In Kibune, most of the ryokan hotel restaurants are located along the river, Kibune kawadoko (川床) are built just few centimeters right upon the river with big and small cascades. The river water runs below the deck on which you are sitting. Listening to the cascade and the flowing of the water, resting your feet in the river to wash away the fatigue, it is as though you are part of the nature. The temperature in Kibune is about 10 degrees lower than Kyoto City. It is a great place to get away from the summer heat especially in August time.

Riverbed cuisine (Kawadoko Ryori 川床料理) is very popular in Kibune. It is recommended to make reservations before going there. Many restaurants offer pick up and drop of services to and fro the station, but I would prefer to walk through the wilderness of the green area. ⁽⁽٩(๑˃̶͈̀ ᗨ ˂̶͈́)۶⁾⁾

We have selected 3 kawadoko restaurants below based on the overall experiences they offer, especially for the degree of feeling the river and the beauty of the nature.

  1. Hirobun (ひろ文) – the unique flowing noodles in front of a big cascade

    Except from the high-priced kawadoko ryori (riverbed cuisine), Hironbun offers a fun and traditional summer experience – eating “Flowing Noodles” (Nagashi-sōmen 流しそうめん). The bundles of white Japanese noodles (sōmen そうめん) will be carried by running cold water along the vertically-cut bamboo gutters. When the noodles arrive in front of you, you have to use the chopsticks to catch it immediately, dip it inside the sauce and eat it directly.

    As Hirobun is one of the few restaurants in Japan where you can find flowing noodles, there is no doubts about its popularity. You have a wait for around half a hour before having the noodles.

    On arrival, you will be given an instruction card and a hand fan with your waiting number on it. It is a delicate idea to keep you cool from the summer heat (so hearty!!). When it is your turn, you will be given a bamboo-like bowl with tsuyu sauce inside. So now, you have to pay 200% attention for catching the running noodles! When you have successfully caught it, you can dip it inside the sauce and enjoy it. And be careful!! The second bundle is one its way!!!

    Wait!! Why the noodles in the below image is pink in colour instead of white? It signifies that this round of noodles is finished. (^o^)T

    Duration:May – September 
    Price:1,300 Yen
    Address: 京都府京都市左京区鞍馬貴船町87
    Time:11:00 – 21:00 (last entry 19:00); 11:00 – 16:00 (Flowing noodles)

  2. Kibune-jaya (貴船茶屋) – the friendly teahouse

    Kibune-jaya is a teahouse instead of a Japanese ryokan hotel. You don’t need to make a reservation in advance. Walking towards the Kibune-jaya, you will be greeted by a happy lady at the entrance which is not the case in the other restaurants there. Walking down the stairs, you will have with seat on the river. I love the fact that there are spaces between the good-sized decks, making it easier to see the river in-between. Fair prices good food, and great environment. ⁽⁽٩(๑˃̶͈̀ ᗨ ˂̶͈́)۶⁾⁾

    Duration:May – September 
    Price:6,000 – 15,000 Yen
    Address: 京都府京都市左京区鞍馬貴船町69
    Time:10:30 – 20:30 (last entry 18:00)

  3. Nakayoshi (仲よし) – narrow and fast-flowing river

    Nakayoshi is cozy and its kawadoko are built on a narrow river with strong water flow. Due to the size of the river, you cannot expect a wide area on the deck where your table would be far far away from another group of visitor, but I do appreciate more the proximity with the river that it offers.

    Why not put your feet inside the river to feel the strength of the water after a long day walking! 😀

    Duration:May – September 
    Price:6,700 – 13,400 Yen
    Address: 京都府京都市左京区鞍馬貴船町71
    Time:11:00 – 21:00 (last entry 19:00)

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