Kamogawa Restaurants: 3 Best Places To Dine Along Kyoto’s Beloved River

Kamogawa Restaurants: 3 Best Places To Dine Along Kyoto’s Beloved River

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Kamogawa or Kamo River literally translates to “duck river”, and is a popular spot for both locals and tourists. The river runs near famous and historical spots in Kyoto such as Gion and Pontocho, which makes Kamogawa a special place. This special river can be enjoyed through the charms of all four seasons, especially in the summer when you can dip your feet and have delicious food on balconies attached to the restaurants that line alongside the river.

Experiencing Kamogawa restaurants is a must when you visit Kyoto, that is why we have collected 3 of the best places where you can enjoy local Kyoto cuisine while enjoying the sound and the sights of Kyoto’s most beloved spot.

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Kamogawa Restaurant 1
焼肉の名門 天壇 祇園本店
Yakiniku No Meimon Tendan Gion

Founded in 1965, this kamogawa restaurant is located on the banks of Kamogawa River near Kawabata Shijo Crossing in Kyoto. They offer Kyoto-style BBQ where you eat seasoned meat dipped in broth-like sauce. The restaurant is close to Yasaka Shrine and Hanamikoji street, and you can enjoy the scenery of Kamogawa River which reflects the four seasons of Kyoto.

Each floor of this five-storied building has its own features, so search for a seat that suits your purpose whether it’s a date, a family gathering, or a night out with friends.

The most popular BBQ menu is sirloin and Tendan loin which is loin rib that tastes umami thanks to its fine marbled fat. The recipe of the superb-taste sauce is top secret and could only be revealed to successive chefs.

It is also recommended that you try the savory marbled pork, Tanba Kudori Chicken (raised in the Tanba region), Angel Prawns, and other delicious dishes.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/W1jHdG4feGzBtXz89
🚇Closest Station: Gion Shijo Station (Keihan Line) Exit 2 [2 mins walk]
Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Line) exit 1 [4 mins walk]

🕒Opening Hours: Mon- Fri 5:00PM – 11:00PM, Sat, Sun, Public Holiday 11:30AM – 11:00PM
(Hours maybe differ depending on the state of emergency)
ℹ️Wesbite: https://www.tendan.co.jp/english/index.html (English)
🕮Menu: https://www.tendan.co.jp/gion/menu.html (Only in Japanese)
📞Reservation Contact: 075-551-4129


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Kamogawa Restaurant 2
まんざら 団栗橋
Manzara Donguri-bashi

This kamogawa restaurant is part of the Manzara chain of pubs in Kyoto. They serve special Kyoto dishes using locally grown vegetables and traditional local food, such as yuba (tofu) and assorted sashimi from seasonal fish.

Enjoy your food along with Japanese sake wile gazing at the impressive view of the Kamogawa River!

📍MAP: https://g.page/manzaradonguribashi?share
🚇Closest Station: Gion Shijo Station (Keihan Line) [3 mins walk]
Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Line) [3 mins walk]

🕒Opening Hours: 5:00PM – 12:00AM,
(Hours maybe differ depending on the state of emergency)
ℹ️Wesbite: https://dongri-manzara.owst.jp/en/ (English)
🕮Menu: https://dongri-manzara.owst.jp/en/foods (Only in Japanese)
📞Reservation Contact: 075-344-0280


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Kamogawa Restaurant 3
先斗町 富美家
Ponto-cho Fumiya 

This kamogawa restaurant has been in Ponto-cho for about 65 years, serving course menus using seasonal ingredients such as common Japanese conger eel in the summer, Yudofu (tofu cooked in hot water) or Kamonabe (duck hot pot) in the winter. Each of the quality ingredients is meticulously handmade, including the tofu used in their tofu menus.

Have a taste of true Kyoto food while gazing at the spectacular view of Kamo River!

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/SA6pPpkSege2QUYeA
🚇Closest Station: Gion Shijo Station (Keihan Line) [5 mins walk]
Sanjo Station (Keihan Line) [5 mins walk]
Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Line) [5 mins walk]

🕒Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00AM – 3:00PM, Dinner 4:30PM – 11:00PM
(Hours maybe differ depending on the state of emergency)
ℹ️Wesbite: http://www.pontocho-fumiya.co.jp/ (Only in Japanese)
🕮Menu: (October – April Menu) http://www.pontocho-fumiya.co.jp/winter.html (Only in Japanese)
📞Reservation Contact: 050-5596-1298


Do you think Kamogawa is called “Kamo” (duck) river because many ducks live near the river?
Or the other way around?


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