The care lavished on every aspect of dining is unparalleled here thanks to the conscientious attention of Kikunoi's owner, world-renowned chef and authority on Kyoto cuisine, Yoshihiro Murata. A lifetime study of French and Japanese cooking, a commitment to using the finest local ingredients, and a playful creative sense make every exciting meal hum with flavor. Once seated in a private dining room, you are brought a small sakizuke, or appetizer, the first of up to 14 courses, each exquisitely presented and unfailingly delicious. Dishes like cedar-smoked barracuda fillets, citrus-infused matsutake mushroom soup, or sashimi served on chrysanthemum petals keenly accord to the nuances of each new season. This restaurant sits on the northern edge of Kodai-ji Ttemple. Evening courses start at ¥15,500, lunches at ¥4,200.