Tofu paradise at a hidden gem in Kyoto

Tofu paradise at a hidden gem in Kyoto

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What is Tofu?

“Tofu” or bean curd is food made of soy milk, pressed into solid white blocks. Originated in China and was introduced to Japan in the late 8th century, during the Nara period (710-794) by Zen Buddhist monks.

Tofu was historically a luxury food

It was the luxury food of the Shoguns in the early Edo period (1603-1868), and farmers were only allowed to eat on special days. Today, you can enjoy an exquisite meal of tofu, from starter to main course and dessert in a traditional Japanese setting at Yodofu Sagano.

Yodofu Sagano

Yodofu Sagano is tucked away in a quiet part of Arashiyama, within a breath-taking traditional Japanese style garden. The dining experience is one of its kind because you get treated to flute music, tatami mats and cooking at the table. It is a unique, relaxing dining experience, where food is leisurely served by servers in Kimonos.

Tofu restaurant in Arashiyama: A simplistic entrance to Yudofu Sagano
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Tofu restaurant in Arashiyama: A simplistic entrance to Yudofu Sagano

Tofu “Paradise”

The tofu “paradise” comes as a set meal, where the main course is “Yodofu” which is tofu simmered in a light dashi broth, in a clay-pot right in front of you! There are several other small dishes, about nine of them in small bowls including deep fried tempura vegetables, rice and tsukemono pickles. Dessert and unlimited tea are also included.

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“Yudofu”- Tofu simmered in broth, in a clay pot at the table
Tofu hotpot
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Tofu hotpot

(Picture below is Traveller photo submitted by cwl421 to TripAdvisor)

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A set meal is around 40,000 Yen which may seem pricey for a tofu-based vegetarian meal. You can get absolutely stuffed with dish after dish of tofu prepared in various ways! Moreover, it is the dining experience of having a good, clean meal in a tranquil, un-rushed setting which makes it a worthwhile experience.

How to find Yodofu Sagano

Yodofu Sagano is not an easy place to find because it is tucked away in a quaint part of Arashiyama and it what looks like a private estate. It is on the grounds of Tenryu-ji Temple. You need to go around the corner, past the Shinto statues and you will find the gate to the main entrance.

Path to the tofu restaurant, Yodofu Sagano, lined with Shinto statues
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Path to the tofu restaurant, Yodofu Sagano, lined with Shinto statues
Just the tranquility of the zen garden within the grounds of the tofu restaurant, Yodofu Sagano.
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Just the tranquility of the zen garden within the grounds of the tofu restaurant, Yodofu Sagano.

If you take address down (below) and have it on google maps, you will find it. Choose the traditional setting over the western one. An indoor experience will give you an authentic feel.

The warm interior of Yodofu Sagano
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The warm interior of Yodofu Sagano

The inner garden is absolutely beautiful, with moss covered grounds, bamboos and trees that provide ample shade. So make time to stroll and enjoy the tranquillity of the garden.

Moss covered grounds at Sodofu was added appeal
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Moss covered grounds at Yodofu was an added appeal
The zen garden surrounding Yudofu Sagano
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The garden surrounding Yudofu Sagano

My final say…

I think you know what my final say is going to be…have this restaurant on your list when you visit Arashiyama, Kyoto.

Useful information on Yudofu Sagano:

Yudofu Sagano

45 Sagatenryuji

Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku,

Kyoto 616-8385,

Kyoto Prefecture.

Tel: +81 758716946

Website: http://www.kyoto-sagano.jp/

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By Georgina

Georgina is a Travel Blogger, Travel Writer, history buff, wine (red) enthusiast and a lover of all cultures. She gave up the corporate race to embrace a more meaningful lifestyle to travel more, to write and to share the very best of her adventures. Georgina has lived in three continents, and now, based at a stone's throw of London, which is her home. She has a special interest to bring the best of Britain to her audiences worldwide. Becoming newer from each travel, Georgina enjoys sharing her travel stories, drawing her readers into her world of boomer adventures while immersing them in the history, culture and food of a region. Together with her own informative, in-depth writing style, practical tips and suggestions on her blog, My Timeless Footsteps, Georgina make travel dreams a reality. She is happiest waking up to the chirpy sounds of the birds or sipping wine over sand in between her toes, while watching the rolling clouds melt into darkness.

4 comments

  1. Gives me great pleasure to share. Thank you!. I am sure you will enjoy this part of Kyoto. Though it is a popular tourist attraction, I would highly recommend an experience of the serenity in the quieter parts of Arashiyama as well, for whenever you choose to visit.

  2. I’m a vegetarian so this would be on my list during a trip to Kyoto. And after eating a wander around those moss covered gardens would be a lovely way to walk off your meal. Thanks for sharing.

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