This Dining Hall in Japan Looks Like It’s From a Different Era

Travel back in time!

Daimaru Kyoto's Family Shokudo
79 Tachiurinishimachi, Takakura Nishiiru, Shijo-dori, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Contact: +81-75-288-6744
Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last order is at 7:30 p.m.)

Agreeing on where to eat when traveling in a group is always a struggle, especially when you're in a country like Japan where everything tastes delicious. Our tip: Look for dining halls where there are more choices for everyone. 

In Kyoto, there is one dining hall that's gaining popularity. Daimaru Kyoto's Family Shokudo may look like an ordinary food court at first, but it's actually a specialty dining hall that pays homage to the great Japanese Showa era. From the classic interiors to the variety of dishes ranging from Eastern to Western cuisines, and even down to the uniforms of the staff, the influences of the historic Showa period are very much apparent in every aspect of the dining hall.


Begin your traditional dining experience in Daimaru by placing your order at the counter, where you'll be handed a ticket to the restaurant. You may refer to an array of plastic food samples outside to help you decide which one to get.

Daimaru Kyoto's Family Shokudo's assortment of plastic food samples is said to be one of the largest collections in Japan.


Overwhelmed by their extensive menu? Here are some of their must-try dishes!

Takao (¥1,350)


The set comes with shrimp tempura soba and five pieces of sushi, including bluefin tuna.

Pudding a la mode (¥620)



If you love berry, then this dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth as it's accented with three types of berry sauce!

Fried Soba or buckwheat noodles (¥880)


This sweet and salty concoction of pork, shrimp, and mixed vegetables is a bestseller that will keep you coming back for more.  

Omelette Rice (¥900)


Also called omurice, this fusion of the Japanese fried rice and the Western omelette is famous for its rich combination of flavors. The savory demi-glace sauce and the chicken rice complement the softly cooked egg very well.

So when you're in Kyoto and in need of a foolproof dining place, head on over to Daimaru Kyoto's Family Shokudo. With plenty of options, you'll find something here to suit your group's every craving.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Kansai Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (2 November 2017)

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