This restaurant's history goes back a mere 265 years to the middle of the Edo Period, but you'd never know that from the modern multistoried building that stands here today (a model in the entranceway gives some idea of what it used to look like). The dining rooms are pleasant and overlook Shinobazu Pond, but the star of the show here is grilled eel. The quality of charcoal used to grill the eel is considered paramount, so this restaurant is justly proud of its very own furnace in the mountains of Wakayama Prefecture, said to produce the best charcoal in Japan. An English-language menu with photos will help you select from about 15 different set meals featuring eel, but there's also tempura, bento, and kaiseki. Not all eel restaurants go to the lengths this one does to assure the quality of its food, so I consider this place a real treat.