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Restaurant Details
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For each guest that dines at this restaurant, byFood will donate 10 meals
Location
Cuisine
Traditional Japanese / Kaiseki / Kappo
Average cost
Lunch: ¥7,000 - ¥45,000
Dinner: ¥15,000 - ¥45,000
Other
Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian
The sukiya-zukuri architecture of this famed Kyoto restaurant is the perfect backdrop for a traditional kaiseki meal.

Restaurant Details

Walking through the gates of ryotei (traditional Japanese restaurant) Seiwasou is like being transported back hundreds of years through Japan’s history. Though it was only established in the early Showa era, the buildings’ elegant sukiya-zukuri architectural style, incorporating Japanese teahouse aesthetic and Edo-period design cues, would not look out of place with hakama-clad samurai strolling along their corridors. From 1957, Seiwasou has enthralled visitors from all over the world with its fine kaiseki course menus, including the local specialty Shokado bento, served in a striking red and black lacquerware box. With the philosophy “Kyoto ingredients in Kyoto cuisine”, the restaurant sources its vegetables and seafood from a closely-knit network of local suppliers, with whom they have built up an unbreakable relationship over more than half a century. Historically, dashi, or kelp and bonito broth, is the foundation of Kyoto cuisine — and by extension all of Japanese cuisine. Thus it should come as no surprise that Seiwasou takes its dashi extremely seriously, using top-grade Makurazaki honkarebushi bonito flakes from Kagoshima Prefecture and kombu kelp from Rishiri Island in northern Hokkaido. These ingredients are then immersed in Kyoto’s own famously pure Fushimi groundwater to create a dashi unlike any other. Made immediately prior to being served to guests, the flavor is simultaneously light and intensely complex, and forms the base of each stew and soup served at Seiwasou. Head chef Tetsuo Takenaka is also famously particular about his tempura, using seasonal ingredients fried in his own special blend of fragrant “taikou” sesame oil and cottonseed oil. Private rooms also offer serene views of the restaurant’s tsubo-niwa interior gardens, letting guests quietly savor the fine cuisine presented to them, course by course. Before or after their meal, guests are invited to take a walk in the gardens, which are laid out around a central pond in a traditional chisenkaiyu-shiki style, much like the famed Katsura Imperial Villa or Koishikawa-Korakuen Gardens. “Through both the food and the space, I want visitors to feel the culture of Japan,” says Chef Takenaka with a bow. “We look forward to guests experiencing the heart of true Japanese hospitality here at Seiwasou.”
Dining Courses
(Lunch Only) “Tsuru” Shokado Bento
Afternoon
¥ 6,700
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The Shokado bento is a traditional Kyoto-style bento lacquerware box, taking the luxurious elements of a kaiseki course and artistically condensing them into a single dish. The Tsuru — meaning “crane” in Japanese — menu option includes a traditional kaiseki starter of “mukozuke”, which the chef at Seiwasou puts together using seasonal fish.
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The Shokado bento is a traditional Kyoto-style bento lacquerware box, taking the luxurious elements of a kaiseki course and artistically condensing them into a single dish. The Tsuru — meaning “crane” in Japanese — menu option includes a traditional kaiseki starter of “mukozuke”, which the chef at Seiwasou puts together using seasonal fish.
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¥ 6,700
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(Lunch Only) “Miyabi” Shokado Bento
Afternoon
¥ 8,050
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The Shokado bento is a traditional Kyoto-style bento lacquerware box, taking the luxurious elements of a kaiseki course and artistically condensing them into a single dish. Aside from the Shokado bento, Seiwasou’s Miyabi (“elegance”) menu option includes a traditional kaiseki “mukozuke” starter using assorted seasonal fish, as well as a grilled dish and stewed dish.
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The Shokado bento is a traditional Kyoto-style bento lacquerware box, taking the luxurious elements of a kaiseki course and artistically condensing them into a single dish. Aside from the Shokado bento, Seiwasou’s Miyabi (“elegance”) menu option includes a traditional kaiseki “mukozuke” starter using assorted seasonal fish, as well as a grilled dish and stewed dish.
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¥ 8,050
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(Lunch Only) Kaiseki Course
Afternoon
¥ 10,750
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A luxurious kaiseki lunch option that changes monthly, for those seeking a long and languid lunchtime. Luxuriate in expertly-crafted Kyoto-style dishes using seasonal ingredients sourced directly from the local region.
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A luxurious kaiseki lunch option that changes monthly, for those seeking a long and languid lunchtime. Luxuriate in expertly-crafted Kyoto-style dishes using seasonal ingredients sourced directly from the local region.
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¥ 10,750
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“Yuki” Kaiseki Course
Afternoon, Evening
¥ 17,450
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The first of Seiwasou’s three signature kaiseki courses, themed around the traditional Japanese “setsugekka” aesthetic of snow, the moon and flowers. Though its menu changes every month, the Yuki course always features seasonal Kyoto vegetables and premium seafood.
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The first of Seiwasou’s three signature kaiseki courses, themed around the traditional Japanese “setsugekka” aesthetic of snow, the moon and flowers. Though its menu changes every month, the Yuki course always features seasonal Kyoto vegetables and premium seafood.
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¥ 17,450
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“Tsuki” Kaiseki Course
Afternoon, Evening
¥ 26,800
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The second of Seiwasou’s three signature kaiseki courses, themed around the traditional Japanese “setsugekka” aesthetic of snow, the moon and flowers. Though its menu changes every month, the Tsuki course always features seasonal Kyoto vegetables and premium seafood.
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The second of Seiwasou’s three signature kaiseki courses, themed around the traditional Japanese “setsugekka” aesthetic of snow, the moon and flowers. Though its menu changes every month, the Tsuki course always features seasonal Kyoto vegetables and premium seafood.
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¥ 26,800
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“Hana” Kaiseki Course
Afternoon, Evening
¥ 42,650
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The final and most luxurious of Seiwasou’s three signature kaiseki courses, themed around the traditional Japanese “setsugekka” aesthetic of snow, the moon and flowers. The chef spares no expense when preparing the Hana course, which features the finest seasonal Kyoto vegetables and most premium seafood that Seiwasou has to offer. ※ Please note that this course cannot accommodate vegan or vegetarian diners, even with advance notice.
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The final and most luxurious of Seiwasou’s three signature kaiseki courses, themed around the traditional Japanese “setsugekka” aesthetic of snow, the moon and flowers. The chef spares no expense when preparing the Hana course, which features the finest seasonal Kyoto vegetables and most premium seafood that Seiwasou has to offer. ※ Please note that this course cannot accommodate vegan or vegetarian diners, even with advance notice.
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¥ 42,650
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Seiwasou Access Info

Seiwasou is located a 5-minute walk from Fushimi Station on the Kintetsu Line, or an 8-minute walk from Sumizome Station on the Keihan Line. Alternatively, it can be reached after a 15-minute drive from JR Kyoto Station, or a 5-minute walk east from the Nishi-Sumizomedori bus stop.

Seiwasou Phone Number

075-641-6238

Seiwasou Business Days

Sunday
12:00 PM
03:30 PM
-
06:00 PM
10:00 PM
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
12:00 PM
03:30 PM
-
06:00 PM
10:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM
03:30 PM
-
06:00 PM
10:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM
03:30 PM
-
06:00 PM
10:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM
03:30 PM
-
06:00 PM
10:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM
03:30 PM
-
06:00 PM
10:00 PM

Seiwasou Address

8 Echigoyashiki-cho, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 612-8431

Seiwasou Cancellation Policy

Cancel your reservation at least 2 days before the dining start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Featuring beautiful landscapes from mountain to sea, Kyoto Prefecture conveys traditional Japanese culture through its architecture and gardens, art and artisanal crafts, and delicious local cuisine made from regional produce.
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