Mar. 19, 2019 UPDATE

Momijiya Bekkan Kawa no Iori

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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”
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
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
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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!
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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

Kawa no Iori menu

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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The experience starts from the rope bridge you have to cross to get to the restaurant-ryokan of Momijiya Bekkan Kawa no Iori. The bridge is there to separate you from the mundane, to help you forget all about your worries. And it works. It's very easy to relax at Momijiya Bekkan as you enjoy your kaiseki cuisine surrounded by nature. And at night they have a maiko to entertain you! What could be better.
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As you walk on the rope bridge, you will surely be surprised by the great natural scenery unfolding below you. And then you get to sit by the river, on their beautiful kawadoko dining platforms, and enjoy delicious food. The rooms of the ryokan also have a nice historic feeling to them, and you can also see the beautiful nature of Takao from them, so staying a night here is also a good idea!
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Momijiya Bekkan Kawa no Iori is surrounded by nature, and this time we enjoyed kaiseki cuisine on its kawadoko dining platforms, in a traditional summer tradition of Kyoto. This place is also great if you want to get away from the heat of Kyoto, as it’s in the mountains, so the temperature will be around three to five degrees lower than in the city center. At night you get to see a maiko and fireflies dance, and this is sure to become a lasting memory for you.
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Momijiya Bekkan Kawa no Iori / もみぢ家 別館 川の庵
Category Kaiseki / Kyo Ryori (Kyoto Cuisine)
Phone +81 75-871-1005
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.)
Reservations Accepted.
Closed Open every day.
Price range
Credit cards Accepted.
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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).
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