Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Sushi Wakon Kyoto is not known for sushi the way Tokyo is, but the Four Season Kyoto's exclusive 10-seat restaurant, Sushi Wakon, is producing some exquisite cuts of fish sourced directly from Tsukiji Market. It’s helmed by Michelin-starred Tokyo sushi master Rei Masuda, who trained under sushi icon Jiro Ono. Masuda's sublime Edomae-style cuts of needlefish, sea urchin, and eel are served in boxes lined with bamboo mats, placed atop the counter carved out of 200-year-old hinoki (cypress wood) overlooking the 800-year-old ikeniwa (pond garden). There are many rare sakes on the menu.