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!