A few days ago, I went to the Kizugawa era of Kyoto to enjoy the autumn leaves and shoot some pictures. It was a very nice, sunny day and our first destination was the town of Kasagi and the Kasagi-dera on Mt.Kasagi in Sōraku-gun, Kyoto-fu. It involved quite a bit of hiking on this famous historical mountain and climbing over, under and through its mysterious rocks. Afterwards we headed to Gansen-ji (岩船寺) and by then we were quite hungry and looking for a place to have some lunch. I remembered from a previous visit to this area that, on the sloop leading to Jōruri-ji (浄瑠璃寺), there was a picturesque restaurant. The restaurant is called Ashibino mise (あ志び乃店) and their speciality is Tororo Soba. Here is their website:.
The restaurant has a large garden with some benches and a large wooden barrel that is converted on the inside as a seating area. In front of the restaurant is a small pond with the branches of a Weeping Cherry tree (Shidarezakura) stretched out over it. An amazing sight in spring I assume. The interior of the restaurant is quite simple, but the food is very nice. We had tororo soba (とろろ蕎麦-slimy soba noodles with grated nagaimo), a delicacy. The soba noodles are served in a large bowl, you then add the broth and the grated nagaimo, mix everything well and enjoy. Along with the main tororo soba dish come some local tsukemono (pickled veggies) and some bits of konnyaku (蒟蒻). You can choose a raw egg to mix with your soba dish and tofu is an extra add on. By the way their tofu is delicious and home made.
If you ever visit Jōruri-ji temple in Kizugawai County, I can heartily recommend this place for some delicious Tororo Soba. See All Pictures Here!