Gion Nanba is located in the heart of the Geisha town of Gion, just a stone’s throw from Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto. Yet, it’s hard to find if you don’t know exactly where it is.
It is meant to be hidden – a Gion’s tradition to treasure private time and space, escaping from the prominent amusement world.
Slipping off the busy Shijo street into a narrow alley – like Alice in Wonderland – you will find a small light that only says its name. It didn’t take long, however, for a Michelin critic to find this new, secretive restaurant and gave it a star. It offers an exquisite traditional Kaiseki multi-course dinner and lunch in a very private atmosphere in a unique Kyoto-Gion style.
At Gion-Nanba, only the freshest and the highest quality seasonal ingredients, critically chosen by the owner chef, Nanba, are allowed to be served on the table. He then takes them to the exceptional stage.
The authenticity you feel and taste is the true tradition of Kyo-Kaiseki. Never over-saucing or overpowering the essence of the ingredients, instead he educes the most out of what they have in Umami.
Whether you want to make a special memory in Kyoto, or want to invite special guests, this is an ideal place. Choose a different seating for your occasion. Believe me, it’s hard to find a Kaiseki restaurant open until this late (last order 10 pm) around Kyoto.