Tanabata is one of Japan’s most colorful traditions, and Kyoto was the place where, in the 8th century, the Chinese festival known as Qixi merged with traditional Japanese beliefs, and became the festival of Orihime and Hikoboshi.
Gazing out at the shores of the Kamo River, you can see couples and young families walking by. An evening breeze blows by gently, cooling off the still-warm air. The server brings you your next course in what seems like an endless variety of dishes. Welcome to the one of the best ways to dine in Kyoto during the summer months.