Kodaiji wakuden

Chrysanthemum flowers

The number nine has the strongest yang, so Japanese believe that September 9th (9/9) is too powerful and needs to be balanced. Chrysanthemum flowers bring this balance because they are considered to be purifying and bring longevity. Throughout September, we source beautiful Chrysanthemum flowers from the town of Jumonji, Akita to incorporate into our menus.


It is one of the most highly-esteemed fish, caught primarily off the coasts of Kagoshima and Okinawa. We only select fish that range from 1.5 to 2 kilograms to serve at Kodaiji Wakuden. Then we carefully age them for 5 to 10 days for sashimi or grilled preparations. For sashimi, we offer variations such as yakishimo (blanched to cook only the skin while the inside remains rare) and usuzukuri (extremely thin-cut sashimi). We are diligent about the length of time for the aging so that the fish is at its prime for each preparation.

Umeboshi (Salted plums)

Japanese believe umeboshi contribute to good health, hence they are ingrained in our tradition at Kodaiji Wakuden. Every year we make them from scratch, first cleaning fresh Kishu plums before curing them with salt and red shio leaves. We incorporate our house-made umeboshi into most of our menus in a variety of ways, from sauces and stocks to garnishes.


  • 1F【Tatami mat room with an open hearth ‘Irori’】
  • 4 to 8 people


  • 1F【Tatami mat room and a lounge room with table and chairs ‘Minami’】
  • 4 to 6 people


  • 1F【Counter】 6 seats


  • 2F【Tatami mat room ‘Hiroma’】
  • 8 to 12 people


  • 2F【Tatami mat room ‘Kita’】
  • 4 to 6 people


  • 2F【Tatami mat Tea Ceremony room】
  • 2 to 4 people

Chrysanthemum Wishes

In ancient China, it was believed that chrysanthemums held a magical power to instill longevity in its admirers. The belief was carried to Japan where poems are scripted glorifying the flower, and people flock to admire them in autumnal full bloom. Sake is elevated further when a single chrysanthemum flower is floated upon the surface, and its’ noble fragrance can be savored.