Best Kaiseki Restaurants in Ginza Area in Tokyo
Kaiseki Cuisine (懐石), A Japanese Cuisine Receiving Continuous Love from the WorldKaiseki cuisine, available in Japanese restaurants “ryotei” and Japanese hotels “ryokan”, was a cuisine offered to guests at the tea ceremony. First started by the progenitor of tea ceremony, Sen no Rikyu, it was a light meal eaten prior to the event of the ceremony. The Kaiseki cuisine nowadays has already developed differently, the course includes more dishes and more luxurious cuisine. The numerous dishes with modest portions have become one of the characteristics of Kaiseki cuisine.
The Pocket Concierge Selection: Must-Try Ginza Kaiseki Destinations
- Ginza Toyoda
A Japanese restaurant where you can taste the four seasons of Japan
- Ginza Wakuta
Taste the feeling of seasons in relaxing fully-private rooms here.
- Ginza Koju
Taste “the essence of Japan” in Ginza by a chef who is representative of Japan.
- Ginza Shibutani
Delicious Hokkaido ingredients charm you in a modern-style blend of Japanese and Western cuisine.
Michelin 1-starred Kyoto cuisine focused on Dashi.
- Nanzenji Hyotei Hibiya
A Japanese restaurant delighting guests in Nishi-Azabu with local cuisine and spirits from Ise in Mie Prefecture
In the past, Kaiseki cuisine is the cuisine offered to the guests from the host for the tea ceremony event. The origin of it is “onjyuku” (warm stone), which is the warm stone that Zen monks would put near their stomaches to prevent hunger. 3 pillars of Kaiseki cuisine are, “utilization of seasonal ingredients,” “maximization of ingredient flavors,” and “omotenashi; service with humility and mindfulness.”
The basics of Kaiseki cuisine is simple, adhering to the traditional Japanese meal format of “1 soup, 3 side dishes.” The modern day Japanese dining manners can be said to be found here in this style. The Kaiseki cuisine nowadays has developed into “sakizuke” (appetizer), “hassun” (seasonal dish), “mukozuke” (sashimi), “takiawase” (simmered dish), “yakimono” (grilled dish), “shiizakana” (substantial dish), “gohan” (rice) that comes with soup and pickles, and “mizumono” (dessert).
In the past, when people think of small in portion, they think of Kaiseki cuisine. However, since there are more dishes now, some people also call it “western Kaiseki.”
◇ About GinzaGinza is a district in Chuo-ku, Tokyo. It is an area with high concentration of luxurious stores and long-established stores. The history of Ginza dates back to Edo period and the name comes from the establishment of a silver-coin mint.
While having one of the most prosperous streets in Japan, Ginza still has the atmosphere of the "Shitamachi" (downtown). It is a combination of Japan's history and culture, with the establishment of "Kabukiza" (kabuki theater).
On Saturdays and Sundays, the main street of Ginza turns into "pedestrian heaven," where adults, kids and couples can walk freely on the street.
Places to visit(sightseeing) in Ginza
The main street in Ginza. On Saturdays and Sundays, it turns into "pedestrian heaven." Many large-scale commercial facilities and high-end brands are along the the Chuo-dori street. Famous brands, such as Tiffany & Co., TAG Heuer and Apple store, can also be found here.
Access:3, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opened in the main area of Ginza in 2017, this shopping complex has over 200 brands inside. There is also a connecting walkway at the B2F to the Tokyo Metro station. A 4,000 square meters rooftop garden is located at the very top floor of the building, perfect for a rest and enjoy the greeneries.
Access:10-1, Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Kabuki-za, a representative tourist spot in Ginza, has been keeping its old tradition since its opening in 1889. The kabuki performances are available almost every day. Even though the building was destroyed for several time, the baroque Japanese revivalist architecture-style has been restored till now.
Access:12-15, Ginza 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo