Dine At The Best Kaiseki Restaurants In Kyoto | Clozette

One of the best things to do when travelling is immersing yourself in your destination’s culture. And we all know that the best way to do that is by trying out local dishes. If you’re planning a trip to Japan, going on a foodie trip sampling the best of Japanese street food in Osaka, is, of course, a must-do. But if you want to indulge yourself a bit more, have a kaiseki meal in Kyoto and bring your taste buds to a luxurious journey.

Kaiseki or kaiseki-ryōri is a traditional Japanese dining experience regarded as an art form. It involves a sequence of multiple courses, with the dishes all plated artfully in small portions. The sophisticated meal is prepared meticulously and, with the use of only the freshest seasonal and regional ingredients, the harmonious balance of taste, colour, texture, and appearance is achieved. 

A Kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto serves artfully plated dishes in small portions

A kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto serves fresh and simple dishes. 

The roots of modern kaiseki can be traced back to imperial court cuisine, as well as other cooking traditions that popped up at various points of Japan’s history. That’s why Kyoto, once the home of imperial nobility, is quite popular for their kaiseki. So, if you’re willing to splurge and try out the best of the best, read on to see the must-visit kaiseki restaurants in Kyoto. 

Gion Karyo

Given the quality of ingredients used, as well as the amount of preparation devoted to a kaiseki, it’s no surprise that a meal can be quite expensive, with it costing up to JPY20,000. Ease into the world of kaiseki without hurting your pockets as much by dining in Gion Karyo. Set in the historic geisha district of Gion, the kaiseki restaurant in an old house will transport you back to Japan’s past. Though they serve traditional kaiseki here, their menus are all available in English, and English-speaking staff will gladly offer you help should you need it.

Kiyamachi Sakuragawa

Newbies hoping to step into the refined world can also begin dining in Kiyamachi Sakuragawa. This Michelin-starred kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto is accessible, as it is nestled in the central district of Nakagyo. Kiyamachi Sakuragawa specialises in fresh seafood dishes that incorporate the best seasonal vegetables to give their guests a feel of Japan’s seasons. What’s great here is that you can watch in awe while waiting as the chefs prepare your food with their masterful techniques.  


Take your experience up a notch by taking a relaxing dip into a hot spring before having a fine meal. Thankfully, you don’t need to travel far to do that. At the heart of Kyoto lies Kinmata, a kaiseki restaurant and a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) that dates back to 1801. Despite being a step away from fast-paced districts, the family-managed establishment offers a quiet solace for travellers and city dwellers. Stay a night and enjoy a sublime kaiseki dining experience in a relaxed, traditionally homey atmosphere.

Kyoto Kitcho Arashiyama

For those who want to treat themselves and spare no expense, Kyoto Kitcho Arashiyama is really the only place to go. With three Michelin stars, this kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto offers the best luxury dining experience you can look for. Be one with nature and dine while surrounded by the lush scenery of Kyoto’s Arashiyama district. Indulge your senses with the restaurant’s exquisitely fresh food and elegant atmosphere. 

Niku no Takumi Miyoshi

No longer a stranger to kaiseki? Try out a modern take on the Japanese fine dining experience in Niku no Takumi Miyoshi. This kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto serves up something refreshingly bold by incorporating wagyu beef into their dishes. Miyoshi serves only grade-A beef like Kobe and Matsusaka beef, so you can enjoy melt-in-your-mouth umami goodness. 

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There's more to celebrate in October than just Halloween or the nearing countdown towards the holidays. The 10th month of the year is also dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA), where initiatives aiming to educate and support this aspect of healthcare becomes even more amplified. Your participation in this movement can double as a form of leisure, self-care, and retail therapy because there are many beauty and fashion brands supporting breast cancer awareness initiatives that are open and happy to accommodate your help. Curious to see what they are? Keep reading.


Breast Cancer Awareness Initiatives - PAZZION

A girl can never have too many shoes and what better way to add to your collection than getting one for a good cause? In line with their seventh-year anniversary, PAZZION launches a pair — in BCA's champion colour, pink — whose 30 per cent of the total proceeds will go to projects involving breast cancer awareness and early detection. Specially designed for the occasion, the Pink Stardust Flats stun with their glittering rose gold colour and foldable design that's perfect for any affair you have in mind, including visits to your local hospital to get checked!

Estée Lauder

Breast Cancer Awareness Initiatives - Estee Lauder

Known for their annual 'pink' initiatives and year-round support towards breast cancer awareness, Estée Lauder is back at it again with their specially tagged items among their participating brands.

From 1 to 30 October 2019, check out the following offers that come with each corresponding donation range: the limited-edition Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair with Pink Ribbon Bracelet where SGD20 of the retail price per product goes to BCA initiatives; the Origins Think Bold Blooming Lipstick kit where SGD5 per purchase goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ with Pink Ribbon keychain promoting an SGD10 share per sale to the Breast Cancer Foundation; the Bobbi Brown Pink Lip Colour Duo where SGD32.50 per purchase go to Estée Lauder's breast cancer campaigns, and last but not least, SGD30 from the sales of the limited-edition La Mer Treatment Lotion also goes to the Breast Cancer Foundation. If you're looking to restock your Estée Lauder faves, now's a great time to do it!


Breast Cancer Awareness Initiatives - vans

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Elevate your street style and make a statement as Vans also recently released their capsule collection with CoppaFeel, a UK-based breast cancer awareness organisation. Each shoe showcases amazing linework featuring women of different shapes, skin colours, and appearances, reminding us that breast cancer awareness should have no limits. USD200,000 of the proceeds will be donated to the organisation. 


Breast Cancer Awareness Initiatives - ghd

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Looking to upgrade your hair styling tool collection? Look no further than ghd's Gold® Ink On Pink Styler, which promises an optimal styling experience without room for excessive hair damage. Not only will you get sleeker locks with the aid of this beauty tool, but you'll also be helping out their annual initiative to raise money for breast cancer awareness as every purchase of this product guarantees a USD10 donation to the Living Beyond Breast Cancer organisation. Cool, right?


Breast Cancer Awareness Initiatives - beautyblender

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We all know that changing your beauty sponge every now and then is a necessity so why not do it now that the timing is right? Beautyblender not only promises to deliver a flawless base finish this month but also pledges to share USD20,000 from sales of their Bubblegum Pink Blender dressed in a limited edition canister. If you're looking to buy a new beauty sponge, this might just be the sign — for a cause — that you're looking for. 



It's Lizzo's time to shine. The singer-songwriter (and rapper!) is definitely having her moment and thriving in the spotlight. First, she's blessed us with two swinging hits Juice and Tempo. And then she went to top the Billboard Hot 100 with Truth Hurts — joining the ranks of other iconic black female musicians like Beyoncé, Rihanna and Cardi B. But aside from her music, there's also something to be said about her style. Ahead, the reasons why Lizzo is our new style icon.

She's not afraid of bold prints

Whether it's sassy leopard prints or dainty heart polka dots, Lizzo isn't afraid to experiment with bold patterns. Channel your inner Lizzo and try on another print besides the usual gingham and plaids. If Lizzo can do it, so can you! 

She inspires us to try bold colours

Even when neon colours became trendy, we have to admit that from time to time, we still have some doubts about whether we can really pull off sporting this super eye-catching colour. But seeing Lizzo look so amazing in this neon green number makes us want to banish any hint of hesitation and be onboard with trying on bright shades once and for all.

She embraces her curves

The common fashion advice ladies get are tricks on how to camouflage 'unwanted' parts of their bodies, but Lizzo embraces them all and we're inspired to do the same because, yes, we all have the body type to flaunt a bodysuit.

She doesn't shy away from drama

Lizzo never shies away from dramatic and over-the-top silhouettes. She's not afraid of looking ridiculous because she knows that, with the right attitude and confidence, you can never be so. Just wear what makes you feel good! 

She's all about celebrating femininity

These days, we're hearing messages about how we're not feminine enough or that we're too feminine. Well, Lizzo, with her style, shows us that there's no such thing. You can be edgy and love florals at the same time. There's really no need to limit anyone when it comes to celebrating themselves. 

(Cover photo from: @lizzobeeating)

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