How it all started...

MINOKICHI is famed as one of the oldest standing historical high-class Japanese restaurants in Kyoto. The MINOKICHI was originally founded by a dignitary named Jurobe Satake, descendant of the highly respected Akita Satake Samurai clan. Jurobe left his home land country of Mino, Ogaki which is modernly known as Gifu prefecture along the west coast of Japan and headed into Kyoto where he started a small traditional outdoor tea house or café commonly seen in the Edo period. The first tea house built along Sanjo Kawaramachi street, was the start of what we know today as MINOKICHI. After establishment, MINOKICHI has been acknowledged as one of the top 8 restaurants in Kyoto to serve the best freshwater fish cuisine by the Kyoto Shojidai (Local security enforcement) for 10 generations (doing business for over 290 years).
Initially, as it originated from the land of Mino, it was called “Minoya” which means the shop of Mino. It was taken over by the heir of Jurobe Satake named Kichibei. He used to call the restaurant “Minokichibe” which eventually ended up being shortened as MINOKICHI, which is how it got its name.

●Company name
Rikifusa Satake (10th generation)
●Head office
166 Ebisu-cho, 3 chome Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City 605-0033
Since 1716
October 1958
●Annual revenue
5,000,000,000 Yen
●Capital stock
80,000,000 Yen
700 Employees nationwide
●Business description
High class Japanese dining
Kyoto cuisine Restaurant
Management of Casual dining restaurants
●Affiliated businesses
Minokichi Shokuhin, Co.,Ltd.

it is said that during the final days of the Edo era, ruled by the Tokugawa shogunate, a proprietress, named madam Rise, used MINOKICHI as a shelter for rebels of the imperial restoration. She protected saveral known names such as Teizo Miyabe, Matsuda Jusuke, Kuniomi Hirano, Shiro Fujimura, Kogoro Katsura and Juro Yamada. In 1950, the shop moved near Nanzen-ji temple which is said to be located near the resort villa of Ariwara no Narihira (A Japanese waka poet and aristocrat).

Thereafter, by 1969, MINOKICHI was renowned as a legendary culinary establishment with a history of over one hundred years and was given an official commendation by, then governor of Kyoto prefecture, Torazo Ninagawa. By 1983, it was awarded the 5th Annual Minister’s Award for Overseas Promotion of Japanese Food by the Japan Food Industry Center.

TAKESHIGERO  ( traditional Kyoto Cuisine restaurant )
MUSLIM FRIENDLY MENU  ( Our Restaurant can prepare beef and chicken )
Healthy KAN-CHA Tea  ( Good for the body & soul )