We'll be in Kyoto for 5 nights; two at the Hyatt Regency and three at the Hiiragiya.
My first question is concerning our dinners at Hiiragiya - how repetetive would it be to eat three dinners in a row here, over the course of our stay? Can anyone comment on the variance with regards to ingredients and preparation? As meals are included, I feel somewhat guilty about eating elsewhere, though I'm leaning towards breaking up the monotony of three dinners in our ryokan with an evening out elsewhere, in the middle of our stay here.
Here is what we're looking at for our dining itinerary:
Sat. Dinner - Nishiki
Sun. Lunch - Hyotei
Sun. Dinner - Arashiyama Kithco
Mon. Lunch - Momijiya Restaurant - (would you recommend lunch or dinner for best atmosphere?)
Mon. Dinner - Hiiragiya
Tue. Lunch - Shoraian
Tue. Dinner - Kamigamo Akiyama
Wed. Lunch - Hiranoya
Wed. Dinner - Hiiragiya
Thu. Lunch - Gion Yata - (only open for dinner?)
Here's where I'm stuck... I really want to do Gion Yata as well, but I just discovered that they are only open for dinner. I assumed they had a lunch seating as well. So now I'm trying to decide which of the above restaurants should I switch from a dinner to a lunch, in order to accommodate Yata. I obviously cannot do anything with our kaiseki meals at the Hiiragiya ryokan and I definitely want to experience Kitcho for the full dinner service at night... that leaves Nishiki and Akiyama. Are both open for lunch seatings as well? Which would serve as the better lunch venue?
And lastly, I have the following on my list, as well... how essential or non-essential are they, and should I give much though to them considering our already well-rounded dining itinerary? Are there any that could serve as a nice venue for tea service or perhaps sake and snacks, rather than a full meal? Should I not bother, as we've already covered enough ground?
- Sagano Tofuya
Thanks for your input and help!!