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  • Arashiyama Yoshimura
    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.
  • Tenryu-ji Shigetsu
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    4.5
    149 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    Shigetsu is wonderful, great Shojin Ryori. My family and I reserved the smallest course, it was enough for most people, some may choose to get a larger course to try different amounts of food. The...

  • Kyo-Suiran
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 12 Tideyama Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto
    A restaurant inside the Suiran Hotel Kyoto in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. Here diners can enjoy a new style of cuisine that resounds with the espirit of France while retaining the conventions of traditional kaiseki course cuisine made with seasonal Kyoto ingredients. Originally the luxurious Enmeikaku holiday villa of Kawasaki Heavy Industries founder Shozo Kawasaki, the restored interior is perfect for a banquet or celebration. The seasonal Gozen lunch is one of the restaurant’s most popular menu items.
  • MOMICAFE
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Saganisoninmonzenkitachuinchou 15

    This vegetarian cafe is located in the Arashiyama area. Its a bit far from the train stations, but if you are exploring the temples in the northern part of Arashiyama (e.g. Gio-ji, Seiryo-ji), this...

  • Seizan Sodo
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    4.5
    16 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.

  • Shoraian
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    4.5
    121 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    Our hotel recommended this place but it was over priced lousy food, they said it would be by the river but we had about a foot by 3 feet wide length view of the window. It was pricey about 3800 Yen...

  • Oimatsu Arashiyama Branch
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    4.5
    47 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    This place was recommended from our AirB&B hosts in Arashiyama. Its a nice for a lunch stop as we did. The duck udon was the most delicious. We also had Tofu & eel udon between us.

  • Ippuku Chaya
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Omurokomatsunochou 28-1
    A café and sweet shop located in front of the main gate of the Ninnaji Temple. The owner served as the eighth caretaker of the cherry trees at the Ninnaji Temple and in turn the café offers a variety of cherry blossom-related menu items such as sakura dango cherry blossom dumplings. There is also a concert hall in the back where the owner’s B’z cover band performs, making the café a favorite gathering place for local B’z fans. The owner also operates a women’s share house.

    Маленькое и какое-то домашние местечко. В меню из основных блюд было, только одно. Но надо признать, вкусное. Пока ждали заказ, в храме Ninnaji что напротив начался праздник. Любопытное зрелище)

  • BOOK&cafe Tutti
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujihiromichichou 3-4 Hotel Binario Saga Arashiyama
    A café located in the Hotel Binario Saga-Arashiyama a one minute walk from Saga-Arashiyama Station. In collaboration with Futaba Shobo, a bookstore operating primarily in Kyoto and Shiga, the café also carries various books and Japanese knickknacks. Offering beverages, sweets, light meals, and even alcoholic drinks, visitors can enjoy their order while appreciating the café’s book-lined shelves and artworks.
  • Yudoufu Chikusen
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagashakadoufujinokichou 46 Shakado Shingoji temple precincts
    A Kyoto cuisine restaurant located on the grounds of the Seiryo-ji Temple, famed for its Saga Shakado (Gautama Buddha Hall). The restaurant’s renowned boiled tofu is made with tofu from the venerable Morika Saga tofu shop and goes perfectly with Chikusen’s kaiseki course cuisine prepared with carefully selected seasonal ingredients. The restaurant’s goma-dofu tofu mixed with sesame seeds according to a unique method is also sold as a souvenir along with other exclusive goods like dashi for tofu and Japanese sake.

    We visited this restaurant in 2007 and then again in Jun 2016. Just as good and memorable! It is a Buddhist vegetarian restaurant, located in the Seiryo-ji temple complex, near Arashiyama, where...

  • Tofu Cuisine Matsugae
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 3
    The Former Manshu Residence, located a three minute walk from Keifuku Arashiyama Station, was once the home and studio of Meiji period painter Kawamura Manshu. Matsugae is located on the grounds of this mansion which once served as a gathering space for cultured persons like Kitaoji Rosanjin. The offers two types of rich, flavorful tofu—buckwheat tofu and matcha green tea tofu. These are served in an alternating, checkerboard pattern. There are two other establishments on the grounds—the Arashiyama Yoshimura soba restaurant and the Nunoasobi Yoshimra kimono and Japanese knickknack shop.
  • Yojiya Café Sagano-Arashiyama Branch
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    We were 4 persons who came to the cafe, but only 3 of us would like something to drink. But we couldnt order anything unless we ordered 4 things. We asked why and the waiter said that when we were 4...

  • Shoraku Kyoto confectionary store
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Arashiyamamiyanomaechou 45 Matsuo Taisha Shrine 30 meters south of Monzen
    A Japanese confectionary shop founded in 1968 located close to Matsuo-Taisha Station on the Hankyu Arashiyama Line just about 30 meters to the left from the great torii gate at the Matsunoo Taisha shrine. The shop sells regular and seasonal sweets such as the “Okusaga,” made with Japanese mugwort and selected as one of the top 100 most delicious foods in Kyoto by the Kyoto Prefectural Food Industry Association; the “Taisha-saka manju” bun made with sake; and the “Kyo-ohagi” rice ball made with Japanese chestnuts.

    松尾神社のそばにある有名な和菓子屋さんです。 カラフルなおはぎの中から選んだおはぎは、よもぎ系。ヨモギの強い香りと真ん中に栗。見た目も味わいも両方とも楽しめます。

  • Kyoto cuisine Mishou
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagashakadoumonzenurayanagichou 7

    京料理がお昼は他の京懐石のお店よりお手頃でした。きっと、お店はおうどん屋さんみたいやからかも。これでお庭が見えるお座敷やったら、もっとすると思うわ-味重視の方にオススメ店です。

  • Yunochaya
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Matsuomangokuchou (Mossa side)
    A tea house located close to the Kegonji temple, known as the “Bell Cricket Temple,” and the Saiho-ji Temple, known as the “Moss Temple.” The self-styled progenitor of Moss Temple grated yam soba noodles, the restaurant’s signature dish is, of course, its tororo soba grated yam soba noodles. Diners can enjoy soba noodles in dashi redolent of the fragrance of yuzu citrus covered with Tanba grated yam, egg yolk, and nori. When the shop was founded, the 13th head of the Kinkaku-ji Temple, Murakami Jikai, likened the soba to the moon floating in the pond of the Moss Temple, dubbing it “Koke no Tsuki” (“Moss Moon”).

    13時の西芳寺前の腹ごしらえで入りました。隣の店と迷っていたら声をかけられ引き込まれた感じ。海苔と青海苔、卵に彩られたとろろそばが結構いける。おいしい。麦飯を一緒に頼み、とろろそばのおつゆが少なくなっとところで麦飯を投入。旨い。

  • Ajiro Main Store
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    4.5
    30 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.

    The food is as good as it is beautiful to look at. The yuba (a kind of tofu) you can prepare yourself is a lot of fun because you can make it as thick as you like and take your choice of some...

  • Yudofu Sagano
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    4.5
    78 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    Heard about no reservation can be taken, but we still wanted to try our luck and we nailed it. Breathtaking traditional Japanese style garden view that made you relaxing while dining. Boiled Tofu set...

  • Togano Chaya
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Umegahata Tsuo-cho 3
    This is a Japanese restaurant standing at the gate of Kozanji Temple. The spaciousness of the Japanese style seating on the floor is noteworthy. The back of the store faces the Kiyotaki River and guests can enjoy dining while looking out onto the beautiful scenery of the clear stream. Local specialties such as herring buckwheat noodles and Kitayama Tofu set meals are served. Depending on the season, there is also a limited menu using matsutake aromatic mushrooms, and guests can taste the dishes accompanied by the scenery of each season.

    午餐時間早過,茶屋內幾乎冇人,可以任坐。 老實說,食物都是普通烏冬或者蕎麥麵,也不算特別好吃,完全沒有驚喜,但勝在不貴,更何況是沒有選擇…… 粗眉仔食飽飽之後,便落河邊逛逛,這是顧客的福利之一,不要錯過。 茶屋位於河邊,環境一流,顧客可以一邊食麵一邊欣賞秋色。 茶屋雖然沒有什麼佈置,但有個小巧雅緻的迷你庭園,可供賞玩。

  • Honke Sakura-Mochi Kotokiki Chaya
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Ukyo-ku Arashiyama Togetsu Tsukihashi North-west corner
    This shop established 100 years ago is a three minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Randen (Keifuku Electric Railroad, Arashiyama Line) and is situated near the Togetsukyo Bridge. It produces and sells ‘sakura mochi,’ a rice cake with a red bean paste, wrapped in a pickled cherry leaf. Visitors can enjoy sakura mochi using Domyo Temple mochi wrapped in a cherry leaf with or without bean paste. The sakura mochi is additive and coloring free and if you try it you can enjoy the scent of cherry leaves, the texture of glutinous rice, and the refreshing sweetness of strained bean paste. There are approximately 120 seats in the restaurant, including the dining hall, and set menu meals are also available.
  • Cafe Hassui Suiran Hotel The Luxury Collection Kyoto
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 12
    About a six minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Randen (Keifuku Electric Railroad, Arashiyama Line) is this tea ceremony store which has inherited the traditional historical building, Kameyama Imperial Villa, where there was once a deck. The view from the terrace seating is the magnificent scenery of Hozugawa River and Arashiyama, which change hues with the four seasons. You can enjoy a Japanese afternoon tea set with Kyoto vegetable jam and high quality seasonal sweets. In addition, a snack menu is available, such as original jade rice cake, a cake set, and sandwiches etc. The drink menu is also extensive and can be chosen to go with the food.

    Saryo Hassui (Tea House Hassui) is located right after entering Suiran. Its a small tea house surrounded by big glasses from floor to ceiling. Obviously, this is for allowing the guests to enjoy...

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