7 Great Restaurants around Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

1. HINODE-UDON (日の出うどん): No.1 Curry Udon

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Japanese love eating Curry with Udon as well as with Rice. The Curry Udon of HINODE-UDON is really really AMAZING. I believe that it must be No.1 Curry Udon in Japan. You should try to eat the Curry Udon at HINODE-UDON though you can eat normal types of Udon. You can choose the level of a spicy flavor (Normal, Mild, Heat, an EXTREMELY HOT) . I always order extremely hot and get fire with my tongue. But, I cannot stop eating it. So I am fuckin’ addicted to it.

Budget: ~¥1,000
Open time: 11:00〜16:00 (Mon-Sat)
Regular holiday: Sunday
Credit Card: NO


2. IKKYUTEI (一休亭): Soft and Smooth Oyako-Don

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You should go to IKKYUTEI when you get hungry after sightseeing around Nanzenji Temple because IKKYUTEI is very near to it. Of course, more than that, the food is excellent. I suggest you eat Oyako-don (Chicken and Egg bowl) and Udon combo. Especially, Oyako-don of IKKYUTEI is soft and smooth, and will fascinate you. It’s very representative of Japanese egg recipes.

Budget: ~¥1,500
Open time: 11:00〜17:00
Credit Card: NO

3. NANZENJI-JUNSEI (南禅寺 順正): Amazing Yu-Tofu and view


Do you know “Yu-Tofu (湯豆腐)”? It’s called boiled Tofu in English and you can eat warm Tofu with vegetables and Ponzu sauce.  Japanese people especially  in Kyoto, have traditionally loved it for a long time.  So it is  representative of KYOTO food. The most popular restaurant around Nanzenji Temple serving amazing Yu-Tofu is NANZENJI-JUNSEI. You can enjoy not only great tasting food but also an attractive view from tables because Japanese traditional gardens are around the restaurant and you will feel like you are slipping back in time to old Japan.

Lunch Budget: ¥3,000~¥6,000
Dinner Budget: ¥6,000~¥8,000

Open time: 11:00〜21:30
Credit Card: YES

4. YACHIYO (八千代): Japanese have loved it for more than 400 years

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YACHIYO has been open for almost 430 years. It’s close to Nanzenji Temple and you can eat nice traditional Kyoto food. I ate Yu-Tofu and Yuba (Soy Milk Skin) sitting by the window. The view from it was very wonderful and I felt like  a royal SAMURAI. As you can see the budget section below, it’s crazy expensive! But, I assure you that YACHIYO is worth spending that much money. You will be satisfied with it!!

Lunch Budget: ¥3,000~¥4,000
Dinner Budget: ¥7,000~¥12,000

Lunch time: 11:00〜16:00 (last call 15:00)
Dinner time: 17:00~21:00 (last call 19:00)
Credit Card: YES

5. OKONOMIYAKI KIRAKU(お好み焼き きらく): Delicious Tonpei Yaki

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The most popular menu in KIRAKU is “TONPEI-YAKI” (the picture above) that looks like OKONOMIYAKI but is different! “TONPEI-YAKI” is the omelet stuffed with pork and vegetable. Of course, OKONOMIYAKI is good. It’s soft and smooth. I am going nuts over the sweet taste of OKONOMIYAKI sauce. And also I love the waiters in KIRAKU. They are very friendly and kind. You must get a great impression of them and their food.

Lunch Budget: ¥1,000~¥2,000
Dinner Budget: ¥1,000~¥3,000

Lunch time: 11:30〜13:40 (Tue-Sun)
Dinner time: 17:00~23:30 (Tue-Sun)

6. KAKUSHI CORDON BLUE (かくし コルドン・ブルー): Japanese style of French Cuisine


There are many westernized  restaurants in Kyoto. KAKUSHI CORDON BLUE provides french food made from Japanese ingredients. You will enjoy new types of French food. I ordered the recommended dinner course and ate soup and beef steak. In addition, I like the fashionable mood in the restaurant and listening the Jazz music. You want to eat traditional Japanese food but eating Kyoto style of westernized cuisine is also one of Kyoto culture.

Lunch Budget: ¥3,000~¥4,000
Dinner Budget: ¥4,000~¥5,000

Lunch time: 12:00〜15:00 (Sun-Wed, Fry and Sat)
Dinner time: 17:30~20:30 (Sun-Wed, Fry and Sat)
Regular holiday: Thursday
Credit Card: YES


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This  restaurant serves traditional cuisine made from seasonal vegetables and fruits. So you can eat healthy food. However, the most notable point is that you can experience cooking Tofu and Japanese dessert by yourself. Of course, you can enjoy eating these foods that you cooked. You have to book a cooking experience on the website, but there is only a Japanese page on their site. So please contact us from our Facebook page if you want to reserve a class.

Budget: ¥1,000~¥2,000
Open time: 10:00〜17:30
Credit Card: NO

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