Have a rest surrounded by nature in Kyoto’s Takao area at the tea house, Togano Chaya
This restaurant is in a calm spot right in front of Kosan-ji Temple in Takao. They serve such food items as soba and udon noodles, but they also have sweets and drinks, such as their kuzumochi, mochi cakes made from kuzuzo, served with kuromitsu syrup. The restaurant is encircled by green leaves, and the beauty of it all is of such grandeur that you’re not going to forget the experience for the rest of your life. The restaurant is right next to the Kiyotaki River, so you can enjoy the cool river winds. You can forget about the hotness of the city center, and enjoy a relaxed and leisurely moment. I recommend going to see the temples in Takao first, and then taking a break at Togano Chaya. It’s easy to relax here because the owner-chef of this restaurant does everything he can to make this kawadoko riverside experience as nice as possible for you. It almost feels as if time went by a bit slower at Togano Chaya than in the outside world.
Nishin soba
Nishin soba / ¥1,050
When this dish is brought to the table, it still has a lid on it. But when you remove the lid, you’ll get to see a surprisingly big herring on top of the noodles and smell the pleasant smell of dashi. The herring is so soft it’s easy to cut into pieces with chopsticks. The soba, or buckwheat, noodles go very well with the tasty herring, so this dish will go down the hatch in a few minutes. Note that the pot its served in is very hot, so be careful.
Suzumi Gozen
Suzumi Gozen / ¥2,500
Suzumi Gozen is only available in summer, and the best part about this meal set is that you get to try a little bit of everything. Each one of the dishes is carefully crafted, and they even look refreshing. For the reasonable price of 2,500 yen you get to enjoy such summer delicacies as grilled ayu sweetfish and kamo eggplant with miso glaze. Although the summers in Kyoto can be very hot, it is my heartfelt wish that you will enjoy a soothing kawadoko riverside dining moment with this Suzumi Gozen meal set.
Udon noodles and tempura
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Udon noodles and tempura / ¥1,500
Cold udon noodles on a bamboo sieve are just what you need on a hot and humid day. The cold, springy, chewy noodles are exceptionally delicious. On top of the udon you have green onion, shiso, bonito flakes, and nori, and by eating these with the noodles you can enjoy the change in the taste. The tempura is crisp, and made using such seasonal ingredients as pumpkin, eggplant, shishoto, and even shrimp. Note that the amount of udon noodles you get is quite a lot.
Warabimochi & Matcha cappuccino
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Warabimochi & Matcha cappuccino / ¥600 /¥500
Normally warabimochi is served cold, but in an unusual fashion, warabimochi at Togano Chaya is served hot. Because it’s served hot, you can enjoy a kind of melting, soft texture you don’t normally get with warabimochi. I recommend eating it with as much kuromitsu syrup (made from black sugar) and kinako (roasted soybean flour) as you can. The crema on top of the matcha cappuccino is very soft, and the taste mellow. The taste of matcha is strong but the aftertaste clear. You can choose to have it cold or hot, depending on how you want it.
How to Order

Togano Chaya menu

The menu is in Japanese. Some of the menu items don’t have pictures of them, but the staff will kindly explain to you what they are in simple English. 

- Order Tips -

1.Many restaurants want everyone to order a main, but this restaurant doesn’t have any rules like this. 

2.One main dish can be enjoyed by two people. 

3.0 food1.5 service3.0 atmosphere4.5
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
2.7 food1.0 service3.0 atmosphere4.0
Although we were inside a building, it felt as if we were in nature. Everywhere I looked, I could see green trees, and right down below us was the river, so the place was absolutely beautiful. There is no air conditioning at this restaurant, but it felt very cool and refreshing, and I comfortable. The food was very delicious, and I liked how the friendly staff served us. Next, to the restaurant, there are stairs that go down to the river, so weather permitting, it may be a good idea to go down to the river.
3.3 food2.0 service3.0 atmosphere5.0
Getting to eat delicious food in the midst of nature, while we listened to the murmur of the river, was an incredibly satisfying experience. The tempura and udon noodle portion was big and the noodles nicely chewy. What surprised me most was the dessert: the warabimochi was served hot! Now I know that I like the texture of warabimochi more when it’s served hot. This restaurant is very close to the bus stop, so it’s a nice place to visit when temple hopping in Takao!
3.9 food3.3 service3.5 atmosphere4.8
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.7 food3.0 service3.5 atmosphere4.5
4.0 food3.5 service3.5 atmosphere5.0
Togano Chaya / とが乃茶屋
Category Soba Noodles, Casual Style Washoku
Phone +81 75-861-4206
Address 3 Umegahata Toganoo-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions A 1-minute walk from Toganoo bus stop.
Open Hours 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Reservations Not accepted.
Closed Thursdays (open if Thursday is a national holiday) *Closed from the middle of December to the middle of March.
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted.
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
They may not have an English menu, but they can understand some simple English.
Menu Only Japanese.
Lanuages spoken Some simple English.
Number of seats 56
Private dining rooms No.
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking.
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