Arashiyama is one of the most scenic spots in the Kyoto area and is located about 30 minutes from central Kyoto by train or bus. The area is filled with beautiful temples, shrines, and old shops. Perhaps the most iconic attraction here is the famous 'Bamboo Grove,' which 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 it can be accessed by walking about 10 minutes from 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!
Foodie tour (best foods + best sights)
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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. The restaurant offers a variety of lunch sets, such as the 'Tenzaru Zen,' which comes with homemade soba noodles, picked vegetables (tsukemono), rice, and assorted tempura. Come here to enjoy delicious soba noodles in a retro, Japanese atmosphere with 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 featuring fresh Kyoto tofu and soybeans, in a traditional Kyoto style meal set called 'obanzai.' If you want to experience real, traditional Kyoto food culture, this restaurant is a great option. As it is located right in front of the bamboo grove, it is an excellent lunch stop before or after your photo op at the grove!
If you're feeling a bit classy, check out Arashiyama MITATE, a French and Kyoto fusion cuisine restaurant, where the chef uses local Kyoto vegetables and ingredients but prepares the dishes in a French-style course. The restaurant is located just 1 minute away from Arashiyama station, so is easy to find. As the chef uses exquisite, high-rank meat and other ingredients, 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 100 meters from the Togetsukyou Bridge, 10 meters away from Tenryuji Temple, and 200 meters away from the Bamboo Grave. This restaurant serves healthy Kyoto-style dishes in a buffet style. That means that you can eat as much of the 30 different Kyoto-style "obanzai" dishes as you want for 60 minutes! The price is ¥2000 per person, with a discounted price for teenagers and children. If you're really hungry, or just want to try a wide variety of dishes all in one meal, this is an awesome and healthy option!
Arashiyama Udon Ozuru
Arashiyama Udon Ozuru is located 5 minutes away from Saga-Arashiyama station. It is a popular udon noodle restaurant, famous for its Tempura Udon and Meat Udon. However, they also serve a variety of other toppings for their delicious noodles bowls. Their Udon noodles are handmade each morning, and are paired with local ingredients such as yuba and tofu are used to make uniquely Kyoto style udon dishes! This is a great quick and affordable lunch that is guaranteed to satisfy.
Randon is located less than a minute away from Arashiyama station. The restaurant specializes in 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 bowls), all of which are outstanding. The interior of the restaurant also has a lovely retro atmosphere, with a panorama view of Kyoto from the big windows in the dining room.
Hopefully this article has given you an idea of where to eat during your visit to Arashiyama. Have a great trip!