Hidden away next to Kyoto’s river and bamboo forests in Arashiyama is a small restaurant Shoraian, serving traditional tofu multi-course Japanese meals (kaiseki).
While most kaiseki meals tend to be rather expensive ($100~300/person), Shoraian’s lunches are reasonably priced at $33~50/person (http://www.shoraian.com/menu/). I picked the most expensive meal option Shofu ($50/person) to try as many dishes as possible.
Reservations is required. If you can, request the window seats next to the river, because the view is amazing! 🙂
How to get there: http://www.shoraian.com/access/randen-railway/ (it’s easy to get lost, but basically just follow the river, go up some steps until you see the sign below)
Hungry Cactus’ verdict: B+
Shoraian was a really nice place to have a kaiseki experience. They were able to use tofu in a lot of ways, and it was unique (though you’ll have to expect it being a light meal and on the bland side). It’s a great place to enjoy Kyoto’s tranquility after exploring the surrounding areas.