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Ukyo Restaurants

Where to Eat in Ukyo - Kyoto

The Arashiyama Sagano area is one of the most scenic and popular tourist destinations in Kyoto and there are a number of interesting traditional Japanese dining options.

Western Kyoto is the place to experience Kaiseki-ryori; the definitive Japanese cuisine using the fresh ingredients of the season cooked to augment the original taste of the ingredients. Each dish is simply seasoned and presented beautifully in exquisite dinnerware often accompanied by leaves, flowers or vines.

Tofu fans should not miss out on eating this local delicacy. Nearby Morika tofu producers sell tofu to many of the top restaurants in the country. In Sagano there are a few tofu specialty restaurants including a Zen Buddhist vegetarian venue where diners can enjoy their tofu under the shade of a lush bamboo forest.

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Shigetsu

Experience an authentic Zen Buddhist meal prepared by a specially trained tenzo monk inside the tranquil surrounds of Tenryu-ji. The multi-course meal incorporates the six basic flavours – salty, sweet, bitter, sour, light and hot, in delicate harmony. Sesame tofu with soy sauce, fresh vegetables, miso soup and rice are among the dishes served. The set menus are available in three different varieties which are priced accordingly. Meal prices include admission to the garden. Reservations are required.

  • Opening Hours: Apr - Oct, daily 08:30 - 17:30; Nov - Mar, daily 08:30 - 17:00
  • Location: 68 Saga Tenryu-ji Susukinobaba-cho, Ukyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 882 9725
  • Cuisine: Japanese Vegetarian
  • Price Range: Lunch: affordable - pricey
  • How to get there: JR San-in Main Line from Kyoto Station to Saga Station or Keifuku Electric Railway to Arashiyama Station.
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Seizansodo

This vegetarian restaurant, located within the Tenryu-ji temple compound, is celebrated for its yodofu; tofu cooked in a kelp broth which is then eaten with soy sauce and finely chopped spring onions. The tofu used here comes from Morika, a famous nearby tofu shop which has specialized in making it since the 1860s. At Seizansodo, visitors dine in the traditional style, sitting on tatami mats overlooking a lovely garden.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 – 14:00
  • Location: 68 Saga Tenryu-ji Susukinobaba-cho, Ukyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 882 9725
  • Cuisine: Japanese Vegetarian
  • Price Range: Lunch / Dinner: pricey
  • How to get there: JR San-in Main Line from Kyoto Station to Saga Station or Keifuku Electric Railway to Arashiyama Station
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Sagano

Enjoy a traditional Japanese meal under the shade of a lush green bamboo forest at Sagano Restaurant. The restaurant is known for its tofu simmered in broth, but the deep fried tofu with black sesame and tempura is also delicious. There are also a number of seasonal dishes. Refined service is provided by kimono clad waitresses at a sunken counter, in private tatami rooms or in the bamboo garden.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 19:00
  • Location: 45 Susuki-no-bamba-cho, Saga, Tenryu-ji, Ukyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 861 0277
  • Cuisine: Traditional Japanese
  • Price Range: Lunch / Dinner: pricey
  • How to get there: JR San-in Main Line from Kyoto Station to Saga Station or Keifuku Electric Railway to Arashiyama Station
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Kitcho Arashiyama

This celebrated restaurant is run by third-generation chef Kunio Tokuoka and has been awarded three Michelin stars. Housed in a 100 year-old building the restaurant only has seven private dining rooms each facing a beautiful Japanese garden. The kaiseki dining at Kitcho has been described as a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience, and as such reservations are essential.

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 - 15:30 (Last order at 13:00), 16:30 - 22:00 (Last order at 19:00) Closed Dec 26 - 31, Jan 4 - 9
  • Location: 58 Susukinobaba, Saga, Tenryu-ji, Ukyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 881 1101
  • Cuisine: Traditional Japanese
  • Price Range: Lunch / Dinner: luxury
  • How to get there: Keifuku Electric Railway to Arashiyama Station
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Kyo-Arashiyama Nishiki

This famous restaurant located in the Nakanoshima Park near Togetsukyo Bridge serves traditional Japanese kaiseki course meals. The restaurant is rich and elegant with a seasonal menu that changes on a monthly basis. The lunch sets represent good value at one of Kyoto’s most cherished restaurants.

  • Opening Hours: Wed – Mon 11:00 – 19:30
  • Location: Kan-yuchi Nakanoshima-cho, Saga Ukyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 871 8888
  • Cuisine: Traditional Japanese
  • Price Range: Lunch: affordable, Dinner: luxury
  • How to get there: Keifuku Electric Railway to Arashiyama Station
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