Ramen lovers of the world unite! Kyoto Ramen Koji offers has eight regional styles of ramen restaurants under one roof. It’s Kyoto Station’s ramen Mecca.
Starting from the main atrium of Kyoto Station and looking north (toward Kyoto Tower), take the series of escalators on the left up to the 10th floor. Walk to your left and you’ll see the entrance to Kyoto Ramen Koji (the name means “Kyoto Ramen Street”). Each of the eight ramen restaurants here specializes in a different regional style of ramen (most stores are branches of famous ramen restaurants in those regions). As you’d expect from ramen restaurants, none of them are fancy, but the ramen is great and if you’ve got the time (and no concerns about cholesterol), it’s fun to work your way through the entire range to choose your favorite bowl. Here’s the drill: buy a ticket for the type of ramen you want from the vending machine in front of the restaurant of your choice (most names are written in Japanese, but there are a lot of pictures) and present the ticket to the man behind the counter.
For more Kyoto resutoran-gai choices, see our Best Resutoran-gai in Kyoto page.
10F Kyoto Station Bldg., Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Karasuma-dori, Shiokoji sagaru, Shimogyo-ku
Non-smoking area: depends on the restaurant (mostly non-smoking the whole day, but some restaurants allow smoking outside of lunch time)
Connected to JR Kyoto Station (inside Kyoto Station Building)
Official Website (Japanese)
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:
- Open the Kyoto map
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- Map pins are color coded - BLUE: Hotels | VIOLET: Ryokan | PINK: Places to Eat | YELLOW: Things to See and Do
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Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
- Check Kyoto accommodation availability on Booking.com – usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too
- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Kyoto
- See my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
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