Restaurants & Cafés


As you arrive at this riverside restaurant, you’ll notice that the stone entrance is wet, regardless of the weather. It’s a subtle way of saying that the place is spotless and ready to welcome guests. The maids will usher you to a private room with cherry branches brushing the window, then deliver a miniature lacquer chest of drawers containing traditional Kyoto cuisine. For service, food and a great view, it’s astonishingly good value, and even cheaper if you don’t mind dining in a shared, no-frills dining room. Book a day or two ahead off-peak, or several months ahead for peak season private rooms.

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009


Nakanoshima Koen-nai, Saga, Arashimaya, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto

Transport Arashiyama station (Keifuku line), Saga Arashiyama station (JR Sagano line).

Telephone 075 881 8888

Open 11am-9pm mon, wed-sun.

Admission ¥¥¥.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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