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Kawayuka & Kawadokoal ~ Riverside Fresco Dining

Not many foreign visitors know about this delightful summer tradition in Kyoto known as Kawayuka & Kawadoko.

Thus, it gives us great pleasure to introduce this ‘cool’ and relaxing summer tradition to our guests from around the world.

Summary

Enjoy a Kyoto Summertime Tradition: Kawayuka & Kawadokoal ~ Riverside Fresco Dining

Summer in Kyoto can be very hot, and Kyoto people have traditionally dealt with the heat in some very inventive ways. One of those ways is known as Kawayuka & Kawadoko dining, which refers to platforms built over the soft flowing rivers and streams so as to offer diners a cooling natural respite from the heat of the city. Kyotoites love to enjoy meals on these decks, relishing the delicious foods and the cool natural breezes.

In central Kyoto, you can find Kawayuka restaurants along the Kamogawa River between Nijo Street and Gojo. However for an even more unique experience, you can visit the Kibune River, about one hour from the hotel, and sit amongst lush greenery over a rushing mountain stream and enjoy delicious summer specialties at one of the 20 restaurants with Kawadoko. Another rural area famous for its river- topping decks and food is in Takao along the Kiyotaki River, which is about a 40-minute ride from the hotel. Each area has its own allure and charm; for instance, those along the central Kamogawa River are very lively and beautifully lit in the summer evenings, while those at Kibune and Takao are serene and secluded and some five degrees cooler than in the city.

So that our guests can enjoy this uniquely Japanese experience, the Hotel Granvia Kyoto has made arrangements with one restaurant from each of the three areas dexcribed above. We make all of the arrangements for you, so relax and revel in an exotic dining experience rarely ever enjoyed by foreign visitors to Kyoto.


Restaurants:

Kawayuka Dining

Location: 15 minutes by Taxi from our hotel, located in downtown district along Kamogawa River

Japanese Restaurant ‘Tsuruse’

Tsuruse is specialized in seasonal Japanese cuisine and located along the Kamogawa River. This large traditional Ryokan since Meiji era attracts many Gourmands, both local and visitors, with its traditional Japanese building and picturesque setting near Gojo Bridge. It is a delightful place to spend a summer’s evening by the river.


■The taxi departs from the hotel at 18:30; dinner starts at around 18:50
■June 1st – September 30th
■Blackout dates: July 15, 16, August 16, September 16 and 17
■Price: From JPY 12,200 per person inclusive of tax & service charge
(Price based on two persons)
The above price includes:
・One-way transportation from the hotel to Tsuruse.
・Dinner at Tsuruse
・Breakfast the following morning at Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Ikumatsu

Ikumatsu was built in 1810 as an antechamber of the Choshu Domain (Yamaguchi prefecture at present). Situated between the two rivers that represent Kyoto, the Takase and Kamo, the ryokan stands quietly at the centre of Kyoto where the streets are elegantly lined with willow trees. Although this location is peaceful at present, it was bustling with the clansmen of Satsuma and Choshu at the time of the closing days of the Tokugawa Shogunate toward the Meiji Restoration.
The meals are planned everyday to match the seasonal foods and are also arranged with the Japanese traditional tableware and the lacquer plates.

■The taxi departs from the hotel at 18:30; dinner starts at around 18:50
■June 1st – September 30th
■Blackout dates: July 15, 16, August 16, September 16 and 17
■Price: JPY 16,900 per person inclusive of tax & service charge
(Price based on two persons)
The above price includes:
・One-way transportation from the hotel to Ikumatsu.
・Dinner at Ikumatsu
・Breakfast the following morning at Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Kawadoko Dining

Kibune

Location: Mountainous northern area of Kyoto, An hour ride by taxi

Kyo-Ryori Hiroya

Kyo-Ryori Hiroya is the most renowned restaurant among all the Kawadoko restaurants in Kyoto. The atmospheric wooden platform sits just above the streaming waters. You will enjoy an evening of fine foods and an ambiance that is truly unbeatable.

■The taxi departs from the hotel at: 18:00; dinner starts at around 19:00.
■June 1st – September 27th
■Blackout dates: July 15, 16, August 16, September 16 and 17
■Price: JPY 21,400 per person inclusive of tax & service charge
(Price based on two persons)
The above price includes:
・Round-trip transportation to Hiroya Restaurant
・Dinner at Hiroya
・Breakfast the following morning at Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Takao

Location: North-west area of Kyoto, 50 minutes ride by Taxi

Kyo-Ryori Momijiya

Kyo-Ryori Momijiya is the only place where you can enjoy Kawadoko dining together with Geisha dancing. In addition, the Kiyotaki River is known for its beautiful twinkling fireflies, which you can enjoy from the Momijiya from around the middle of June to the middle of July.

■A shuttle bus departs near the Kyoto Tower at: 17:25
■June 1st – September 23th
■Blackout dates: July 15, 16, August 16, September 16 and 17
■Price: JPY 16,700 per person, inclusive of tax & service charge
(Price based on two persons)
The above price includes:
・Round-trip transportation to Momijiya Restaurant (The pick-up point for transportation to Momijiya is located adjacent to the Kyoto Tower, directly across the street. One of our friendly staff members will escort you & your party to the pick-up point.)
・Dinner at Momijiya
・Breakfast the following morning at Hotel Granvia Kyoto


Note:

■In case of rain, dinner will be served inside the restaurant.
■Most of the table settings at these restaurants are tatami-mat seating.
■Cancellation policy: The full amount will be charged unless we are notified of your cancellation at least 5 days prior to your expected arrival.
■All reservation changes must be made at least 5 days prior to the expected arrival.
■Payment: Advance payment is required upon check-in.

For further inquiries, please contact: Overseas Marketing, Hotel Granvia Kyoto.

Tel: +81-75-344-8888; Fax: +81-75-344-4400;
e-mail: osm@granvia-kyoto.co.jp

Fax: +81-75-344-4400;