Allow plenty of time to find the beautiful house surrounded by greenery in the expansive and peaceful Maruyama Park in the Kyoto’s traditional Gion district. Once inside, take a seat at the 15-spot counter and watch chef Hitoshi Ishihara and his team prepare tea kaiseki, beginning with rice, soup and a side dish on a wooden tray and working through sashimi and other delights, before ending with matcha tea. All diners are seated promptly at 6pm for the three-hour meal, so be sure to arrive on time – and dress formally. The restaurant only accepts cash and photography is discouraged. Mizai means ‘no limits’.
613, Maruyama Park, Yasaka Torii-mae, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0071