Toganojaya Restaurant, Kyoto Japan
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My most recent two posts, “Three Blades of Grass, and Friends” and “Table with a View”, are about a restaurant we visited on Saturday, Toganojaya (とが乃茶屋), in the Takao area in the mountains of north-west Kyoto.

View from the Entrance Toganojaya (とが乃茶屋), Kyoto Japan -- Toganojaya Restaurant -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/200 sec, f/22, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
View from the Entrance
Toganojaya (とが乃茶屋), Kyoto Japan
( we ate in the building on the right; the river is beyond and below )

Seeing me take the shot above, the proprietor kindly opened up the big parasol (the red cone-looking thing to the right of center), and I tried to get a shot with it...

Toganojaya Restaurant -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/200 sec, f/18, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos

These bamboo-and-cloth parasols are not uncommon, but they're difficult to photograph well because digital cameras can't handle their deep color, especially with the huge dynamic range of bright sunlight and dark shadows. Doesn't stop me from trying, for example, as I did here.

Anyway, back at the restaurant, dining is done in simple, airy rooms with ample views of the river and trees just outside the large open windows....

Shoes Lined Up Outside -- Toganojaya Restaurant -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Shoes Lined Up Outside
Waitress Brings Tea -- Toganojaya Restaurant -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Waitress Brings Tea
Anthony Sees Tea -- Toganojaya Restaurant -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Anthony Sees Tea
Anthony Drinks Tea “ Drink, Anthony, drink ” ( the river is in the background, far below ) -- Toganojaya Restaurant -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Anthony Drinks Tea
Drink, Anthony, drink
( the river is in the background, far below )

We appeared to be the first customers of the day... it was shocking, in a happy way, to have such a nice place to ourselves on such a pleasant Saturday.

After ordering, we took the opportunity to take some pictures. Anthony is not normally allowed to use the phone he carries for emergencies, but when he's with us he's allowed to use its camera, so he did...

Mommy Photo Op
Looking Out To Other Eating Areas.... -- Toganojaya Restaurant -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Looking Out To Other Eating Areas....
...and Down to the River -- Toganojaya Restaurant -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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...and Down to the River
Anthony's Warabimochi -- Toganojaya Restaurant -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 44 mm — 1/200 sec, f/3.5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony's Warabimochi
Mommy's Cold Noodles -- Toganojaya Restaurant -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 50 mm — 1/200 sec, f/3.5, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Mommy's Cold Noodles
Noodle Dip Prep -- Toganojaya Restaurant -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 44 mm — 1/200 sec, f/3.5, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Noodle Dip Prep

The prices were reasonable, and the food was good.

Like those in Kibune, this restaurant is sandwiched between the scenic beauty of the river on one side, and the decidedly unscenicness of a thoroughfare on the other.

As nice as this restaurant is once you're inside, there's no hint of that from the front, which is less than uninviting...

Roadside View less than inviting -- Toganojaya Restaurant -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Roadside View
less than inviting

Across the street is a large free public parking lot, and paths that lead to an unseen Kousan Temple, a world heritage site, tucked away up in the mountain. The lot was almost empty when we arrived, but packed with cars and tour busses by the time we left.

We opted to save the temple for a later visit. but we did head down to the river after eating, which I'll opt to save for a later post, here.

Update: I finally got to the Kosan Temple across the street, two years later: Big, Moody Space of the Kosan Temple in Northwest Kyoto.

Continued here...


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