The 10 Best Ramen Shops You Must Eat in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, famous as Kyoto’s tourist sight, is the area around the Togetsukyo Bridge over the Katsuragawa River. In Arashiyama, there are also the bamboo grove with its lush bamboo and the World Heritage Site, the Tenryu-ji. Soba (buckwheat noodles) and udon represent Arashiyama’s cuisine, but there are a fair share of pork and soy sauce flavor ramen stores that represent Kyoto. Instead, there are only a few varieties like tsukemen, miso, and pork flavor. This time, the top 10 popular ramen restaurants in Arashiyama will be introduced!

1. Torisoba Sasa

1. Torisoba Sasa
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Just 600 meters on foot from the Uzumasa station, “Torisoba Sasa,” near Sagano, has a retro modern exterior with a white shop curtain. The shop’s popular menu is the “Torisoba,” which is made with soy sauce made from the local chicken soup stock and salt.

It doesn’t use any synthetic seasonings nor any food additives, and uses only organic vegetables. The soy sauce based “Tokusei Torisoba” and the “Bubuzuke Chazuke set” that’s unique to Kyoto are also recommended. If you want to eat ramen in Arashiyama, this is the first shop to go!

Restaurant name: Torisoba Sasa
Address: 1F 14-8 Uzumasa Inui-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL: +81-75-862-8227
Regular holidays: Wednesdays
Access: 7 minute walk from the Uzumasa station

Map: Map to Torisoba Sasa

2. Minrai

2. Minrai
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A 20 minute walk along the Katsuragawa river from the Hankyu Katsura station, “Minrai” has a big signboard and a red eave. The aged restaurant is spacious, with a counter and tables and chairs, so you can relax comfortably during your meal.

The most popular menu, the “Starchy sauce ramen set,” is a distinctive ramen with bean sprout, green onions, and roasted pork fillet in a delicate soup with a small fried rice. It’s a very filling set, so please try it once!

Restaurant name: Minrai
Address: 40 Shimotsubayashi Higashi Daihannya-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL: +81-75-393-5552
Access: 20 minute walk from the Katsura station

Map: Map to Minrai

3. Ramen Arashi

3. Ramen Arashi
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A walk north from Kurumaori-jinja station and near the Ato shrine, the “Ramen Arashi” that’s along Marutamachi-dori has a black signboard in front of a Japanese home-like restaurant.

It’s a shop that has a rare pork ramen where chicken soy sauce ramen is the main in Kyoto. The popular menus are the “Arashi ramen” with the shop name, and the “Oni Arashi ramen” with its spicy flavor.

The soup is made with a pork soup that’s stewed for 10 hours with salt. The noodles are the very thin noodles sent directly from Fukuoka, the origin of pork ramen. Please have a taste of Arashiyama, Kyoto’s splendid ramen.

Restaurant name: Ramen Arashi
Address: 12-2 Saga Hirosawa Minamino-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL: +81-75-881-9551
Access: 7 minute walk from the Kurumaori-jinja station

Map: Map to Ramen Arashi

4. Ramen Captain

4. Ramen Captain
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A 15 minute walk from the JR Sagano Arashiyama station. “Ramen Captain” stands along Marutamachi-dori and has a coffee shop-like exterior with an orange eave. With the atmosphere of an old-fashioned Chinese restaurant, the store has counter seats and table seats, so you can relax even with the whole family.

The popular menu is the “roasted pork fillet ramen” that’s filled with a soy sauce flavor soup and many topping of bamboo shoots, roasted pork fillet, green onions, and bean sprouts. The noodles are medium thin straight noodles. It’s very easy to eat dish with its moderate hydrolysis!

Restaurant name: Ramen Captain
Address: 45-18 Saga Hirosawa Shingu-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL: +81-75-881-7740
Access: 6 minute walk from the Rokuoin station

Map: Map to Ramen Captain

5. Shinpuku-kan Mozume-ten

5. Shinpuku-kan Mozume-ten
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A 20 minute walk northwest of Hankyu Katsura station. “Shinpuku-kan Mozume-ten” is a Chinese noodle specialized store that stands along the Mozume highway with its red based exterior and white signboard.

It was established in 1938. It started out as a food stand and grew to stand in the place it is now, the ramen is known for its black soup and thin pork fillet. The restaurant’s popular menu is the Set Meal A, which is a small fried rice and a Chinese noodle bowl.

The green onion and bean sprout toppings can be increased for free, so you can change the amount to suite your taste. So please enjoy the taste that’s been loved for a long time.

Restaurant name: Shinpuku-kan Mozume-ten
Address: 9-18 Yamada Kurumatsuka-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL: +81-75-382-5200
Regular holidays: Wednesdays
Access: 20 minute walk from the Katsura station

Map: Map to Shinpuku-kan Mozume-ten

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6. Toutou

6. Toutou
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25 minute walk southeast from the Hankyu Kami-katsura station. Standing near the Kami-katsura Maeda intersection, “Toutou” has a red signboard in front of the shop curtain, and a paper lantern.

The typical ramen shop-like interior only has the counter seats, so it’s also suited to eat alone. This shop’s popular menu are the Chinese noodle and roasted pork fillet ramen that smells of rich pork, and they both have a light soy sauce-based soup.

The roasted pork fillet is thinly sliced. They look simple, with its toppings of green onions, bean sprouts, and bamboo shoots, but you can taste the moderately rich flavor. So please try out the ramen from “Toutou”!

Restaurant name: Toutou
Address: 9 Kamikatsura Maeda-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL: +81-75-392-5992
Access: 25 minute walk from the Kami-katsura station

Map: Map to Toutou

7. Ippon-yari

A 7 minute walk from the Uzumasa station. “Ippon-yari,” standing along Marutamachi-dori, is a shop with a Showa period retro atmosphere and counter seats. There is a wide variety, from classic soy sauce, salt, and miso ramen to baitan and kimuchi ramen.

The ramen set is just 700 yen, an excellent cost performance, and the rice comes with a raw egg. There are many side dishes, like chicken wings, so it’s recommended for people who can eat a big meal. It’s a ramen that’s best to eat when in Kyoto.

Restaurant name: Ippon-yari
Address: 1 Saga Hirosawa Minamige Banocho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL: +81-75-881-4950
Access: 9 minute walk from the Uzumasa station

Map: Map to Ippon-yari

8. Taishouken Chiyo Haraguchi-ten

7. Taishouken Chiyo Haraguchi-ten
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20 minute walk west from Hankyu Katsura station. “Taishouken Chiyo Haraguchi-ten,” that stands near Chiyo Haraguchi intersection with a blue eave, is a branch store of Higashi-Ikebukuro, Tokyo’s famous Taishouken.

This store that just opened in 2013 has the buy-a-meal-ticket style. As expected from a famous tsukemen branch store, the popular menu is the tsukemen.

There are two kinds of tsukemen, the “thick tsukemen” and the “traditional tsukemen”. The “thick tsukemen” has a soup with plenty of fishmeal, and “traditional tsukemen” has a soy sauce based soup, so pick the one that’s to your liking!

Restaurant name: Taishouken Chiyo Haraguchi-ten
Address: 5-2 Yamada Kurumatsuka-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL: +81-75-381-2758
Access: 15 minute walk from the Katsura station

Map: Map to Taishouken Chiyo Haraguchi-ten

9. Marutan Ogawa

9. Marutan Ogawa
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A 20 minute walk west from Hankyu Katsura station. “Marutan Ogawa” is a truck shaped food stand near Sannomiya-jinja otabisho. Since it’s a food stand, there aren’t many seats, but there is a table for four aside from the counter seats, so you can enjoy the meal with your family.

There are several flavors to tantan noodles, like miso and wonton, and you can enjoy each of the unique flavors. When it comes to tantan noodles, it’s mostly about the spiciness, but this shop’s tantan noodles are milder, with the spiciness moderated.

So even for those who don’t like spicy foods, this tantan noodle can be eaten freely. Try it if you will!

Restaurant name: Marutan Ogawa
Address: 7-19 Katagihara Yamanoue-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL: +81-90-3973-5093
Regular holidays: Tuesdays
Access: 20 minute walk from the Katsura station

Map: Map to Marutan Ogawa

10. Ramen Yokozuna Kastura-menbo

10. Ramen Yokozuna Kastura-menbo
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This store stands west of the Hankyu Katsura station turnstile with a standing signboard. It’s a ramen chain store that originated in Kyoto, and has expanded to Osaka and Tokyo.

The inside has a modern ambience, complete with both counter and table seats, so you can comfortably eat in large groups.

The restaurant’s popular menu is the “service lunch set” lunch menu. It has a pork and soy sauce based ramen and a half-portion fried rice. Please try the delicious ramen to your heart’s content!

Restaurant name: Ramen Yokozuna Kastura-menbo
Address: 3F West MEW Hankyu Katsura 16-1 Katsuranozato-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL: +81-75-394-0003
Business hours: 11:00~23:00
Regular holidays: none
Access: 20 minute walk from the Katsura station

Map: Map to Ramen Yokozuna Kastura-menbo

Let’s Eat Delicious Ramen in Arashiyama!

How was the list? Arashiyama is famous as Kyoto’s tourist site, but actually, there are many delicious ramen stores. Was there a ramen store that was to your liking? These are all restaurants with tasty ramen, so when in Arashiyama, Kyoto, please visit some of them! The exquisite ramen are waiting for you!

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