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【Kyoto】This is Kyoto! 7 popular gourmet specialties of Kyoto

【Kyoto】This is Kyoto! 7 popular gourmet specialties of Kyoto

2021-07-06 Management office

If you come to Kyoto, there are some Kyoto's famous gourmet foods that you should definitely try.
There are too many to list here, but we have collected some of the most popular and must-try items in Kyoto.
Please be sure to try some of Kyoto's exquisite menu items, some of which are said to be among the best in Japan!


Many people say Kyoto is famous for its yudofu (tofu), a Kyoto delicacy.
Because the water in Kyoto is delicious, the tofu naturally tastes good, and so yudofu is popular for its full flavor. Each restaurant may have different condiments and one dish, but they all serve freshly made tofu.
There are many restaurants that mainly serve yudofu, and some offer it for lunch or other convenient meals. Please try the freshly made tofu with yudofu.

Nanzenji Junsei

Located in Nanzenji Temple, Junsei is a restaurant where you can eat yudofu while enjoying a view of a wonderful Japanese garden.
The yuzu (yuzu citron) in the yudofu here is a feature of this restaurant, and it is very popular that the flavor spreads in your mouth together with the sauce.
The Junjo Shoin, located in Junjo, is a national important cultural asset, and the garden can also be strolled. The combination of sightseeing and yudofu makes this a popular restaurant. Reservations are recommended. The yudofu course meals are also reasonably priced, starting at 3,300 yen.

<Store Information>
Name: Nanzenji Junsei
Address: 60, Nanzenji Kusakawacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8437, Japan
Phone number: 075-761-2311
Business hours: 11:00 - 20:30 (hours subject to change depending on conditions)
Closed: No regular holidays
Budget: 4,000 yen to 4,999 yen
Non-Smoking/Smoking: All seats are non-smoking
Space/Facilities:Yudofu courses and kaiseki cuisine are served in a prestigious restaurant with a circular garden and Junsho shoin.
URL: http://www.to-fu.co.jp/


Obanzai is like Kyoto's side dishes. It is the kind of menu you would find at a regular home dinner, but what defines obanzai is the use of "Kyoto vegetables".
The taste of Kyoto cuisine gives it a unique Kyoto atmosphere.

Kyosaimi Nomura

This is a popular restaurant where you can enjoy a small selection of obanzai, such as the Obanzai set with a choice of small bowls of food and the Masa gozen set with 12 different types of small bowls of food.
The prices are reasonable and the food in small bowls is stylish and tasty. The stylish and modern restaurant opens at 7:00 a.m. and can be eaten as breakfast. A set of Nomura's famous yuba donburi and a small bowl of rice is also available and has become a very popular menu item, so be sure to try it!

<Store Information>
Name:Kyosaimi-Nomura Karasuma Honten
Address:224 Hashibenkei-machi, Takoyakushi-dori, Karasuma-nishi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8151, Japan
Phone number: 075-257-7647
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Budget: 1,000-1,999 yen
Non-Smoking/Smoking: All seats are non-smoking
Space & Facilities: You can enjoy many small bowls of obanzai in a natural Japanese modern space.
URL: http://www.nomurafoods.jp/


Yuba refers to the thin skin that is formed when soy milk is heated.
In Kyoto, where tofu is famous, yuba is equally famous. The first one is said to be the most expensive and the best! If you like yuba, you should definitely try some good yuba in Kyoto.

Senmaruya Main Store

At Senmaruya, where you can enjoy as much yuba as you want, the yuba nabe set includes yuba cooked with rice and soup stock for 1,800 yen, making it a popular place to eat a lot of yuba at a reasonable price.
You can also buy dried yuba to take home for a very satisfying price and quantity! Please take some as a souvenir. You can enjoy yuba even after you get home.

<Store Information>
Name: Senmaruya Honten
Address:541 Yaoyacho, Shijo-Agaru, Sakaicho Dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto 604-8123
Phone number: 075-221-0555
Business hours: 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closed: Wednesday
Budget: 1,000-1,999 yen
Non-Smoking/Smoking: All seats are non-smoking
Space & Facilities:You can enjoy a full meal of freshly made yuba, which is prepared by artisans every day. This restaurant is a must for those who love Yuba.
URL: https://senmaruya.co.jp/

Corona Egg Sandwich

Corona's egg sandwiches, which are sandwiched between thickly fried egg rolls, are a menu item that has taken the world by storm, even appearing on convenience store menus. Although the Corona where it originally originated has closed, the Corona egg sandwich is now made at a restaurant called Madlag.
This groundbreaking menu item overturned the notion that an egg sandwich was all about boiled eggs!


You can eat Corona's egg sandwiches at a store called Madlag after Corona taught them how to make them. It is made with four eggs, mixed with milk and other ingredients to make it fluffy and delicious, so if you like eggs, you will love it. Please try the fluffy egg sandwich.
There are also other menu items unique to Kyoto, such as Neapolitan with an egg underneath.

<Store Information>
Address:706-5 Kamimatsuya-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 604-0035
Phone number:075-744-0067
Business hours: 11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday
Budget: 1,000-1,999 yen
Non-Smoking/Smoking: All seats are non-smoking
Space/facilities: Corona's egg sandwiches are served in an antique-style restaurant.
URL: http://madrague.info/

powdered green tea sweets

Kyoto is known for its powdered green tea. Many people probably think of powdered green tea sweets when they think of powdered green tea.
Parfaits, baked sweets, Western-style confections, and Japanese sweets are all powdered green tea sweets that are rich in color and rich in Kyoto, yet light and deep in flavor.
Powdered green tea is also used in many souvenirs, and many people's image of Kyoto may be powdered green tea.
There are many stores in Kyoto where you can enjoy powdered green tea sweets.

Matchakan Kyoto Kawaramachi

Uji green tea tiramisu is a very popular menu item at Matchakan, which is increasing the number of stores nationwide.
The super-tender tiramisu is probably the best because it is served in a restaurant. This is a toro toro tiramisu that is all about the powdered green tea. With matcha lattes, matcha floats, and a full lineup of powdered green tea sweets, this is definitely a place for powdered green tea lovers to stop by. But queuing is also a must, so be prepared to wait in line.

<Store Information>
Name: Matchakan Kyoto Kawaramachi Store
Address:382-2 Yoneyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8026 
Phone number: 075-253-1540
Business hours: 12:00 - 17:30
Budget: ~1,000 yen
Smoking and non-smoking: All seats are non-smoking
Space/Facilities:You can eat matcha sweets to your heart's content in a Japanese-inspired space.
URL: (Japanese only)

Taiza crab

Taiza crab is said to be one of the most fantastic crabs in Kyoto, and is caught at Taiza Port on the Tango Peninsula.
It is a luxury food because it is caught only in small quantities and is hard to find even in Kyoto. It is sometimes served at high-class ryotei (Japanese-style restaurants) in the market, but it is rare to eat it because high-class ryokan (Japanese-style inns) are the first to serve it. If you want to eat this fantastic crab, we recommend you to stay at a high-class ryokan.

Amanohashidate Rikyu Hoshino-oto

At the resort ryokan Hoshion, which is said to be a gourmet inn, you can eat the Taiza crab if you stay there. If you absolutely want to eat it, let them know when you make a reservation that you want to eat the Taiza crab.
Not only the Taiza crab, but also the hot spring, room, and view will satisfy you at this satisfying resort ryokan. All rooms have an open-air bath, and you can eat Taiza crab and experience the ultimate in luxury.

<Ryokan Information>
Ryokan name: Amanohashidate Rikyu Hoshino-oto
Address: 2686 Hioki, Miyazu, Kyoto 626-0225
Phone number: 0772-27-1101
Budget: From 129,800 yen for two persons
Non-smoking/non-smoking: All rooms are non-smoking
Space/facilities: High-class ryokan with a view of Amanohashidate, where you can eat Mamonin crab.
URL: https://www.hoshino-oto.jp/

Kyoto Ramen

Kyoto is also hot for ramen. With its thick, sticky soup and glutinous noodles, the ramen that each restaurant puts its passion into is said to be the best of the best.
Tsukemen (noodles with dipping sauce) has recently become popular, and all the restaurants are competing with each other to offer their own specialties, so they all have a reputation for being delicious.

Ore no Ramen Appareya

One of the most popular tsukemen is Ore no Ramen Appareya's super tsukemen with additional chashu (limited to 20 servings). It is sold out right after the restaurant opens, so if you really want to try it, aim for when the restaurant opens. With a half-boiled egg, plenty of chashu pork, and salted pork bone dipping sauce, be sure to try Ore no Ramen Appareya's limited edition noodles.

<Store Information>
Name: Ore no Ramen Appareya
Address:11-34 Najima Shimokoji, Joyo City, Kyoto, 610-0116, Japan
Business hours:11:30 - 14:00
Closed: Sunday
Budget: ~999 yen
Non-Smoking/Smoking: All seats are non-smoking
Space and Facilities: Counter seats only. Please try the limited Tsukemen of Ore no Ramen Appareya, a very popular restaurant in the hot ramen battle of Kyoto.
URL: https://ameblo.jp/appare1/


We have tried to condense Kyoto's gourmet foods, from super high-end foods to those that you can easily go out to eat, so please try the ones that interest you first.
Also, recently there are many delicacies that can be enjoyed at home, so we recommend that you buy some as souvenirs or try mail order.
If you like what you find, please try to repeat it.

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