Kyō-ryōri Exhibition京料理展示大会


Kyo-ryori exhibition fancy cuisine lobster

With Kyoto having been the seat of imperial power for more than a thousand years, its cooks were traditionally catering to the most discerning tastes of the capital’s nobility and numerous connoisseurs. This has developed into a unique style of cuisine called Kyō-ryōri, which makes use of the rich flavors, shapes, and colors of the local seasonal foods. For those who want to learn more about this fascinating cooking style, Miyako Messe, a convention center near Heian Jingū Shrine, houses an annual Kyō-ryōri exhibition on December 13th and 14th, showcasing sumptuous and elaborate dishes by city’s most acclaimed restaurants.

Kyo-ryori exhibition plum carrot bamboo cuisine

The exhibition layout begins with the small Yamakage Shrine dedicated to a deity of food and cooking. Past the shrine, the hall opens up to a veritable feast for the eyes: artful New Year offerings, extravagant sushi sets, and other mouthwatering exhibits are all beautifully garnished and exquisitely served on high-end ceramics and lacquerware for the best possible impression. Seasonality and festive spirit are very clearly present in all of the creations, allowing for better appreciation of the essence of Kyō-ryōri cuisine.

Kyo-ryori exhibition maiko dance fan

In addition to the actual exhibition, there are many other attractions on the schedule. Kyoto’s leading chefs share their Kyō-ryōri skills in cooking classes, and representatives from the prestigious Ikama school give amazing demonstrations of knife-handling proficiency in an ancient fish filleting ceremony. Maiko (apprentice geisha) perform elegant traditional dances, and masters from Urasenke school hold a tea ceremony for those wishing to partake. There is even a fascinating tuna cutting display in a specialized area of the hall. The program may change depending on the year, but it is bound to be entertaining! Last but not least, those interested can purchase some Kyoto specialties, local vegetables, green tea, or sake, and indulge their love for good food at home.

Things to See/Do

  • Geisha Performance

  • Shinto Ritual

  • Tea Service

  • Market


December 13th–14th, 10:00 – 16:00

Notice: In 2020, the event is held online.



〒606-8343 京都市左京区岡崎成勝寺町9−1

TEL 075-221-5833


  • Advance Tickets: 600 yen
  • General Admission: 800 yen
  • Students: 500 yen


  • 10:00 16:00


  • Subway Tōzai Line ⇒ Higashiyama Station ⇒ 10 minutes walking
  • From Kyoto Station City Bus Route 5 or Kyoto Bus Route 100 ⇒ Okazaki Kōen Bijutsukan Heian Jingū-mae Bus Stop ⇒ 5 minutes walking
  • Keihan Train Line ⇒ Sanjō Station or Jingū Marutamachi Station ⇒ 15 minutes walking