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Yuka Riverside Dining

Open-air paradise for food & mood

What are yuka?
Outdoor, yuka dining platforms, unique to Kyoto, overlook the Kamogawa River and offer fine night views to the east. They create an unforgettable place to have dinner under the clear sky during
Kyoto's warm and relaxing summer evenings. Yuka first appeared about 400 years ago. In the beginning, these outdoor eateries were nothing more public wooden benches placed along the side of, and sometimes in, the Kamogawa River. Wealthy people would often set up their own high-class, table-benches along the river to entertain important visitors. After improvements were made to the Kamogawa River, food stalls started operating along the riverbank. Over time, as the popularity of yuka grew, the structures became extensions of established restaurants along the river. Today, there are about 80 yuka set up along the downtown area of the river. Planning a fine meal here will surely be the evening, summer highlight of your time in Kyoto, the heart of traditional Japan.

Exotic, cool night destinations
Summer in Kyoto is said to be the hottest and most humid in all of Japan. This has a lot to do with the fact that the city is surrounded on three sides by mountains, which makes it hard for the humidity to escape. This is why yuka dining is so popular and so perfectly suited to relaxing at the end of a long, hot day. Dinner on a traditional yuka is amazing experience. Relax in the breeze from the river and take in the view. At night, lanterns create a romantic old-world Japanese atmosphere.

Each of Kyoto's active yuka restaurants serves a slightly different form of cuisine: most specialize in traditional Kyoto cuisine, some serve ethic food, and others Western fare. Yuka dining is a first-class way to celebrate your time in the Old Capital. Have your concierge call to set up a reservation today.
Kitayama Lunch course

Yuka dining areas
1) Kami Kiyamachi: This area is at the head of the Takasegawa River, a manmade channel that was used to move wood and other goods between Kyoto and Osaka in the Edo period (1600-1867). A few of the old boats can still be seen anchored in the channel. Many of the restaurants in this zone are very large, as they used to be residences or inns for wealthy traders.

2) Pontocho and Nishi Ishigaki: This section, which is not open to cars as the lanes are too narrow, is one of Kyoto's most famous. Pontocho is paved in stone and lined on both sides with famous eateries and shops. The strolling people and traditional architecture along this lane always creates an exotic, relaxing atmosphere.

3) Shimo Kiyamachi: This long section with the Takasegawa River on the west side is quiet and shaded by a large number of trees: perfect for evening strolls.

Japanese cuisine, nabe hot pot cuisine, original Chinese cuisine
Enjoy the taste of fresh seasonal Kyoto vegetables, tofu, yuba and other specialties on this wonderful outdoor river platform.

Lunch course is available too (12:00-15:00)
Kitayama's special dinner courses: 3,150 yen, 4,200 yen, 5,250 yen

Open: 17:00-23:00 (L.O. 21:00)
Closed: irregularly on Mon.
*reservations required for lunch and after 23:00
Tel: 365-0999
English menu available

For superb seasonal kaiseki cuisine and nouveaux Japanese creations

Lunch: from 2,200 yen; 11:30-15:00 (L.O. 14:00)
*Note: lunch is only served outdoors in May and Sept.
Dinner: from 6,800 yen; (10% service charged); 17:30-23:00 (L.O. 22:00)

Open daily from May to Sept.
On the east side of Kiyamachi, south of Bukkoji.
Tel: 342-1777

Real Imperial Thai cuisine in a traditional machiya townhouse

Bussarakan Special Dinner Courses
Chaing Mai; 3,980 yen
Siam; 5,280 yen
Ayutaya; 6,380 yen

*A 10% service charge will be added to your bill.
*Lunch is also available (11:30-14:00 L.O.; not on Yuka dining)
*A la carte or drink-only orders OK after 21:00.

We also have a wide range of a la carte items; Thai salads, soups, grilled, fried, etc.
Open daily: 17:00-22:00 (L.O.)
Tel: 361-4535 www.bussarakan.com

Hiro Kiyamachi Shop
Come to Hiro
For the finest quality Japanese beef & seasonal specialties

Hiro is one of the most popular Japanese yakiniku grilled beef restaurants in Kyoto. We use only the finest quality Japanese beef in our time-honored cuisine. Our friendly staff looks forward to welcoming you and making your dinner overlooking the Kamogawa River unforgettable.

Course menu options: from 5,250 yen (assorted appetizers, various kinds of top quality Japanese beef, seasonal seafood, vegetables, rice, soup, dessert)

Tel: 0120-05-3388
Open: 17:00-23:00 (L.O.)
On the east side of Kiyamachi, 100 meters north of Sanjo