Kaiseki Ryori is a traditional Japanese multi-course cuisine. Its begins as the simple meals served at the tea ceremony, but later started to become a delicate dining style. Nowadays, Kaiseki is served in specialized restaurants or a ryokan (Japanese-style inn).

Kaiseki dishes are prepared by using one of the common techniques of Japanese cooking. However, Kaiseki chefs have considerable freedom to add, omit or substitute courses in order to emphasize the seasonal specialties as well as the chef’s personal style.

If you cannot treat yourself a stay in ryokan, then these restaurants below serve the best Kaiseki course in Tokyo:

1. Akasaka Eigetsu (赤坂 詠月)

Akasaka Eigetsu

Akasaka Eigetsu. From Instagram

The best meal has fourteen courses or so, served by the chef and his wife. Their dish is based on Kyoto taste, very light and delicate.

Specialties here differs depending on which season you go, but some of the best are snapping turtle (Suppon) soup, served with a cocktail of the turtle’s blood, which goes pretty well with syochu, snow crab with a citrus flavor dipping sauce, and a simply smoked shiitake. Simply stunning meal executed with precision, delicacy, expertise, and no small amount of passion. Well worth the effort to dig out this hidden treasure.

They have three kinds of course; 12,000 yen course, 15,000 yen course, and 20,000 course. The seats are limited to 10, so a reservation is a must.

The beautiful dishes of Akasaka Eigetsu

The beautiful dishes of Akasaka Eigetsu. From Instagram

Address:
Social Akasaka Building 4F, 3-11-7 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo

Access: 6mins from Akasaka Mitsuke Station

Hours:
Mondays-Fridays 18:00-23:00, Saturdays 18:00-22:00

Price range:
Dinner 15,000yen ~

Tel:
03-6277-6293

2. Ginza Okamoto (銀座 おかもと)

The flat counter seating allows you to view the chef preparation as well as the ingredients he uses. According to the chef, whose careers as the master chef in 2 stars Michelin restaurant in Kyoto and 1 star Michelin restaurant in Azabu, one aspect of good hospitality is also enjoying the cooking process. There are counter spaces and table seating. In this leisurely, calm atmosphere, I’m sure you will have your best experience of Japan Kaiseki Also, reservation is required and you are not allowed to enter the restaurant without reservations

One of the dishes at Ginza Okamoto

One of the dishes at Ginza Okamoto. From Instagram

Displayed awards

Displayed awards. From Instagram

Address:
Dai-ni Ginza Coramu Building 5F, 8-3-12 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Access:
10mins walk from Ginza Station, 5mins walk from Shimbashi Station

Hours:
17:30-23:00 (last order 21:30)
Lunch time on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays 12:00-14:00 *reservation required

Price range:
Lunch / Dinner 20,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3571-5110

3. Goryukubo (豪龍久保)

The name combines the owner chef’s name ‘Takeshi Kubo’ with that of his son to express who they are. The essential flavor of fish is important here, the special fresh and delicate fish flavor appear in mostly every seafood dishes. And for your preferences, the restaurant is marked 2 stars in Michelin Guide, which means it’s superb! Their menu is 2 kinds, 25,000 yen course or 35,000 yen course. Service charge and tax are excluded. Of course, reservation required if you want to enjoy a meal in the restaurant. (without reservation is not allowed to enter the restaurant)

Goryukubo’s course

Goryukubo’s course. From Instagram

Address:
Misawa Building B1F, 2-15-1 Nishiazabu Minato-ku Tokyo

Access:
10mins walk from Nogizaka Station or 10mins walk from Omotesando Station

Hours:
18:00-24:00
last order 21:00)
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Price range:
30,000yen ~

Tel:
03-6427-6727

Website:
http://www.goryu-kubo.com/
(Japanese Only)

4. Kagurazaka Ishikawa (神楽坂 石かわ)

The entrance of Ishikawa is very pretty

The entrance of Ishikawa is very pretty. From Instagram

This is another Michelin restaurant except the atmosphere seems like a owned place which is warm, relaxed and welcoming. Everything is great from the attitude to the service, so you and your friends can enjoy the meal in a very relax way in the private room. The flavors of the course meal are subtle with perfect decoration and taste. Three Michelin stars are totally worth a visit. Their menu is only one kind: ¥19,000 set menu (service charge and tax are excluded). Reservations are required to enjoy their food.

The beautiful dishes of Kagurazaka Ishikawa

The beautiful dishes of Kagurazaka Ishikawa. From Instagram

Address:
5-37 Kagurazaka Shinjuku-ku Tokyo

Access:
7mins walk from Iidabashi Station, 5 mins walk from UshigomeKagurazaka Station or 7 mins walk from Kagurazaka Station

Hours:
17:30-24:00
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Price range:
20,000yen ~

Tel:
03-5225-0173
English are available after 3:00 p.m.

Website:
http://www.kagurazaka-ishikawa.co.jp/english/index_e.html

5. Ryugin (龍吟)

Ryugin

Ryugin. From Twitter

In Ryugin, the menu changes every day from the seasonal dishes to the a la carte menu. All the ingredients are carefully selected from the city’s premier markets each morning. On their website, they say that “Please note that we absolutely do not use any chemical seasonings or other artificial flavors at our restaurant in any of our food”.

Although they only have 18 seats but its seasonal wild blowfish menu is totally worth for a far beforehand reservation. They have ¥27,000 course menu only, but if you have allergy or ingredients you want to exclude, it is acceptable. Just request when making a reservation.

Beautiful dishes with delicate taste

Beautiful dishes with the delicate taste. From Instagram

Address:
7-17-24 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo

Access:
2mins walk from Roppongi Station

Hours:
18:00-25:00 (last order 22:30)
Closed on Sundays, holidays and holidays

Price range:
30,000yen ~ 

Tel:
03-3423-8006.

Website:
http://www.nihonryori-ryugin.com/en/  *
has reservation section

6. Shokuzen Abe (喰善あべ)

The Tokyo Michelin Guide 2009 awarded Abe one star for its outstanding quality. The remark of the restaurant here is the rice cooked by “Okudosan”, a traditional cooking stove to cook rice. The cozy interior, decorated in tones of white and wood makes the perfect and relaxing atmosphere. The course is 12,000 yen and the content changes every month.

Shokuzen Abe’s dishes

Shokuzen Abe’s dishes. From Instagram

Address:
Miyako Building 4F, 5-6-10 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo

Access:
2mins walk from Ginza Station

Hours:
18:00-21:00
Closed on Sundays

Price range:
10,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3572-4855

Website:
http://syokuzen-abe.jp/
(Japanese Only)

7. Tsujitome (辻留)

Another two stars restaurant given by Michelin, Tsujitome is surrounded by Rosanjin’s art, which contributes for each dish in this restaurant comes out as art masterpiece. This long traditional restaurant started in 1899. The dishes have a refined simplicity, and the meal is realized as a part of the harmony of beauty and delicacies. Their lunch is from 10,000 yen bento box, lunch course has 4 prices, 15,000 yen, 23,000 yen, 28,000 yen, 35,000 yen. Dinner is also 4 prices; 25,000 yen, 30,000 yen, 35,000 yen, 43,000 yen.

However, reservations are highly recommended in well advance. Without the reservation, you will not be able to enter the restaurant.

The beautiful plates of Tsujitome

The beautiful plates of Tsujitome. From Instagram

Address:
Toraya Dai-ni Building B1F, 1-5-8 Motoakasaka Minato-ku Tokyo

Access:
5mins walk from Akasaka Mitsuke Station

Hours:
12:00-14:00 & 17:00-21:00
Closed on Sundays

Price range:
Lunch 15,000yen ~. Dinner 30,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3403-3984

Website:
http://www.tsujitome.com/
(Japanese Only)

8. Ginza Koju (銀座 小十)

No fancy ground floor entrance, it’s perched discreetly on the fourth floor. A small indoor garden greets you the moment you exit the lift, and the reception area seats a few while the staff prepares the seating. There are private rooms and counter seats depend on your choices. If you had the chance to come to the shop in August, the restaurant also serves their special seasonal fish dish, the Ayu – which involves meticulous preparation. Lunch is 21,600 yen, and dinner is 27,000 yen (service charge and tax excluded). Of course, reservation required.

The chef preparing Ayu

The chef preparing Ayu. From Instagram

Address:
Karioka Building 4F, 5-4-8 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo

Access:
3mins walk from Ginza Station

Hours:
12:00-13:00 & 18:00-21:30
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Price range:
Lunch 20,000yen ~, Dinner 30,000yen ~

Tel:
03-6215-9544

Website:
http://www.kojyu.jp/

9. Kikunoi (菊の井)

The beautiful entrance of Kikunoi

The beautiful entrance of Kikunoi. From Instagram

Another Michelin 2 stars restaurant and a branch of famous Kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto. Kikunoi has wide choices of seating style for customers to choose and no strict rules for dress code, you can feel comfortable here. As customers got settled in, they will be introduced to the concept of a Kaiseki meal, and given a copy of the restaurant’s cookbook to peruse. The book has the difference in Kaiseki menus by season, which is categorized by the types of fish and other ingredients available during that time of year. The menu, of course, available in English, so don’t worry!

The beautiful tatami private room

The beautiful tatami private room. From Instagram

Delicate taste of dishes

Delicate taste of dishes. From Instagram

Address:
6-13-8 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo

Access:
5mins walk from Akasaka Station

Hours:
Tuesdays-Saturdays 12:00-13:00, Mondays-Saturdays 17:00-21:00
Closed on Sundays and New Year Holidays

Price range:
Lunch 10,000yen ~, Dinner 20,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3568-6055

Website:
http://kikunoi.jp/english/store/akasaka/

10. Ginza Kappou Ukai

Ginza Kappou Ukai

Ginza Kappou Ukai. From Instagram

The interior of Ginza Kappou Ukai is modern Japanese-style. They have private rooms, which possess a sense of privacy and spaciousness. The private rooms are popular, but the chef recommends the counter seats, in order to enjoy the way you can indulge in the luxury of watching how your meals are made, enjoying the aroma, and chatting with the chef about dishes and ingredients. Depending on the season, you may have the chance to enjoy dishes that use ingredients not conventionally found in Japanese cuisine, like truffles, beef tongue, or zucchini. You can’t enter the restaurant without making the reservation beforehand.

Ginza Kappou Ukai’s plates

Ginza Kappou Ukai’s plates. From Instagram

Address:
Jewel Box Ginza B1F, 8-9-15 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Access:
5mins walk from Ginza Station, 5mins walk from Shimbashi Station

Hours:
Mondays-Fridays 17:30-21:30 (last order 21:30).
Saturdays and holidays 11:30-14:30 (last order 14:30
& 17:30-21:30last order 21:30)
Closed on Sundays, 17th and 18th July, and New Year Holidays

Price range:
Lunch 8,000yen ~, Dinner 20,000yen ~

Tel:
050-5589-8751

Website:
http://www.ukai.co.jp/ginzakappou/