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.
/ ￥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.