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About Ryō-shō
Ryō-shō is a fine-dining Japanese restaurant in Gion, Kyoto, where Head Chef Makoto Fujiwara cooks the best ingredients to be found in Kyoto while indulging in his love for encountering new ingredients and connecting with diners.

Fujiwara trained at Gion Maruyama for 13 years. After serving as head chef at Kappo Fuji and Kodaiji Jugyuan, he went on to open Ryō-shō in January 2022. A product of both polished technique and an open-minded and cheerful disposition, Fujiwara’s cuisine is informed by both the traditions that form the bedrock of Japanese culinary culture and an innovative spirit that is ripe with potential. The name Ryō-shō means “to eclipse the sky.” As the lofty aspirations of our name imply, we always aim to delight our guests with elevated cuisine, design, and hospitality.

Every dish, from appetizer to dessert, is finished and served in front of the diner’s eyes to provide brief interactions with the chef that can add a sense of warmth to the meal that complements the freshness of the food itself. We encourage diners to enjoy their meals with wines of the highest caliber from our collection of hundreds of bottles—we select the best pairings to accompany the day’s menu. We also offer a selection of rare sake from Kyoto and other well-known sake-brewing regions.

Here, you will experience the height of culinary culture in which each dish is the product of a rich and ever-changing natural environment, layers of intricate handiwork, and the mastery of a connoisseur. We eagerly await your visit to enjoy an unforgettable meal brimming with seasonal delights.
Makoto Fujiwara
Head Chef
Makoto Fujiwara
Fujiwara trained at Gion Maruyama for 13 years before further honing his skills as head chef at Kappo Fuji and Kodaiji Jugyuan. In January 2022, he opened Ryō-shō in Gion, Kyoto. He believes in providing memorable food, ambiance, and customer service in a first-class environment. He was awarded two stars for Ryō-shō by the Michelin Guide.
Makoto Fujiwara

General Information

570-166 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays (last order at 12:30 p.m.)
5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (last order at 7:30 p.m.)
*There may be days when we are closed due to unforeseen circumstances.

By train:

  • Five-minute walk from the Gion stop on city bus route 206. Board at the stop outside Karasuma Exit of Kyoto Station
  • Eight-minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station on the Keihan Main Line
  • About 15 minutes by taxi from Kyoto Station (if traveling by Shinkansen, we recommend taking a taxi outside Hachijo Exit)

By car:

  • We do not offer parking, so please use a metered parking lot nearby