Shijo Kawaramachi, the center of Kyoto and one of the most popular destinations for history-seeking visitors, is home to Good Nature Station. This new complex, near the Shijo Kawaramachi Crossing and a two-minute walk from the station of the same name, houses a hotel on the upper floors, a market and cafes on the first floor, and restaurants on the second floor. Among these restaurants on the second floor is TAKAYAMA.
Seated at a wide semi-circular counter, diners can enjoy watching the chef and other cooks working in the open kitchen, which adds a theatrical element to an experience here.
This dramatic restaurant is helmed by chef Tadashi Takayama, who trained in Italy for six years before returning to Japan to open TAKAYAMA, his own restaurant, in December 2019. The restaurant was quickly awarded a one-star rating within a year.
TAKAYAMA offers a 20-course Italian tasting menu full of creativity, allowing diners to relax for a few hours while enjoying a variety of sublime dishes. For example, a first course has a QR code imprinted on top of chocolate that offers a glimpse at the menu ahead. The second course is served in a small box which, when opened, captivates the eyes with the beautiful dish within.
Vegetables are sourced from Kyonoen Yoshida in Keihoku and the morning market in Kyoto Ohara. In addition, bone-in parous beef matured by President Yoshinobu Niiho of Sakaeya, a renowned butcher’s shop in Kusatsu, Shiga, is cooked slowly over charcoal.
The drink menu mainly focuses on wines from Italy, France, and other European bottles, but also includes several kinds of Japanese wines and sake. There is also a choice of two pairings, with either four or eight glasses depending on the guest’s preference.
The minimal all-white interior, furnished only with a 12-seat counter, highlights the beauty of dishes made by chef Takayama with colorful flowers and herbs as well as the liveliness of guests, making the restaurant perfect for gourmet gatherings, dates, and anniversaries. Children are welcome at the restaurant if booked for exclusive use. Non-Japanese speaking guests are also welcomed by chef Takayama and the sommelier, who are both fluent in English and Italian. Guests are kindly advised to contact the restaurant in advance if special accommodations are required.
The concept of TAKAYAMA, “comfort and inspiration lead to happiness,” reflects the desire to entertain guests at the restaurant. The friendly hospitality of chef Takayama is surely one of the attractions of this restaurant.
Guests are invited to enjoy a one-of-a-kind creative experience within the extraordinary world of TAKAYAMA at the center of Kyoto.
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A-three minutes walk from Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Main Line