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Japanese Food Spots in Ayashiyama / Sagano Area

  • 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
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    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.
  • 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...

  • 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
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    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.
  • 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。

  • 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...

  • GYATEI
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    4.0
    62 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.

    As an ex-Assistant F&B Director for many years and a foodie, living in Japan since 1983, this was the second time I had been to this restaurant as my guests I had that day wanted Sushi and this place...

  • Kyoto Arashiyama Randon
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    Compared to many other restaurants in the area where people were lined up to get in, that was not the case here. Normally that is a risky sign but not the case here. Service was quick and the lunch...

  • Kyoto Cuisine Juntei
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Katagiharashigitani 50
    Juntei is a restaurant that serves traditional Kyoto cuisine in the city's Nishikyo Ward. It grows its own fresh bamboo shoots and treats customers to seasonal menus featuring bamboo shoots, with names like Takenoko Tray and Moon Princess Tray. Customers who want to try these specialties need to make reservations, except in April and May. Both local residents and tourists enjoy eating an elegant traditional while admiring the scenery in the changing seasons.

    10名たらずの団体での夕食でお邪魔しました。お食事は、個室にて、ゆっくり頂戴し、その後は、五山の送り火を、こちらのバスに乗り、比叡山を眺め、京都の町が一望できる場所へ案内して戴き、20時の点火を待ちます。「大」の字が見え、「妙」「法」も見て、またお食事処まで送迎がありました。個人でも、頼めば、連れて行って戴けるのではないでしょうか。こちらでゆっくりお食事をして、五山の送り火を見に行かれたらいかがで...

  • Hanaikada
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    4.0
    81 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    My wife and I booked here for our last night in Japan, with the hope that it would be the capstone experience of our 10-day adventure. I was a little disappointed. Some of it was just cultural...

  • Suzuri Ishi-tei
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    3.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Umegahata Kaohsiung 5
    This restaurant is in Kyoto Ward, Kyoto City. Here guests dine on delicious udon and soba noodles while getting in touch with the natural scenery of Kyoto. In autumn, you can try seasonal items like their wild vegetable rice and a Yudofu Set with tempura. It is located about half way along the stone steps leading to Jingoji Temple, so temple patrons often stop here for some refreshment.

    神護寺のお参りが終わり、参道を下っているとありました。天気がよく、屋外に席があり、毛氈を敷いた茶店のような感じでした。紅葉を眺めながら食事ができました。京都らしく、ニシンそばを頼みました。雰囲気も手伝ってなかなかよかったです。

  • Yoshiya Oku no Niwa
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    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.
  • Ayu-no-yado Tsutaya
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Sagatoriimotosennocho 17
    This restaurant got its start serving tea to worshipers climbing Mt. Atago to visit the Atago Shrine 400 years ago in the Edo Period. It still operates out of a thatch-roofed building with an elegance that hasn't diminished in all these years. Guests are treated to cuisine and hospitality that shows a marked respect for history. During lunch service, the restaurant offers reasonably priced items such as donburi (rice bowls), mini kaiseki sets, and yudofu (hot tofu). The restaurant's ousu sets, which feature a couple of thin matcha tea and two sakuramochi rice cakes, are also quite popular.
  • Kazurano Seisyuan
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Sagatenryujitsukurimichicho
    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.
  • Shigetsutei
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Umegahatatonohatacho 16
    A Japanese-style restaurant on Mt. Makio, famous for its views of the changing autumn colors. Enjoy all sorts of Japanese cuisine including sukiyaki, shabu shabu, tofu skin cuisine, tofu dishes, and boar meat hot pot. Their zenzai red bean soup is also very popular. Due to the popularity of the autumn colors they may not have parking available during the fall season, please check and confirm before visiting.

    三尾観光の際に寄ってみました。神護寺→西明寺→高山寺と廻り、西明寺を出たところに位置します。内部は茶店風でまったりできそうで簡単な食事もできそうでしたが、お土産物を少し買うのみにしました。

  • Togetsutei Bekkan Shofukaku
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Saga Nakanoshimacho Kanyuchi
    A tofu and tofu skin shop next to Togetsu-kyo Bridge in the heart of Sagano. They are especially conscious of female customers and over traditional kaiseki course meals and healthy lunches focused primarily around tofu and tofu skin. During the daytime they offer a buffet with over 30 options including fresh fried tempura, Japanese rolled omelets cooked by the chef at the venue, and nigiri sushi. In the evening they offer tofu and tofu skin kaiseki meals, as well as seasonal bamboo bento box meals with seasonal ingredients in bamboo baskets. They're well known for serving meals befitting a traditional Japanese inn while sitting in their tatami room gazing out at the sites of Arashiyama including Mt. Ogurayama and the Ooigawa River.
  • Shunkan Shokusai Ranman
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nishikyo-ku Arashiyamaasatsukicho
    This out-of-the-way izakaya (Japanese-style pub) offers a wide variety of cuisine including Kyo-ryori (Kyoto cuisine), Italian, western-style cuisine, and more. Its interior has a chic and relaxed atmosphere. It features counter seating suited for casually dining alone as well as table seating and tatami mat seating ideal dining with a group. Their specialty is their sashimi assortments. Each features a selection of fresh seafood personally sourced by the owner and is packed with seasonal flavors. The pub even has its own wine cellar. We recommend that you have them recommend the best drinks to enjoy with their food.

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