Kibune which is also called “Inner Parlor of Kyoto” is located in the mountains surrounded by nature in the northern part of Kyoto City, where you can feel the seasonal emotions whenever you visit. If you are going for a walk or a hike, it is recommended spring in which beautiful fresh green is seen and autumn where you can enjoy lighted-up autumn leaves. In summer, Kawadoko cuisine can be enjoyed while listening to the murmur of Kibune River, which is also known as the summer resort of Kyoto and is known as “Kawadoko” specialty of Kibune.
The origin of “Kibune no Kawadoko” (Riverside Summer Terrace of Kibune) is the beginning of Momoyama period by setting “Sajiki” (stand) in the Kamogawa River flowing through the city of Kyoto to entertain customers. “Kibune no Kawadoko” is installed on the mountain stream in such a way that the stand protrudes, so if you extend your hand, you will be exposed to cold water. Cold water flows under “Kawadoko”, and the wind crossing the mountain stream is also cool. That is exactly natural air conditioning. Sometimes it will be too cool, so you’d better have a coat on hand. Especially if you visit “Kawadoko” after evening, the wind will feel cold.
Speaking of Kibune’s name is Kawadoko food. The characteristic of Kawadoko dish of Kibune is to be able to enjoy in the natural rich environment surrounded by the mountains. Kawadoko cuisine different from Kyoto’s center can be enjoyed in Kibune.
Kibune has not only “Japanese” but “Western”. There are shops where you can enjoy organic coffee and cosmetics. Perhaps it might be a glimpse of the unexpected Kibune and the appearance of Kyoto. To Kibune you will either use Eiyama Electric Rail from “Demachi-Yanagi Station” which is the terminal station of the Keihan Train or will use the Kyoto bus from “Kokusai-Kaikan Station” of the subway. As the road is very crowded during the season, be sure to use public transport.
Short distance from floor to the surface of the river is very attractive feature of Kibune no Kawadoko. It seems that it is very near the surface of the water, so if you stretch out hand it is almost within your reach. You can feel the wind which rustles the inside of trees in vivid green, without thinking the intense heat in the town, and the humid heat peculiar of Kyoto Basin, separated from the urban noise. The Kyoto dish to have while hearing the murmuring of the Kibunegawa river is particular.
In Kibune called “an annex of Kyoto”, “Kawadoko” can be enjoyed from May 1 to September 30.
Unlike Kamogawa installed in a riverside, it is prepared on a river in many cases in Kibune. Therefore, you can feel a coolness, hearing a little stream. You are able to immerse yourself in a luxurious feeling by full-scale Kyoto cooking.
The beginning of Kawadoko of Kibune is in the Taisho Era. When ascetic rests on a river, it is said to be the beginning that having been offered tea, food, etc. hospitality . .
Compared with the city area in Kyoto, about 10 degrees Celsius temperature of Kawadoko is low. It is recommended that going in the dress which can be adjusted.
In the case of rain, you cannot go down in Kawadoko. You have to take a meal indoors.
The period when Kawadoko is performed varies according to each store.Moreover, having or not having a courtesy bus and parking lot, the number of seats also changes with stores. Please ask each store.
|Name:||Kibune no Kawadoko (Riverside Summer Terrace of Kibune)|
|Address:||Kuramakibunecho Kyoto Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1112 Japan|
|Access:||Eizan Dentetsu Kurama-sen Line “Kibune-guchi-eki Station” (10 minutes by bus)|
|Tel:||(+81) 75-741-4444 (Kibune Tourism Association)|
|Price:||That differs depending on the restaurant.|
|Official site:||Kibune Tourism Association