Kyoto-style kaiseki lunch on top of the Kibune River
Kibune is an area famous for Kifune Shrine and probably named after the shrine too. Close by you can also find Kurama Temple and Kurama Onsen, one of the most popular hot spring resorts in Kyoto.
The easiest way of getting to Kibune is to take Keihan to Demachiyanagi Station, where you’ll need to continue the trip on the Eizan Electric Railway, usually shortened to Eiden in Kyoto. This small private railway will take you to Kibuneguchi Station, the starting point of your journey to the more refreshing side of Kyoto’s summers.
The ceiling of maple leaves makes a shade that you could avoid the direct summer sunlight, so it’s perfect for a cool-down after walking up for a bit. The gentle breeze eases you down and makes you realize you’ve come to be away from the hectic city center.
There is a long bamboo flute in the restaurant. There is ice-cold water flowing on the flume, and the somen noodles are placed onto this flume by the staff, and then they’re carried to you by the stream. So nagashi somen is also a test on your chopstick skills, as you need to catch the noodles as they come to you on the flume. If you manage to catch some noodles, you then get to dip them into a thin soup called mentsuyu, which is made from sake, mirin, soy sauce, and dashi stock.
As this the nagashi somen is not only a scrumptious noodle lunch but also quite an experience, it’s something very popular. You can’t make a reservation and will have to line up for anything from half an hour to three hours to get to eat the delicious noodles.