October 2022: Please note this branch of Ippudo has now permanently closed, but there is a branch at 902 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, 600-8216. Please see our Downtown Kyoto page for other places to eat in the district. See my list of Kyoto’s Best Restaurants for more eating inspiration and my Best Ramen in Kyoto page.
Ippudo Ramen is our favorite ramen joint in all of Kyoto. The soup and noodles are sublime and the accompanying dumplings crispy and delicious.
Ippudo Ramen got its start in Fukuoka, Kyushu, in 1995 and quickly spread not only across Japan but also to such countries as the United States, the UK and Singapore. One bite of the noodles and a slurp of the soup and you’ll understand why the chain has enjoyed such rapid success: the noodles have just the right degree of texture and the thick soup is rich and satisfying. Order a plate of gyoza (dumplings) to go with your ramen and you’ve got the makings of a real feast.
For more Kyoto ramen choices, see our Best Ramen in Kyoto page.
653-1 Bantoya-cho, Higashinotoin, Nishikikoji higashi iru, Nakagyo-ku
Non-smoking area: Yes
1min walk from Shijo Station, Karasuma subway line or Karasuma Station, Hankyu line
Official Website (Japanese)
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More Restaurant Suggestions: See my list of Kyoto’s Best Restaurants for more eating inspiration. The list covers all cuisines and price ranges.
Where Is This Place Located?See these places on our Kyoto Google map:
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See my complete list of hand-picked recommendations for Downtown Kyoto, including things to do, places to eat and places to stay.
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