UPDATE: Unfortunately, Shibazaki has permanently closed. Please see our Southern Higashiyama district page for more ideas of places to eat and museums in the area.
A brilliant museum that serves great noodles, or a damn good noodle shop with a fine museum on the premises. Whatever the case, Shibazaki rocks.
Just a few meters up Gojo-zaka from Higashioji, Shibazaki looks like your standard-issue temple approach tourist eatery. And the dining room on the first floor does little to dispel that first impression. But, the noodles and other assorted dishes are all well prepared and efficiently served. Best of all, from the perspective of Western travellers, you dine at tables rather than on the floor and even on crowded days, there’s not usually a wait to be seated.
But, if this was all this place had to offer, we probably wouldn’t include it. It’s what’s on the second and third floors that makes Shibazaki truly unique: the owner is a huge fan of Japanese lacquerware and his priceless collection is on display for patrons of the restaurant. Frankly, what’s he’s got on display in his relatively humble shop is better and more extensive than what’s on display in either the Tokyo or Kyoto National Museums.
4-190-3 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku
Closed Tuesday except national holidays
Non-smoking area: Yes
3min walk from Gojo-zaka Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 100 or 206 from Kyoto Station
Official Website (Japanese)
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