trip celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary. It is our 3rd time in Kyoto and the first time we are here without our now grown sons. We have loved the city and our experiences here. Our dining experience in Kichisen was our worst experience... More 

1 Thank 819wanderlust
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

traditional Japanese kaiseki-ryori is not only a nice meal, it is an experience, a total experience for your eyes, taste buds and associated with Japanese culture. there are many very top kaiseki restaurants in Kyoto, Kichisen is one of them. everything is meticulous, from restaurant environment to food presentation, from food quality/taste to service, nothing to compliant about. but such... More 

Thank Traveller709394
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92 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is one of three stars restaurant which requires booking with cancellation fee if not before one day. The restaurant is nice and have strange way of getting into the private room through small hole which should be old Japanese style. I choose the 30,000 yen set. The food is very good and very special presentation. The quality and... More 

Thank Punsri21
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

I went to Kichisen with a group of friends and I thoroughly enjoyed this dining experience. Service was firm but friendly. I would love to go back again.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Shimogamo Morimotocho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 606-0805, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighbourhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-711-6121

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in City Center

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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