Kyoto: Kodaiji Temple / Kaiseki
Gion Shimogawara-dori Kiyoicho 480. [1 1/2 block S of Yasaka Shrine on W side of Shimogawara-dori, across from parking lot] Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-8pm (LO) daily.
: Open Sundays
This elegant old teahouse is a wonderful place to experience cha-kaiseki. Distinct from regular (banquet-style) kaiseki, this is a very formal style of meal associated with the traditional tea ceremony. The meal begins with a bowl of thick green tea, and progresses through a multitude of tiny dishes. Here the meal is served in private tearooms looking out onto a pretty garden. Cha-kaiseki menus at dinnertime start at Y15,000. At lunchtime you can order a bento box in the tatami room overlooking the garden - prices start at Y3500.