Chef Patron Toru Okuda opened his kaiseki restaurant in Ginza in 2003. He named the restaurant after his close friend Nishioka Koju, a renowned Japanese potter, whose exquisite pieces can be admired at the restaurant.
The restaurant is situated on the fourth floor of an anonymous building in the fashionable Ginza district. The humble outside makes way to a very tasteful, minimal and elegant inside. Preferably you dine by the eight seat wooden counter in front of the chef but there are also some zen-like private dining rooms for those who want more privacy.
Chef Okuda combines both Japanese cooking traditions and contemporary thinking. Ginza Kojyu serves a multi-course kaiseki signature menu. It is very seasonally based and you can feel, taste and see the freshness of the produce. The dishes are very elegant both in taste and presentation and the ingredients are of very high quality.
The strength of Chef Toru Okuda’s cooking has enabled him to open more restaurants in Tokyo and even a kaiseki restaurant in Paris. But it is at Ginza Kojyu you will find him behind the counter and it is the showpiece of his restaurants.
Even though the place is zen-like the atmosphere is very nice and relaxed. And to sit by the wood counter at Ginza Kojyu and enjoy the elegance in both preparation and seasonal taste will leave a lasting memory for all.
Written by Joakim