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140-2 Saitocho, Shimogyoku, Kyoto 600-8012, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-221-1147
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Pasadena, California
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161 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is an incredible looking restaurant reached by the oldest elevator in Japan. The view over the river is wonderful. The service is courteous but not solicitous. The food is okay but nothing that you could not find done better elsewhere. But as a place to feel like you are in an elegant old restaurant it fills the bill other... More 

Thank JERRY690
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85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

The Tohkasaikan sits atop a 30s-stye building on the banks of the Kamogawa river. You reach it by a ride on Japan's oldest elevator, with a operator who asks for your floor (you want the fifth, gokai) before turning the crank. Once there we four were surrounded by an eager waitstaff and décor to match the elevator. After taking in... More 

Thank jrandalicia
Tokyo, Japan
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2015

The main attraction was the kawadoko, a wooden platform extendiung out over the river. After dark, there are cooling breezes off the river and a clear view of Minami-za on the other bank. My only complaint was the lack of light. Normally, I would consider that part of the atmosphere, but my camera battery died, leaving me with just a... More 

Thank Maynard H
Sydney, Australia
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168 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2015 via mobile

Perfect view and location right on the river. Supprisingly reasonable price. Food wasn't bad, nothing 5* but ok. Service was very good.

Thank thetravelbuddha
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181 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2015 via mobile

Top floor overlooking the city. Tasteless spring rolls came... Sent back Rice came in a small bowl Chicken cashew nuts and soy sauce came eventually and then sweet and sour chicken.... Large brown pieces of meat, in a watery sauce. 10% fee added for privilege of entering restaurant....

Thank Sonny1965
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3 reviews
Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

Nothing fancy, but good location. We wanted gyoza and fried rice with some drinks. For such a simple meal, it was perfect Would not recommend for anyone looking for a fancy dinner or cheap eats, but Tokasaikan fit our needs.

Thank Eugene J
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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23 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2013 via mobile

My wife and I just wanted a few drinks on the patio, unlike other restaurants in the neighborhood that seemed to enforce a prx fix menu or fee, this one was attentive without a "deck fee." The staff were so helpful we ordered ala carte. The food was fantastic, with an english menu that was perfect. Great patio, beware the... More 

Thank b00mers00ner
Rutland, Vermont
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66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2013 via mobile

Building looks nice on the outside but needs urgent repairs inside, peeling paint, grimy wall coverings, but I would be able to live with this if the quality of food had been decent. We paid 6000 yen per person plus 10% table charge for a terrible meal. The food was very mediocre, not even nicely presented , this was probably... More 

Thank ingridH11
Tokyo, Japan
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2011

This historic restaurant serves traditional Beijing-style cuisine. Once you step into this classic building, you can enjoy the oldest elevator in Japan. Staffs are very attentive and friendly. Of course, you can enjoy sharks fin or roasted duck, not so expensive in this restaurant, although, we absolutely recommend traditional dumplings. Enjoy!

Thank Reed&Shiho

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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
USD 45 - USD 91
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  • Address: 140-2 Saitocho, Shimogyoku, Kyoto 600-8012, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Pontocho
  • Neighbourhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 75-221-1147

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Pontocho

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Though small by comparison, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's most spirited and memorable neighborhoods. A narrow street straddling the Kamogawa River, it is Kyoto's busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls, Pontocho's many signs and lanterns bolt to life, making the area glow with invitations to passers-by to come inside and pull up a chair. Its restaurants and bars sprawl onto the riverbank, providing a friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.
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