Downtown TsukemonoDec. 07, 2015 UPDATE
Flavorful Senmai-zuke, pickled sliced radishes, derived simply from kelp and salt

Murakami-Ju Honten - Main store

Murakami-Ju Honten - Main store
Murakami-Ju Honten has been around for more than 180 years and their “Senmai-zuke”, pickled sliced radishes, has been the most popular pickle during winter season among people in Kyoto for long time. Well selected “Shogoin kabura”, turnip of Kyo-yasai which is one of the specifically certified vegetables grown in Kyoto is used for this “Senmai-zuke”. Turnips grown in Kameoka where the temperature difference is quite extreme are fine and delicate by its climate, and are pickled with kelp and salt...more carefully. Although "Senmai-zuke" of other shops are rather sour and sweet, “Senmai-zuke” in Murakami-Ju Honten is very light and plain but has a fresh flavor derived from kelp and salt. Murakami-Ju Honten is located in a back alley of Kawaramachi Street and you may feel the history of long-established store by its appearance.
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I certainly enjoyed the taste of “Senmai-zuke”, the pickled sliced radishes! Its fresh taste derived from kelp and salt simply makes the radish more flavorful. Staff at this shop are all kind and friendly, so you may feel satisfied by their service as well as a variety of pickles. “Senmai-zuke” is also sold by weight, so please try it if you would like to buy more than a small package!
In fact that my favorite food is rice. Tsukemono is the best couple with it I believe. Very good smell of it is spread out of the shop so that I had been excited before I came in. As I open the door, paradise is there!! Countless number of Tsukemono is jumped into my eyes. One of my best friends who is from Italy told me that he loved it when I took him Japanese restaurant in London. This is the shop where I would like to take him when he comes Kyoto.
“Senmai-zuke”, pickled sliced radishes
Recommend !
“Senmai-zuke”, pickled sliced radishes / ¥1,000
Murakamim-Ju Honten is very famous for the pickled sliced radishes called “Senmai-zuke”. Senmai-zuke is a winter season pickle and ingredients such as “Shogoin kabura”, turnip of Kyo-yasai which is one of the specifically certified vegetables grown in Kyoto, kelp from Hokkaido and salt are carefully chosen. It is a bit sour but has a slightly sweet and light taste, and you may enjoy the crispy texture of turnip! You can also eat the kelp which was pickled with "Senmai-zuke" and it is quite tasty...more as well.
“Kyo-no shokusai”, assorted 5 kinds of pickles
Recommend !
“Kyo-no shokusai”, assorted 5 kinds of pickles / ¥1,500
As a gift or for those who would like to taste several kinds of pickles, we recommend these assorted 5 kinds of pickles! You can choose your 5 favorite pickles such as “shiba-zuke”, pickled brushwood, eggplant, eryngi mushroom and cucumber pickles. Please note that each pickle has its own expiration date, so we recommend that you check it before you buy them. You can also purchase your favorite pickles separately.
“Ume-kobu cha”, Plum kelp tea
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“Ume-kobu cha”, Plum kelp tea / ¥430
Although you may be familiar with Japanese green tea, this plum kelp tea called “Ume-kobu cha” has a totally different taste. As its name says, this tea is made by plum and kelp. Hot Ume-kobu cha which has a fresh flavor of plum based on kelp makes your body warm and you may feel that your muscles start to relax. It is usually served when you enter the shop, so you can taste it before you buy it. We recommend that you purchase this tea as a souvenir as it is handy and reasonable.
How to buy

menu1Please bring the items you have selected to the cashier. For “Kyo-no shokusai”, assorted 5 kinds of pickles, you can chose your favorite pickles from several selections. Credit cards are accepted.
- Shopping Tips -
There are some seats at this shop, so you can also take a rest while shopping. Please have some “Ume-kobu cha as it makes your body warm and relaxed.
It is located in a back alley of Kawaramachi Street.
Murakami-Ju Honten Appearance Photo
Murakami-Ju Honten - Main store
Categories Tsukemono
Phone +81 75-351-1737
Address 190 Sendou-cho, Kiyamachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Directions 3 minute walk from Kawaramachi Station on Hankyu Line
Hours 9:00am - 7:00pm
(Note: The store will remain open until 7:30pm on weekends and holidays)
Closed None except January 1st to 3rd
Notes Please note that “Senmai-zuke” is on sale only winter season (from the late October to the end of March). Some other kinds of pickles are available throughout the year.
Price range
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¥1,000 - ¥5,000
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB / Accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Although Staff don't speak English, they are very kind and friendly. So please feel free to ask any questions as they will try to answer by gesture!
Information English but mostly Japanese
Languages spoken Japanese only
Shipping services Not available
Other Simple English brochure is available at the shop
Murakami-Ju Honten - Main store +81 75-351-1737 ¥1,000 - ¥5,000 3/3

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