Restaurants & Cafés



Yoshihiro Murata is the Gordon Ramsay of Japanese cuisine. From TV shows to newspaper columns to coffee table books, he’s everywhere. This makes him a controversial figure in a city that considers self-promotion vulgar, but if you book a meal at Kikunoi, you’ll understand what the fuss is about. One of Murata’s signature dishes arrives garnished with burning pine needles, another is cooked in a vacuum pack. Not all the food will be familiar, even to fans of Japanese cuisine, but adventurous palates will be well rewarded.

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009


459 Shimokawara-cho, Yasaka Torii-mae, Shimokawara Dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

Transport Buses 100, 206.

Telephone 075 561 0015

Open Noon-2pm, 5-8pm daily.

Admission ¥¥¥¥.

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


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