Join the World of Kyoto Spring Culture

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Seeking to generate new value around the legacy of Japanese food culture through collaborations between local cuisine and cultural resources, based on regional characteristics, this model project is being conducted in Kyoto as a way to create, develop, and utilize cultural resources.

We invite you to visit a side of Kyoto that you will not find in a travel guide

Enjoy culture of Kyoto together with a taste of spring!
This special event will be held at the picturesque Shosei-en Garden at Higashi Honganji,
a place known for its considerable beauty.
Chefs at famous, long-established dining establishments
that symbolize Japanese food culture
will flex their gastronomic skills using seasonal ingredients.
Masters of the tea ceremony will serve cups of tea
accompanied with seasonal Japanese confectionaries.
Geisha and maiko will show off their elegant dancing wearing kimonos
and ornamental hairpins that lend color to the spring season.
The culture of Kyoto has been cultivated amid the changing of the four seasons.
Don’t miss this rare chance to enjoy firsthand the real Kyoto
in an extraordinarily unique way!

Event Outline


Tuesday, March 12, 2019


1st Session 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Opens 11 a.m.
2nd Session 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Opens 4 p.m.


Higashi Honganji Shōsei-en Garden Rofu-tei

Shomen-dori Ainomachi Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

Event information

Special kaiseki ryori for one day only

A collaboration between chefs who give new life to traditional dishes

*Chefs for the 1st and 2nd Session are different.

A cultural experience like no other – in a place ordinarily not open to the public

Enjoy Kyoto’s striking spring season with this feast for all the senses

Tea-serving experience / Dance performance by geisha and maiko

*Event details are subject to change.

*Interpreters and materials on the day of the event will be offered only in English.

*Pictures shown are for illustration purposes only.


15,000 yen (tax incl.)
Students 4,000 yen (tax incl.)

Access to Higashi Honganji Shōsei-en Garden

Address: Shomen-dori Ainomachi Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8190, Japan
10 min. walk from JR Kyoto Station
7 min. walk from Karasuma subway, Gojō Station
5 min. walk from Karasuma Shichijō bus stop
Click here for more information about Higashi Honganji Shōsei-en Garden

Organizers:Agency for Cultural Affairs,Government of Japanぐるなび

Co-Organizer: Kyoto Cuisine Mebaekai

Cooperation By:株式会社アルフレックス ジャパン一般社団法人ONSEN・ガストロノミーツーリズム推進機構京あそび全日本空輸株式会社(ANA)ダイワロイヤル株式会社(ダイワロイネットホテルズ)宝酒造株式会社西日本旅客鉄道株式会社(JR西日本)株式会社 俄BNL by Eight(listed in syllabary order)

Support By: Kyoto Prefecture / City of Kyoto /
Kyoto City Tourism Association /
Kyoto Convention Bureau /
Kyoto Tourism Federation /
Kyoto Prefectural International Center /
Kyoto Prefectural University /
Ritsumeikan University / Ryukoku University /
Kyoto Culinary Art College /
International Student Study Kyoto Network (listed in no particular order)

*Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018

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