Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Ayashiyama / Sagano Area

  • Arashiyama Yoshimura
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    4.0
    210 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Arashiyama Togetobashi Kita-nishi West second elephant
    A handmade soba noodle restaurant standing near the Togetsukyo Bridge, a popular spot in Kyoto City’s Arashiyama area. The shop’s handsome sign, decorated with characters that read “Busho” written by the great artist Rosanjin, welcomes diners. Inside, you can look out over the Togetsukyo Bridge and enjoy the beauty of the season while savoring the flavor of buckwheat noodles crafted by a culinary artisan. The shop’s Kyoto vegetable soba is particularly popular with women customers.

    A nice place to have lunch after visiting arashiyama. Be sure to go early. There is a nice view from the table. The soba mushroom soup is delicious so is the cold soba.

  • Tenryu-ji Shigetsu
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    4.5
    169 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 68
    A Buddhist vegetarian cuisine restaurant located inside the Tenryu-ji Temple’s garden, a World Heritage Site, in Kyoto City. Buddhist vegetarian cuisine was originally developed for monks who were prohibited from eating meat. It is made without any animal-derived products, instead using highly seasonal ingredients with a focus on vegetables and emphasizing the “five flavors,” the “five colors,” and the “five laws.” The restaurant offers three courses which change with the seasons—a 3,000 yen course, 5,000 yen course, and 7,000 yen course. No matter which course you choose, you will be able to enjoy delicate flavors that make maximum use of the individual ingredients involved.

    it was a nice traditional vegan food I had here. the atmosphere is great and I really hope for a tranquility and quiet meals but too bad, there was a couple who keep on talking with each others and...

  • Yudofu Sagano
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    4.5
    94 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 45
    This is a boiled tofu restaurant near the grounds of Tenryu-ji Temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto, around a five-minute walk from Randen Line’s Arashiyama Station. The pure Japanese sukiya-style architecture that stands in the quietness like a tea-ceremony arbor along with the wide Japanese garden is one of its attractive charms. There are casual counter seats for single diners, tatami room seats for families and groups, and even outdoor seats where one can enjoy the garden at proximity. The “Yudofu” on offer comes with 10 dishes including Kyoto traditional Saga boiled tofu, Kyoto vegetable tempura, gomadofu (crushed sesame seeds boiled in water and chilled like tofu), and deep-fried tofu. The “melt in your mouth” healthy tofu flavor is extremely popular with more elderly diners too.

    Food is my life and although I am not vegetarian, I was really intrigued by the concept of this restaurant.The place is so beautiful that is worth just visiting because of the setting. You only have...

  • Shoraian
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    4.5
    137 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagakamenochou In public land
    A traditional kaiseki course cuisine restaurant located upstream of the Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama. Referred to as the villa of politician Fumimaro Konoe due to his frequent visits, the restaurant is situated amongst lush greenery and patrons can enjoy the changes of the seasons from their tables while dining on a monthly changing menu of tofu kaiseki dishes. The paintings and calligraphy on display in the restaurant are the work of the proprietress, who is also an artist.

    Shoraian is a Tofu restaurant tucked away by the banks of the Oi river inside the Arashiyama bamboo forest. You can’t get there by car, you simply have to trek the trails to get there. Almost getting...

  • eX cafe Kyoto Arashiyama Main Store
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    4.0
    71 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujitsukurimichichou 35-3
    A café located a one-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Keifuku Arashiyama Tram Line operating out of a renovated old mansion. The calming Japanese interior of the café is furnished with comfortable sofas and tatami seating. The shop’s uniquely Kyoto-style sweets and drinks are popular, including matcha green tea parfaits, soy milk lattes, and the kuromaru black roll cake, which has even been featured in magazines. Patrons can enjoy a café break before or after a stroll while enjoying the view of the establishment’s 400 square meter Japanese garden.

    Very popular among local, this Cafe and bar is just a little off the main street in shopping area of Arashiyama. You have to sign the name in the waiting list. My wife and Iwerw there around 3 p.m...

  • Arashiyama Udon Ozuru
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    3.5
    64 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 22-4
    Located about 300 meters north of Togetsu-kyo Bridge in Arashiyama, Arashiyama Udon Ozuru is recognizable by its large paper lanterns. The restaurant carefully makes its own udon noodles, making sure to prepare only the amount that can be eaten in a single day. This udon is served with broth made from sliced mackerel, herring and bonito, with the addition of Kyoto-style ingredients such as wheat gluten, yuba (tofu skin) and green onions.

    Udon is handmade! Chewy and springy! They do good tempuras too! I recommend you don’t order their set so you can eat two servings of udons!

  • Nakamuraken
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    4.5
    91 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Katsurasaharachou 61
    This is a historic Japanese confectionery store established in 1883 located right where you disembark at the Katsurarikyu-mae bus stop. This confectionery carries on the meticulous historic method of sweets making, sparing no expenses and using only discriminatingly selected domestic ingredients only, including making the bean paste in an earthen hearth. The specialty, Mugitemochi, was historically eaten by the local farmers as a snack through which the name is derived harkening back to times when wheat was a trade commodity. In the store space is shared as tea cafe also. In the summer, somen noodles and shaved ice is on the menu, while in the fall and winter they serve sweet zenzai and oshiruko bean soup.

    Japanese Traditional sweets shop,dine in or take out Can even take out the shaved ice Best seats are right in front of the in-house garden Former Katsura detached palace is just cross the...

  • Ogawa Coffee Main Store
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Nishikyougokukitashouzakaichou 75
    Ogawa Coffee an old-style coffee shop in Kyoto's Ukyo Ward, is a space that promotes a coffee lifestyle. It sells coffee beans, offers samples, and has more than 20 varieties of coffee available. Customers can enjoy the seasonal sweets made by the cafe's pastry chef, as well as meals. It is also possible to rent the entire cafe for private events.

    We were at Ogawa Coffees flagship store, our final destination of our Kyoto trip. Found so many types of nice specialty coffees. We bought many boxes for souvenirs. Really love Ogawa Coffee. Highly...

  • Yojiya Café Sagano-Arashiyama Branch
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujitateishichou 2-13
    A café a five minute walk from Keifuku Arashiyama Station operated by Yojiya, a renowned producer of oil blotting papers. The café serves light meals and drinks such as cappuccinos feature the same familiar logo mark used on Yojiya’s packages. The adjoining café goods hop sells cups, glasses, and oil blotting papers in special Yojiya Café packages.

    A chilled cafe with garden views. A good place to get some light meals and drinks. The green tea cappuccino is nice.

  • GYATEI
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujitsukurimichichou 19-8
    A Kyoto banzai home cooking restaurant operated by the long-standing Arashiyama Benkei inn located a short walk from Arashiyama Station on the Keifuku Randen Tram Line. The restaurant serves over 30 all-you-can-eat dishes daily, including boiled tofu (an Aarashiyama specialty), Kyoto namafu wheat starch, yuba tofu skin, and seasonal Kyoto vegetables. The restaurant also offers desserts popular with women such as giant puddings and matcha green tea pudding. Diners can enjoy a relaxed meal on tatami room seating in the restaurant’s low-key Japanese-style atmosphere. The restaurant also serves local Kyoto beers, sakes, and other alcoholic beverages.

    We had lunch downstairs, temperature was nice and cool as outside it was almost 40° C. Sushi and tempura were very correct, we chose from the i-pad option because they had no english menu avaible at...

  • Oimatsu Arashiyama Branch
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    4.5
    55 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 20
    A Japanese confectionary shop founded in 1908. The shop is located on the site where senbei rice crackers are said to have first been produced in Japan after the priest Kukai brought the technique back from T’ang China. At the adjoining Genian tea house, patrons can enjoy real warabi mochi bracken starch dumplings prepared to order.

    Oimatsu had takeout an-dango (dumplings on a stick with sweetened bean paste) and drinks. Sweetened bean paste tasted good, but dumplings on stick were too small.

  • Kyoto Arashiyama Randon
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujitsukurimichichou 20-1 Keihoku Electric Railroad Arashiyama Station Hanzaraku Smile Square 2F
    Kyoto Arashiyama Randon is located on the second floor of Hannari Hokkori Square, which is inside Arashiyama Station on the Keifuku Line (Randen). This donburi (bowl of rice with chicken or other savory toppings) restaurant is a large retro modern space, with decor that blends Japanese and Western styles. It has 120 seats and gives diners a view of what is happening in the area in front of the station. Its specialties include Arashiyama-donburi, made with yuba (tofu skin) and oboro-tofu (tofu curd) in thick broth, and Sagano-donburi, which brings out the umami (savory flavor) of the ingredients. In addition, the restaurant serves seafood oyako-donburi, with generous portions of salmon and salmon roe, as well as maguro-zukushi donburi, loaded with tuna, among other items on a wide-ranging menu of seafood donburi made with fresh seafood sent directly from the Kyoto Central Wholesale Market. A full drink menu, including beer, is also available.

    Had the worst beef donburi. The meat had a frozen smell and it was tough and chewy. Ingredients are not fresh.

  • Yatsuhashi-an&Shishu-yakata
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Nishikyougokunishikoromodechou 36
    This hands-on workshop facility is in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City. Guests can try their hand at making various sweets such as yatsuhashi (reservations required). Visit the free second floor Kyoshishu Museum to take in delicate and beautiful embroidery with different themes. There's also a Kyoto themed souvenir shop that's popular with tourists.

    団体旅行で利用しました。 バスで行きましたが、アクセスが悪く団体旅行専門といった感じです。 お豆腐作り体験をしましたが、豆乳作りから豆腐までの本格的な体験で面白かったです。 席が狭く、落ち着いてできなかったのは残念です。

  • Ajiro Main Store
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Hanazonoteranomaechou 28-3
    Located approximately five minutes on foot from JR Sagano Line’s Hanazono Station, this restaurant was founded in 1962 as a purveyor for Myoshin-ji Temple, and is located in front of the gate to Myoshin-ji Temple. The tatami floor seating area has an appearance of elegant simplicity with decorations of calligraphy by priests and Zen paintings on the fusuma. The menu is based on shojin ryori (traditional vegetarian Buddhist cuisine) and guests can enjoy a multi-course style shojin ryori banquet which uses seasonal ingredients. The Fuchidaka Bento lunch, which is limited to the lunch-time only menu, is recommended. Here one can enjoy true shojin ryori that is beautifully arranged with the vegetables in season that month all at reasonable prices.

    I really wanted my family to try Shojin Ryori while in Kyoto but was really disappointed. The quality of the food was good but the atmosphere of the place was throughly depressing, with badly...

  • Yoshiya Oku no Niwa
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujitsukurimichichou 31
    A five-minute walk from Keifuku Electric Railroad Arashiyama Station and a 10-minute walk from Saga-Arashiyama Station. This restaurant is located in the inner parlor on the first floor of the Yoshiya Main Restaurant, a restaurant which serves Saga cuisine and which is located a little ways east of the Togetsukyo Bridge on Sanjo-dori Street. Open to small groups from one to a maximum of 10 people, here customers can enjoy unique Kyoto cuisine such as a Saga boiled tofu tempura meal and a raw yuba tofu skin meal. The restaurant's original selections such as its yuba fondue meal, made with tofu skin and cheese, are also recommended. The restaurant has also been certified by the Kyoto Halal Council and can accommodate Muslim dietary needs. The restaurant's curry, croquettes, and karaage fried chicken are available for takeout.

    There are not so many restaurants which serve you Halal dish in Kyoto, and I often have difficulty finding a good restaurant for my guest to have Halal lunch. At this restaurant, Yoshiya which is...

  • Hanaikada
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Arashiyamanakaoshitachou 57
    Hanaikada is a traditional Kyoto-style restaurant located in the inn of the same name at Arashiyama Hot Spring. The chef goes to the Central Wholesale Market every day to select seasonal ingredients according to strict criteria. The food at Hanaikada brings out the true flavors of the ingredients. The yudofu, steamed tofu, made with soy milk is especially noteworthy. The restaurant has package deals for all sorts of day trips, including celebrations and business entertainment.
  • Seizan Sodo
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 63
    The Tenryuji Temple, founded in 1339, is a Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple located in Arashiyama and a registered World Heritage site. The Seizan Sodo offers a boiled tofu set meal in the tatami study of the Myochiin, a sub-temple of the Tenryuji. The tofu is from Morika, a venerable Saga tofu shop.

    Stumbled on to this place and so thankful we did. Sit on the floor kind of restaurant with traditional sliding doors and a garden surrounding the building. Really relaxing and mellow.

  • Wonder Cafe
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    4.5
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Ryoanji Nishi no Kawamachi 3-31
    A new cafe with a retro nostalgic atmosphere. The store is so overflowing with old retro goods and toy boxes you may feel like you've lost your way. Popular menu items are their spaghetti and curry lunch plates that let you choose how much pasta or rice you prefer. Also popular are their homemade cream puffs and their combo menu options which come with drinks are expansive.

    We stopped here by accident really. Heading to Ninna-Ji and needed some lunch before. What a quirky place. Jam packed with memorabilia from all sorts and places, eras, styles. You have to go to the...

  • ARINCO Arashiyama Main Store
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Sagatenryujitsukurimichicho 20-1 Hannari Hokkori Square 1F
    This roll cake shop specializes in making the best top-quality roll cakes that can't be bought anywhere else. Their Arashiyama Main Store is famous for its Kyo Roll Matcha Dukushi cake which perfectly blends Tamba region chestnuts with a matcha green tea cream made with Uji matcha powder, wrapped in a light matcha sponge and topped with rich matcha green tea sauce. Their Kyo-roll Hyakunen Kura Shoyu is also fantastic.

    We love Arincos roll cake. They are soft with light texture, pleasantly creamy and rich yet light at the same time (youll know what Im talking about if you are familiar with Japanese cakes...

  • Kazurano Seisyuan
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Sagatenryujitsukurimichicho 37-1
    This restaurant is famous for its classic handmade noodles and fresh handmade oboro tofu (silken tofu curds). The restaurant takes great pride in the unique flavor of its noodle broth, which is based on a specially prepared stock made with select ingredients using the famous spring water from Kyoto's Mt. Kiyomizu. Their soba and udon noodles, which are made with domestic buckwheat flour and specially ordered wheat flour of the highest grade respectively, have earned many fans.

    This is my go-to spot for lunch in Arashiyama. Nothing fancy, just simple seasonal meals. Menu consists mainly of rice bowls topped with chicken, pork, beef, or tofu. Also features plenty of soba and...

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