With tea-ceremony kaiseki as the basis, we at Kyoto Kitcho seek to prepare Japanese cuisine using the finest seasonal ingredients, served in carefully chosen vessels and arranged with utmost care to please the eye as well as delight the palate.

Ever since opening a tiny Japanese restaurant in Osaka in 1930, founder Yuki Teiichi devoted himself unflaggingly to cuisine, hoping to introduce the glories of Japanese haute cuisine to the world. Soon he was operating several branch restaurants, which in 1991 began to function independently. The Kyoto Kitcho fleet now includes five luxury restaurants and two retail stores. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you.

Origin of the name “KITCHO”

When founder Yuki Teiichi opened his first restaurant in Osaka, he asked local painter Suma Taisui to come up with a name that could be used anywhere in Japan. Taisui chose the name “Kitcho” from good luck (“kitchou”) bamboo branches sold at Imamiya Ebisu Shrine in Naniwa-ku, Osaka, as charms to ensure business prosperity.

KITCHO owners past and present


2nd-generation owner TOKUOKA KOJI

3rd-generation owner TOKUOKA KUNIO