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A popular rice ball shop in Kyoto

[2023] 7 Popular Omusubi Shops in Kyoto

Pay attention to the number of rice ball shops that are gradually increasing! Introducing the rice and ingredients that are particular about the popular menu of each store. Find your favorite from a variety of rice balls, from standard to unique.

1.Once you eat it, you'll become a fan [Umaimonya] / Uji

This rice ball specialty store is located in [Osakaya Market], which was built as a market in 1962 and is now full of restaurants and shops. Sticky and fragrant rice Hinohikari is just the right amount of softness, and you can eat it deliciously even after a long time. There are 14 types of rice balls, including salmon, bonito flakes, and plums. Among them, there are rice balls mixed with salmon, perilla, and sesame, and combinations such as tuna mayonnaise salted kombu wasabi and tuna mayonnaise mentaiko that appear every other week. This was born from the staff's idea of ``This ingredient is perfect!'', and many locals become fans after eating it once.

Onigiri from Umaimonya

(Left) Tuna mayonnaise and salted kelp wasabi 240 yen, with the spiciness of the wasabi that makes it addictive. Perilla 260 yen (right) Mentaiko with a chewy texture is delicious with just the right amount of spiciness from chili pepper. Mentaiko 230 yen

Delicious food shop

Delicious food shop

  • good food
  • 41 Uji Myoraku, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture Osakaya Market
  • 5 minute walk from JR Uji Station
  • Tel.080-6254-0202
  • 11:00-14:00
    Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 11:00-17:00
  • Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, other irregular holidays
  • No parking
  • https://www.instagram.com/umaimonya61/
  • Eat-in allowed

2.A place loved by students [Kominka Cafe Komusubi] / Fukakusa

Within walking distance from Fushimi Inari Shrine and Ryukoku University campus. Mr. Okuma, who originally ran a kitchen car business on campus, opened this restaurant with the desire to create a place like a set meal restaurant where college students who are in the middle of eating can easily commute. There are stylish sofa seats on the 2nd floor of a renovated old Japanese-style house, where you can relax while reading or chatting with friends while eating rice balls. The Koshihikari rice carefully selected by the rice meister is molded, and crispy thin seaweed from Tsukiji is used. There are about 20 kinds of rice balls, including daily specials, and there are thick rice balls such as pork kimchi and pollack mayonnaise, as well as grilled salmon and freshly shaved squid.

Kominka Cafe Komusubi

(Left) 300 yen for egg yolk that has been frozen and then marinated in tamari soy sauce. (Center) 200 yen for spicy chirimen made from small, soft chirimen jako seasoned with green chili and sesame oil. (Right) A rich combination of mentaiko. Cream cheese 250 yen

Kominka Cafe Komusubi

Kominka Cafe Komusubi

  • Kominka Cafe Komusubi
  • 45-6 Fukakusa Kenasa-cho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 3 minutes on foot from Keihan "Ryukoku Daimae Fukakusa Station"
  • Tel: None
  • 9:00-16:00 *Ends when sold out
  • Irregular holidays
  • All seats non-smoking No private room No parking
  • https://www.instagram.com/kominkacafekomusubi/

3.Attractive Kyotanba rice and plenty of ingredients [Kyoto Kitayama Kojimaya] / Kitayama

Ms. Kojima, the female owner from Kyotanba, opened her long-awaited rice ball specialty store, saying, "I want to convey the deliciousness of rice from local farmers." Taking advantage of his culinary skills, which he has honed through his work and raising his three children, he offers warm handmade rice balls and side dishes. There are about 25 types of rice balls at any given time, and there are a wide variety of rice balls, from those with standard fillings to seasonal products, as well as novelties such as Korean and Western tastes. Just looking at the rice balls wrapped in freshly-polished Koshihikari rice produced in Kyotanba makes me feel happy. In the eat-in space, be sure to order the miso soup made to match the rice balls.

Kyoto Kitayama Kojimaya

(Left) Hakata Mentaiko 240 yen, which is full of mentaiko procured from Fukuoka's popular mentaiko specialty store [Fukuya]. ) Wakasa mackerel combined with red miso and fresh perilla leaves.

Kyoto Kitayama Kojimaya

Kyoto Kitayama Kojimaya

  • kyotokitayamakojimaya
  • 24 Shimogamokitanonokamicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 5 minute walk from Kitayama Subway Station
  • Tel.075-708-5764
  • 10:00-19:00
  • Closed on Sundays and Mondays
  • All seats non-smoking No private room No parking
  • https://www.instagram.com/kojimaya_onigiri_kyoto/

4.[Aimusubi] has a reputation for being small and easy to eat / Hyakumanben

Working skillfully in the kitchen behind the counter are my niece Yuka Aiba, who has experience as a chef both in Japan and overseas, and my aunt Kiyoko Date. When Mr. Date, who had been running a community-based barber shop in this area for many years, was thinking about retiring soon, Mr. Aiba approached him about opening a rice ball shop. Using Koshihikari rice grown in Tamba, Kyoto, the fluffy rice balls start at 150 yen each, and are popular for being small and easy to eat. In addition, bento boxes with a choice of meat or fish and 2-3 seasonal vegetable side dishes for 700 yen and tonjiru soup for 200 yen are also popular, and there are many regulars who eat them while they are still warm.

love knot

(Left) Konbu made with perilla kelp found in Osaka on an expedition in search of a light taste 150 yen (Center) The most popular chirimen sansho with a tangy homemade chirimen sansho 250 yen (Right) Sweetness of pickled radish Kimtaku 180 Yen

love knot

love knot

  • Aimusubi
  • 197 Tanaka Osekicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 7 minutes on foot from Keihan "Demachiyanagi Station"
  • Tel.075-781-8940
  • 11:00-17:00 *Ends when sold out
  • Closed on Tuesdays
  • All seats non-smoking No private room No parking
  • https://twitter.com/aimusubi_KYOTO

5.Warm rice balls made with claypot rice [Kyoto Gion Omusubiya Triangle] / Gion

[Yasaka Shrine] A rice ball specialty store with only 4 seats at the counter that opened last year. It has already gained a reputation for being able to enjoy hot rice balls cooked in an earthenware pot for both eat-in and take-out. The one-juice rice ball set that comes with two rice balls, soup, and pickles is what you can taste in the store. You can choose 2 of your favorites from a lineup of about 30 types, and there are standard ingredients such as salmon and plums, as well as unusual ingredients such as pork kimchi and plum natto. At this summer's Wagyu beef fair, yakiniku rice balls and 1000 yen Wagyu yakiniku rice bowl sets will also be available. In addition to single items for takeout, there is also a walk set that combines rice balls and soup.


(Left) The spiciness of mentaiko and the richness of cream cheese are a perfect match for the signboard menu Mentaiko cream cheese 350 yen. Marinated tuna with sushi-like flavor for 350 yen (right) Kujo green onion and miso rice ball with Kujo green onion miso for 300 yen

Kyoto Gion Rice Ball Restaurant Triangle

Kyoto Gion Rice Ball Restaurant Triangle

  • Kyoto Omusubiya Triangle
  • 533 South Gioncho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 7 minutes on foot from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station
  • Tel.050-1283-9708
  • 8:00-15:00 (LO/14:00)
    Irregular holidays
  • better to book
  • All seats non-smoking No private room No parking
  • https://www.instagram.com/gion_omusubi_sankaku/

6.Affordable prices [meat soba, rice balls and side dishes Ku-chan] / Kitano Hakubaicho

The store manager, Kumi Yokoyama, always prepares freshly-made rice balls for you, and there are always about 30 different types of rice balls, from simple salt rice balls to basic pickled plums, rice cakes, and cheese hamburgers. It has a diverse lineup that you won't get tired of eating every day, and the reasonable price of 100 to 300 yen per piece is attractive. The morning rice ball set, which is served from 7:00 a.m., includes up to 2 rice balls for up to 170 yen, and a main side dish of either ham and egg and salad, or salt-grilled salmon and dashimaki. 600 yen. Lunch is reasonably priced at 500 yen for either soba or kasujiru and 2 rice balls!

Meat soba, rice ball and side dish Ku-chan

(Left) The thick, soft-boiled yolk is thoroughly soaked in soy sauce, and it tastes like eating egg over rice. Yolk Soy Sauce Pickled 170 yen (center) Uses one piece of sweet silver salmon. Sockeye salmon 200 yen (right) with a moderate amount of salt that matches the rice Iburigakko cheese 200 yen with creamy cheese flavor and faint smoked aroma of aburi-gakko that is addictive

Meat soba, rice ball and side dish Ku-chan

Meat soba, rice ball and side dish Ku-chan

  • Niku soba, rice ball and side dish Ku-chan
  • 90 Masuka Heights 1F
  • 4 minutes walk from Randen "Kitano Hakubaicho Station"
  • Tel.075-462-0454
  • 7:00-20:00 (LO/19:30)
  • Irregular holidays
  • All seats non-smoking No private room 1 parking lot (inquiry required in advance)
  • https://www.instagram.com/omusubi.ku_chan/

7.Rice balls made with carefully selected ingredients unique to a long-established seaweed maker [Eshoya NICO-YA] / Kyoto Station

A rice ball specialty store operated by Nico Nico Nori, a long-established seaweed manufacturer founded over 100 years ago. Here, we use freshly harvested seaweed from the Ariake Sea that is crisp and rich in flavor, carefully selected to match the onigiri. Considering the compatibility with seaweed, the rice used is Koshihikari rice from Niigata Prefecture, and is cooked in a kombu (kelp) stock for a mild flavor. It is characterized by an exquisite texture that allows you to feel the grain of rice and melts in your mouth when you eat it. It's nice to be able to enjoy the luxurious taste of seaweed that is large enough to hide the rice. Satisfy yourself with satisfying rice balls made with high-quality ingredients.

Laughing shop NICO-YA rice ball

In addition to 9 types of rice balls and 6 types of rice balls such as grilled salmon 320 yen and salmon roe pickled in soy sauce 350 yen, grilled salmon salmon roe 380 yen, which is a combination of silver salmon and Hokkaido salmon roe, beef shigure 300 yen, chirimen sansho. 260 yen joins the ranks

Emiya NICO-YA Kyoto Porta

  • Nikoya Nikoya Kyoto Porta Ten
  • Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo Ward Karasuma Dori
  • Directly connected to each line "Kyoto Station"
  • Tel.075-361-1515
  • 11:00-20:30
  • 7 days a week
  • No parking
  • https://www.instagram.com/2525nico_ya/
  • Eat-in not allowed
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