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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, a small town in a valley just north of central Kyoto in early July.

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, a small town in a valley just north of central Kyoto in early July.

Noboribetsu forest  - Hokkaido, Japan

Noboribetsu forest - Hokkaido, Japan

High times: Dining kawadoko-style over moving water — here, the rushing Kibune River — is a restful way to eat and a great way to stay cool in summer.

From Kurama to Kibune: Hiking in northeastern Kyoto

High times: Dining kawadoko-style over moving water — here, the rushing Kibune River — is a restful way to eat and a great way to stay cool in summer.

Top Temples in Kyoto

Top Temples in Kyoto

Summer in Kyoto I've had lunch here. The idea is that the running stream keeps you cool. It is wonderful.

Summer in Kyoto I've had lunch here. The idea is that the running stream keeps you cool. It is wonderful.

Nagashi somen, or flowing noodles, is an exciting summer time dining experience where bundles of noodles are sent down a bamboo trough filled with ice cold water. As the noodles flow by you catch them with your chopsticks and place them in your bowl of broth. #japan #noodles:

Nagashi somen, or flowing noodles, is an exciting summer time dining experience where bundles of noodles are sent down a bamboo trough filled with ice cold water. As the noodles flow by you catch them with your chopsticks and place them in your bowl of broth. #japan #noodles:

Moss Garden - Sanzen-in temple in Ohara, Kyoto, Japan

Moss Garden - Sanzen-in temple in Ohara, Kyoto, Japan

Top 9 fun things to do in Kyoto, Japan

Top 9 fun things to do in Kyoto, Japan

Walk down Shimbashi in Gion - This street has been called the most beautiful in Asia and it’s not hard to see why. We visited at different times in the day to appreciate it to the max but the best time to visit is early evening. Apparently during Cherry Blossom season the street becomes beautiful beyond words. Describing it in Autumn is hard enough.  The far side of the canal is lined with expensive restaurants, ryokans and hostess clubs all with huge windows overlooking the canal and…

Things to do in Kyoto, Japan

Walk down Shimbashi in Gion - This street has been called the most beautiful in Asia and it’s not hard to see why. We visited at different times in the day to appreciate it to the max but the best time to visit is early evening. Apparently during Cherry Blossom season the street becomes beautiful beyond words. Describing it in Autumn is hard enough. The far side of the canal is lined with expensive restaurants, ryokans and hostess clubs all with huge windows overlooking the canal and…

Nishimura's coffee shop, Kobe, Japan にしむら珈琲

Nishimura's coffee shop, Kobe, Japan にしむら珈琲

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