Sagano Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka!

Arashiyama is known to be one of the best tourist spots in all of Kyoto.

It is surrounded by beautiful nature,you’ll encounter the beautiful colors of nature nurtured by the four seasons of Japan.

There are also many good restaurants where you can enjoy not only delicious dishes, but also a great scenery of Arashiyama.

It would be great experience for you to have delicious dishes with a great view.

I’m happy to share with you Top 5 best Must-eat restaurants in Arashiyama,Kyoto!

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Local tells Top 5 best Must-Try restaurants in Arashiyama,Kyoto!


Shoraian Shoraian is a kaiseki restaurant which is located on a hillside above the Katsura river in Arashiyama.

It is a bit hard to find here because it’s located deep in the forest.

The restaurant is surrounded by nature,you can feel the changes the season of Arashiyama throughout the year.

They serve Tofu Kaiseki dishes between 3,800 yen and 10,000 yen.

I recommend Shofu set(5,800 yen) which includes Yudofu (tofu cooked in a seaweed stock) and a wagyu steak.You can have a refill of the Yudofu.

Every dishes is presented very beautifully, and the tastes is really good.

The view overlooking the forest and Katsura river is great which makes the dishes even more special.

It’s the best restaurant if you want to have a traditional Kaiseki dishes with a beautiful scenery of Arashiyama.

Be sure to make a reservation in advance.

Address: Kanyuchi-nai, Saga Kameno’o-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:18 minutes from Hankyu Arashiyama station,10 minutes from JR Sagano Line Saga-Arashiyama Station,3 minutes from Keifuku-line Arashiyama Station
Phone: 075-861-0123
Open: Mon -Thu,11:00〜17:00 Fri-Sun & National holidays,11:00〜20:00
Others:For dinner, by reservation only before 17:00 of the previous day)
※They do not admit the guests who are under the age of 13.
Price: Lunch 3,800~5,000 yen,Dinner6,000~8,000


Otsuka Otsuka is a famous restaurant in Arashiyama where serve the delicious beef steaks.

It used to a small restaurant where only few people knew it.

However, its reputation was gradually spreading among visitors and gourmets and now this restaurant established No.1 award of the popular restaurants among foreign customers.

Foreign tourists know good steak restaurants very well:)

There are plenty of menu options for lunch which cost relatively reasonable. It costs between 1000 yen and 6,000 yen.

They serve the Murasawa gyu which has the greatest A5 beef grade in Japan and you can enjoy only this restaurant.

Murasawa gyu is produced in Nagano prefecture and only about 80 beef is shipped a per year. Therefore it is called “Legendary beef”.

The steak is served without a knife because you can cut it with chopsticks.

The beef is so tender and it really melts in your mouth. The white marble beef tastes very sweet and juicy.

If you are a meat lover, It’s definitely worth trying!

They are only open during a lunch time for 4 hours so make sure you go early and get on the waiting list.

Address: 20-10 Sagatenryuji, Setogawacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:18 minutes from Hankyu Arashiyama station,7 minutes from JR Sagano Line Saga-Arashiyama Station,3 minutes from Keifuku-line Arashiyama Station
Phone: 075-864-7989
Open: Lunch 11:00~13:00 (L.O.14;30)
Closed: Thursday, Sunday
Price: Lunch 2,000~3,000 yen

3.Unagiya Hirokawa/うなぎ屋 廣川

hirokawa Unagiya Hirokawa is one Michelin star unagi(eel) restaurant in Arashiyama.

Unagi is great to have anywhere, but having it in Hirokawa makes the experience special.

They serve the wild eels which are very difficult to get these days in Japan. The wild eels are very tender and fatty it taste much better than other eels.

The unagi here is really melt-in-your-mouth and the special sauce make the taste even better.

It’s the best Unagi restaurant in Arashiyama.

They only accept limited number of customers per day,so it’s better make to make reservations in advance,or go early and secure a table.

You can make the reservation in advance by paying 1,000 yen as a reservation fee.

Address:44-1 Kitatsukurimichicho, Sagatenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:18 minutes from Hankyu Arashiyama station,7 minutes from JR Sagano Line Saga-Arashiyama Station,3 minutes from Keifuku-line Arashiyama Station
Phone: 075-871-52265 minutes from Hankyu Arashiyama station,7 minutes from JR Sagano Line Saga-Arashiyama Station,3 minutes from Keifuku-line Arashiyama Station
Phone: 075-871-5226
Open: 11:30~14:30(L.O),17:00~20:00(L.O)
Price: Lunch 3,000〜4,000 yen,Dinner 3,000〜4,000 yen

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4.Arashiyama Yoshimura/嵐山 よしむら

Yoshimura Arashiyama Yoshimura is very famous Japanese soba( Japanese brown noodles made from buckwheat flour)restaurant where we can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Togetsu bridge.

Must-Try menu is “Togetsuzen/渡月膳(1,880 yen)” which includes soba,tempura don and Kyo-tsukemono(Kyoto-style pickles).

You can enjoy smooth and al dente texture Japanese soba and crispy fresh tempura.

It’s great to have tasty soba overlooking the view of Katsura river.

If you are soba lover, Arashiyama Yoshimura is a Must-Try restaurant.

English menu is available.

Address: Nishi Nikemme,Togetsukyo Kitazume,Arashiyama Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:7 minutes from Hankyu Arashiyama station,5 minutes from Keifuku-line Arashiyama Station
Open:Mon-Sun Low season:11:00 〜 17:00 High season:10:30 〜18:00 ※During Hanatouro Period:Mo-Fri 11:00~19:30、Sat,Sun,National holiday:11:00~20:00
Price: Lunch 1,000~2,000 yen,Dinner1,000~2,000

5.Yudofu Sagano/湯豆腐 嵯峨野

Sagano Yudofu Sagano is located close to Tenryuji-temple,20 minutes walk from Hankyu Arashiyama station.

Yudofu Sagano is famous for tofu dishes in Arasihayama.

They offer lunch Kaiseki set menu for only 3,800 yen per person.The set menu come with 10 different side dishes ranging from yudofu to tempura.

The fresh yutofu is so soft which melt in your mouth.

They have traditional Japanese garden where you can enjoy the change of season of Arashiyama.

It’s great to have Yutofu Kaiseki dishes overlooking the beautiful garden in a calm relaxed atmosphere.

In spring you can see the cherry blossoms while autumn offers the chance to see the autumn leaves from the window.

If you want to have a great tofu dining experience in Arashiyama,you should try Yudofu Sagano!

Address: 45 Susukino-baba, Saga Tenryu-ji, Ukyou-ku, Kyoto
Location:20 minutes from Hankyu Arashiyama station,3 minutes from Keifuku Arashiyama Station
Closed:4th Wed. and July 30th,31th Dec.,1stJan,
Price: Lunch 3,000~4,000 yen,Dinner3,000~4,000

I hope you’ll have a great dining experience in Arashiyama!

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