16. Kitcho Arashiyama (Kyoto, Japan) from 16 Best Restaurants in Japan Slideshow

16 Best Restaurants in Japan Slideshow

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16. Kitcho Arashiyama (Kyoto, Japan)

This 65-year-old classic, a Michelin three-star, with its lush garden setting and simply but handsomely furnished dining rooms, offers one of Kyoto's finest kaiseki experiences. Depending on the season and the availability of the best ingredients, the 10-course menu might include such delicacies as pickled tilefish with shiitake mushrooms and mountain potatoes; hamo eel in yuzu broth; ice fish with pickled vegetables, mustard leaves, and eggplant; Kyoto beef en gelée… Unusually for a restaurant of this type, there is a good wine list as well as the expected selection of quality sake.