If you’re looking for a healthy lunch to take with you on a hike in Kurama or anywhere else in Kyoto, stop by Onigiriyasan for some of the best rice balls in town. They’re healthy, cheap and delicious!
Onigiri on display – image © Chris Rowthorn
Onigiriyasan is an unassuming little shop a few meters east of Eizan Demachiyanagi Station. It’s an essential stop before getting on the Eizan Line to head north to visit Kurama or other stops in the Kitayama Mountains. A crew of friendly obasans (aunties) make a variety of excellent onigiri (rice balls) every day and they’re a great change from the factory-made offerings at the convenience stores.
Sozai on display – image © Chris Rowthorn
In addition to onigiri, they also sell a small selection of healthy sozai (ready-made dishes) like steamed spinach, kabocha (pumpkin) salad, bean salad, tofu and so on. They also make a few dozen bentos every day. It’s all very healthy. We stop here to get some healthy food when we’ve been eating too much fried food while out on the road doing research.
Onigiriyasan – image © Chris Rowthorn
The sign is only in Japanese. Look for the vending machine. And, it’s just a few steps away from a convenience store.
Name in English:
Name in Japanese:
53 Tanaka-kamiyanagi-cho, Sakyo-ku
Non-smoking area: No (takeout only)
1min walk from Demachiyanagi Station, Keihan Main Line and Eizan Line
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