Downtown RamenJun. 02, 2016 UPDATE
Quintessential Seabura Shoyu Ramen, a Symbol of Kyoto

Kairikiya- Shijo Karasuma store / 魁力屋 四条烏丸店

The Kairikiya - Shijo Karasuma store is a shop located just a minute walk from Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Dentetsu railway line. Among ramen shops in Kyoto, Kairikiya is known as a long-standing, successful shop with over 60 locations nationwide and six shops in operation just in Kyoto, making it one of Japan’s leading ramen chain stores.
Kairikiya’s flagship menu item is “Seabura Shoyu Ramen”, set off by its transparent torigara soy sauce (chicken-based soy sauce) soup and the seabura (fat...more from the back of pork) that floats in the soup. “Seabura Shoyu Ramen” is a type of ramen with seabura in a soy sauce-based soup that is so close to the hearts of locals and it is said to be synonymous with Kyoto ramen. Naturally, Seabura Shoyu Ramen is served at numerous shops in Kyoto.
Among them, Kairikiya is the one ramen shop that boasts top-of-the-line notoriety and unwaning popularity.
Kairikiya’s Seabura Shoyu Ramen was crafted through the constant, unrelenting refinements of the owner who was born into a legendary soy sauce-making family in Kyoto, and he was devoted to picking out only the very finest soy sauces.
Kairikiya is constantly buzzing with activity and its staff consistently provide cheerful, lively service. The interior is bright and clean, creating an inviting atmosphere even for first-timers. Although Kairikiya’s clientele are primarily men — mainly businessmen and students —,  it is also an ideal stop for those visiting with family as seats are plentiful and guests rarely have to wait a long time to get in.
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Kairikiya is the ramen shop that has led the ramen industry in Kyoto. The shop’s Seabura Shoyu Ramen is distinct for its mild soup that has almost universal appeal. With none of the salty or spicy taste characteristic of soy sauce, anyone whether old or young, male or female, can feel at ease eating it. Kairikiya is my number one recommendation for anyone who has not eaten ramen before and is going to try it for the first time. Kairikiya also features a bargain combo menu that comes with items l...moreike fried chicken, dumplings, rice, and croquettes. Opting for the combo menu can fill up even men with relatively big appetites. The outstanding bang for the buck, never going over 1,000 yen even if you go for the combo menu, is one of the reasons for Kairikiya’s popularity.
Kairikiya is a Seabura Shoyu Ramen shop that represents Kyoto. It is renowned for its light taste that will almost make you want to eat there every day. Kairikiya’s toppings including boiled eggs and char siu (barbecued pork) are also excellent. You also get unlimited negi (Welsh onion) for free, a service negi-lovers just can’t resist. With a loaded menu of side items including fried rice, fried chicken, and dumplings, you will want to keep going back to Kairikiya.
Tokusei Shoyu Ajitama Ramen
1Must Eat !
Tokusei Shoyu Ajitama Ramen - 特製醤油味玉ラーメン / ¥750
Kairikiya’s most famous dish is the Tokusei Shoyu Ajitama Ramen, which is ramen with seabura sprinkled on top of soy sauce-flavored torigara (chicken) soup. Although the soup might look heavy at first glance, it is actually quite the contrary: regardless of the seabura, the soup is virtually not heavy at all and is renowned for its plain, full taste.
The dish features thin noodles. Ingredients in the ramen are finely-sliced char siu, bamboo shoots, green onions, and a seasoned egg — a flat-out ...morequintessential lineup used very frequently in ramen.
Kairikiya’s ramen never flaunts or shows off. It is what it is and it will not fall short of your expectations. Getting a taste of its soup and ingredients may, perhaps, give you a sense of exactly what ramen got its start from.
Tokusei Shoyu Kujo-Negi Ramen
2Must Eat !
Tokusei Shoyu Kujo-Negi Ramen - 特製醤油九条ネギラーメン / ¥800
The Tokusei Shoyu Kujo-Negi Ramen is a ramen dish featuring Kujo-negi painstakingly cultivated by Kairikiya’s contract farmers cut into rectangles and topped liberally on donburi.  Compared to normal aonegi (green onions), Kujo-negi are more flavorful and have a chewier texture. Kujo-negi go phenomenally well with the soy sauce-flavored soup and their crisp texture makes them an addicting dish.
Due to limited quantities of negi available at each location, only a set number of Tokusei Shoyu Kujo...more-Negi Ramen are served every day. Since supplies frequently run out, if you really want to try the Tokusei Shoyu Kujo-Negi Ramen, I suggest you visit the shop by around 12:00. The taste of the basic soup is the same as the Tokusei Shoyu Ajitama Ramen from above, but the amazing thing is that it feels like a completely different dish as the Kujo-negi takes center stage with the liberal use of the ingredient in the soup!
Tokusei Shoyu Kujo-Negi Ramen
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Yakimeshi Set / + ¥230
This Yakimeshi boasts quite the volume, served in an alluring bowl shape. Compared to standard Yakimeshi, the seasoning on Kairikiya’s yakimeshi is a bit richer and very tasty. The degree to which the eggs are cooked strikes an outstanding balance. The great thing is that the yakimeshi is treated as a combo when ordered with ramen, making it available for just 230 yen.
Green Onion and Pickled Radish
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Green Onion and Pickled Radish / Free
At Kairikiya, guests can eat unlimited fresh green onions and pickled radish all the time. These green onions (negi) are a different type than those used in the Tokusei Shoyu Kujo-Negi Ramen mentioned above, and eating these unlimited green onions as a seasoning to the negi used as the ingredients mentioned above should make your ramen all the more delicious. The green onions are always fresh and crisp, and they set off Kairikiya’s Seabura Shoyu Ramen wonderfully. I recommend sprinkling a couple...more of pinches on your ramen.
How to Order & Eat
kairikiya haw to order & eat

Menus listing the items available can be found on the tables in the shop. You can look through the menu and order. If you speak to the staff in English, they will bring you an English version of the menu, which should allow you to order more easily.
- Order Tips -
Pay an extra 100 yen and you can order a large serving of noodles. If you ask for the combo menu in the bottom right of the menu, you can order ramen and side menu items cheaper than usual.

You can also make requests for the stiffness of your noodles, the amount of negi and seabura you want, and whether or not you want garlic, among other things. If you are a first-timer and do not quite know how to order everything, I suggest ordering as shown below for now. This is the style I personally recommend:
“Noodles relatively stiff, a lot of negi, the standard amount of seabura, and add some garlic.”
“Men ha Katame de,
Negi ha Oome de,
Seabura ha Futsu de,
Ninniku ha Iretekudasai.”
kairikiya interior photo
kairikiya appearance photo
Kairikiya- Shijo Karasuma store / 魁力屋 四条烏丸店
Categories Ramen
Phone +81 75-255-6122
Address 657-3, Bantoyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8143
Directions 1-minute walk from Hankyu Karasuma Station.
Hours 11am - 12am
Reservations No reservation
Closed Open everyday
Notes During busy times, you may have to wait five to ten minutes.
Price range
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- ¥1,000
Credit cards Not accepted
Good for Solo, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Staff can accommodate simple English.
Menu English
Languages spoken Basic English
Number of seats 26 seats
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Smoking
Kairikiya- Shijo Karasuma store / 魁力屋 四条烏丸店 +81 75-255-6122 - ¥1,000 -1/3

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