Mar. 17, 2017 UPDATE
Yuka - Outdoor Riverside Dining in Sunset and Night of Kiyamachi
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. The places we will introduce to you are ones that we think of as THE must-go places. Go on to a yuka dining of your choice and find your favorite place!
Eating Japanese Cuisine on Yuka is a Blissful Event
Ganko Takasegawa NijoenGanko Takasegawa Nijoen is a restaurant famous for their delicious Japanese kaiseki cuisine inside a 200 to 300 years old building. The building of the restaurant is famed because guests can enjoy looking at the Japanese garden as well as freely stroll around the premises. During summer you will see fresh greenery while in autumn you will see the autumn leaves. Ganoko Tasegawa Nijoen is a restaurant where you can even enjoy the walk through the building to reach the yuka area. In May and September, the restaurant is open for lunch on yuka for a riverside dining. Lunch is reasonably priced, available from ￥3,000 (not including tax). Enjoy some sushi, tempura, or shabu-shabu while having a magnificent garden view. Japanese sake is, of course, available too.
ToriyasaToriyasa is famous for Mizutaki, a type of Japanese hot-pot dish. The Mizutaki you can savor at this restaurant is made by simmering the chicken for 3 days. You will be amazed to taste its rich and creamy soup. Inside the soup are pieces of chicken with bones, nappa cabage, shiitake mushrooms, and other vegetables. We hope you will enjoy the flavors of chicken full of umami that is seeped into the soup. The yuka floor at Toriyasa is very roomy with a sense of openness and in zashiki style where you will sit on the floor. Lunch is also available in May and September, but to enjoy it, you must enter by 3 p.m. Eating steaming hot Mizutaki outside in the riverside terrace of yuka is a pleasing experience that you can have at Toriyasa.
Mochi Ryori Kitamura KamogawaMochi Ryori Kitamura Kamogawa is a Japanese restaurant inside an old traditional machiya town house. There is a small garden inside with a very traditional Japanese ambiance. From dishes made with seasonal ingredients to their specialties made with mochi, a traditional food made with glutinous rice, are all dishes the restaurant is famous for. The owner chef has a bright and friendly personality. He has many funny stories to tell so we hope that you will get to have a conversation with him. The restaurant is only open for dinner including the period when yuka is available. The yuka area is spacious with tables and chairs set up on the tatami mat.
Also Enjoy Yakiniku, Western Food, and Bar on Yuka
Kyoto Yakiniku HIRO KiyamachiKyoto Yakiniku HIRO Kiyamachi is a yakiniku restaurant where you can enjoy delightful wagyu, or Japanese beef in a delightful atmosphere. It’s the only restaurant that serves yakiniku in a yuka dining. You can enjoy different parts of wagyu as yakiniku or meat dishes at reasonable prices. Because the restaurant supplies their meat from their own route, they are able to get their hands on parts of the meat that are quite rare. As with all yakiniku style dining, you will be cooking your own meat. Including the period where yuka dining is available, the restaurant is only open at night. They use a smoke-less filter that eliminates smoke while cooking so that enjoying it in the outdoor riverside terrace is made possible.
Vineria-tvbVineria-tvb is an Italian restaurant that focuses on using fresh local ingredients and brings out the flavors of them in a simple way. The baked chicken with vegetables is a recommended dish which is made with fragrant herbs that match extremely well with the juicy locally-raised chicken. There are quite a variety of Italian wines available. The ambiance is stylish and modern where you can relaxingly spend your time. Including the period where yuka dining is available, the restaurant is only open at night.
KAWA CAFEKAWA CAFÉ focuses on offering French cuisine in a casual style setting run by the owner who is originally from France. The café offers quiche, pizza, cakes, and a wide variety of alcoholic beverages like beer and wine. Through the wide clear window, you will see a magnificent view of Kamo River. Including the period where yuka dinning is available, the café is open from 10 a.m. to midnight. The café can easily be visited anytime of the day for a late breakfast, lunch, café time, or dinner.
Bar ATLANTISBar ATLANTIS is a stylish and chic bar. About 400 different types of beverages are available focusing on original cocktails and Japanese whiskies. There are many customers from abroad visiting the bar, and the staff is accustomed to using English. Out of all the yuka dining restaurants, Bar ATLANTIS is the only one with a counter. There are table seats as well. The night will be filled with a mirthful atmosphere, and we hope you will enjoy this bar after dinner or in between plans. They are only open at night including the period when yuka is available.
Taking a Break on the Yuka
Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Sanjo Ohashi StoreThis Starbucks branch is located right in middle of a busy area of Kyoto right by Sanjo Ohashi Bridge. It’s very much a recommended place to take a break from touring around, and we hope that you will do so on the yuka. However, the outdoor terrace area of yuka is quite popular that you may have to wait in line to be seated. Try to go there between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. when the crowd dies down a little bit while people are away for dinner.
From this point, it’s the start of the night life in Kyoto. First, we recommend for you to go to Ponto-cho, an alley located by Kawaramachi Station. And then, we recommend for you to head over to Kiyamachi located west of Ponto-cho. There, you will find classic izakayas or bars as well as bistros. Night life just got started by the time you finish eating dinner on the yuka. In the next part, we will show you several recommended places to go in Ponto-cho and Kiyamachi.