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Best Kaiseki Restaurants in Roppongi Area in Tokyo

Kaiseki Cuisine (懐石), A Japanese Cuisine Receiving Continuous Love from the World

Kaiseki 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 Roppongi Kaiseki Destinations

◇ More About Kaiseki Cuisine

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 Roppongi

Roppongi, one of the most prosperous streets in Tokyo, was the “monzen-machi” (area developed near the gate of a temple) in Edo period. During Meiji period, the Japanese Imperial Army was moved to Roppongi and made it “street of soldiers.” After the war, it has grow into a bustling street as many restaurants for foreigners opened. Nowadays, along with the existences of Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi has turn into a business district during daytime.

Places to visit(sightseeing) in Roppongi

Roppongi Hills

One of the landmarks in Roppongi, a commercial complex that was opened on April 2003. Roppongi Hills features Roppongi Hills Residence (residential area), Grand Hyatt (hotel), TOHO Cinema, and shops. You can also enjoy 4D movies in the TOHO Cinema!
Access:6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Mori Garden

A circular shape Japanese garden, located in the center of Tokyo, is a place where you can enjoy the changes in scenery with every passing seasons and the ponds. With its ancient origins, this is definitely a perfect spot for a stroll and a rest.
Access:6, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tokyo Midtown

“Tokyo Midtown” is located at the former site of Japan Defense Agency. It is a mixed-use development featuring Ritz-Carlton, museums, restaurants and shops. You can enjoy outdoor ice-skating in winter and cherry blossoms in spring.
Access:9-7-1, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo


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