14,520 JPY 〜
/ Guest
30,250 JPY 〜
/ Guest

Kiyama has earned 1 star within a year of opening. Experience kaiseki cuisine which has redefined the basics of water and dashi stock

Quietly located on the first floor of an apartment building, a 5-minute walk from Subway Marutamachi Station and close to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, is kaiseki cuisine restaurant Kiyama.

Kiyama has drawn attention to itself after earning award from world gourmet guide soon after opening in April 2017. Owner Yoshiro Kiyama is a skilled chef who trained at Wakuden for 16 years from age 19, of which 10 years were spent as head chef. When opening the restaurant, Kiyama heard that there is a waterway with delicious water running through near the restaurant. He then drilled a well for use at the restaurant and so began his use of delicious spring water. Something else that Kiyama is particular about is the basic of Japanese cuisine: dashi stock. As guests enjoy watching the chef shave dried bonito, he uses a fragrant and clear dashi for the soups. Each dried bonito block is tasted, selected by the level of saltiness and acidity, and 3 types of bonito blocks are blended to balance the taste.

Courses are on the menu for both lunch and dinner, starting with sayu (water boiled until white), then dish after dish which incorporates seasonal ingredients and the ultimate stock. Guests can look forward to dishes with an interesting twist which change with every visit, like the uni (sea urchin) and egg bowl. Light tea is then served to finish. All the dishes are matched with and served on various wares, from Japanese and Chinese antiques to those by current artists. Chef Kiyama loves alcohol, and keeps a collection of 20 to 30 types of Japanese sake and 80 bottles of wine in the wine cellar at all times.

The interior of the restaurant is based on wood, creating a clean and cozy atmosphere. With 9 counter seats, two private rooms which can accommodate 4 to 7 guests and 4 to 6 guests, Kiyama is ideal for dates, business entertainment, dinner parties with friends, and other various settings. Why not come and experience the depth of kaiseki cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.

※ Awarded 1 star on world-renowned gourmet guide Kyoto-Osaka 2023.

* The availability of an English version of this page does not guarantee that the restaurant can provide services in English unless otherwise stated. Please be aware that, even if stated, there may still be days when English speaking staff are unavailable.

■ 5-minute walk from Kyoto Subway Karasuma Line Marutamachi Station Exit 5

Frequently Asked Questions
■ Do you have a private dining room?
Private dining room(s) are available.
■ Is there a charge to book a private dining room?
No room charge is required for our private dining room.
■ Are children welcome? If so, is a separate menu for children available?
At the counter seats, we welcome children who can enjoy our standard menu for adults. In our private dining room, everyone is welcome. We are happy to prepare a special menu for children. Please inquire in advance to discuss food preferences and the price.
■ Is the restaurant wheelchair accessible?
We are wheelchair accessible.
■ Can the course be customized for vegetarian, vegan or low calories?
Please inquire in advance. If fish-based Dashi stock is acceptable, we are able to offer some customizations.
■ Are menus available in other languages?
Unfortunately, we only offer our menu in Japanese.
■ Does anyone in the restaurant speak other languages?
Unfortunately, our staff only speak Japanese.
■ Can I make a reservation for 1 person?
We accept reservations starting from 1 person.
■ Is there a dress code?
Our dress code is Smart Casual. Please refrain from shorts, tank tops or sandals.
■ Are photos allowed in the restaurant?
Unfortunately, photos or videos are not allowed in the restaurant.



  • 20's

    Date of Visit: 2/2023
    Incredible meal, one of the best of our lives. Thank you Mr. Kiyama and staff for the hospitality!
    Number of visits: OnePurpose: Date
  • 30's

    Date of Visit: 1/2023
    三度目の訪問でしたが伺うたびに大変な満足感を得ております。オリジナリティのあるお料理、合わせてくださるお酒、温かい空間、一人ひとりを大事にしてくださる接客が本当に素晴らしいです。 今回は最近できた二階席とのことでどうなるのだろうと思っておりましたが、流石の木山さんでオペレーションもお料理も全く問題なく豊かな時間を過ごさせていただきました。席数が増えた分、予約が取りやすくなりお客側としてもありがたいことです。次はいつ伺おうかと今から楽しみにしております。
    Number of visits: 2+Purpose: Other
  • 50's

    Date of Visit: 12/2022
    Number of visits: 2+Purpose: With family



[From July 2022] Lunch course
14,520 JPY / Guest
[From July 2022] Lunch course
30,250 JPY / Guest
[From July 2022] Dinner Course
30,250 JPY / Guest



Kiyama [木山]

Cuisine Type

Japanese, Kaiseki, Washoku

Opening hours

Lunch: 12:00~15:00 (L.O. 13:30) Dinner: 18:00~22:00 (L.O. 19:30)


No fixed holiday


136, Kinuya-Cho, Kyoto Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto

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