Mar. 17, 2017 UPDATE

Yuka - Outdoor Riverside Dining in Sunset and Night of Kiyamachi

The summers in Kyoto are hot, which is why the people of Kyoto have thought of ways to enjoy their summers in cooler ways. One of these ways is yuka, which literally means floor, but which in Kyoto means outdoor riverside dining areas that are set along the Kamo River. Restaurants that have yuka dining are open from May 1 to September 30. Offering both lunch and dinner, but the best time to visit a yuka has to be during sunset, although many of the restaurants are open until 11 p.m. The cool river air and the sky turning to pleasant yellows and fiery reds make you wonder why anyone would like to go to any place but Kyoto.
Part 1Head to a Yuka Dining During Sunset! (5-7 p.m.)
As the sun starts to set down, you get to witness the grandeur of nature first-hand. The beautiful colors are reflected on the quietly running Kamo River, and together with the Higashiyama mountain range in the background form a scene that would make a great …
Part 2 Meals and Drinks You Can Enjoy at Yuka Dining
In a traditional yuka dining, not only Japanese food, but also Italian, French, and other cuisines are available. In addition, there are cafés that are to get into without a reservation, and also izakayas, or Japanese-style bars …
Part 3A Pleasant Walk Through Ponto-cho and Kiyamachi (7-9 p.m.)
After about a 3-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station, you will reach Ponto-cho. The amount of people gathered in Ponto-cho is no less than of the nearby busy area of Kawaramachi Street. Although Ponto-cho is …
Part 4Kyoto’s Complex “Rooji” – Jump in! (9-11 p.m.)
You will notice the narrow, dark, and dubious alleyways when walking down Ponto-cho or Kiyamachi. It’s the alleyways that you can go in and out between Ponto-cho and Kiyamachi. Alleyways are called “roji” in Japanese, but in Kyoto, they are often called, “rooji”. At first glance, these alleyways seem suspicious and …
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