Nanzenji Junsei

Overview

Price
From  5,000 ~
Our Rating
  4.8

This long-established ryotei restaurant in Sakyo, Kyoto, is known for its “kaiseki” course cuisine focused on tofu. Sit back and enjoy your meal with a view of its nearly 4,000-square-meter garden.

Why We Recommend This

  • Nanzenji Junsei has long been loved for its tofu hot pot, which you can taste together with tofu skin and other tofu delights through its kaiseki course meal. You will be able to fully take in the delicate and profound taste of Kyoto’s cuisine. Vegetarian dishes are also available with prior notice.
  • Their tofu hot pot “yudofu” is surprisingly simple - a stew of tofu and only a minimal amount of broth and other ingredients. However, this simplicity is what allows you to fully appreciate the flavor of tofu. Nanzenji Junsei’s tofu is made of local soybeans, and they serve it up with a special sauce that maximizes its flavor. Enjoy it together with “yuba” tofu skin, which has a unique texture and strong soybean taste.
  • What keeps people coming back isn’t just the food, but the place itself. There’s a nearly 4,000-square-meter traditional Japanese garden for guests to enjoy their meals in while admiring the seasonal colors of the plants and trees. The center of this is Junsei Shoin, once a medical school during the Edo Period (1603-1868) and now an Important Cultural Property.
  • Many locals rent out the restaurant for special occasions like birthdays and wedding anniversaries. If you’re in Japan and want to celebrate, why not pick Nanzenji Junsei?
  • It’s very easy to get to this restaurant. It’s just 5 minutes away from Keage Station, 10 minutes from the Nanzenji Eikando bus stop on Kyoto City Bus No.5, and 9 minutes from the Okazaki Koen [Bijutsukan] bus stop on Kyoto City Bus No.100. So, if you’re looking for a full Japanese experience that truly brings out the best of Kyoto, consider dining here. We recommend making a reservation in advance because of how popular it is.

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Location

60, Nanzenji Kusagawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

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