Great scenery and great Kyoto-style kaiseki cuisine at Momijiya Bekkan Kawa no Iori
Momijiya Bekkan Kawa no Iori is in Takao, an area of Kyoto famed for its autumn leaves. The ryokan is surrounded by mountains, and it offers seasonal cuisine which uses the best ingredients of each season. You go to this restaurant-ryokan by crossing a rope bridge – on the other side a green world of relaxation awaits you. Momijiya Bekkan Kawa no Iori specializes in kaiseki cuisine that is served outside, on riverside dining platforms that are known as kawadoko in Takao. The main stars of the kaiseki cuisine here are, of course, grilled ayu sweetfish and somen noodles served cold. At night they also have some special events; you get to talk to a maiko (apprentice geisha), and at night they shut down the lights, and you can wonder at the dance of the fireflies! Summer in Kyoto starts with kaiseki cuisine, preferably in Takao!
Summery Kitayama “Bamboo” / ￥5,500 (+tax and service charge)
For lunch you have for options you can have at the kawadoko riverside dining platforms: Summery Kitayama “Bamboo” which you can see in the picture, Kawadoko Gozen lunch set, and two Village of Kiyotaki sets, respectively named Moon and Snow. On the picture, you can see the layered box of appetizers which you get with Bamboo. The second layer of it is sashimi made from konjac (so not fish). You also get grilled ayu sweetfish, somen noodles, rice, and a sweet.
Mini kaiseki / ￥8,000 (+tax and service charge)
Besides full course kaiseki meals, they also have this nice mini kaiseki set for lunch. You get an appetizer, hassun platter (beautifully garnished plateful of exquisiteness), sashimi (this time it was made of konjac, not fish), simmered dish, grilled fish, a dish to have before grilled dish and simmered dish, cold somen noodles, a main dish (this time we had chicken hot pot), rice porridge with ayu, soup, fruits, and Japanese pickles.
Have a stroll around the area and enjoy the nature of Takao
The great natural scenery of Takao provides the perfect backdrop for a short stroll after your lunch. Because the temperature here is around 5 degrees lower than in the city center, this place is a great getaway when the summer of Kyoto starts feeling a bit too hot.
Stay a night!
Enjoy the Japanese rooms, the tatami mats, and the quietness of nature by staying at Momijiya Bekkan Kawa no Iori. Some of the rooms have bathtubs outside, so you can enjoy a bath in the Japanese hot spring style while you take in the relaxing views.
How to Order
The kaiseki menu is explained in English.
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From June 9 to July 1 in 2018 you can enjoy Genji fireflies at night, and from July 2 to September 23 you get to watch a maiko dance her graceful dance. So coming for dinner is also a nice idea!
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Momijiya Bekkan Kawa no Iori / もみぢ家 別館 川の庵
|Category||Kaiseki / Kyo Ryori (Kyoto Cuisine)|
|Address||Umegahata Takao-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8289|
|Directions||Take JR bus from Shijo Omiya to Takao, and then get off at the main building of Momijiya, from where you can catch a shuttle bus to Momijiya Bekkan Kawa no Iori. They also have shuttle buses to the ryokan from the following stations: Subway Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station (exit 1) First bus: 3:00 p.m. Second bus: 4:00 p.m. Third bus: 5:00 p.m. JR Hanazono Station First bus: 3:10 p.m. Second bus: 4:10 p.m. Third bus: 5:10 p.m. *In November they only have the second bus, 4:00 p.m. from subway Uzumasa Tenjingawa, and 4:10 p.m. from JR Hanazono Station.|
|Open Hours||Lunch: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Last orders at 2:00 p.m.) Dinner: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Last orders at 7:30 p.m.)|
|Closed||Open every day.|
|Good for||Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children|
Although a bit far from the center of Kyoto, it’s easy to get to by bus.
|Menu||Japanese and English.|
|Lanuages spoken||Some simple English.|
|Number of seats||200|
|Private dining rooms||No|
|Non smoking / smoking||Nonsmoking (they have a designated smoking area).|