Kawadoko is the ingenious custom of dining on platforms built over a river which provides natural air conditioning during the hot summer months. We experienced kawadoko in Kibune, Japan, a small town in a valley just north of central Kyoto in early July.
Ryōtei: haute cuisine (luxury restaurants). These elegant establishments offer a highly refined traditional Japanese dining experience, especially good for experiencing kaiseki – a multicourse event of carefully presented vegetable and seafood dishes using the best seasonal ingredients. Tatami-floored (woven straw matting) rooms, hanging calligraphy scrolls, flower arrangements, and politely aloof kimono-clad waitresses are standard. Try: Kiyamachi Sakuragawa (Kyoto), Kikunoi (Kyoto).