Reservations are essential.
There are a few no-nos.
Most Ryotei require reservations as they need to prepare private rooms and the finest of Japanese cuisine for each party. Avoid tank tops with shorts and sneakers. Going barefoot may damage the tatami mat and is forbidden. At the Ryotei entrance, kimono-clad Okami(mistress of the Ryotei) and other staff will welcome you and guide you to the dining room.(Shoes off here, please!) It is considered bad manners to step on the edge of a tatami mat, so be careful!
Enjoy Kanazawa’s own tasteful interiors
The dining room is invariably equipped with a recessed area called a Tokonoma which features flower arrangements and a scroll with calligraphy and paintings. The service staff in charge of your room will help you appreciate them. Take a seat (remember that the seat in front of the Tokonoma is regarded as a seat of honor) and the staff will ask you what you would like to drink. While waiting for your meal to be served, enjoy the view of Japanese traditional garden.
Experience Kaiseki cuisine
that only Kanazawa can offer.
Kaiseki is Japan’s haute cuisine that has its roots in the tea ceremony. It consists of a sequence of small dishes, each immaculately prepared and presented to reflect the seasons. Kanazawa’s Kaiseki cuisine is also noted for the exquisite table setting which makes use of local craft ware. The general order of Kaiseki cuisine is: starter, clear soup, sashimi, grilled dish, simmered dish, vinegared dish accompanied by rice and miso soup, and finally a light dessert. There is no need to tip.
Be a smart traveler: Follow this short guide to manners and etiquette.
Dishes small enough to fit in your hand (including small soy-sauce dishes) should be picked up for ease of eating.
Use chopsticks to cut large food. Avoid biting off pieces and returning the rest to your plate.
When you have finished eating, (return the lid and) remove the dish from the tray to show you have finished.