The amazing Arashiyama area in Kyoto is a popular destination for visitors. From World Heritage site Tenryū-ji to an exotic bamboo forest, the area is full of attractions that continue to capture the hearts and minds of tourists from all over the world.
But don't just go there for the sights - try out some local lunch spots that have delighted tongues and tummies for ages too! Here's a curated list of six popular shops serving up great-tasting food fuel for all. We're confident there's something in this list that's just for you.
- Table of Contents
- 1. Musubi-Cafe Arashiyama: Organic and nutritious ingredients galore!
- 2. Arashiyama Kijuro: Enjoy juicy wagyu beef steak in view of a beautiful Japanese garden
- 3. Arashiyama Yoshimura: Savoring sumptuous soba while gazing at Togetsu Bridge
- 4. Cross Burger & Beer/Coffee: Presenting black bun burgers - the latest talk of the town!
- 5. Daizen: A place to fall in love with truly delicious kyozushi
- 6. Kyoto Arashiyama Jikaseimen Shintogetsu: Udon backed by 80 years of tradition and history
1. Musubi-Cafe Arashiyama: Organic and nutritious ingredients galore!
Musubi-Cafe Arashiyama, located a quick 3-minute walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Station, bases its cooking around the theme of "locally sourced" "healthy grains and vegetables." For lunch, the eatery offers a slew of nutritious meal sets that all cost 1,600 yen including tax, such as the "Daily Lunch A/B,” "Chickpeas and Tomatoes Curry,” "Veggie Tomato Spaghetti,” and "Koya Tofu and Veggie Taco Rice.”
Since vegan fare is on the menu, anyone who's in the market for some delicious, locally-sourced Kyoto vegetables will likely find what they're looking for here! As part of their preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus, the cafe has set up alcohol-based sanitizer at the shop entrance.
Musubi-Cafe Arashiyamamusubi-cafe 嵐山店
- Address MUSUBI, 1-8 Arashiyama Nishiichikawa-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu, 616-0003
3-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Hankyu Lines
7-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Keifuku Lines
10-minute walk from Saga-Arashiyama Station on the JR Lines
- Phone Number 075-862-4195
Hours: As of time of writing (July 2020), daily from 10:30 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m. (last order 5:00 p.m.) Plans to return to regular opening hours are not fixed yet.
Closed: Irregularly on Tuesdays (shop remains open if Tuesday falls on a holiday or holiday eve)
2. Arashiyama Kijuro: Enjoy juicy wagyu beef steak in view of a beautiful Japanese garden
Nestled deep in a quiet recess away from any main streets is Kijuro, a shop with a modern Japanese interior that offers fantastic views of a beautiful Japanese-style garden from some of its windows. It almost feels like you've entered a different world and time period when you step through its doors.
The lunch menu is plentiful and varied, with standard set meals such as the "Grilled Wagyu Beef Multi-Tier Food Box (1,900 yen),” "Wagyu Beef Thigh Meat Steak Multi-Tier Food Box (starting from 2,600 yen), "Wagyu Beef Shabu Shabu (2,800 yen),” as well as the nutritionally balanced "Wagyu Beef Thigh Meat Steak Multi-Tier Food Box With Boiled Beancurd (3,200 yen).” In case you're wondering: Wagyu is a term that refers to Japanese beef cattle, and the meat produced by these cattle are renowned for their premium quality.
We recommend that you try the restaurant's "Grilled Wagyu Multi-Tier Food Box,” which is best enjoyed with a generous dose of the sauce provided by the shop, since it was specially formulated to enhance the umami flavor from both the grilled meat and steamed egg!
Takeout meals such as the "Grilled Wagyu Lunch Box (1,300 yen)" and "Wagyu Beef With Bones Lunch Box (1,800 yen, pictured)" are also available for those planning to eat at another location. All prices are inclusive of tax.
English menus are available on request, and the restaurant has implemented proper measures for the prevention of infectious diseases as well.
3. Arashiyama Yoshimura: Savoring sumptuous soba while gazing at Togetsu Bridge
Right in front of this restaurant is Togetsu Bridge, a major Kyoto tourist attraction. This means visitors to the shop can expect to behold the bridge and its surroundings in all their glory throughout the changing seasons while comfortably seated with a bowl of delicious soba (buckwheat noodles) in hand. It'll be an unforgettable lunch, for sure!
The must-try soba dish here is the "Tenzaru Set (2,109 yen, tax excluded),” which comes with a plate of soba as the main dish with some tempura (deep-fried food) and a bowl of rice with dried fish toppings on the side.
The restaurant has put in place measures against the spread of the coronavirus, such as ensuring adequate ventilation and disinfecting the premises regularly, so that customers can dine with peace of mind. Menus are also available in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Korean on request.
Definitely come here if the combination of good food and great views sounds like something right up your alley!
Arashiyama Yoshimura嵐山 よしむら
- Address Lot 3 Sagatenryuji Susukinobaba-cho, Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-fu, 616-8385
12-minute walk from Saga-Arashiyama Station on the JR Lines
3-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Keifuku Electric Railroad
7-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Hankyu Lines
- Phone Number 075-863-5700
Hours: 11:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m. (last order 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. on weekends) *Subject to change without notification during tourism season or Hanatoro illumination season
Closed: Open daily
4. Cross Burger & Beer/Coffee: Presenting black bun burgers - the latest talk of the town!
This exciting restaurant was established to provide a wider variety of food options to visitors of Arashiyama, which has always been more well-known for its abundance of Japanese cuisine, and we think it has succeeded in spades!
On the shop's lunch menu is the conspicuous "Arashiyama Burger (1,510 yen, tax included).” The patties of the burger are made from local Japanese Black wagyu beef and wedged between two black buns baked from dough kneaded with bamboo charcoal.
Order a "Cheese Burger (1,540 yen, tax included),” and you'll even get to enjoy a mini-performance where the cheese is put on the burger before your very eyes, allowing both your stomach and eyes to feast at the same time. How's that for a great deal?
Add another one of the shop's top-rated items, the "Pork Cutlet Curry Rice (1,380 yen, tax included)" to the mix, and you'll get a full picture of why this restaurant has been all the rage recently! If you're ever craving for something a little different than the usual Kyoto experience, then this is the place for you.
As part of their strategy to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Cross Burger & Beer/Coffee keeps the shop premises well-ventilated, and surfaces are thoroughly disinfected. Plastic curtains have also been installed at the cash register and counter seats. For international visitors, English menus are available on request.
CROSS Burger＆Beer/CoffeeCROSS Burger＆Beer/Coffee
- Address 48 Arashiyama Kamikaido-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu, 616-0016
5-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Hankyu Lines
- Phone Number 075-863-5885
Sundays to Thursdays: 11:30 a.m. -- 7:00 p.m. - Lunch menu only
Fridays to Saturdays: 11:30 a.m. -- 9:00 p.m. - Dinner menu available.
Closed: Open daily
5. Daizen: A place to fall in love with truly delicious kyozushi
Daizen is a kyozushi (Kyoto-style sweet sushi) specialty store with fans from the around its locality and even outside the prefecture. Located a short distance away from major sightseeing spots, the shop's cozy atmosphere is conducive to the relaxing relishing of this lesser-known variety of Japanese sushi.
The items on the menu, such as kyozushi mainstays mackerel sushi and boxed sushi, are prepared with a unique method that had been developed to allow the sushi to keep well. You'll also be able to order seasonal sushi, side dishes, and a good mix of other items. The "Sabasugata Zushi (1,800 yen, tax included)" is especially a must-try, having been perfectly salted to enhance the flavor of the kelp inside. Anyone interested in authentic kyozushi cuisine should definitely consider visiting this restaurant!
Smoking is not allowed in Daizen. As a preventive measure against spread of the coronavirus, the shop is sanitized with alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Address 10-3 Saga Isenokami-cho, Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-fu, 616-8365
4-minute walk from Randen-Saga Station on the Keifuku Electric Railroad
Right next to the Shimo-Saga Bus Stop on the Kyoto City Bus or Kyoto Bus
- Phone Number 075-882-0018
Hours: 12:00 p.m. -- 9:30 p.m. (last entry 7:30 p.m.)
Closed: Thursdays (open if Thursday falls on a holiday), two irregular days a month
6. Kyoto Arashiyama Jikaseimen Shintogetsu: Udon backed by 80 years of tradition and history
Ever since the shop's establishment, Shintogetsu's udon have been prepared using traditional methods and ingredients of the highest quality. No additives or chemical seasonings are added during the process. Needless to say, you won't be able to find the udon of this shop anywhere else!
"Tanba Bihada Pork and Soft-Boiled Eggs Curry Udon" is a curry dish featuring this special udon. Bihada pork is a brand of Kyoto pork known to contain a hefty amount of healthy collagen. The curry itself has received rave reviews as well. When combined with the springy udon and mellow texture of the soft-boiled egg, your taste buds will thank you for introducing them to this lovely dish. If you're visiting during lunchtime, try out their bargain set meals like "Kobe Beef Tendon Meal (490 yen, tax included)" or "Mini Tempura Platter (690 yen, tax included),” each of which comes with a bowl of udon as well!
We would be remiss to forget to mention "Kinsei Shoyu Soba (980 yen, tax included),” a brand new dish made by the shop owner, who, despite being an udon expert, decided to invent this ramen dish with 1% playful inspiration and 99% heartfelt dedication. The dish is so well done, in fact, it has gained a reputation for being even tastier than the ramen of specialty stores. But just don't take our word for it - try it out yourself!
English menus are available upon request. The restaurant also sanitizes its premises with alcohol-based sanitizer and has reduced seating capacity as part of its preventive strategy against the spread of the coronavirus.
Shintogetsu京都嵐山 自家製麺 新渡月
- Address 20-40, Sagatenryujitsukurimichicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8384
Arashiyama Station （Keifuku Dentetsu-arashiyama Line）
- Phone Number 075-882-9884
All the restaurants mentioned here represent the cuisine of Arashiyama in their own special ways, and at reasonable prices too! Spice up your trip today with a meal that will bring you closer to the authentic flavors Kyoto has to offer and open the way to new culinary discoveries!
Written by Yuu Sato, Dali Corporation. English translation by Huimin Pan.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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