Downtown ChineseDec. 25, 2015 UPDATE
Mild Chinese dining uniquely nurtured in Kyoto


It is known that Kyoto has developed its own Chinese cuisines. They have light taste similar to Japanese dishes, using dashi (Japanese soup stock made from fish and kelp). Hosen has been following the tradition of these Kyoto style Chinese restaurants and serves very mild and gentle Chinese cuisines, using ingredients grown in the Kyoto area.

Once you step inside the restaurant, you will be welcomed by the modern interior and jazz music aired, which match well with mild and soft taste of the ...moredishes. A number of local people continue to visit the restaurant to appreciate their taste that remains unchanged since its opening. A perfect place to enjoy a meal while relaxing in the center of the city.
Our Comments
Best of Kyoto
Must-visit shops and spots for all first time tourists to Kyoto.
Highly Recommended
Top shops and spots loved by our editors and highly recommended to be listed on your itinerary.
Well Worth a Visit
Less known but widely loved by both tourists and locals. Recommended if your schedule permits.
Good for Fans
Hideaway shops and spots of worthwhile destination. Recommended if you are keen on these genres.
For Enthusiasts
Very popular among enthusiasts on these genres. Not always suitable if you are not particularly interested.
It was the first time for me to try a real Kyoto style Chinese cuisine. I was surprised at the mildness of the dishes, having no spicy flavors. This made me eat a lot even after I became full ! An homely atmosphere seems to be created by the friendly chef and staff who work hard to maintain the taste of their Chinese cuisines long loved by the locals.
1Must Eat !
Shyumai (steamed Chinese pork dumpling ) / ¥540
One of the most popular dishes in the restaurant and almost a majority of people will order this Chinese dumpling. What makes the dumpling so special is the crunchy texture of chopped arrowheads mixed in meat. It crisps nicely in your mouth and addicts both old fans and newcomers. A flour dough coat is softer compared to ordinary ones and makes a good-match with juicy minced meet.
2Must Eat !
Harumaki(Chinese spring roll) / ¥970
This spring roll is exceptionally filled with bamboo shoots, which is a local delicacy in Kyoto. A flour dough coat wrapping the bamboo shoots and other vegetable ingredients is deep-fried twice, in order not to lose crispy feelings. On the other hand, the taste is not oily at all, but quite light. So you cannot stop shoving them into your mouth! Dip them onto soy sauce, vinegar and mustard to your individual taste.
Ebi Kashiwasoba
3Let's Try !
Ebi Kashiwasoba  (Chinese noodle with chicken and shrimp) / ¥755
The noodle is the restaurant’s special dish and also called karashisoba (mustard noodle). The noodle has a sticky feeling and is dressed in thick source with mustard seasoning and its delicate smell of stimulate your appetite so much! On the contrary, the taste of mustard is rather mild and matches well with sticky-feeling noodle. Lettuce in the noodle is very crispy and adds an accent to the dish.
Sweet potatoes
4Let's Try !
Sweet potatoes / ¥1,080
Be careful when you eat these baked potatoes at a mouthful! The outer side of potatoes is made very hard with sweet caramel source and keeps in the heat of cooked potatoes inside, which are soft and very hot. An amazing contrast of its hardness and softness makes you throw a piece into your mouth one by one, even after your main dishes. An ideal desert to finish up your meal.
How to Order & Eat
How to Order & Eat Hosen

How to Order & Eat Hosen

How to Order & Eat Hosen

How to Order & Eat Hosen
- Order Tips -
We recommend you to order noodles and shyumai together, which is the most popular combination among the locals.
Appearance Photo Hosen
Categories Chinese
Phone +81 75 241 6288
Address 1F AB Building, 357 Shimizucho, Kawaramachi Nijo Agaru, Nakagyoku, Kyoto 604-0911
Directions 1 minute walk from Kyotoshiyakushomae Bus Stop
2 minute walk from Kyoto City Subway Kyotoshiyakushomae Stn.
Hours From Tuesdays - Fridays
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (L.O 8:00 pm)

Saturdays, Sundays and National holidays
11:30 am - 20:00 pm (L.O 8:00 pm)
Reservations Accepted
Closed Mondays (Tuesday if a Monday is a national holiday)
Price range
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Credit cards Not accepted
Good for Solo, Families with Children
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Menu Japanese, English
Languages spoken Japanese, Chinese
Number of seats 42 seats
Private dining rooms A separated space for up to 6 people is available.
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
Hosen +81 75 241 6288 2/3

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