Restaurants and Accommodations
Takao’s Main Tourist Attractions
Toga no ChayaMeals
Enjoy some seasonal food while looking at the Kiyotaki River and the natural garden. The front view of Kosanji, a temple well known for Choju Jinbutsu Giga (monochrome ink painting paper scroll of caricatures of frolicking birds, animals, and humans), is one of the temple’s features.See Access Map
- 3 Toganoo-cho, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8295
- 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, closed on Thursdays (Open every day from 10/20 through 11/30)Parking available.
This shop is in front of the Makinoo bus stop, where you can eat noodles, donburi (a bowl of rice with food on top), set meals, zenzai (red bean soup), and amazake (a sweet drink made from fermented rice), as well as oden (Japanese one-pot dishes).See Access Map
- 25 Tonohata-cho, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8293
- 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM, closed occasionally
ShigetsuteiMeals, Cafe, and Souvenirs
The area is surrounded by fresh green maple leaves and beautiful mountain azalea blossoms, and in spring you will hear the croaks of kajika frogs. When the firefly season is over, enjoy mountain village dishes with freshly baked young sweetfish (for 2,800 yen) by the flowing of the Kiyotaki River. The red autumn leaves are at their best around mid-November. The hot-tofu set meal (for 2,500 yen) is popular in the chilly autumn. Botannabe (boar stew) is served in winter (for 5,500 yen) to those who make a reservation.See Access Map
- 14 Tonohata-cho, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8293
- 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, closed occasionally
Suzuriishitei is located down by the gate of Jingoji, a temple well known for red autumn leaves. It is a teahouse where you can enjoy the sight of fresh greenery in spring and colored leaves in autumn.See Access Map
- 5 Takao-cho, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8293
- 9:00 AM to 5:00 AM, closed occasionally (Open every day during the autumn red foliage season)
The menu includes snacks, noodles, hot tofu, and hot pot dishes.
MomijiyaJapanese-style Inn with Cuisine, Souvenirs, and Teahouse
Momijiya is a traditional inn priding itself on its cuisine. It has a main building and annex. The annex is a folk art-like hall reached by crossing a dedicated suspension bridge over the Kiyotaki River. Momijiya is a quiet inn surrounded by maples and Kitayama cedar trees. It attaches importance to seasonal ingredients and keeps in mind that guests can enjoy the food while taking in the beauty of nature.See Access Map
- 2 Nishinohata-cho, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8289
- 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, open all year round
Momijiya offers a special program, Genji Firefly Watching with Maiko, each summer from early June to early July. Guests can enjoy fireflies, chats with maiko (apprentice geisha, Japanese women who entertain through performing the ancient traditions of art, dance, and singing), and seeing a traditional Kyoto dance. From early July to early September, guests can enjoy another program, Kawadoko Ryori (dining by the riverbed) with Maiko.
Yamamoto ShokudoSouvenirs and Meals (Parking Available)
Yamamoto Shokudo is a restaurant with a beautiful view from the window. It is right in front of the Takao bus stop. It also serves as a liquor store and a souvenir shop.See Access Map
- 8-2 Nishinohata-cho, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8289
- 9:00 AM to around 6:00 PM, open every day during vacation seasons
A free parking lot is available for 30 ordinary cars (or six to seven large buses). A pay parking lot is also available for 50 cars. Yamamoto Shokudo’s recommendations include the kamameshi chazuke (rice, meat, and vegetable dish served in a small pot with tea poured on it) that use Kyoto pickles, udon noodles, and donburi (a bowl of rice with food on top). It sells local sake (Japanese rice wine) and local beer.
Takao Kanko HotelJapanese-style Inn with Cuisine, Teahouse, and Souvenirs
The Takao Kanko Hotel is located in a mountain valley surrounded by greenery. You can see fresh greenery in spring and natural fireflies in summer (mid-June to early July). You can also enjoy kawadoko ryori (dining by the riverbed) in summer while watching the dancing of maiko (apprentice geisha, Japanese women who entertain through performing the ancient traditions of art, dance, and singing). Every autumn, the mountain is covered with beautiful red leaves foliage. This hotel is a convenient base for visiting the three greatest mountain ridges and strolling around Sagano. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to reach Toei Kyoto Studio Park and Kinkakuji Temple by car. The hotel offers lunch by the riverbed (early April through the end of November). Offerings include hot tofu and packed lunch (from 3,000 yen), a seasonal kaiseki (a traditional multi-course Japanese meal) course (from 7,000 yen), and a matsutake kaiseki (pine mushroom kaiseki) course (from 10,000 yen).See Access Map
- 5 Takao-cho, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8292
- 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM, open all year round
Fully air-conditioned. Capacity: 100 guests. Number of guestrooms: 20 (with 12 guestrooms provided with bath and toilet). Banquet halls: Large hall with stage and middle-sized hall. Bath: Two large communal baths. Teahouse: Liquor and coffee. Shop: A variety of souvenirs. Kawadoko ryori (dining by the riverbed): Accommodating 500 guests. Parking: Accommodating 70 cars
Kinsuitei ShitenCuisine, Souvenirs, and Snacks (Soba and Udon Noodles)
Kinsuitei Shiten is a restaurant that stands on a hillside that overlooks the Kyototake River along Shuzan-kaido Road. In the restaurant, there is an elevated, felt-carpeted room that resembles a riverbed, where customers can enjoy the beautiful scenery up close.
This is a perfect place to take a breather while enjoying local cuisine, such as soba (buckwheat) noodles made with locally grown wild vegetables and salt-grilled sweetfish from the Kiyotake River.
- 1 Toganoo-cho, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8295
- 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, closed on every Thursday
This is a perfect place to take a breather, with local cuisine, such as soba (buckwheat) noodles made with locally grown wild vegetables and salt-grilled sweetfish from the Kiyotake River.
Takao ChayaSnacks, Cafes, and Resting Rooms
Takao Chaya’s Momiji Set is a popular menu that a wide range of age groups can enjoy in this quiet place full of red leaves in autumn, which comes with all Takao specialties.See Access Map
- (Inside Jingoji Temple) 5 Takao-cho, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8277
- 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, closed occasionally (Open every day from October through early December)
Momijimochi rice cake and powdered green tea: 600 yen; Momiji udon (soba) noodles with yuzu (aromatic citron): 800 yen; Nishoku soba (two variations of soba with mugwort and plum) and seasonal rice: 1,200 yen. Takao Chaya is a teahouse that is proud to serve only house-made meals, including udon noodles with a chewy texture and rice cakes. It is a great place to relax and recharge.
Nakagawa Mokuzai KogeiWoodworking Products
This shop is located along National Highway Route 162, between Kozanji Temple and Jingoji Temple. The shop mainly deals in woodworking products. Each article sold is handmade, and the shop attaches importance to inspiration, flexibility, and makes every effort to offer fine-quality products.See Access Map
- 36-2 Tonohata-cho, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8293
- Open: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, closed occasionally (When closed, may open by appointment.)
The shop wants to create works that remind people of the importance of nature conservation and nature’s blessings and gratitude. The shop looks forward to your visit.
Takao KinsuiteiJapanese-style Inn, Kyoto Cuisine, Kawadoko Ryori (Dining by the Riverbed), and Souvenirs
Love the four seasons and taste the essence of each season. There are delicacies of the mountains and benefits of the clear stream nurtured by rich nature here in Takao. Takao Kinsuitei hopes that you will taste the treasure of these wonderful ingredients. The power of nature has been added to delicate and beautiful Kyoto food that is said to be “eaten with one’s eyes.” Give Kinsuitei’s taste a try. The owner brings himself into the mountain and collects bamboo shoots, bracken, and matsutake (pine mushrooms). Enjoy dishes unique to Takao, such as the sweetfish, amago (red spotted masu trout), and Botannabe (boar stew) in a pure Japanese-style restaurant made of Kitayama cedar wood.See Access Map
- 40 Tonohata-cho, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8293
- 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM (Last call at 7:30 PM), closed on Thursdays (Open every day during peak foliage season in November)
A courtesy bus service is available to each group of 10 or more customers from the city center. A parking lot is available for 30 cars.
Japanese Cuisine Takaoji YamazakiJapanese-style Inn and Kaiseki (Traditional Multi-course Japanese Meals)
All guestrooms are in pure Japanese style.
The rooms are all air-conditioned, and provided with equipment, such as a TV and mini-fridge, and Yukata (Japanese-style bathrobes), as well as amenities.
The Japanese-style inn Yamazaki, which is close to Arashiyama and Takao, hopes that its service will make your trip to Kyoto the greatest.
- 13 Takahana-cho, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8261
- 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, open all year round