This is a wonderful location, a large house on a hill, Japanese gardens. The decor is all traditional Japanese, tatames everywhere. The hosts are wonderful, the service is graceful and kind, as is the Japanese standard.
The owner/chef has written a coffee-table book on Kaizeki cuisine, seems to be an authority on the subject. We had the 18,000 yen menu, with twelve courses.
Some of these courses were excellent (the initial appetizer, served in a "firefly cage", the duck) others were a bit disappointing and tasted rather bland. Perhaps it was my "Western" palate, but I expected more. I like Japanese cuisine and have enjoyed it in many places, in Japan and elsewhere: I liked the 10-course menu at our hotel's traditional Japanese restaurant better than at Kikunoi. Perhaps I need another Kaizeki experience to compare to Kikunoi.
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