Michelin Three Stars: Tsuruya 京都 つる家
Tsuruya is one of the few Kyoto restaurants at the pinnacle of the city's kaiseki cuisine scene.
Do not be put off by Tsuruya's uninspiring exterior. Enter and be transported into sylvan world of gustatory delight. Tsuruya restaurant is set amidst a grove, overlooking a large, idyllic Japanese garden that reflects each season in its quintessentially Japanese beauty.
Tsuruya was originally founded in Osaka, but opened a Kyoto branch in 1928 to commemorate the ascension of the Emperor Showa, or Hirohito.
The Kyoto branch of Tsuruya is located in Okazaki, close to several museums and Heian Shrine.
When the Kyoto State Guesthouse opened in 2005, Tsuruya was chosen to prepare and provide meals for the VIPs from around the world. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Princess Diana have dined here as have US President George Bush and the French President Mitterand.
Tsuruya is due east of Heian Shrine just off Marutamachi Dori street.
A fifteen or twenty-minute walk from Marutamachi Station on the Keihan Line. Walk east towards the mountains on the north side of Marutamachi. When you reach the intersection of Marutamachi and Shirakawa, you have arrived.
Tsuruya is the large Japanese style building on the other side of the street in front of you. The entrance is in the back, which has a large gravel parking lot.
Instructions for Taxi (address in Japanese below)
つる家までください。 (Tsuruya madeh kudasai.)
30 Higashi Tennocho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8332
Tel: 075 761 0171
11:30am - 3pm (last order 1pm), 5pm-9pm (last order 7pm)
Closed end of year
Tsuruya Cost per Person
Lunch: 15,000-21,000 yen
Dinner: 35,000 -55,000 yen
There is a service charge of 15% for lunch, 20% for dinner.
Tsuruya has a number of branches in Japan. These include branches in the Peninsula Hotel in Tokyo, Umeda Station in Osaka, JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan department store, Matsuya department store in Ginza, Tokyo and Daimaru department store in Marunouchi, Tokyo.
Tsuruya Peninsula Tokyo B1F
Tel: 03 6270 2715