Downtown Casual Style WashokuDec. 15, 2015 UPDATE
Feeling as If You Are Seated in Front of a Noh Stage, This Is Not Your Ordinary Miso Soup


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When you enter the restaurant, you will immediately feel amazed of the setting. The seats are set in a way that everyone will face the same direction towards the “Noh stage.” Farthest away seats from the stage imitate the sides of symbolic bridges of Kyoto. Miso soup is the main character of this restaurant. Inside the restaurant, you will see wooden plaques lined up on the wall listing the choice of ingredients you can choose for you miso soup as if you are picking the one you want to have appe...morearance. With touch of unusualness, this restaurant will make your Kyoto trip memorable.
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I think many visitors outside of Kyoto visit this restaurant. I noticed a customer explaining that he came back to the restaurant first time in 20 years! If you are looking for something with Kyoto style, this is a place to go located right in central Kyoto.
During the winter season (around December to February or March), you will find "Zoni" on the menu. When you open the lid of the bowl of Zoni, you will immediately be hit with the wonderful scent of yuzu. It's so delicious, I very much recommend it. You will be able to enjoy the New Year’s spirit in Kyoto with this dish. White miso was really good, I bought some as souvenir.
Rikyu Bento Box
1Must Eat !
Rikyu Bento Box / ¥2,500
This meal is very “Kyoto-like” with sides that portray the quality of ingredients. In the center is seasoned rice surrounded by vegetables, boiled egg, fish, chicken, and pickles all seasoned perfectly. Bento comes with their famous miso soup which you can choose from white miso, red miso, or clear. The miso soup that comes with bento is with tofu. You can replace tofu with other ingredients for additional price.
Miso Soup with Otoshi-imo
2Must Eat !
Miso Soup with Otoshi-imo / ¥850
The miso soup in Shirukou is full-bodied, thick, and simply presented. You can choose one out of ten different lists of ingredients to put in your Miso soup. The list of ingredients may change according to season and the prices vary so please ask the staff for more details. One of the most popular ingredients to put in miso soup is “Otoshi Imo” which is grated yam. Slimy-texture goes well with miso making the soup tastefully mellow.
Eel Donburi (only winter)
3Let's Try !
Eel Donburi (only winter) / ¥1,600
Not overpowering, this eel rice bowl is easy to eat. You may picture rice bowls to be full of dark sauce, but the dish that comes out is not like the one you may expect. Very much Kyoto-like, this eel rice bowl is simply light and fluffy. Add some graded green Sansho Pepper according to taste.
4Let's Try !
Souvenirs / ¥500 - ¥1,200
There is a stand with information about take-outs written in Japanese on the table. It lists popular souvenirs of Kyoto such as Chirimen Sansho which are dried whitebait fish with Sansho Peppers. Also you can buy packaged miso paste with side of ingredients to re-create the bowl of miso soup you enjoyed in this restaurant. However, keep in mind that although they are neatly packaged, refrigeration is needed.

Also you can take out most of their menu items like the Rikyu Bento (without miso sou...morep) and Eel Donburi.
How to Order & Eat
How to Order & Eat Shirukou
- Order Tips -
Don’t expect the experience to be normal. The restaurant is unique, and may have unfamiliar items on the menu. Do ask for more details if you feeling unsure.
Shirukou Interior Photo 1
Appearance Photo Shirukou
Categories Casual Style Washoku
Phone +81 75-221-3250
Address 100, Shincho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 600-8001
Directions ・2-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.
・5-minute walk from Keihan Line Gionshijo Stn.
Hours 11:30am - 3pm(L.O.2:30pm) | 5pm - 9pm(L.O.8:30pm)
Reservations Accepted
Closed Wed / Irregular holidays
Notes Ask for an English menu if needed. We recommend asking the staff for more information about the menu since there may be seasonal items available like “Zouni” which is soup with Mochi especially eaten around New Year.
Price range
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Full meals are ¥1,600~¥8,000
Credit cards Not accepted
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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English menu is available, however you may need to ask for details.
Menu English
Languages spoken Basic English
Number of seats 19 seats and 16 floor seats (1F), 25 seats (2F)
Private dining rooms Available
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
Shirukou +81 75-221-3250 Full meals are ¥1,600~¥8,000 2/3

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