Take a Break at These Cozy Cafes in Arashiyama

Rest your feet and warm your tummy after a day of touring.

More and more cafés are popping up in the Arashiyama area -- a popular sightseeing spot in Kyoto. Relax at these new cafes after looking around Tenryuji Temple, a UNESCO world heritage site.
It’s popular for having one of the best views of autumn foliage.


This café located in
YADO Arashiyama, a hotel near Togetsu-kyo Bridge, is touted as “the happiest place to stop by.” The café has sofa seats around the fireplace that makes the space relaxing and an inviting spot after a day of sightseeing.

Sofa seats and table seats by the window are arranged using a lot of space, creating a luxurious ambiance.

Books about art, Kyoto history and culture, and designs of hotels and restaurants can be read freely.

YADO cafe Taco Rice (¥1200) is made from deeply stewed beef and 3 kinds of beans.

French toast (¥750) made with amazake has just the right sweetness. Add ¥300 to add an additional set drink!

YADO Cafe is located at 45 Arashiyama Nakaoshita-cho, Nishikyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm daily. Morning hours are from 7:30 am to 10:00 am. Lunch hours are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. You may contact them at +81-075-861-7000.

Arashiyama Terrace Cafe

The rooftop of
First Cabin Kyoto Arashiyama, a hotel inside Randen Arashiyama Station, opened as a café space. Enjoy the town view of Arashiyama while sampling the sweets created in collaboration with zarame, a Kyoto cotton candy specialty shop.

The town view of Arashiyama can be enjoyed from the rooftop terrace.

Those not staying at the hotel can also use this café. Just write down your name and phone number at the front desk.

Sakura Milk Kyoto Cotton Candy (¥700, left) and Matcha Kintoki Kyoto Cotton Candy and Custard Pudding (¥700 yen, right)

Arashiyama Terrace Cafe is located at Rooftop Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square, 20-2, Saga Tenryuji Tsukurimichicho, Ukyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm daily, and in the hotel lounge on rainy days. It’s a quick walk from Randen Arashiyama Station. You may contact them at  +81-075-865-3131.

Tenryuji Temple

Tenryuji Temple
is one of the famous temples and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It integrates Arashiyama as part of its scenery for their Sogenchi Garden, a technique when creating a Japanese garden. Matazo Kayama, a Japanese artist, painted Unryuzu on the ceiling-- a huge dragon in the ceremony hall of the temple. It will be shown to public three times a year, the latest one was shown until May 19.


“Unryuzu” with a dragon staring at all 8 directions was painted on 159 hinoki cypress boards put together.

Sogenchi Garden was designated as the first historic scenic spot in Japan.

Tenryuji Temple is located at 68 Tenryuji Susukino Baba-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto City and is open from
8:30 am to 5:30 pm. The special exhibition of “Unryuzu” is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The fee is ¥500 yen for visiting the garden. (+¥300 yen for entering Shodo, temple halls and +¥500 for entering Hodo, the ceremony hall) It is near the Randen Arashiyama Station. You may contact them at +81-075-881-1235.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (5 May 2019)

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