Michelin Three Stars: Hyotei 瓢亭
Hyotei is perhaps the mother of all kaiseki cuisine establishments in Japan.
Hyotei's current chef, Eiichi Takahashi, is the fourteenth-generation chef to run the legendary kitchen.
Astounding quality and taste.
Tokyoites (very wealthy Tokyoites) think nothing of taking a two-and-half hour bullet train ride down to Kyoto for lunch - and then returning.
The Hyotei Annex a little way to the west is more casual and offers morning rice porridge and bento.
Hyotei is closed the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, as well as at the end of the year.
Hyotei is just north of the Kokusai Koryu Kaikan and the Murin-an Villa and Garden.
Hyotei is a ten-minute walk from the Westin Hotel or Keage Station on the Toza iLine.
Instructions for Taxi
瓢亭までください。(Hyotei madeh kudasai.)
35 Kusakawacho, Nanzenji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto.
Tel: 075 771 4116
Closed second and fourth Tuesdays, end of year
Hyotei Cost per Person
Lunch: 20,000 - 42,000 yen
Dinner: 25,000 - 45,000 yen
There is a 15% service charge.