About MOKUBEI | Kyoto Gion Kaiseki japanese restaurant

About Mokubei


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<Enjoy the delectable taste of good old traditions in the Gion section of the ancient capital Kyoto.>
Gion is a city quarter that evolved primarily around the Yasaka Shrine, as well as an entertainment district and it is one area of agglomeration, which historically represents the culture of Kyoto. Distinguished tea houses and restaurants line the streets of Hanamikooji Avenue, the main street of Gion. The good old traditions of Japan and periodic scenery of the four distinctive seasons comprise an atmosphere that can only be felt in the old capital and surrounding Mokubei.
What we offer is Kyoto cuisine that has been passed down through generations. Even though Mokubei preserves traditions we never disregard challenges, such as the innovation of new dishes.
Our dishes are accompanied with verses of classic Waka poetry, composed a thousand years ago and hand written on Japanese paper, in order to facilitate for our guests a feeling of the spring, summer, fall and winter seasons. Meticulous care has also been given to the selection and installation of the utensils used, as well as the flowers and scrolls that adorn our rooms. The meals taste distinctly Japanese and can be enjoyed, while one immerses in the traditions of Kyoto.
The establishment is operated with a family oriented atmosphere, so please feel free to drop by. We are looking forward to serving you.

Shintaro Terada, Proprietor

Historical tale of Mokubei

Our establishment originated in 1928 when my great grandfather, who was originally a timber merchant, established a restaurant in the Tenjinbashi district of Osaka, known as the gastronomic district. The origin of the name "Mokubei" can be traced back to the fact that my great grandfather was a fan of wood grain patterns.
The second proprietor of the establishment, my grandfather, relocated to Kiyamachi in the Shimogamo district of Kyoto. The restaurant once again relocated to our current location, at Hanamikoujidori Avenue in the Gion district of Kyoto, in 1974.

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Enjoying Taste and Ambience

The counter on the first (ground) floor is made from a 3,000 year old "Formosan cypress", which my grandfather purchased as raw timber. It is an extremely precious piece of timber and so the offcuts of the timber were used on the ceiling, following assembly of the counter.
Private rooms on the second floor above are furnished with a table and chairs. Concerted efforts have been made to elaborately decorate the tokonoma, the traditional alcove in a Japanese room, using a selection of scroll paintings that have a seasonal theme together with flowers of the season, to also give one's eyes an opportunity to experience a feeling of the season. We invite you to enjoy the seasonal dishes in a modern Japanese room.
Even though we preserve the traditional taste of Kaiseki tea ceremony meals, we also look to evolving the cuisine to explore ways of allowing you to enjoy the tastes of seasonal foodstuffs to your heart's content.

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Bookings for Reservations
Bookings for reservations and inquiries are accepted over the phone. Please feel free to contact us at the following phone number.

  • Lunch 12:00 to 13:30 (last order)
    (private rooms'last order at 13:00)
  • Dinner 17:30 to 20:30 (last order)
    (private rooms'last order at 20:00)
  • Closed:Sundays