Gion & Kiyomizu Temple Soba & UdonOct. 22, 2015 UPDATE
Kitsune-Udon loaded with juicy fried tofu and Kujo-negi (leeks from Kujo)


A large, red paper lantern marks the location of this udon and soba shop in Gion. We recommend their Kitsune-Udon, udon noodles topped with large cuts of fried tofu that soak up the broth to become very juicy. The dish is also topped with a generous portion of Kujo-negi, a Kyoto local specialty, adding a delightfully crispy texture. The shop also serves many varieties of udon, soba, and donburi dishes. They also provide menus in six different languages, including English and Korean.
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Average: ★★★★★3.0
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When the place gets crowded, you can sit at communal tables with other diners. The atmosphere is great for striking up conversations with strangers! Who knows, you might make some new friends!
If you have a hard time sitting on the floor, ask to sit at one of the tables near the entrance.
1Must Eat !
Kitsune-Udon / ¥880
We highly recommend eating the udon and fried tofu together with Kujo-negi.
The broth has a somewhat strong flavor, with effective use of its dashi base and soy sauce. It is not too rich, though, and goes down with a light touch.
2Must Eat !
Oyako-Don / ¥1,500
This sumptuous donburi combines gently boiled runny eggs with tender chicken.
Its base is a light, refined dashi, a flavor we could never get too much of. Tsukemono (Japanese pickles) are also included.
3Let's Try !
Kitsune-Udon(Kizami) / ¥800
The fried tofu in Kitsune-Udon is a little bit sweeter than usual, but the cook can leave out the sweet seasoning for those with an aversion to sweetness.
The fried tofu will come finely chopped when you order it this way.
We recommend it for kids since it is cut into easy-to-eat sizes.
*You can say "Kitsune no kizami wo kudasai" to order it in this fashion.
Cayenne pepper powder
4Let's Try !
Cayenne pepper powder / Free
Cayenne pepper will be available in a white ceramic cup or wooden cylinder on your table. Add a little bit if you feel like spicing up your udon or donburi.
*To get your cayenne pepper powder from the wooden cylinder (shown on the right), remove the narrow wooden stopper from its hole, and gently shake the cylinder with the hole facing down.
How to Order & Eat
Gonbei How to Order & Eat

Gonbei How to Order & Eat The menu includes the dish name and a brief description letting you know what is in it.
- Order Tips -
If you want a dish that includes eggs, but you cannot eat raw eggs, tell your server,
Your eggs will be thoroughly cooked for you.
*This information is written on the menu.
Gonbei Appearance Photo
Categories Soba & Udon
Phone +81 75-561-3350
Address 254, Giommachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0073
Directions 5-minute walk from Keihan Line Gionshijo Station.
Hours 12:00 ~ 20:30
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Thursday
Notes Often busy at lunchtimes (12-2pm) on both weekdays and holidays.
Price range
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¥1,000 ~ ¥2,000
Credit cards Not accepted
Good for Solo, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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English menus and Chinese menus and Korean menus and French menus and German menus available.
Menu English, Chinese, Korean
Languages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 54 seats (12 table seats, 42 communal seats)
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
Gonbei +81 75-561-3350 ¥1,000 ~ ¥2,000 3/3

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