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A typical kaiseki meal
Below you can find the type of kaiseki meals served at a typical ryokan
Wanmori(Soup served before the main dish)
Tsukuri(Sashimi-style raw fish)
Yakimono(Broiled meat or fish)
Meibutsu(The ryokan’s own unique dishes)
Takiawase(Cooked vegetables combined with other ingredients)
Dessert(Fruit and other ingredients)
*Please be aware that the number of dishes and course details differ depending upon the accommodation and time of year. Savor the abundance of local specialities and seasonal varities of food that make Japanese cuisine so special.
*Kaiseiki meals are meals that contain fixed dishes that generally cannot be altered. If you have specific requirements due to an allergy or for religious or cultural reasons, please contact a member of the CS team who will speak to the ryokan on your behalf about providing a service that meets your needs.
*Most ryokan offer different kaiseki meals for customers staying for two or more consecutive nights.
The relationship between food and ryokan is not to be overlooked. Generally, the food served is traditional kaiseki-ryori multi-course cuisine. Due to an abundance of local specialties and seasonal varieties of food in Japan the menu will change accordingly throughout the year to suit the season. Great care is taken in both the preparation and presentation of each dish, with each ryokan’s personality, specialties, and flair shining through.
Other than traditional kaiseki, some ryokan are also starting to offer buffets featuring a variety of cuisines (Japanese and otherwise). Many ryokan are also sensitive to guests’ food requirements, and will gladly alter their menu to suit individual needs, however, these requests are necessary in advance and can be requested via the JAPANiCAN.com Customer Support.
While it is getting more and more common for meals to be served in a ryokan’s dining hall or restaurant, a good number of inns (especially luxury ryokan) serve meals right in your guest room, with your attendant bringing each tantalizing dish to your table.