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  • About Ukiyo

    Ukiyo means “joy of life.” The “U” in Ukiyo means “space,” while the “ki” means “joy” and the “yo” signifies the temporality of human beings. It expresses our wish that once a customer enters Ukiyo, the place is found to be full of joy, with all the gloomy matters left behind to enjoy a refreshing experience. This wish of ours is embodied in “Ukiyo Daruma,” a traditional character and symbol based on Buddhism. Daruma is regarded as a talisman that, even when there are difficulties in life, brings something good afterwards-the symbolism that was derived from the characteristic of a Daruma doll, which always bounces back to its original position no matter how many times it falls over. Please try finding this motif of Ukiyo Daruma scattered across Ukiyo in engravings, paintings and drawings.


    The history of Ukiyo dates back to the mid-19th century, toward the end of the Edo period. The founder, Jinnosuke, started it as a catering restaurant that used fresh seafood available in Takada. Later, in the latter half of the century, Ukiyo became a ryotei under the reign of Jinnosuke’s son-in-law, Yatsuzo. Since then, across three centuries it has been a prestigious ryotei, cherished by a variety of renowned guests and famous cultural figures, including two visits of a member of the imperial family.

  • Ryotei

    A ryotei is a traditional form of high-class Japanese restaurant that, in various cities with a long history, represents the region’s food culture. However, it is not simply about expensive dining. Rather, being a ryotei means having a sophisticated facility that meets certain requirements and standards, such as traditional techniques and seasonal variations in cooking, tatami rooms that can accommodate proper Japanese-style parties, a stage that can host Noh, Kyogen as well as traditional dancing and a Japanese garden that shows the transitions of the seasons. Few ryotei now survive outside Kyoto and Tokyo, making them highly precious.

  • Premium Lunch

    Special Sashimi

    3,900 yen

    Assortment of sashimi in double layer boxes

    Steamed sea bream head

    Small bowl


    Miso soup


    Sumptuous and fresh - Chef’s selections of sashimi of the day.

    Japansea Rosyseabass

    3,900 yen

    Grilled rosy seabass

    Sweet shrimp sashimi

    Steamed dish

    Small bowl


    Miso soup


    Niigata local specialty -rosy sea bass has juicy and natural taste.

    Ukiyo Traditional Eel

    4,900 yen

    Grilled eel on white rice

    Eel liver clear soup

    Steamed dish

    Small bowl


    Savory eel grilled with Ukiyo traditional homemade sauce

  • Seasonal Lunch -Summer-

    Jun. 1st - Sep. 30th


    2,180 yen

    A beautifully dished up set of 9 kinds of small plates, rice, and clear soup of the day.


    1,680 yen

    Has variety of seasonal tastes including grilled fish, sashimi, and tempura. Popular lunch set.

    CURRY & RICE w/ boar-pig cutlet

    1,880 yen

    A cutlet of boar pig which raised in the local farm, tastes good on Ukiyo's signature curry and rice.


    1,880 yen

    Combination of udon noodle in refreshing plum flavored soup and rice with clams.



    Enjoy steamed rice and eel in an iron pot on your table.

  • FAQ

    How can I make a reservation? Do I need to make a reservation for lunch too?

    We accept dinner reservation by previous day. ( except for Ukiyo Traditional Eel is by three days beforehand.) For lunch we are not acceptind resarvation for normal ukiyo lunch menu except for Ukiyo premium lunch. If you make a resarvation for ukiyo premium lunch, room charge will be exempted.

    Can I request any non-allergic food or religious restrictions?

    We do our very best to meet individual needs. Please inform us when you place your reservation.

    What are there transportation options?

    • From Tokyo: Tokyo-Joetsu Myoko Station (Hokuriku Shinkansen)→ Joetsu Myoko Station-Takada (EchigoTokimeki Railway, Myoko Haneuma Line for Naoetsu) [about 2 hours]
    • From Nagano:  Nagano- Myoko Kogen Station (Shinano Railway, Kita-Shinano Line for Myoko Kogen)→Myoko Kogen Station- Takada (Echigo Tokimeki Railway, Myoko Haneuma Line for Naoetsu) [about 1.5 hours]
    • From Kanazawa: Kanazawa- Joetsu Myoko Station (Joetsu Shinkansen)→ Joetsu Myoko Station- Takada (Echigo Tokimeki Railway, Myoko Haneuma Line for Naoetsu) [about 2 hours]
    • From Niigata: Niigata- Naoetsu (Shinetsu Honsen Line for Naoetsu) →Naoetsu- Takada (Echigo Tokimeki Railway, Myoko Haneuma Line for Arai) [about 2 hours]
    • From Nagoya: Nagoya- Tokyo (Tokaido Shinkansen) →Tokyo-Joetsu Myoko Station (Hokuriku Shinkansen)→ Joetsu Myoko Station-Takada (EchigoTokimeki Railway, Myoko Haneuma Line for Naoetsu) [about 3 hours]

    Do you accept credit cards?

    We accept VISA and Master Card.

    What is Ukiyo Club membership?

    If you are a member, you can get a point every 30 yen.We offer special discounts for member of Ukiyo Club such as ¥2,000 off birthday coupon (currently only for domestic members.) Membership fee is free. Please ask us if you are interested in!

    Is there a parking lot?

    Yes, there is a parking which about 30 cars can fit bahind Ukiyo.

    Can we use fork, knife and spoon for dining?

    For sure you can. If you have a difficulty with using chopsticks, feel free to ask us for substitutes . We happily bring you a fork, knife and spoon.

    I would like to look around the building. Is there any tour?

    By your request, a staff can show you around the building. There are a few staffs who can speak English.

    What is the dinner menu like?

    We offer dinner course up to your budget. Usually includes appatizer, soup, sashimi, grilled dish, shimmered dish, steamed dish, fried dish, and staple althought those may vary flexiblly due to seasonaly and availability of products. let us know your specific pereference.

    Are there kids menu?

    We only serve kid's menu with advance notice for event, celemony or funeral. Please make a contact when you take child to Ukiyo.

    Can we bring food or beverage?

    Please refrain from bringing any foods or drinks here.

    Can we bring food or beverage?

    Please refrain from bringing any foods or drinks here.

  • Access/Overview

    Name: Ukiyo

    Address: Nakamachi3-5-4, Joetsu, Niigata, 943-0831, Japan

    Closed: 2nd Monday of each month

    Hours: Lunch 11:30-14:00, dinner by reservation

    Tel: +81-25-524-2217

  • Contact

    Feel free to ask us any questions.

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