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Arashiyama’s paradise Do you know ”Kotogase Chaya(琴ヶ瀬茶屋)”?


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.
Intersection of Arashiyama

Bamboo grove in Arashiyama”><br />
Restaurants and cafés here are full of people too…<br />
For those who think it’s impossible to spend a relaxed time with so many people although you came all the way to Arashiyama, I introduce some of the hidden gems in Arashiyama.</p>
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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.
Boats near the kotogase chaya
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.
Rental boat stand

And voila, you reach this spot. There are less people around here. And you can see 1 boats are tied up.
Boat to kotogase chaya
There is something written on the notice board.
A sign of kotogase chaya
“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.
Advance a boat to kotogase chaya

Kotogase chaya has come into view
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.
The menu of kotogase chaya
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…☺
Many people are relaxing at the tea room.

The table of kotogase chaya

After some exercise of rowing a boat, a cold glass of beer feels so refreshing. Yummy!
Kotogase chaya beer and snacks></p>
<p>Order an odango (rice dumpling) as well as an ikayaki (broiled squid), and a food boat approaches. Quite a fun way to serve food. <br />
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Ship selling Japanese sweets

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☺

A delicious rice dumpling in kotogase chaya.

Kotogase Chaya <琴ヶ瀬茶屋>

Adress 京都府京都市西京区嵐山元禄山町
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”

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