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10 Top Kaiseki Restaurants in Osaka: Taste Japan's Most Beautiful Cuisine!

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Kaiseki is a style of Japanese cuisine consisting of a set of intricate dishes utilizing seasonal ingredients served in a course. Although often quite pricey, it's one of the must-try cuisines while you are in Japan! Here are 10 of the very best kaiseki restaurants in Osaka. Enjoy!

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Kigawa

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Kigawa is one of the oldest and most reputable kappo restaurants in the city of Osaka. You will get a very outstanding kappo experience here in a luxurious and artistic setting with a relaxed ambiance. The restaurant was awarded a prestigious Michelin star. It's hidden in a back alley in downtown Osaka. It is located approximately a 5-minute walk from the Namba Station.

Master chef Osamu Ueno prepares dishes using the traditional Osakan cutting and cooking techniques while incorporating some elements of Western food culture. You may find accents of basil vinegared miso and herb dressing in your dishes for example. Every bite is an interesting discovery.

For a lunch course at Kigawa, expect to pay approximately 8,000 yen. For a dinner course, the price averages about 15,000 yen. The costs do vary quite a lot. It is occasionally possible to have a nice meal for 5,500 yen for lunch for example. A very reasonable price for a Michelin-starred restaurant!
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Terada

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If you're in the mood for traditional Japanese fine dining in Osaka, Terada is an excellent choice. The cozy restaurant features just a counter and a private dining room, offering guests a personal and intimate dining experience. The chef is fairly young, yet has quite a tremendous amount of skill when it comes to traditional kaiseki cooking, blending in his own ideas where appropriate. All of the little details are in place, and the beauty of each dish is quite impressive, as is the freshness and quality of the ingredients chosen.

In addition to outstanding cooking, Terada also offers a wonderful selection of drinks including a carefully curated collection of Japanese sake and shochu, which can be paired with the food to create an outstanding gastronomical experience. If you're a fan of Japanese cooking and Japanese alcohol, a meal at Terada is sure to put a smile on your face.
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Yuno

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If you're a fan of food and fine dining (which presumably you are, since you're reading this article), you'll definitely appreciate the immense amount of care and dedication that the chef at Yuno puts into every detail of the dishes served at his restaurant. Yuno serves traditional Japanese kaiseki cuisine, highlighting Osaka's fresh vegetables in a series of beautifully arranged, delicious small dishes. The owner is particularly fond of fine pottery and glassware and has assembled quite an impressive collection of beautiful and unique dishes and vessels from around the country. Eating the beautifully prepared food in beautiful and unique dishes adds a layer to the experience that makes it even more special.

The restaurant currently holds a Michelin star, which is further proof of its excellent quality. It's an excellent choice for anyone in search of an outstanding traditional Japanese meal in Osaka. There's only one menu option at Yuno, which is the omakase course. It's about ¥15,000 and is well worth the price!
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Kashiwaya

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Among the just four restaurants in Osaka to receive three Michelin stars, Kashiwaya is rated as the most comfortable according to the Michelin Guide. The food served is traditional kaiseki cuisine, but with an infusion of modern ingredients and technique. The resulting dishes are not only incredibly delicious but unique to Kashiwaya. Enjoy delicately prepared dishes featuring luxurious Japanese ingredients such as steamed abalone and rare Ise prawn in a meal that you'll never forget.

Despite being one of the top restaurants in Osaka, the prices are fairly reasonable. Lunch Kaiseki sets start at just ¥10,000, and dinner is ¥16,000, ¥24,000 or ¥30,000 depending on which courses you get. Reservations can be made up to 3 months in advance, and it's advised to do so as early as possible. If you don't speak Japanese, see the link below for assistance with the reservation.
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Kappo Iwaki

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Kappo Iwaki is a classy, polished restaurant near Osaka's Kitashichi Station that serves some truly exceptional kaiseki cuisine to those lucky enough to find out about it. The food is served in omakase courses that include beautifully-arranged dishes made from whatever is freshest and best on that day.
The main dining room is an 8-seat counter that is usually filled with Osaka locals who know where to come for a great meal. The atmosphere is calm and relaxing, allowing guests to enjoy their meals without distraction. In addition to the excellent food, the selection of drinks including a delightful menu of sake is worth pursuing. Choose Kappo Iwaki for a fabulous, local meal that will not disappoint.

Kappo Iwaki is quite small (only 8 counter seats), so it's a good idea to make a reservation beforehand if you plan to dine there. Saturday is open by reservation only. Note that children under the age of 12 are not permitted in the restaurant, so make a different plan if you're traveling with small children.
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Honkogetsu

This is the quintessence of Japanese cuisine! Honkogetsu is located in a beautiful wooden traditional building in a small alley near the Namba Station. Granted, Honkogetsu is pricey, you should expect to pay between 20,000 to 30,000 for a course meal, but once you start your dining experience you will understand why. This place has rave reviews and holds two Michelin stars. Every item is so exquisitely prepared. You can communicate with basic English here too. Come here for an unforgettable experience!

Yonemasu

Yonematsu is another outstanding restaurant serving kaiseki. It is located at a 7 minute walk from the Fukushima Station. There is just a simple lighten sign written in kanji indicating this shops existence, and you've got to have a reservation to dine there. The interior is all wooden which creates an elegant relaxing, typically Japanese atmosphere. You are served here a beautiful, tasty and fragrant set of over 12 dishes when you order the 15,000 yen course. This is another sure value for dining on sublime kaiseki you'll remember!

Momen

Momen, located near the Shinsaibashi Station, is another flagship kaiseki restaurant in Osaka. You have got to make a reservation to go there. It is quite a small restaurant with only 10 seats. It has great reviews for being simple, yet serving dishes that are incomparably flavorsome and delectable. Only the best ingredients are selected by the chef which makes for amazing kaiseki! Courses are over 10,000 yen.

Aoki

Aoki is located at a 3 minute walk from the Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome Station. It can seat only up to 8 people and it is extremely popular so you must make a reservation here too. This place has 2 Michelin stars so you can be sure that you will be treated to an exceptional dining experience! There is only one option for a set meal and the chef decides what is served so you will have dishes that are in season, incredibly fresh and delicious. Expect to pay around 15,000 yen.

Koryu

Koryu is located at a 3 minute walk from the Kitashinchi Station. You do not need a reservation here, and lunch courses are also available! Koryu is small, having just 12 counter seats. The very friendly chefs prepare your kaiseki dishes right before your eyes, and you should feel free to ask them questions! This place has a relaxed atmosphere. They are quite proud about the ingredients they use. Much of the vegetables come from local producers, and the fish is of the highest grade. Expect to pay from 15.000 to 20,000 for this unique experience.

Lastly...

Kaiseki dishes represent what's most beautiful about the Japanese food culture. Although expensive, why not treat yourself at least once to this amazing culinary experience! Osaka is a great place to try them, as there are excellent restaurants such as the ones presented in this article!

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