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DESTINATIONS japan kyoto Dining Chihana


The busy Shijo Street in the district of Gion is home of the modest Chihana eatery, a three-Michelin-star restaurant specialised in kaiseki (the Japanese haute cuisine). The décor and interior are simple: an unfinished wooden counter for eight guests and two private rooms. But the food served in fine bowls and plates, including real antiques, is just an explosion of flavours in your mouth. Japanese behemoths like Yukio Mishima, Yasunari Kawabata and Shusaku Endo have been faithful patrons here. Note that the shop moved to its current location following a fire in 2018.


Japan's old capital's cuisine offers a glimpse into the old times when Kyoto was the seat of the imperial court. Today, the city blends Japanese fine cuisine (kaiseki) with international gastronomy, including Italian, Moroccan, Indian, and many more. Read on to find out the best places to dine in Kyoto.