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Arashiyama Benkei

Western Kyoto
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34 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385 , Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 758723355
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my second time to visit Arashiyama Benkei! Kyoto is always my top list in my travel plan and the scenic spot of Arashiyama is best of the best. The location of Arashiyama Benkei is very close to the major Arashiyama hotspots but a little bit away from the noisy travellers' crowd. Tatami room is well-equipped and comfy. Food... More 

Thank MQLiang
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

I really don't have the words to describe how wonderful this Ryokan was. I have never had a more relaxing or luxurious experience in all my lfie. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left every single thing was perfect. The staff was incredibly attentive and friendly - they saw to our every need. The space is gorgeous... More 

Thank jennaelzein
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

I had planned this trip to Arashiyama Benkei as a surprise to my fiancé. The Arashiyama Benkei team were great all along the way, from reservations to the actual visit. The team had helped me to reserve a dip in their outdoor onsen before our lunch and were prompt and patient with answering any queries I had before my visit.... More 

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Thank Samantha C
Hong Kong
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

Apprecaite the reply from Bankei to my dissatisfaction. The room we had was not a river view but a garden view that we couldn't open the shaded windows as people from other rooms/buildings can see us! I stayed 3 different onsen ryokans this time in my trip, Mikasa Nara and Tocen Goshoboh Airma. Both are HKD2500 to HKD1000 cheaper than... More 

Thank 428joycec
Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

You can book Arashiyama Benkei restaurant even you are not staying there. I bet you would love their "Kyo-Kaiseki". Location, Food, Service, everything just fit perfect!! If you are planning to visit Kyoto, you must book Arashiyama Benkei for your accommodation or meal. Definitely FIVE-STARS !!

Thank travel4mylife
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

On the edge of Kyoto, across from a beautiful fishing stream, near Tenryu-Ji Temple. Foods served by Geisha-costumed servers, in exquisite Bento boxes. Very top-rated dining near Sogenchi Garden.

1 Thank Janie N
Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 via mobile

Good Japanese food, carefully arranged and with a very nice view of the river. We had the tofu lunch. For those who are not Japanese, like us, it was a great experience. Highly recommended.

Thank Pedrohj13
Taipei, Taiwan
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Excellent view with nice simple good food. When we come back in Autumn, it's is even full during the weekday. Reasonable price with good food and excellent view. Actually, with this price, the restaurant is more than excellent !!

2 Thank ulysses2015

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $180
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Open Hours
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Western Kyoto
  • Neighborhood: Western Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 758723355
  • This restaurant is at Arashiyama Benkei
Welcome Arashiyama Benkei was established in 1969 on the historical and scenic land known as Arashiyama. . Guests at Benkei indulge in traditional multi-course kaiseki fare that uses seasonal ingredients found not only in Kyoto, but sourced from all over Japan. We take care in creating cuisine that appeals to all palates, yet maintains respect for the tenets of traditional Kyoto cooking. -The Soul of Kyoto Cuisine- Having prospered as Japan's capital city for over a millennium, Kyoto also developed its own gourmet culture as a prominent national culinary center. Most consider the origins of Kyoto cooking to be found in shōjin-ryōri, Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. This translates into a modern culinary tradition that is characterized by an emphasis on the flavors of the ingredients and what can be added to enhance those flavors. In addition to flavor, this custom values food presentation and dining atmosphere, inviting all 5 senses to indulge in the experience. The end result is an appreciation for nature's bounty, and an unparalleled sense of hospitality (omotenashi) toward the diner. -Enjoy a day trip of Kyoto cuisine and Arashiyama onsen- Day trip guests at Benkei may also opt to enjoy a relaxing bath in addition to a gourmet meal. The facilities open at 11:30 a.m. We offer full plans that include meals in private room (2 hours for bento meals or 3 hours for full-course kaiseki meals), baths, towels, and yukata robe, as well as more informal plans that include a restaurant meal in the open space and onsen bath.

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Staying in Western Kyoto

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Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.