hello! a friend and i are traveling to japan for the first time next month and i've been reading a lot of the postings on here with great interest. we will be there for 9 nights and i feel we must experience one kaiseki dinner, though we are not staying at a ryokan on this trip (i know, many people feel that is a must-do; perhaps next time).
so: does anyone have an opinion of whether we are better off trying kaiseki in the hakone area (where gora kadan has been suggested to us, though we will go anyplace) or in kyoto? there our concierge suggests Kikunoi Honten, though again suggestions are welcome.