Five Select Restaurants in the Arashiyama and Sagano Areas of Kyoto Where You Can Enjoy Kyoto Cuisine
The Arashiyama and Sagano areas of Kyoto have many attractive tourist sites including World Heritage Sites. Here is an introduction to five restaurants where you can enjoy fantastic Kyo Ryori (Kyoto cuisine) in this picturesque tourist destination.
This is a famous ryori ryokan (an upscale ryotei restaurant with overnight accommodation) at the foot of Togetsukyo Bridge, which is a symbol of Arashiyama. You can stay over in their accommodations, go for the Day Trip Plan that includes access to the onsen hot spring and a meal, or just go for a meal. It serves yudofu (simmered tofu) dishes that Arashiyama is famous for, as well as traditional Japanese cuisine courses and bento boxes for casual lunches. There are menus in English and Chinese (Simplified).
Sample menu: Hanaikada Original Yudofu Ryori (2,500 JPY and up (excl. tax)).
This is a restaurant in a quiet neighborhood just outside of the crowded tourist area. The food served here is made with ingredients that represent Kyoto, such as fresh Kyoto-produced vegetables procured directly from contracted farmers, Kuroge Wagyu (Japanese Black Wagyu beef) and pork from Kyoto, and yuba (tofu skin) from the famous Hanbey-fu that has a history of over 300 years. The chef is trained in French cuisine and serves courses that are fusions of Japanese and French food.
Sample menu: Cho Kaiseki course of Wagyu steak, seasonal vegetables and rice cooked in earthenware pot (8,000 JPY (excl. tax)).
This is a ryotei ryokan where you can soak in onsen hot spring water from the famous Arashiyama onsen. There is no need to stay over to enjoy the Japanese cuisine course, but reservations are necessary to dine. The food that incorporates the spirit of Kyo Ryori that consists of "bitterness in the spring, coolness in the summer, fertility in the fall and warmth in the winter", is made full of seasonal ingredients. There are casual bento boxes and mini courses available in addition to the full courses. The ryotei ryokan is located on the banks of Oi River so you can enjoy a beautiful view while dining. There are menus in English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) and Korean, and staff who speak English.
Sample menu: Kaiseki Nonomiya course (8,640 JPY (incl. tax and service charge)).
This is a restaurant where you can savor tofu dishes that are a specialty of Saga Arashiyama. The tofu used here is the Saga Tofu from Morika, a famous tofu shop with a history of more than 150 years. The tofu is soft yet firm and has a smooth texture. The restaurant serves a variety of menu items that represent Kyoto, such as a yudofu course made with Saga Tofu, as well as a course of creative Japanese cuisine with an abundance of fresh seafood and vegetables.
Sample menu: Otofu Irodori Gozen (3,800 JPY (incl. tax))
This is a popular restaurant where you can enjoy a buffet of Kyo Obanzai (home cooked dishes that have been enjoyed in Kyoto homes over the years). The food is prepared by chefs of Arashiyamabenkei introduced earlier. The buffet includes healthy dishes made with tofu, yuba and Kyoto-grown vegetables as well as karaage (fried chicken), udon (thick noodles) and curries as well as desserts.
Sample menu: Kyoto Obanzai Buffet One Hour/One Adult (2,150 JPY (incl. tax)).
The Arashiyama and Sagano areas are full of attractive places. Be sure to visit and enjoy the wonderful food along with the sights.
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