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10 recommended lunches in the vicinity of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto, Japan!

New restaurants are opening one after another in the vicinity of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, including a ramen store by a long-established restaurant that opened this May and a sushi restaurant opened by a veteran chef. This is a hot area to keep an eye on now, including cafes that are already popular!

1.[Kiraku Sushi Samon offers the best seafood rice bowls at a very reasonable price!

This sushi restaurant was opened by a veteran chef with a career spanning more than 40 years. The owner has taken over from a deceased acquaintance, and offers mackerel sushi, seafood rice bowls, and even set menus to keep you entertained all day long. The regular menu includes saba-zushi and inari-zushi with chasoba (green tea). In addition, many other daily specials using fish directly shipped from the market are on standby.

Bikkuri Kaisen Don: 1,200 yen. About 8 to 10 kinds of fresh seasonal ingredients are beautifully lined up. The volume is so large that it is hard to believe it is for one person. Served with chasoba (green tea soba).

Kiraku Sushi Samon

  • Kirakusushi Samon
  • 839-6 Kamiyagawa-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
  • 5 minutes on foot from Randen "Kitano Hakubaicho Station"
    2 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"
    [Approximately 2 minutes walk from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • Tel.075-463-8555
  • Lunch 11:30-16:00

2.Long-established soba noodle shop [Tsuchifuku Senbon Honten] that preserves the taste of its founding with its father and son.

This long-established soba noodle store in Nishijin began in 1905 as a food stall serving soba noodles at night. Today, the fourth-generation owner, Yoshinori Tanigaki, and his mother Izumi and her son continue to preserve the same taste that has remained unchanged since the establishment of the restaurant. It is especially surprising that the additive-free broth, which is made from scratch at the restaurant, still tastes the same after more than 100 years. The restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes, such as set menus and rice bowls, that one would not expect to find in a soba restaurant, and many fans visit from all over Japan. Some dishes have been revived in response to customers' requests, such as Naruto Soba with grated yam and Nishin Soba, and the year-end special Kombu Maki.

Tsuchifuku's tempura soba

Tempura Soba Noodle: 980 yen. +Comes with kayaku gohan (boiled rice with kayaku) and kobachi (small bowl of cooked food), which can be added for 250 yen. Ebi-ten (shrimp tempura) is coated with a secret batter, and the batter is slightly thickened so that it absorbs the broth and makes the whole soba even more flavorful.

Tsuchifuku Senbon branch

  • Tsuchifuku Senbon Honten
  • 55 Kameya-cho, Nakatachiuri-sagaru, Senbon-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
  • 1 minute walk from the bus stop "Senbon Nakatauri"
    15 minutes walk from Randen "Kitano Hakubaicho Station"
    [Approximately 11 minutes on foot from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • Tel.075-462-1904

3.Kombu to Momen Kiichi" ramen condenses the flavor of a long-established kombu store.

This ramen restaurant was established on the second floor of a long-established restaurant [Gotsuji no Kombu], which has been in business for more than 120 years. In a stylish space with gray walls and a wooden counter, you can enjoy a course of Kombu Ramen. First, compare mizu-dashi (water-dried kelp) of makonbu, Rausu kelp, and Rishiri kelp in a glass of wine, and then enjoy the oboro kelp that Mr. Kuze, the representative, shaves in front of your eyes. The main dish, kelp ramen, has a clear soup with concentrated kelp flavor and chewy noodles. Kelp ramen is served on a one-kelp basis, with at least one item purchased at the store on the first floor.

Kombu and noodles Kiichi

Kombu Ramen: 1152 yen. The soup is made from a blend of kelp, Rausu kelp, and Rishiri kelp, with dried bonito flakes, shellfish, tea leaves, and other ingredients added in water. [It is a perfect match for the whole wheat noodles from Raamen Tohichi.

Kombu and noodles Kiichi

  • Konbutomen Kiichi
  • 2F Gotsuji no Kombu Honten, 74-2, Nishi-Gotsuji Higashi-machi, Senbon Higashiiru, Gotsuji-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
  • 1 minute walk from "Senbon-Imadegawa" bus stop
    [Approximately 8 minutes on foot from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • Tel: None
  • Three-part system from 11:00, 12:00, and 13:00, irregular holidays *Fully by appointment only

4.A greengrocer restaurant that connects producers and consumers [Vejisarasha]

This fruit and vegetable store and diner makes use of a 100-year-old townhouse. As soon as you enter, you will find a grocery store space with a wide variety of fresh leafy greens, potatoes with mud on them, and seasonal fruits. Moving to the back of the building, the "Sukoyaka Shokudo" stands by, which was started by Chie Nakamoto, the representative of the company, who started the business by utilizing her experience as a cooking school owner, along with her desire to "do something about the delicious vegetables that are called 'B-grade' vegetables. It is a warm space that connects producers and consumers, with a happy cycle of tasting vegetable-filled lunches and sweets and buying them back because they were so delicious.

Veggie Salad House's Sukoyaka Set

The photo shows an example of the Sukoyaka Set (1,580 yen), which features seasonal vegetables as the star of the show. The deliciousness of the vegetables soaks through your entire body. Including a drink is 1780 yen.

Vegetarian house

  • Veggie salad
  • 179 Nishisha-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City
  • 6 minutes walk from the bus stop "Qianlong School"
    [Approximately 17 minutes on foot from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • Tel.075-415-0438
  • Lunch 11:30-14:30 (LO)
    Fruit and vegetable store 10:00-17:00

5.[Seasonal delicacies adorning the tableware of "Senda" stimulate the senses.

This Japanese restaurant was established near Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. The interior of the sukiya-style restaurant is beautifully decorated in a Japanese style, and is equipped with private rooms as well as counter seats. [The owner, Mr. Senda, who studied at Shimogamo Saryo and Kenshu Horibe, offers only one course, 5,500 yen for lunch and 15,000 yen for dinner. Each beautiful dish, which skillfully reflects the season, is sure to impress each time it is brought to the table. The eel bowl, which appears at the end of the lunch course, is made with eel, a technique inherited from his family's eel cuisine in Wakasa, Fukui. The fragrant grilled eel with secret sauce is exquisite. Try it with a glass of Wakasa's local sake, such as "Kamoei," which is rare in Kyoto.

rice field used to grow 1000 rice plants

rice field used to grow 1000 rice plants

  • pioneer
  • 1038-16 Kamiyagawa-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City
  • 3 min. walk from bus stop "Kitano Tenmangu-mae".
    [Approx. 4 min. walk from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • Tel. 075-366-0953
  • Lunch 11:30-14:00 (Entrance/12:30)
    Reservation required

6.Cafe origi" offers a nostalgic coffee shop menu in a traditional Kyoto townhouse.

A large soft-serve ice cream sculpture welcomes you from inside a Japanese-style room as you pass through the gate. After the playful and artistic approach, you will find a seating area with a relaxed atmosphere that still retains the machiya-style atmosphere. Enjoying a view of the tsuboniwa garden, you can savor hand-drip coffee from Circus Coffee (600 yen), original herbal tea from niwatoco tea (730 yen and up) made by a pharmacist-blender, and other carefully selected coffee menu items. Of course, sweets with soft-serve ice cream are also on standby. Take-out is also available.

cafe origi

Old-fashioned Neapolitan with the standard ingredients of onions, bacon, mushrooms, and green peppers is 900 yen. A small amount of Worcestershire sauce is the secret ingredient.

cafe origi

  • Cafe Origi
  • 1-542-1 Sasaya-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City
  • 4-minute walk from the bus stop "Imadegawa Jofukuji"
    [Approximately 13 minutes on foot from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • Tel: None
  • 11:00-18:00

7.Re-establishment of Imabari Udon noodles in Kyoto, Japan [Mensho Bisho]

The owner, Kimitaka Nagae, is the third generation of a long-established udon store established in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture in 1950. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, he uses wheat flour from Kagawa Prefecture to make his homemade noodles, which are moderately firm and easy to eat. The soup stock, made by boiling iriko (dried sardines) in water for about 12 hours at a temperature below 70 degrees Celsius and adding dried bonito flakes and other ingredients, is also a direct descendant of his grandfather's recipe. The glossy appearance of bukkake udon is appetizing, but if you want to enjoy the flavor of iriko, warm udon is also recommended. The self-serve oden (oden is a kind of oden dish served at udon restaurants in Shikoku), priced from 130 yen, is also available throughout the year.

Noodle restaurant Mimatsu

A set of udon noodles with shrimp tempura bukkake and mini oyakotendon topped with crispy fried chicken tempura and half-boiled egg tempura for 1,330 yen.

Noodle restaurant Mimatsu

  • Mendokoro Matsu
  • 1038-27 Kamiyagawa-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City
  • 2 minutes walk from Randen “Kitano Hakubaicho”
    [Approx. 4 min. walk from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • Tel.050-7129-0773
  • Lunch 11:00~14:30
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays 11:00 - 14:30

8.Japanese cuisine techniques condensed into seafood ramen [Nabura].

The store's name [nabura], named by the owner who loves fishing, refers to a school of small fish jumping on the surface of the sea, being chased by larger fish. The ramen store, which uses the auspicious word for the sea where big fish are found in its name, offers seafood ramen with the aroma of kombu and mackerel broth. The ramen is made without using any chemical seasonings and is low in salt so that it can be enjoyed by men and women of all ages on a daily basis. The soup is served with a large bowl of mackerel and noodles, which are flat and wavy, and is sure to be consumed in no time.

Nabura no Ramen

Ramen: 940 yen. The deep broth is packed with the flavor of kelp and mackerel, and the fried mackerel goes perfectly with it!


  • 5-323-2 Sasaya-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City
  • 11 minutes walk from Randen “Kitano Hakubaicho Station”
    2 minutes walk from the bus stop "Kamishichiken"
    Approximately 6 minutes walk from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • Tel.075-432-7587
  • 11:30-22:00 (LO/21:30)

9.Western-style restaurant [Western-style restaurant, Kitchen Papa] is a hideaway Western-style restaurant located behind a long-established rice shop.

Upon entering the restaurant, one's eyes are immediately drawn to the tubs of brown rice of various varieties and origins. In 1996, the fourth generation of the long-established Oome Rice Shop, which has been in business since the end of the Edo period, started a Western-style restaurant out of his love of cooking. Since then, many customers have been asking, "Where does the rice come from? Since then, the restaurant has been displaying the brand of rice served that day. The freshly-polished rice is served with a choice of large or small portions, and brown rice is also available for a limited number of 10 servings. The restaurant is proud of its hand-kneaded hamburger steak topped with homemade demi-glace sauce. In winter, fried oysters are also available, which will surely make your meal go down a treat.

Western Restaurant Kitchen Papa

Hamburger steak & chicken nanban lunch for 1,550 yen. The juicy hamburger steak is filled with a demi-glace sauce made by slowly simmering vegetables, meat, and wine.

Western Restaurant Kitchen Papa

  • Yokokuya Kitchen Papa
  • 591 Ubaganishi-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
  • 1 minute walk from bus stop "Senbon Kamidachiuri
    [Approximately 15 minutes on foot from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • Tel. 075-441-4119
  • 11:00-14:00 (LO/13:30), 17:30-20:30 (LO/19:30) *Close when all rice is gone both day and night

10.[Enjoy homemade bread and Mediterranean cuisine at RIFIFI STUDIO

A hidden restaurant located in an alleyway in Nishijin, marked by a sign with a large wooden spoon. The interior of the restaurant, which used to be an Nishijin textile workshop, retains its original earthen walls and the earthen floor where the weaving machine used to be. The French owner, Mr. Pichou, prepares a daily plate of several Mediterranean dishes. He is also proud of his hard bread, which is just like the real French bread, and which he made use of his one-and-a-half years of training at Marmot Bakery in Sendai. The daily plate comes with baguette, focaccia with cumin, and other breads that go well with the dishes, as well as a soup that changes weekly.

RIFIFI STUDIO daily plate

Hamburger steak & chicken nanban lunch for 1,550 yen. The juicy hamburger steak is filled with a demi-glace sauce made by slowly simmering vegetables, meat, and wine.


  • Rififi Studio
  • 591 Ubaganishi-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
  • [Approximately 8 minutes on foot from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
    8 minutes walk from Randen “Kitano Hakubaicho Station”
    4 minutes walk from bus stop "Taishogun"
  • Tel. 075-441-4119
  • 11:00-17:00 (LO/16:00)
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
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