Top choice teahouse in Arashiyama & Sagano

Located next to the Atago Torii (a large Shintō shrine gate), this thatched-roof restaurant is about as atmospheric as they get. It serves matcha (powdered green tea) and a sweet for ¥840; the perfect way to cool off after a long slog around the temples of Arashiyama and Sagano. It also does a light lunch from 11.30am.

You can sample full-course kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) meals here from ¥11,000 (by telephone reservation in Japanese only). Its speciality is ayu (sweetfish caught during cormorant fishing).