Chihana (literally One Thousand Flowers) has been a fixture in Kyoto’s Gion district ever since its opening in 1946. Well known for its unique style which focuses not just on the food itself, but also on minimalism, antique silverware and counters made from unfinished wood, representing the wabi sabi esthetic of Japanese arts.
Plates from Chihana are prepared with a bit of a personal touch, Motoo Nagata, the founder did this himself until his death in 2006. Today, his oldest son, Katsuyoshi Nagata continues this tradition, being ever busy adding new flavors and textures to the menu.
The restaurant has room for up to eight guests at each given time, you can sit at the counter, at the table, or inside their Japanese-style room, which costs a little extra. We highly recommend that you give this place a try!
- 12:00pm - 2:00pm, daily; 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Closed on Tuesdays (except holidays)
- (+81) 75-561-2741
- 584 Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama District, Kyoto 605－0074
- About 15 min by taxi from Kyoto Station 3min walk from Keihan Railway Gion-Shijo Station; 10min walk from Hankyu Railway Kawaramachi Station