Jun. 30, 2016 UPDATE

Yuka - Outdoor Riverside Dining in Sunset and Night of Kiyamachi

Yuka - Outdoor Riverside Dining in Sunset and Night of Kiyamachi
The summer season in Kyoto is hot. There are traditions people engage that can only be enjoyed during this season by taking advantage of such high temperatures. One of these summer traditions is yuka. Yuka, literately meaning floor, are the outdoor riverside dining areas that are set along Kamo River which runs in the main part of the city. Restaurants open these yuka dining areas during May 1st to September 30th. These yuka are built by combining wood bars and platforms on the river, and most are open for dinner time from 5pm. Although most of them are open until 11pm, the recommended time frame to visit one of these restaurants with yuka is definitely during sunset. Cool air starts to flow while the sky starts to gradually change into orange color, a gorgeous view to see while having a great meal and some drinks. It’s a unique experience and an atmosphere that seems out of the ordinary, Perhaps, by the time you finish touring around temples or shopping around downtown during the day, the time will most likely be around 5pm. It will be a great timing for a dinner at one of these outdoor riverside dining.

Time will seem to pass by fast when spent on a yuka dining, and by the time you notice, it already night time. After leaving the restaurant, you will most likely head to Ponto-cho. On each side of the narrow street in Ponto-cho are restaurants after restaurants with lanterns lit up giving an affectionate mood to the area. Feeling of unfamiliarity makes this place pleasingly exciting to just walk through it.

After walking through the street of Ponto-cho, let’s have fun before going back to your hotel room or ryokan. Next to Ponto-cho is Kiyamachi. In between the two streets of Ponto-cho and Kiyamachi are fascinating narrow alleyways. This area is lined with many bars and izakaya from classic ones to new and stylish kinds. It’s an attractive area with mix of old and new where a bunch of locals gather. Whether you decide to have fun until morning or go back to your hotel room because of an active day planned ahead, visiting Kiyamachi after going to a yuka dining is an excellent course to follow in order to fully enjoy Kyoto’s night life. In the following, we will introduce you to restaurants that are great to visit in flow of the time. The choice is yours to make out of many restaurants to choose from restaurants. But if you visit these places in the suggested order in the article, it is no doubt that you will have an excellent time.
Part 15pm-7pm/Head to a Yuka Dining During Sunset!
As the sun sets down, the sky will gradually be filled with orange color, something that certainly cannot be man-made. This beautiful color is reflected on the quietly running Kamo River, and it spreads beautifully into the scenery. We hope that you will also witness the scenery full of charms in a riverside yuka dining …
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Part 2Meals and Drinks You Can Enjoy at Yuka Dining
Now that you acquired some information and tips in order to fully enjoy yuka, it’s time to experience it. In a traditional yuka dining, not only Japanese cuisines, but also Italian, French, and other types of cuisines are available. In addition, there are café that are easy to approach, and also izakaya, or Japanese style bars, are established with yuka as well …
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Part 37pm-9pm/A Pleasant Walk Through Ponto-cho and Kiyamachi
After about 3-minute of walking from Kawaramachi Station, you will reach Ponto-cho. Both sides of this narrow alleyway are lined with restaurants of Kaiseki dining to French dining, bars, and more. The amount of people gathered in Ponto-cho is no less than of the nearby busy area of Kawaramachi Street. Although Ponto-cho is tightly spaced, it doesn’t make you feel suffocated at all …
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Part 49pm-11pm /Kyoto’s Complex “Rooji” - Let’s Jump Into One
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, it’s often called, “rooji”. At first glance …
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