If you’re hungry for a tasty bowl of soba and some excellent side dishes while exploring near Okazaki, try to get a table at Sanmikouan. It’s a tranquil oasis in a busy neighborhood.
Soba with friend oysters – image © Chris Rowthorn
Sanmikouan isn’t formal, but it’s not casual either. It’s very pleasant and simply decorated. The menu is built around soba, but also includes udon and a variety of tasty side dishes like tempura and smoked fish.
Sanmikouan interior – image © Chris Rowthorn
The restaurant is inside a wooden building in a very traditional neighborhood off of Sanjo-dori. It overlooks the lovely Shirakawa Canal and you can see fireflies in the summer. They even put a few seats out there in warmer months.
View from restaurant over the canal – image © Chris Rowthorn
Look for the soba mill in the window and the white noren curtains
Sanmikouan exterior – image © Chris Rowthorn
Name in English:
Sanmikouan Higashiyama Sanjo
Name in Japanese:
393 Sekisen’in-cho, Higashiyama-ku
Closed Monday or the following Tuesday when Monday is a national holiday
Price: cheap to moderate
Non-smoking area: completely non-smoking
1min walk from Higashiyama Station Exit 1, Tozai subway line
Official site (English/Japanese)
Near To Here:
Sanmikouan Higashiyama Sanjo is located in Kyoto’s Northern Higashiyama district. See our complete list of things to do in Northern Higashiyama, including places to eat, nightlife and places to stay.
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