Soba / Udon Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Arashiyama Yoshimura
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    4.0
    216 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Arashiyama Togetobashi Kita-nishi West second elephant
    A handmade soba noodle restaurant standing near the Togetsukyo Bridge, a popular spot in Kyoto City’s Arashiyama area. The shop’s handsome sign, decorated with characters that read “Busho” written by the great artist Rosanjin, welcomes diners. Inside, you can look out over the Togetsukyo Bridge and enjoy the beauty of the season while savoring the flavor of buckwheat noodles crafted by a culinary artisan. The shop’s Kyoto vegetable soba is particularly popular with women customers.

    Felt like a nice home cooked meal by my grandma (it’s a compliment). In the cool weather, enjoying the warm soba, with perfectly salted herring. I’m not a fan of tofu but the tofu is so light and...

  • Yamamoto Menzou
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    4.5
    204 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakiminamigoshochou 34
    This udon restaurant is in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. It makes use of the features of the old merchant shop it's in and prides itself on udon with an appealing texture that goes down smooth. Their crispy Tsuchi Gobo-Ten tempura with curry powder and udon broth is also popular. They offer a wide variety of items including tenzaru udon and tsukemen dipping noodles, making it one of Kyoto's leading udon restaurants.

    We booked ahead and everything is going smoothly. There was English menu. Noodle was great. Everything fired was very nice, and not oily. Soup was spicy for the spicy menu. Would go back if able to...

  • Omen (Flagship shop)
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    4.5
    329 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ginkakuji Bath pool South adjoining
    A restaurant serving homemade udon noodles located close to the Ginkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto City. This shop popularized “omen,” Gunma-style udon noodles, when they were not yet well known in the Kansai region when the shop first opened in 1967. The noodles, made with wheat from Joshu (old name of Gunma Prefecture), are flavorful, smooth, and chewy. The noodles are steeped in a slightly strong broth made with high quality kombu kelp and skipjack tuna and are served with sesame seeds, seasonal vegetables, and salty-sweet kinpira gobo (stewed burdock root). The restaurant also serves a wide variety of other dishes depending on the season, perfect for enjoying with a cup of sake or other drink of choice.

    One of the best soba dishes we had This place is amazing We visited the one next to temple for the second time after our first visit in 2014 and the quality is even better Faboulous food - go...

  • Omen Nippon Shijo Pontocho Restaurant
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Chujo-ku Shijo-dori-donto-cho Nishiiri
    This eatery, Omen, established in 1967 at the Kyoto Ginkakuji Temple is popular for its homemade noodles made from 100% domestic flour. The specialty dish, Omen noodles, are udon noodles combined with the seasonal fresh foods. Customers enjoy returning again and again as the ingredients change according to the season. The Shijo Pontocho store has a limited time Pontocho light course menu.
  • Arashiyama Udon Ozuru
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    3.5
    70 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 22-4
    Located about 300 meters north of Togetsu-kyo Bridge in Arashiyama, Arashiyama Udon Ozuru is recognizable by its large paper lanterns. The restaurant carefully makes its own udon noodles, making sure to prepare only the amount that can be eaten in a single day. This udon is served with broth made from sliced mackerel, herring and bonito, with the addition of Kyoto-style ingredients such as wheat gluten, yuba (tofu skin) and green onions.

    Came in on a rainy cold day to warm up over a bowl of udon noodles. The service was fast, but not all that friendly. The udon was just OK and lacked flavor but it did warm us up at a cost of $15.23...

  • Tsukumo Udon
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    3.0
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Higashi-shiokojicho 901 JR Kyoto Sta. Konai B2F Underground Higashiguchi
    "Located directly connected to Kyoto Station, this udon shop serves udon noodles made with iriko broth and homemade noodles that have a great texture. The ""Beer Set,"" which includes beer and tempura, is also popular with customers after work."

    いちいち高額な価格のお店が多い京都の中で、全く飾らないお店で珍しいと思いました。リーズナブルで十分だと思います。

  • Sobanomi Yoshimura
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    4.5
    394 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Matsuyachou 420
    An eight-minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station. This soba noodle restaurant is situated right in fron of the number one exit of Gojo Station. The restaurant's noodles are crafted by the hands of a skilled artisan using flour stone-ground using domestically grown buckwheat. The restaurant's lunch and dinner menus differ and, in addition, from 14:30 to 17:00, the establishment only serves soba noodles a la carte. Customers can choose among three sizes of noodles - thin, regular, and thick. There are also desserts on the menu such as deep fried buckwheat dumplings and buckwheat ice cream. In addition, the restaurant offers traditional kaiseki course cuisine for parties of two or larger and has menus in English, Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese.

    A popular, authentic and atmospheric soba noodle restaurant with a wide range of set menus, many also featuring tempura. English menu available. Recommended.

  • Soba no Hana
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    Kyoto Ayabe-shi Kamiyatacho Tatenomae 1
    This restaurant is famous amongst those in the know for soba noodles made with tender loving care using buckwheat flour ground with a millstone by the owner himself. The restaurant, which retains the feel of a kominka (old folk home), has a charming interior equipped with a wood-burning stove. In addition to mori soba (chilled soba noodles served with dipping sauce), bukkake soba (soba noodles with warm broth poured on top), and hot soba, the restaurant also offers exquisite a la carte dishes such as suji misoni (beef tendons simmered in miso) and duck teriyaki.
  • Atari Nakatari Seno Udon Shop
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyotango-shi Kumihamacho 3014
    An udon noodle shop that was founded in 1929. Their udon noodles, a Kumihama specialty known by the nickname of Attari Nakattari, are painstakingly made with carefully selected ingredients and are well known by everyone in the area. The store closes for the day when they run out of ingredients so we recommend visiting early.

    久美浜の稲葉本家近くにあるうどん屋さん。普通の民家のようなお店で、小さな看板とのれんがかかっています。店内は懐かしい昭和の雰囲気。きつねうどんをいただきました。大阪風のあっさり目のだし、こしのない麺、きざみの揚げ。おすすめです。

  • Soba-kiri Shiogama
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Ichijojinishitojikawaracho 29-13
    "This shop is known for the automatic stone mill that operates just inside the front doors. You can listen to the unique sound of the mill while enjoying your soba noodles. They offer a variety of soba options including ""nihachi seiro"" served on a bamboo weaving tray (seiro) and their original dipping soba noodles. They have servings that seem large enough for two people allowing you to fill your stomach with their fragrant noodles."

    蕎麦切塩釜は,この辺りはラーメンで有名ですが、ボリューミーな蕎麦が目を惹くこんな蕎麦屋さんもあったんですね。蕎麦ってどのお店に行ってもお腹いっぱいになる事が無いので、こんなてんこ盛りの蕎麦は珍しいでした。

  • So-honke Kawamichi-ya
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Aneyakoji Dori Gokomachi Nishi Iru Anedaitocho 550
    This specialty shop makes and sells Soba Horu, a baked sweet going back to the early Meiji period made using buckwheat flour. Kawamichi-ya is said to go back to when Kyoto was known as Heian-kyo, and has sold sweets and soba flour since the Genroku era (1688-1704). It applied soba noodle making techniques to the making of Portuguese sweets to create Soba Horu. Since they do not use any oil, they have a light flavor and are often used in tea ceremonies and as Kyoto style sweets for guests. They come baked in umebachi crest shape or circles, and make perfect gifts.
  • Misoka-an Kawamichiya
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Fuyacho-dori Sanjo Agaru Shimohakusancho 297
    This venerable kisoba (100% buckwheat soba noodles) restaurant located in a Sukiya-zukuri building on Fuyacho Street has been in business since the Edo period. Their specialty is their Hokoro hot pot, which is made with a dashi stock that has been passed down for generations. Guests can savor quintessentially Kyoto ingredients such as Japanese yam from Tanba, springy udon noodles, Kujo scallions, and hikiage yuba (tofu skins). We recommend changing up the flavor of the hot pot after it boils down by squeezing the juice of a sudachi citrus into it. Their classic zaru soba (soba noodles served on a bamboo sieve), yamakake soba (soba noodles topped with grated yam), and mizore sets, which include mizore soba (soba noodle topped with grated daikon), a seasonal rice dish and pickles, are also popular.
  • Kanei
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Kita-ku Murasakinohigashifujinomoricho 11-1 Kuramaguchi Chiekoin Nanto Kado
    This handmade soba noodle restaurant operates out of a 100-year-old remodeled townhome. In a spacious living room area with exposed ceiling beams, customers can enjoy juwari soba noodles made with choice, 100% buckwheat flour produced in-house. The restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star, and its noodles are thin; springy; and have a rich, toasty buckwheat flavor. The restaurant's popular signature arabiki soba noodles are made with coarse-ground flour, which gives them a delightful flavor and aroma that is even more rich than normal. Practically exploding in your mouth with the flavor of the buckwheat, you're sure to enjoy them. It's not unusual for the restaurant to sell out shortly after opening, so prospective customers are recommended to come early.
  • Shiroyama Noodles
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    Kyoto Nantan-shi Miyamacho Shima Honoki 8 Miyama Satoyama Sha
    This udon and oyakodon (chicken and egg rice bowl) restaurant is in the Miyama Satoyamasha historical village, close to the beauty of nature. Their house-made udon noodles are smooth and firm, and made with Miyama's famous spring water, while the oyakodon uses free range chicken meat and eggs in a richly flavored mix. The menu is simple, with only 6 different dishes. Their dishes are all old-fashioned, home style ones, with familiar names like Kakeudon, showcasing the flavor of their noodles and broth. The salad that comes with every dish is made with Miyama-grown vegetables, matched perfectly with a rich, house-made yogurt dressing.
  • Yunochaya
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Matsuomangokuchou (Mossa side)
    A tea house located close to the Kegonji temple, known as the “Bell Cricket Temple,” and the Saiho-ji Temple, known as the “Moss Temple.” The self-styled progenitor of Moss Temple grated yam soba noodles, the restaurant’s signature dish is, of course, its tororo soba grated yam soba noodles. Diners can enjoy soba noodles in dashi redolent of the fragrance of yuzu citrus covered with Tanba grated yam, egg yolk, and nori. When the shop was founded, the 13th head of the Kinkaku-ji Temple, Murakami Jikai, likened the soba to the moon floating in the pond of the Moss Temple, dubbing it “Koke no Tsuki” (“Moss Moon”).

    苔寺の参道にある茶屋です。お抹茶・わらび餅や冷しあめなど和の甘味が揃っています。アイスクリームや甘酒、そしてビールもありました。苔寺で歩き疲れた時には最適な休憩茶屋です。

  • Soba Saryo Sawasho
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Imagumanotsuruginomiyachou 33-22
    Soba Saryo Sawasho is a restaurant in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward that offers kaiseiki cuisine centered on soba noodles. The cooking and serving dishes are Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, made locally in the Sennyuji area, or antiques, and you can taste the effects for yourself. The menu changes weekly, and the cooks use buckwheat flour grown in Hokkaido and locally grown fresh vegetables. They take great care with the visual appeal of the meal, and an attractive soba kaiseki meal is one of their specialties. At noon, customers can order a la carte dishes with stone ground, handmade soba.

    Upscale restaurant featuring Soba (buckwheat). Food is presented in fine Japanese porcelain plates and bowls. Children under 10 are not allowed.

  • Gion Yorozuya
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture Higashiyama-ku Hanami Kojiro Shijo Shimosu Leew Nozomu Nishiiru
    This udon restaurant is in Komatsu-cho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. It's famous for its Negi Udon with Kyoto's characteristically soft noodles, topped with plenty of Kujo negi onions and grated ginger cultivated by contracted farmers. The shop is very popular and there are often lines.

    うどんがまず不味い。腰のないふにゃふにゃのうどんだった。京のうどんはそうでないはず。出汁は生姜の香りが強すぎる。だから味がわからない。九条ネギは美味しい。たっぷり乗ってる。これだけなら他にもある。なぜ客が並ぶのか?多分祇園になるからか?

  • Fumiya Restaurant
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Sakaicho Mitsu Tyu Pharmacist Shuru Kikuya cho 519
    The venerable Fumiya Restaurant, founded in 1946, is located in Kyoto's Nakagyo Ward, three minutes' walk from Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line. It specializes in udon noodles, and in addition to its udon stew, Fumiya Udon, for which every ingredient, including the broth, is painstakingly prepared, it also serves sweets, such as Kameyama, a combination of toasted mochi and sweet bean paste. This restaurant is popular with both local residents and tourists.

    If you are in the nishiki market this is the restaurant to eat or if you are a big lover of Udon. This is an excellent Udon restaurant and dishes were great in a reasonable price. The service was...

  • Gonbei
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 254-3
    Founded in 1927, Gonbei is a venerable noodle shop located about five minutes' walk from Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Line in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward. Its most popular dishes are kitsune udon (Kujo green onions on top of noodles cooked in a carefully created broth) and oyako don (chicken and egg over rice). There is often a line out the door at lunch time, since the restaurant is so popular with local people, including geiko (geisha) and maiko (apprentice geisha).

    We go around gion area and lots of people were searching for the lunch place then we found this noodle place wait in long queue, we decided to try it, they have Chinese menu also Korean menu. I...

  • Matsuba Main Store
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    4.0
    165 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Shijo Ohashi Higashi Iru Kawabatacho 192

    Ordered the hot nishin soba and the cold soba with herring and grated radish, both were delicious and I’m still thinking about the tasty herring a couple of weeks later. Would recommend when in Kyoto.

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