Downtown RamenOct. 22, 2015 UPDATE
Tori Paitan Soba, made from a thick and viscous broth

Mitsuru / 美鶴

This shop is located in one of Kyoto’s shopping arcades, just five minutes on foot from the Shijo-Karasuma intersection. Its signature dish is the Tori Paitan Soba. Tori Paitan is a milky and thick broth made from pulverized chicken bones stewed over high heat. The Mitsuru ramen features Tori Paitan broth with fresh Kyoto pot herbs in a rich liquid. The shop is bright, clean, and inviting. It is open until 2;30 AM on weekdays, making it a good potential stop after a night of drinking.
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Less known but widely loved by both tourists and locals. Recommended if your schedule permits.
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The rich ramen here is simply addictive. If you haven’t tried Tori Paitan before, you must have it at least once.
Noukou Tori Paitan Soba
1Must Eat !
Noukou Tori Paitan Soba (Shiro・Zenbuiri) / ¥980
This ramen features a stock made from chicken bones and pot herbs. It is thick, viscous, and delicious. Choose from the Shiro (salt flavored) or the Kuro (pepper flavored).
We recommend the Shiro, as it brings out the flavor of the chicken.
Raw egg over rice
2Must Eat !
Raw egg over rice / ¥200
Fresh egg from the Tamba region in Kyoto, a famed producer of eggs, is mixed with roasted pork filet chunks and a heaping helping of scallions. Mix well and enjoy.
Kyo Katsuobushi Tori Paitan Soba
3Let's Try !
Kyo Katsuobushi Tori Paitan Soba / ¥750
Tori Paitan broth with bonito flakes and dashi stock. This dish has the simple taste of bonito. If you prefer a leaner and less thick soup, this is for you.
Homemade spice, kuro-shichimi, and peppercorns
4Let's Try !
Homemade spice, kuro-shichimi, and peppercorns / Free
After eating about half of your meal, try experimenting with the nearby condiments. They enhance the flavor of the broth and are recommended. Everyone is spicy, so use just a bit.
*From left, homemade spice, kuro-shichimi, and peppercorns.
How to Order & Eat
Mitsuru How to Order & Eat

Mitsuru How to Order & Eat First buy a coupon at the vending machine inside the shop. Select the ramen of your choice and push the corresponding button. Once finished, push the "おつり・返却" (change) lever to receive your change and a ticket. Enter the shop and hand the staff your ticket to complete your order.
- Order Tips -
To order more noodles, you must press the "麺大盛り" (extra noodles) button and buy another ticket. Female diners will probably be satiated with the normal size, while men may want to super size.
Mitsuru Appearance Photo
Mitsuru / 美鶴
Categories Ramen
Phone +81 75-211-9007
Address 587, Kikusuibokocho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8154
Directions 5-minute walk from Hankyu Karasuma Station.
Hours Monday ~Saturday:11:00 ~ 26:30
Sunday:11:30 ~ 24:00
Reservations No reservation
Closed Open everyday
Notes Tends to get crowded between noon and 1:00 PM; you may have to wait about 10 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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No English menu.
Menu Japanese only
Languages spoken English
Number of seats 17 seats
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
Mitsuru / 美鶴 +81 75-211-9007 ~ ¥1,000 3/3

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