Arashiyama is one of the most scenic spots in Kyoto, and is located in the far west of Kyoto, which is around a 30 minute trip from central Kyoto by train or bus. This area is filled with beautiful temples and shrines. But it is most famous for the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the most visited spots in Kyoto, along with the Kinkakuji and Fushimi-Inari Taishsa Shrine. There are no entrance fees or opening hours, and is located 10 minutes awa from the Saga Arashiyama Station.
As you will be walking for quite a distance and touring around many shrines and temples in Arashiyama, here are a few restaurants recommended for a nice, relaxing lunch break!
Arashiyama Yoshimura is a soba noodle restaurant located 3 minutes away from Kyofuku Arashiyama station. You can enjoy the beautiful view of the Togetsukyou, a very famous bridge in the Kyoto Arashiyama area. You can enjoy different types of lunch sets, such as the "Tenzaru Zen," which come with homemade soba noodles, picked vegetables (tsukemono), rice and assorted tempura. Enjoy delicious soba noodles in a retro, Japanese atmosphere and a beautiful view of Arashiyama.
Saga Tofu Ine
Saga Tofu Ine is located 8 minutes away from the JR Saga-Arrashiyama station, and is right in front of the entrance of the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. You can enjoy dishes using fresh Kyoto tofu and soybeans, in a traditional Kyoto style meal set called "obanzai." If you want to experience the traditional Kyoto food culture, this place is a great place for you. As it is located right in front of the bamboo grove, it is good to eat here for lunch first and then make your visit to the bamboo grove.
Arashiyama MITATE is a French Kyoto cuisine fusion restaurant, as the chef uses Kyoto vegetable and ingredients and serves the dishes in a French-style course. It is located 1 minute away from Arashiyama station. As the chef uses exquisite and high-rank meat and other vegetables, the price is certainly not cheap. Lunch is around ¥4,000~¥4,999, and dinner is around ¥10,000~¥14,999, but it is a perfect place to enjoy a special meal for a celebration, gathering, etc.
Gyati is a restaurant located right next to Arashiyama station. It is also only 100m from the Togetsukyou Bridge, 10m away from Tenryuji Temple, and 200m away from the Bamboo Grave. This restaurant serves health Kyoto style dishes in a buffet style. You can eat 30 different Kyoto style "obanzai" dishes as much as you want for 60 minutes, and the price is ¥2000 per person and a discounted price for teenagers and children.
Arashiyama Udon Ozuru
Arashiyama Udon Ozuru is located 5 minutes away from Saga-Arashiyama station. It is a popular Udon noodle restaurant, famous for their Tempura Udon and Meat Udon, but also have a variety of toppings and menus. Their Udon noodles are handmade and only serve the noodles made that morning and many regional ingredients such as yuba and tofu are topped on the Udon noodle to enjoy a Kyoto-style Udon noodle.
Randon is located less than a minute away from Arashiyama station. Being located close to the station, this restaurant has good access to sightseeing spots as well. They mainly serve donburi (rice bowls) with various ingredients used for toppings. For example, they have sashimi rice bowls, beef fillet steak rice bowls and sagano rice bowls (tofu bowl). There are many antiques creating a Japanese retro atmosphere, and you can also enjoy a panorama view of Kyoto with the big windows inside the restaurant.
When visiting the Arashiyama area of Kyoto, please check this article out for some information about restaurants and good places to eat!