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5 Shimogamo Morimotocho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 606-0805, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-711-6121
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  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible12%
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5 Shimogamo Morimotocho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 606-0805, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed May 29, 2018

For a great traditional kaiseki experience, I'd highly recommend Kichisen. The staff is super friendly, including to foreigners, which I heard wasn't necessarily the case with other top tier kaiseki restaurants in Kyoto. We dined at the counter, and the chef gave us a ton...More

1  Thank nycbos8
Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

Booked this restaurant a month ago Thru my hotel. It is a good experience to taste true japanese kaiseki meal. It comes with 14 courses at 28000 yen person. Each course is quite special and unique. I would recommend to come once if u happen...More

1  Thank Carly L
Reviewed November 20, 2017

Kichisen was not our first choice in Kyoto but since we had not managed to get reservations at two other places we were glad to be able to book it for lunch. I specifically wanted a traditional Kaiseki meal –something more conventional than the excellent...More

Thank Thomas077
Reviewed November 19, 2017

Everything about this restaurant is about attention to detail - from the moment you arrive to the preparation and presentation of the food. It was an amazing experience but be prepared for the amount of food and the period of time you are there. This...More

Thank Jackie J
Reviewed November 13, 2017

Over ten dishes which cooked with seasonal ingredients, the presentations and flavors wowed us so much. Chefs introduced every dish and service was decent. The downside was no music and heard the cooking and washing sounds (We sat by the bar table).

Thank CrystalMaldini
Reviewed October 18, 2017

Wasn’t sure what to expect after reading the wide ranging reviews on this place. We really enjoyed the ~14 course menu (23k JPY/person) in a private room and found it excellent and totally worthy of 3 star experience. Obviously as ‘the most traditional kaiseki in...More

Thank MAB430
Reviewed October 15, 2017

One of our reasons to travel to Japan was to sample Kaiseki cuisine in Kyoto. I did a lot of research on the restaurants with three Michelin stars and decided to make a reservation at Kichisen. What a splendid choice! My husband and me had...More

1  Thank dk_worldwide
Reviewed September 19, 2017

I was hesitant to come here because of all the bad reviews, but actually I found that those were pretty unfounded. I agree that if you're looking for a western dining experience this is not what you will get. The foods feels far too bland...More

1  Thank YouK2
Reviewed June 3, 2017

My wife had managed to score a reservation here having tried unsuccessfully at other Michelin rated Kaiseki establishments in Kyoto. I've read the multiple polarizing reviews about this place. Some gave rave reviews while a few others absolutely destroyed it. Nonetheless we went for dinner...More

Thank G-nature
Reviewed May 2, 2017 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...More

9  Thank Minskgirl81
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
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Shimogamo Morimotocho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 606-0805, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighborhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-711-6121
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