4 Tasty Ramen Shops Within Walking Distance of Kyoto Station
Load up on carbs before (or after) your walking tour!
The area surrounding Kyoto station has become a battleground of good ramen shops, but we made it easier for you and listed down five that you shouldn’t miss!
1-16 Sujakushokaicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays)
How to get there: 10-minute walk from Tambaguchi station
A product of the owner’s experiment, this shop is known for its richly-flavored soups made from fresh seafood, kuro jidori, cow bone, and bushmeat.
2-1-11 Mikatakonyacho, Shimogyo ward, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Closes as soon as ramen is sold out; closed on Sundays and Holidays)
How to get there: 10-minute walk from Kyoto station
Savor Halal-certified chicken paitan ramen at Tori-soba Ayam-YA. The soup is a rich and thick added with chicken, maple, carrots, potatoes, and blends well with fine thin noodles. Tsukemen, mazemen, and spicy ramen are also popular dishes!
The store’s specialty menu gives customers a flavorful taste of chicken. This dish, in particular, makes use of chicken from Kagoshima, a prefecture in the southernmost part of Kyushu, and Japan’s first Halal-certified dried bonito.
Ginjou Ramen Kubota
563-2, Nishimatsuyacho, Shimogyo ward, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last order 2:30 p.m.), 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.(last order 10 p.m.)(closes as soon as ramen is sold out; closed on Monday)
Access: 15-minute walk from Kyoto station
The tsukemen ordered by 80 percent of the customers here has a unique chewy and elastic texture. The mouthwatering flavor of the dipping soup is a result of whole chicken extract, minced pork, and five types of miso blended together to thicken the soup and taste.
The dipping soup is a combination of Chinese and Japanese miso with bonito and dried fish. Sesame chili oil and the fragrance of rokumi enhance the flavor.
569, Higashishiokoji, Mukaihatacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (closed on some Wednesdays)
How to get there: 5-minute walk from Kyoto station
The shop’s broth is excellent (their secret unsalted soy sauce blends well with the flavor from the pork). And the ramen’s flavor, while seemingly thick and strong, actually has a milder taste. No wonder it’s a ramen shop that is recognized nationwide.
A must-try: Chinese noodle
The soup uses chicken and pork to create a balanced taste out of the shop’s secret soy sauce. You may also choose the noodles’ level of firmness.
Do you have a favorite? Let us know!
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, Kansai Walker™ (4 November 2016)