Mar. 19, 2019 UPDATE

Toriichaya Shinshinan

- 鳥居茶屋 真々庵 -
Very cool! Enjoy Kyoto-style kaiseki cuisine on top of a river
Toriichaya Shinshinan is a restaurant surrounded by the splendid nature of Mt. Kibune. It’s easy to relax as you’re surrounded by greenery. The kawadoko dining platforms of Toriichaya Shinshinan are right on top of the river, so you can enjoy the refreshing gusts of wind coming from the river as you eat kaiseki cuisine. The kaiseki course meal here is served dish by dish, not all at once. They use seasonal ingredients when they’re at their best. The dishes are garnished in traditional Japanese style, meaning that the dishes are special artworks of that particular season. They serve you in the Japanese spirit of ometenashi, for example, if it’s too cold, they’ll lend you a lap blanket. How about enjoying a moment away from the hotness of Kyoto city, and going to the refreshingly green Kibune?
¥8,000 (+tax and service charge)
June 9 to July 13 served for both lunch and dinner. July 13 to September 9 served only on weekdays. This course meal, from appetizers to dessert, contains altogether 10 dishes. The main dish is grilled ayu sweetfish, but you also get to eat such seasonal delicacies as boiled hamo (daggertooth pike conger eel). You also get to enjoy the garnishing of the food, which is both seasonal and local, as they take inspiration from the rituals of the close by Kifune Shrine.
¥13,000 (+tax and serve charge)
This course meal, from appetizers to dessert, contains altogether 11 dishes. This course meal is made with plenty of seasonal ingredients. The dishes in the course change seasonally, like the tai (sea bream) with yuba ankake sauce. Also of notice are the boiled tai and hamo dishes and the somen noodles. The boiled tai and hamo dish is served on a bowl made of ice. This will not only keep the fish cold but it also looks refreshing and beautiful. There is a big piece of conger eel on top of the somen noodles.
Enjoy kawadoko with five senses!
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Enjoy kawadoko with five senses!
I want you to enjoy the kawadoko experience with your five senses when you come to Kibune. First, when you take a seat, look around you and note the beautiful trees. Then, as you’re eating the delicious food, note the murmur of the river. From June to the middle of July you can also listen to the beautiful sounds the Kajika frogs make. And enjoy the river winds. The river winds help you cool down even on scorching hot summer days. In this way, I would like you to enjoy kawadoko with your sense of sight, hearing, and touch.
Get an uchiwa fan!
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Get an uchiwa fan!
If you order a course that costs over 8,000 yen, you will get an uchiwa fan as a present. It has a picture of maple leaves and the river on it, so it looks very seasonal.
How to Order

Shinshinan menu

They may not have an English menu, but their menu has pictures on it so you can look at them. 

*The kawadoko dining platform may be closed because of rain, flooding, or if a weather warning is issued. In this case, you’ll have to have your food in a Japanese room, inside. 

- Order Tips -

Everyone must order something. 

Everyone has to pay a 15% service charge. 

Course meals can only be ordered by two or more people. If you order a course meal, everyone in your group needs to order the same one. 

Reservations highly recommended. 

3.0 food1.5 service3.0 atmosphere4.5
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.0 food1.0 service3.0 atmosphere5.0
The kawadoko dining platforms are of course great, but the dishes are also very beautifully garnished. The dishes are also garnished with seasonal flowers which the staff expressly go to the mountains to pick. These wildflowers have a simple beauty to them that commercially sold flowers don’t have. I hope you will feel the seasonality in the dishes and the flowers they’re garnished with!
3.0 food2.0 service3.0 atmosphere4.0
At the kawadoko riverside dining platforms of this restaurant, you can enjoy the innovative authentic cuisine. It’s easy to relax here as you’re surrounded by the rich nature of Kibune and you get to listen to the susurration of the river and the cry of the Kajika frogs.
3.8 food3.5 service3.0 atmosphere5.0
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.8 food3.5 service3.0 atmosphere5.0
Toriichaya Shinshinan / 鳥居茶屋 真々庵
Category Kaiseki / Kyo Ryori (Kyoto Cuisine)
Phone +81 75-741-2231
Address 48 Kuramakibune-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions A 2-minute walk from Kifune bus stop.
Open Hours Lunch: 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dinner: 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (You have to enter the restaurant by 6;00 p.m.)
Reservations Accepted. If you want to enter the restaurant after 4:00 p.m. you have to have a reservation.
Closed The restaurant operates nonstop from June 9 to September 9.
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted.
Good for Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The menu has pictures on it so you can look at them when deciding what to order.
Menu Only Japanese.
Lanuages spoken Some simple English.
Number of seats 40
Private dining rooms No.
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking.
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