The Unification of the Host and Guest

It is our pride and honor to provide unique dishes and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere created by the fusion of Kyoto culture and French cuisine within a renovated traditional Kyoto residence. Having been listed consecutively in the Michelin Guide as Michelin 1-Star since opening in 2012, Head Chef Maeda is an acclaimed culinary expert who studied and trained in Chinese cuisine for 10 years at a renowned hotel and then at the world-famous 3 Michelin Star restaurant Hajime.
The rustic yet refined effect of the cultural blend of Japanese and French that can be felt in the atmosphere along with original and innovative French dishes that incorporate only the finest Chinese and Kyoto ingredients make MOTOI the must-try restaurant in Kyoto today.

About the Restaurant

Located in a renovated Kyoto residence which boasts a rich history of over 100 years since its construction, the space provided at MOTOÏ is one in which the essence of Kyoto, the City of harmony, is fused together with the finesse of a French restaurant. Take a journey through the intricate, succulent textures and the warm comforting flavors of the innovative creations at MOTOÏ. A fusion of French and Asian cuisine served with the seasonal harvests of fresh Japanese ingredients.

Restaurant Information

【Restaurant Name】MOTOÏ (MOTOI)
【Seating】32 seats (special private room seats 2~8 guests)※ Please inquiry for details if interested in privately reserving restaurant.
※Can reserve up to 20 people seated together at 1 table.
【Closed】Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays ※Open for dinner on Thursdays in April and December.
【Smoking】Smoking not permitted.
【Children】13 and up or children that can eat an adults course.


【Reservation】Reservations required
【Payment method】※Online payment for course (with credit card or Paypal) required at time of reservation
※Please note that we are unable to guarantee seating will be available for guests that come to the restaurant without reservations due to limited seating availability.
※Any additional orders made at the restaurant are to be paid on the day of the reservation.


【Location】Japan, Kansai, Kyoto, Karasuma Oike
Michelin, 1 Star, Kyoto, French, Karasuma Oike