Restaurants & Cafés


Douraku was established almost 400 years ago as a teahouse for nobles. The fifth-generation owner transformed it into a restaurant, and by the Meiji era it had become an official supplier to the household of the imperial family. The current (tenth-generation) chef serves the most formal multi-course cuisine in vast, hushed private rooms. It’s richer than some kaiseki, and with over a dozen dishes, you can expect to leave stuffed and up to ¥50,000 poorer. For a taste of Douraku without breaking the bank, order a lunchtime bento box (¥5,500).

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009


304 Shomen-cho, Honmachi Dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

Transport Shichijo Station (Keihan line).

Telephone 075 561 0478

Open Noon-2pm, 5-8pm tue-sun.

Admission ¥¥¥¥.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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