October 2022: Please note Ramen Santouka has now permanently closed. Please see our Downtown Kyoto page for other places to eat in this district. See my list of Kyoto’s Best Restaurants for more eating inspiration. The list covers all cuisines and price ranges.
If you fancy a damn good bowl of ramen in Downtown Kyoto, look no further than Ramen Santouka, a branch of a famous Hokkaido ramen shop.
Located inside the Kyoen Restaurant Complex, right at the corner of Sanjo and Kawabata streets (above Sanjo-Keihan Station), this Hokkaido Ramen specialist is one of my favorite ramen joints in Kyoto. The atmosphere is cool, there’s a picture/English menu, the chefs rock just the right “ramen attitude” and the bowls of noodles they hand you across the counter are superb. The mild pork broth and the chewy noodles always hit the spot. I highly recommend this joint!
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Name in Japanese:
137 Daikoku-cho, Sanjo-sagaru higashi-gawa, Yamatooji-dori, Higashiyama-ku
11am-12pm Sunday, national holiday
No fixed holiday
Non-smoking area: Yes
1min walk from Sanjo Station, Keihan line or Sanjo Keihan 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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