Kaiseki: The Japanese Art of Food

Learn Japanese with Anime, click to learn more!


Japanese cuisine kaiseki is known for its meticulous preparation and beautiful presentation. It is also one of the most expensive Japanese meals. Restaurants kaiseki they usually offer a private room - often overlooking a Japanese garden.

In the old days kaiseki it was a simple banquet served to the monks that began to gain fame in the tea ceremony that ended up becoming a sophisticated banquet composed of several dishes served in different portions.

There are no rules regarding food, but there is all that Japanese aesthetics. And these meals are usually divided into up to 14 types of dishes that we will see below:


Dishes from kaiseki

Sakizuke (先付) - An aperitif served before the meal.

Hassun (八寸) - The second dish that defines the theme of the meal. It includes various dishes such as seafood and fruits of the land. It got its name from being served in a square wooden container.

Mukozuke (向付) - Fresh fish that accompanies rice, soup and sake. It is usually a dish of sashimi, seasonal sunomono. (From the time)


Takiawase (煮合) - Vegetables served with fish, meat or tofu.


Futamono (蓋物) - A small dish served in a container with a lid. Sometimes a soup.


Yakimono (焼物) - Seasonal grilled fish.

Suzakana (酢肴) - A small dish based on vinegar to clean the palate.

Nakachoko (酢肴) - A small sour soup also used to clean the palate.



Shiizakana (強肴) - Usually a pan with a hot plate. To give your appetite more satisfaction, or to stimulate some more sake, this mixture can be based on vegetables and nerimono (fish-based pasta, which may be pasta skamaboko, chikuwa, hanpen, etc.)

Gohan (御飯) - Rice with seasonal ingredients.

Kou no mono (香の物) - Seasonal pickles.

Tomewan (止椀) - A basic offer of rice and miso soup. Served at the end to make sure you are satisfied.


Mizumono (水物) - A small desert of fruit, jam or cake.

Omogashi-koicha (主菓子 - 濃茶) - Sweet and Tea.


There are also other dishes not mentioned, which are usually served at tea ceremonies and not in restaurants.



Meals in kaiseki restaurants often cost between 15,000 40 to 40,000 円 (350 to 1,000 reais) per person, excluding drinks. Cheap right?

Cheap varieties of Kaiseki

Sometimes you can find promotions and offers at lunch or dinner, which go up to the price of 3,000 to 10,000 円 per person. (75 to 250 Reais.)

Some restaurants also sell obento (lunchbox) priced between 3,000 to 6,000 円 per person. (75 to 150R$)


There are also common restaurants that sell kaiseki, they do not offer private rooms, and bring all food in boxes. They usually cost between 6,000 to 15,000 円 (150 to 380 Reais.)

At Ryoukan hotels they also usually offer a small kaiseki in their stay.