Fine Dining in a Beautiful Garden Setting

Opened in 1957 in Kyoto’s Fushimi district, Seiwaso serves premium Kyoto cuisine in a sukiya-style building with a view of a traditional Japanese garden.

Dining Rooms and Gardens

The building housing the restaurant, erected nearly 80 years ago, has been preserved but modified for greater comfort, with Western-style seating and Japanese rooms with foot wells. In this atmospheric setting, guests can enjoy a view of a splendid Japanese stroll garden centering on a pond and of compact tsuboniwa teahouse gardens.
Seiwaso offers a pleasurable dining experience in a traditional Japanese atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Seiwaso’s Cuisine

The name Fushimi derives from a word meaning “abundant water,” and the area is still blessed with plentiful underground water. Seiwaso is dedicated to serving premium Japanese cuisine. Our dashi broth and ushio-jiru clear seafood-based soup, mainstays of Japanese cuisine, are made from Fushimi spring water, the finest kombu kelp from Rishiri in Hokkaido and katsuobushi bonito flakes. We source traditional Kyoto vegetables from neighboring farms and obtain the finest seafood and other fresh ingredients both locally and from all over Japan. Thanks to the dashi and the culinary skills of Seiwaso’s chefs, all these ingredients are transformed into the most delectable dishes pleasing both the eye and the palate.

Parties and Banquets

Seiwaso offers private rooms, all facing our beautiful gardens, for occasions ranging from dining with friends to entertaining clients.

Our rooms can accommodate up to 70 persons for all types of parties and banquets. Some rooms have projectors, screens and other equipment and are suitable for meetings, lectures or musical performances.


Seiwaso’s intimate seven-seat tempura counter is the perfect place to enjoy the changing colors of our gardens throughout the year. Seasonal delicacies are discriminatingly selected and cooked in the finest blend of cottonseed and sesame seed oils, with everything done to perfection in feather-light tempura batter.

Enjoy Fushimi sake, Champagne or wine from our beverage list to go with our delectable tempura.

Wine Menu

For diners who like wine, we offer a special wine menu consisting of Japanese cuisine specially prepared to go well with wine. Customers may choose their favorite wine from our wine list, or enjoy a glass of house wine chosen by our sommelier.



Seiwaso is the perfect setting for a truly memorable wedding. Our staff is well-versed in Japanese traditions and wedding customs and we take great care to ensure that every detail is looked after.
Every aspect of the celebration, from the cuisine to the tableware, flowers and hanging scroll in the tokonoma alcove, is designed to highlight a felicitous occasion. Seiwaso is also the ideal setting for wedding receptions or for introducing the bride’s and groom’s families to each other.

Nearby Points of Interest

Sightseers may like to stop by Seiwaso for a meal after visiting these sites. Directions below are from each site to Seiwaso.

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Established in 711, Fushimi Inari shrine honors the god Inari. It attracts worshipers not only from Kyoto but from all over Japan, who come to the shrine to pray for abundant harvests, success in business, family health and happiness, or fulfillment of a wish. It is especially popular among merchants, who, following an old custom, even today often visit the shrine on the first day of each month. The hundreds of vermillion torii shrine gates, a popular attraction among foreign tourists, are donated by businesses that have made a wish or achieved success after praying to the shrine.

Access to Seiwaso: From Keihan Line Fushimi Inari Station, three stops to Sumizome Station; 8 minutes on foot heading west, or about 15 minutes by car.

Daigoji Temple

Daigoji , founded in 874 , developed as a sacred place for adherents of shugendo, ascetic mountain worship. The temple grounds were the site of a famous cherry blossom viewing party held by shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1598. Daigoji is now part of the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto, a World Heritage Site.
There are numerous structures on the temple’s vast grounds, including the Kondo central hall, the Sambo-in abbot’s quarters and the five-story pagoda, as well as statues and painted sliding screens designated important cultural assets in various buildings. The Daigoji weeping cherry tree on the grounds is a famous spot for sightseers.

Access to Seiwaso: About 30 minutes by car.

Fujimori Shrine

Founded about 1,800 years ago, Fujimori Shrine is known as the birthplace of the May 5 Boys’ Day Festival. Every year on this date, a horse race and other festivities are held at this shrine. Fujimori Shrine is a favorite among horse racing fans, for whom a special ceremony is held every December. The shrine is also well-known for hydrangeas, which bloom in profusion on the grounds in June.

Access to Seiwaso: About 10 minutes by car.

The Sake Breweries of Fushimi

Fushimi is one of Japan’s premier sake-producing areas. The Fushimi breweries have flourished for over 400 years, supported by the construction of Fushimi Castle nearby in the 16th century. The area still has working breweries, some of which offer tasting tours or have museums. The district welcomes visitors, who can enjoy strolling amid retro-style buildings and along the river which was once the principal means of transporting the rice used to make sake and shipping the finished product.

Access to Seiwaso: From Keihan Line Chushojima Station, three stops to Sumizome Station; 8 minutes on foot heading west, or about 15 minutes by car.

Ho-o-do (Phoenix Hall), Byodo-in

World Heritage Site Byodo-in, once a nobleman’s retreat, was turned into a Buddhist temple in the 11th century. The site consists of the main Phoenix Hall, which houses a statue of Amida Buddha, set on a tranquil pond amid a Jodo-style garden. Other buildings in the compound burned down during a civil war in the 14th century. There is a museum which displays Buddhist statuary and objects of historical significance related to Byodo-in.

Access to Seiwaso: From Keihan Line Uji Station to Sumizome Station, via Chushojima Station, 24 minutes; 8 minutes on foot heading west, or about 30 minutes by car.

Teradaya Inn

This inn was the gathering place of rebels plotting to overthrow the shogunate in the 19th century. The inn burned down but was rebuilt, and today its garden is the site of a monument to those fallen in the civil war that ensued and a statue of Sakamoto Ryoma, the leading figure of the anti-shogunate movement. Along with the nearby sake breweries, the inn is a tourist attraction in the Fushimi district.

Access to Seiwaso: From Keihan Line Chushojima Stn, three stops to Sumizome Station; 8 minutes on foot heading west, or about 15 minutes by car.

Fushimi-Momoyamaryo (Mausoleum of Emperor Meiji)

The mausoleum to Emperor Meiji (1852–1912) stands on the grounds of the former Fushimi Castle. The tomb of his consort, Empress Shoken (1849–1914), is nearby.

Access to Seiwaso: Two stops from Kintetsu Line Momoyamaryo-mae Station to Fushimi Station; 5 minutes on foot heading north, or about 15 minutes by car.

Mimurotoji Temple

Mimurotoji Temple, in Uji, attracts numerous visitors in early June to its hydrangea garden, which features 10,000 plants of over 50 species. The temple is also well known for other botanical attractions throughout the year—cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring, lotus flowers in summer and chrysanthemums and vivid fall foliage in autumn.

Access to Seiwaso: From Keihan Line Mimurotoji Station to Sumizome Station, via Chushojima Station, 22 minutes; 8 minutes on foot heading west, or about 30 minutes by car.

Jonangu Shrine

This shrine was established in 794 as the protector of Kyoto and of peace throughout the nation. It is known as a destination for those wishing for success in home-building, moving house or ensuring that a building is oriented in a propitious direction. People from all over Japan come to receive purifying sand to sprinkle at the four corners and the center of their property. An outdoor festival is held every spring and fall, where visitors can enjoy the flowers and greenery on the shrine grounds.

Access to Seiwaso: About 5 minutes by car, or 15 minutes on foot heading east.


Kaiseki Full-course Cuisine
Lunch: 7,000yen (weekdays); 8,000yen, 10,000yen, 13,000yen, 16,000yen, 20,000 yen (weekends and holidays)
Dinner: 10,000yen, 13,000yen, 16,000yen, 20,000yen
Tempura (counter – 7 seats)
Lunch: 8,000yen (weekdays) 10,000yen, 12,000yen, 15,000yen (weekends and holidays)
Dinner: 10,000yen, 12,000yen, 15,000yen
Shokado Box Lunch (lunchtime only)
3,500yen (weekdays); 5,000yen (weekends and holidays)

Note: Prices do not include consumption tax and service charges


Google map

Seiwaso 8 Fukakusa Echigoyashiki-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-8431, JAPAN
Tel. 81756416238

【Kintetsu Line】 Fushimi Station; 5 min. on foot heading north
【JR】 Kyoto Station; 15 min. by car
【Keihan Line】 Sumizome Station; 8 min. on foot heading west