For excellent soba and udon in superb traditional Kyoto surroundings, check out this longstanding Kyoto classic. It’s located right downtown.
Misoka-an Kawamichi-ya – image © Chris Rowthorn
Within easy walking distance of most parts of downtown, Kawamichi-ya is a great place for a light noodle lunch in Kyoto. Really, half the reason to visit is just to enjoy the restful Japanese surroundings – which call to mind a great ryokan. But, the food is also excellent and there’s an English menu to help you choose. Expect to pay around Y1500 for a filling meal.
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295 Shimohakusan-cho, Fuyacho-dori-Sanjo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku
Budget to Moderate
Non-smoking area: Yes
6min walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station, Tozai subway line
Official site (English)
More Restaurant Suggestions: See my list of Kyoto’s Best Restaurants for more eating inspiration. The list covers all cuisines and price ranges.
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