Michelin 3 stars, Kyoto, Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Nanzenji Kusakawa-machi, Japanese
One of best restaurants in Japan. This 300-year-old restaurant first opened its doors as a teahouse to serve pilgrims and visitors on their way to Nanzenji Temple. Today it consists of two parts: one that offers expensive Kyo-kaiseki, which originated with the tea ceremony but is now associated with Kyoto cooking, and an annex offering seasonal obento lunch boxes. The kaiseki meals are served in separate tiny houses situated around a beautiful garden with a pond, maple trees, and bushes; the oldest house, which resembles a small teahouse, is more than 3 centuries old. You'll dine seated on a tatami floor in a private room, the food brought to you by kimono-clad women. The bekkan (annex), to the left of the kaiseki restaurant and with its own entrance, serves delicious shokado bento (lunch boxes), which change with the season and are served in a communal tatami room with views of a garden.
2 books written by Hyotei owner chef Takahashi Eiichi, 4 seasons, utsuwa (tableware) and Hyotei.