Kappo Yamashita is housed in a machiya (Kyoto's traditional townhouses), north of Sanjo on a postcard-pretty section of historical Kiyamachi Street. In spring, it's awash in pink petals and tourists dressed as geikos (the Kyoto term for geishas). The food in this district is washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine), served kaiseki (a drawn-out multi-course meal). But it doesn't (and shouldn't) feel drawn out.
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