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Dining & WASHOKU,Japanese Cuisine at Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo & Restaurant


What is KAISEKI?

The word "KAISEKI" originally had little to do with cooking or tea. The "KAI" means "bosom" and "SEKI" means"stone," and the term comes from the habit of monks in training to carry a heated stone in their robes,the warmth of which was intended to stave off hunger. Over the years, the word came to mean light meals to ward off the pangs of an empty stomach. The cuisine`s connection with tea began with Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591),the most renowed master of the tea ceremony. The hight caffeine content of the powdered green tea was almost too intense to drink on an empty stomach,so tea ceremony practitioners began serving snacks to better enable guests to enjoy their tea. Rikyu`s course was very simple at first--a bowl of miso soup and three side dishes--but the cooking became more elabolate as other side dishes were added. Although the style of KAISEKI created in restaurants like YACHIYO based on Rikyu`s philosophy, as chefs we must focus on our curomers`enjoyment of the food,so the structure of our courses differs greatly from the tea master`s. Today we distinguish between courses specifically for the tea ceremony --CHA-KAISEKI--and restaurant courses,known simply as KAISEKI. There in another style,KYO-KAISEKI,based on kyoto`s traditional local cuisine, including SHOJIN-RYORI vegetarian temple food. In a city as small as Kyoto,of course,we have seen much overlapping of KAISEKI and these local dishes,so I would have to say my meals are part of the KYO-KAISEKI tradition.

[HOSPITALITY ] The hospitality you can receive in a Ryokan is part of Japanese spirit. Making sure that a guest is treated well is part of the Japanese lifestyle. In a Ryokan in Kyoto, a representative wearing traditional Japanese attire will be in charge of one room during a guest's stay. They will be in charge of carrying the guest's baggage, guiding the guests to their room, delivering meals, setting up the bed and any other room service that may be required. However, this is just one small part of "Hospitality" in Japan. As you may have noticed, the watering and purifying of the entrance, seasonal greetings, staff in traditional attire smiling and greeting in a Kyoto dialect. The “hospitality” of Kyoto's ryokan, are that of very subtle presence. Much like a part of Japanese people themselves. The warmness of the staff may be quiet and indirect, but always there. That is the true hospitality of Ryokan in Kyoto.

We renvated our garden WASHOKU restaurant to expand the seats by the garden side. Feel free to visit our Japanese culinary art and culture and new garden WASHOKU restaurant/Auberge and enjoy being in cool Japan!!


If dinner is wished to have, please request a front by 18:00 of the day.*SUSHI KAISEKI,Seasonal a deluxe course, and a luxury course,A vegetarian dinner courses: Reservaton necessary 1days prior.(Cancellations must be made by 3 days before the dinner day.)


Next is the Japanese food prepared in a Ryokan. All eyes are on the Japanese food served in Kyoto especially, for its colorful presentation and subtle, delicate flavors. The heart and effort of the chef is put into what has now grown to become a significant part of Japanese culture. Reined as the capital of Japan for over 1,200 years, Kyoto is a respected luxury for its entire people. Let's not forget the quality brand of Kyoto's water, soil and people. The water is a significant factor of the secret to delicious Japanese sake. Definitely worth a try. Kyo-ryori skillfully incorporates the changes in season, draws on the natural flavor of ingredients with a focus on simplicity, and expresses beauty through presentation select serving dishes. An experience unlike any other.


Please note, all dinners are served at our garden restaurant. In Room Dining (Room Service)per person add 2484JPN. Dinner will be held in the garden restaurant without reservation "Yudofu Zen, Kyo Kaiseki Bento Rainy Month" (from 2,800 yen)
Reservations are necessary until 18 o'clock on the day such as "For example, KAISEKI,Sukiyaki,Shabushabu(From 7,452 yen) etc. "Deluxe KAISEKI,SUSHI KAISEKI, Kyoto cuisine special selection course. (From 9,936 yen) reservation is required until 20 o'clock the previous day.
Please note, all breakfasts are served at our garden restaurant. If breakfasts is wished to have, please request a front by 20:00PM of the previous day. Japanese style Breakfast or Western style BreakfastThe time of the bearkfast can be chosen from the time of onset at AM 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00. The room staff asks you the time of breakfast. Breakfast is served at garden restaurant.



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WASHOKU KYO-KAISEKI coursefrom 9936JPN to 24840JPN.

Yachiyo`s cuisine is known as "KYO-KAISEKI" and draws on the rich traditions of Kyoto style multiple-course dining. KYO-KAISEKI represents one of the pinnacles in Japanese cuisine, a highly stylized manifestation of the principles of in-season produce and enjoyment of seasonal variation. At the Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo/Auberge, one highlight of the Ryokan is the KYO-KAISEKI dining experience. You can enjoy various Japanese food in Yachiyo.In Room Dining (Room Service)per person add 2484JPN.Stay & dine package>>

WASHOKU SUSHI KAISEKI course dinner from 9936JPN to 18630JPN.

Next is the Japanese food prepared in a Ryokan. All eyes are on the Japanese food served in Kyoto especially, for its colorful presentation and subtle, delicate flavors. The heart and effort of the chef is put into what has now grown to become a significant part of Japanese culture. Reined as the capital of Japan for over 1,200 years, Kyoto is a respected luxury for its entire people.In Room Dining (Room Service)per person add 2484JPN. Stay & dine package>>

A famous japanese WASHOKU cuisine from 7452JPN to 18630JPN.

If you are a Japanese food lover, you might have had SUKIYAKI. It's a very popular one-pot meal in Japan. The main ingredient is thin sliced WAGYU beef 1/2lb, and it is simmered in a skillet or pan in the SUKIYAKI sauce with many vegetables and other ingredients. The word "YAKI" means "sauté " or "grill" in Japanese. The word is used because the beef in SUKIYAKI is sautéd in the hot skillet. Please note, Sukiyaki and shabushabu dinners are served at our garden restaurant.
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WASHOKU Vegetarian course dinner from 7452JPN to 9936JPN.

The SHOJIN RYORI dinner is preparing the course corresponding to an overseas visitor. (Lacto-ovo vegetarianism,Lacto vegetarianism,Ovo vegetarianism,Veganism)

The customer of vegetarianism must teach food and the ingredient that cannot be eaten. It cannot eat the gluten etc. 

Macrobiotics emphasizes locally grown whole grain cereals, pulses (legumes), vegetables, fruit, seaweed and fermented soy products, combined into meals according to the principle of balance (known as yin and yang). Dietary recommendations include whole grains such as brown rice and grain products such as pasta, a variety of cooked and raw vegetables, beans and bean products such as tofu, sea vegetables, mild natural seasoning, fish, fruit, nuts, seeds, and mild beverages.In Room Dining (Room Service)per person add 2484JPN.

The course only for a vegetarian. The menu which does not use meat and fish and shellfishes,(Vegan ism) or The customer who cannot eat the gluten becomes a pot dish. The bouillon (Broth,fish's extract) is used.Stay & dine package>>