This wooden house, which nestles among the fragrant forests at the foot of Mount Hiei on the north-eastern tip of Kyoto, has been welcoming weary hikers since 1959. Takeji Ito, grandson of the founder, has transformed it from a traditional inn to an award-winning destination, complete with a thousand-strong wine cellar and rippling water garden. The eight-course tasting menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons but may include the likes of venison loin marinated in sansho oil and grilled eel with myoga flowers (Japanese ginger). Don’t miss the signature grilled sweetfish with a saline crust.
94 Katsuragawabomuracho, 1F, Otsu, 520-0475