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Dining and WASHOKU,Japanese Cuisine at Kyoto Nanzenji Garden Ryokan Yachiyo and Restaurant


What is KAISEK & Washoku?

“Washoku” is “traditional Japanese cuisine” which refers to individual Japanese food or a set of Japanese dishes. Washoku was registered as a UNESCO Intangible cultural heritage in 2013. As cuisine field in it, Washoku was registered the 5th in the World. Washoku is a World-Class. There are individual Japanese food such as Sushi, Sashimi, and Tempura,etc,and a set of Japanese dishes. Washoku is characterized by the use of various seasonal fresh foods, and is famous as very healthy food due to a low-calorie, nutritious and well-balanced diet.

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,Best Vegetarian Restaurants. 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!!

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If dinner is wished to have, please request a front by 17:00 of the day.*Seasonal a KIASEKI course : Reservaton necessary 3days 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 be informed that all dinners are served at our garden restaurant. For In Room Dining (Room Service), there is an additional charge of 2530 JPY per person. Without a reservation, dinner will be available at the garden restaurant under the "Yudofu Zen, Kyo Kaiseki Bento Rainy Month" menu, starting from 3,000 yen. Reservations are essential for dining options such as KAISEKI, Sukiyaki, Shabushabu (starting from 12,650 yen), etc. Reservations for the Luxury KAISEKI special selection course (starting from 18,975 yen) must be made by 8:00 PM the previous 3days . Kindly note that breakfast is also served at our garden restaurant. If you wish to have breakfast, please make a request at the front desk by 8:00 PM on the previous day. Breakfast timings can be chosen from 7:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM, and 9:00 AM. Our staff will inquire about your preferred breakfast time. Breakfast is served in the garden restaurant.

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WASHOKU KYO-KAISEKI course from 18975JPN to 31625JPN.

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.Please let me know what you cannot eat. We cannot offer full vegetarian food.In Room Dining (Room Service)per person add 2530JPN.
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A famous japanese WASHOKU cuisine from 12650JPN to 31625JPN.

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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