Popular sights of Kyoto "Arashiyama"
Arashiyama is known as one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Kyoto. It has a different atmosphere each season from spring, summer, autumn to winter, and is always crowded with tourists from Japan and overseas.
Free boat ride
Walk toward the upper reaches of the river with Togetsukyo, the famous bridge in Arashiyama, at your back. Just for your information, the upstream of Togetsukyo is called Oigawa, and the downstream of Togetsukyo is called Katsuragawa.
The beautiful greenery of the mountain spreads behind the river. It turns pink with cherry blossoms in spring, red and yellow in autumn with autumn leaves and white in winter with snow. It is just breathtaking.
There are many people on boats too.It must be refreshing! But don’t ride on this boat, for it costs 1,500 yen per hour. Let’s walk up the river.
And voila, you reach this spot. There are less people around here. And you can see 1 boats are tied up.
There is something written on the notice board.
“For guests who wish to go to the café on the other side. Please use this yellow boat. Arashiyama Kotogase Chaya Hosokawa”.
There is no reception or people around this boat…Looks like you can ride on it to get to the café on the other side of the river. It might take a little courage for those who have never been here…It’s like “you can ride on a boat for free, but you must come to the other side of the river to drink tea”☺
Kyoto Arashiyama Kotogase Chaya
Just ride on a boat and row, and a splendid chaya (cafe) appears before your eyes.
It’s Kotogase Chaya, with more than 100 years of history since its establishment in 1919 (Taisho 8).
As the boat reaches the shore, staffs from the café pull the boat and dock it.
Many things are on the menu, too.
There is also an English menu 🙂
All the seats are on the river side, you can sit and relax anywhere. It feels great to be under the tree…☺
After some exercise of rowing a boat, a cold glass of beer feels so refreshing. Yummy!
It feels like it is not in Kyoto. It’s like being in another universe.
Do not relax too much
How was Kotogase Chaya in Arashiyama, Kyoto? This is not a main touristic place as it were. It is a hidden spot…or a paradise, more like. Be careful not to get too relaxed, or you might end up not being able to visit other touristic places, when you came all the way to Japan…!
Kotogase Chaya is too close to the river, and it would close when it rains heavily due to a typhoon and such, because it would sink to the river. Be careful of the weather when you visit☺
Kotogase Chaya ＜琴ヶ瀬茶屋＞
Arashiyama Genrokuzancho, Nishikyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-0007, Japan
|average price||～1,000 yen|
|Open||am 9:00-pm 6:00 irregular holidays|
|Access||・[Randen or Hankyu Lines] Ten-minutes’ walk from “Arashiyama station”
・[Torokko] Five-minutes’ walk from “Arashiyama station”