This Former Teahouse Inn in Kyoto Is Right By a Picturesque River
Come experience the summer breeze!
490, Kiyamachidori Nijodori Sagaru Kamikorikicho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Contact: +81- 75-253-1155
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (last order 1:30 p.m.), and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (last order 9 p.m.)
How to get there: It’s a 13-minute walk from Keihan Sanjo Station.
Mameyagenzo is a kaiseki cuisine restaurant that specializes in homemade tofu and yuba (tofu skin). They have a dish called the Tofu Soup Course that naturally brings out the flavor and original taste of the soybeans.
However, if you’re craving something else, they offer another specialty known as the Pike Conger Shabu-shabu Course. This eel dish captures the taste of summer through its main ingredient, the pike conger.
Pike Conger Shabu-shabu Course (¥11,000, tax included, two orders minimum)
The course consists of 10 dishes such as the pike conger shabu-shabu with special broth, springy spike conger sashimi, yuba (tofu skin), homemade tofu, and select appetizers, among others.
Other than their menu, the restaurant is also known for its building. It embodies the architectural beauty of a traditional townhouse through its stone pavement entrance and long, narrow corridor.
Fun Fact: In the past, the building was a teahouse inn widely loved by celebrities, such as the painter, Kiyoshi Yamashita.
The place still retains the feel of the teahouse inn that it was previously known for.
Going through this long corridor leads you out to the open-air dining area.
The best part about being in Kyoto during the summer is feeling the pleasant river breeze. Luckily, Mameyagenzo lets you experience that through its convenient location beside the river.
From this vantage point, the customers get a full view of the Oike-ohashi Bridge to their right, and the Nijo-ohashi Bridge to their left.
There are plenty of spaces in between seats, giving you the perfect distance from other guests, to enjoy your own dining experience.
On rainy days, the guests are moved into indoor rooms. The establishment has no parking lot, prohibits its customers from smoking, and has a seating capacity of 60 people. It is highly recommended that guests make reservations to ensure that tables are available on the day of their visit.
Riverbed DATA/Budget: (¥5,800) ~ Credit Cards Accepted
Cover charge: Daytime floor of September only + (¥500)
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kansai Walker™ (4 July 2018)