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Soba / Udon Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Omen (Kodai-ji Zen Temple location)
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    4.5
    141 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji Minami-dori Shimogawara Higashi Ino Masuya cho 362
    A restaurant serving homemade udon noodles located close to the Kodai-ji Zen 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.

    We had udon and tempura, for 1,980 yen each. We were not impressed. The food was not well prepared, and even if it had been, udon and tempura shouldn’t cost that much. When we arrived, there was a...

  • Arashiyama Yoshimura
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    4.0
    209 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.

    A nice place to have lunch after visiting arashiyama. Be sure to go early. There is a nice view from the table. The soba mushroom soup is delicious so is the cold soba.

  • Hinode Udon
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    4.5
    88 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenjikitanobouchou 36

    This is THE best Udon I had in my life. Either the normal or the curry udon are mind blowing in the sense that it is simply the best simple Udon. Staff is fantastic - ran after us in the street to...

  • 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。

  • Okaru
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Yasaka Shinchi Tominaga-machi 132
    Just a five-minute walk from the Keihan Main Line’s Gion-Shijo Station, this is a popular udon restaurant whose store is set in Kyoto’s Gion district. The restaurant with its relaxed Japanese-style interior is often visited by maiko-san (apprentice geisha). Their special dashi (Japanese soup stock made from fish and kelp) using Rishiri-produced kombu kelp and round herring takes more than an hour to prepare. In addition to the standard Kitsune Udon, their curry udon dishes are also popular, with one particularly popular dish being the Cheese Meat Curry Udon in which spicy and think curry soup and melted cheese pair well with the noodles.

    Even very different from our kitchen but still so delicious so if I anyone goes to Japan just visit this place

  • Tanbaya
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 13-237
    This restaurant, offering mackerel sushi and udon noodles, is located in front of To-fukuji Station. It serves Kyoto's unique soup and udon noodles. Among them, chicken nanban udon (fried chicken with vinegar and tartar sauce with udon noodles) has been reported on TV. The shop's specialty menu is pressed mackerel sushi. It is a traditional menu that has been passed on since the establishment in the Meiji era. The freshly caught mackerel is carefully filleted and pickled in vinegar overnight. The large mackerel fillet sushi is thick, and is very popular.
  • Demachi Inakatei
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kamigyo-ku Imadegawa-ku Kawahara-machi Nishi Omiyacho 313
    This veteran soba buckwheat noodle shop was founded in 1919. It's highly regarded for its array of scrumptious cuisine featuring the rich flavor of their homemade dashi broth, including soba noodle, ten-don (tempura rice bowl), and their oyako-don (chicken and egg rice bowl). The coating of their fresh fried tempura is superb. We recommend getting there early as once the soba sells out, they close.

    河原町今出川の交差点近くの小さなお蕎麦屋さんです。あっさりした味付け、程よい価格水準で、よく流行っています。正午前後は地元のお年寄りたちと観光客とで混み合いますが時間帯を少しずらせばスムーズに座れます。

  • Omen Nippon Shijo Pontocho Restaurant
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    4.5
    151 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    Finding vegetarian-friendly Japanese food in Japan has been a bit of a challenge so I was over the moon to find Omen. There is a full vegetarian menu with about 3 or 4 different udon noodle options...

  • Yamamoto Menzou
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    4.5
    190 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.

    A bit of a line outside but the food is worth it! Really good udon soups and nice staff. Very good value for money as well!

  • Soba Saryo Sawasho
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    4.5
    12 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.

    Yorozuya serves spring onion udon soup Honestly I expected it to be much richer flavor , however broth was light and overwhelmed by spring onion , and the udon noodle portion was little The plus...

  • Nadai Omen (GinkakujiMain Shop)
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    4.5
    315 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ginkakuji Bath pool South adjoining
    Located beside Kyoto's Ginkakuji Temple, this is the main location of the homemade udon noodle shop that opened in 1967. They popularized Gunma Prefecture's udon in Kyoto. Called Omen, it was relatively unknown in Kansai at the time. Made with Joshu Gunma wheat, the udon is flavorful, smooth, and chewy. You dip in a slightly rich flavored broth made from fine quality bonito and kombu. It comes with sesame seeds, seasonal vegetables, and salty-sweet kinpira-style burdock root. There also have an array of dishes that change with the seasons that you can enjoy with sake or another drink.

    This is a really atmospheric place with excellent food. A little pricey for a meat free meal but well worth it for the traditional Japanese experience.

  • Niomon Uneno
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shinmarutachou 41
    This long-established udon restaurant first opened in 1903. It's about three minutes on foot from the Keihan Main Line's Sanjo Station in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. It's known for its additive free dashi broth and homemade noodles with 100% domestic wheat. Seasonal udon specials change monthly. It's popular with tourists and locals alike.

    Sadly rejected my 89 year old father in law and myself. Stating no more noodles. They still were open for another 30 minutes! We were staying just a few hundred meters in the same neighborhood. Later...

  • Fumiya Restaurant
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    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.
  • Yoshimura Kiyomizu-an
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2-208-9
    Yoshimura Kiyomizu-an serves soba noodles in a restaurant 5 minutes' walk from Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward. Only domestic buckwheat flour is used, and skilled specialists make the noodles fresh and by hand every day. In addition to the Kiyomizu Dinner, which contains buckwheat prepared in many ways, the restaurant features stone-ground pure buckwheat soba and other dishes. Sweet items, such as fried buckwheat balls and sweet bean jam mixed with buckwheat flour, are also popular. This shop has been featured in the media many times, and it attracts customers from both the local area and overseas.

    Having visited Kiyomizu-dera temple complex we were looking for an appropriate restaurant to maintain the magic of the temple complex and came upon Yoshimura Kiyomizuan on nearby Higashiyama-Ku. To...

  • Gonbei
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    4.0
    32 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...

  • Arashiyama Udon Ozuru
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    3.5
    63 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.

    Udon is handmade! Chewy and springy! They do good tempuras too! I recommend you don’t order their set so you can eat two servings of udons!

  • Sobanomi Yoshimura
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    4.5
    371 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.

    My husband and I visited this restaurant whilst holidaying in Kyoto. Lovely service and an English menu, we tried a set meal for two which included sashimi, tempura, a chicken broth, hot soba and...

  • Soba no Hana
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    5.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    ずっと前から気になってて、やうやく行けました。 お出汁も十割そばも最高に美味しかったです。今まで出会った蕎麦の中で、間違いなくNO.1じゃないかと思います。 古民家で上品な雰囲気。優しくて気さくな店主。 また行きたいです。

  • Atari Nakatari Seno Udon Shop
    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.

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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