Dec. 01, 2018 UPDATE

Nanzenji Junsei

- 南禅寺 順正 -
Enjoy the four seasons of Japan and the nature of Kyoto at Nanzenji Junsei with some piping hot tofu
One of the most famous foods of Kyoto is “yudofu.” There are many restaurants in Kyoto where you can enjoy yudofu, but Nanzenji Junsei, located right in front of Nanzen-ji Temple, is one of the best. The teste of the boiled tofu, or yudofu, here is an especially rich one, as they use tofu (made from Japanese soybeans) that is only used for yudofu. The dish itself was born right here in front of Nanzen-ji Temple, as a food item served at the many teahouses here. Nazenji Junsei’s yudofu sauce makes the taste of the tofu stand out even more. They have two courses for you to choose from if you just want to enjoy yudofu, Flower, and Moon. If you want to also try Kyoto’s world-renowned kaiseki cuisine, you can order a course with seasonal kaiseki dishes in it. You can also order a yudofu-making set, in which you get to make yudofu from soymilk, or, if you want, you can try making yuba (tofu skin) too. Nanzenji Junsei is a restaurant where you can enjoy a great view of their Japanese garden, which will look different every season, while you enjoy your hot tofu. This restaurant is sure to be a luxurious experience, so remember to make a reservation for it when you come to see Nanzen-ji Temple.
 Yudofu (Moon)
Yudofu (Moon) / ¥4,110
This course, Moon, contains a hassun platter, sashimi, a simmered dish, dengaku (grilled bean curd), susumezakana (kaiseki dish), kobachi (a side dish served in a small bowl), rice, pickles, yudofu, and Japanese castella cake as a dessert. The yudofu is served in an earthenware pot. The dishes change seasonally. *Yudofu (Moon) is in the front.
Yudofu (Flower)
Yudofu (Flower) / ¥3.090
This course, Flower, contains seven dishes, a simmered dish, dengaku, susumezakana, kobachi, rice, pickles, yudofu, and castella cake as a dessert, all for a reasonable price. Flower doesn’t have as many dishes as Moon, so it’s recommended for women. The dishes change seasonally.
Tofu rice bowl
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Tofu rice bowl / ¥2,370
This tofu rice bowl is served with many small bowls of simmered foods, like tofu and dengaku. This dish is very elegant and the taste is not too strong.
Enjoy the garden
4Let's Try!
Enjoy the garden
You can enjoy the garden of the restaurant after eating your yudofu. It may be nice to just look at the garden when eating, but I also recommend taking the short walk to see the garden up close after eating.
How to Order

The English menu has pictures on it so ordering is easy. 

- Order Tips -

You can buy Nanzenji Junsei’s tofu at the souvenir shop of the restaurant. 

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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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Yudofu is something you have to have at least once if you come to Kyoto. Here at Nanzenji Junsei you can enjoy authentic yudofu course menus or yudofu with kaiseki cuisine. The tofu used for yudofu is a bit firmer than normal tofu, but it’s very smooth and you can enjoy the deliciousness of the soy beans it’s made from. This restaurant is really popular, but you can make a reservation, so I want to heartily recommend it.
3.3 food3.0 service3.0 atmosphere4.0
They serve many dishes that are made with tofu. However, I never got tired of it because each dish is elaborately prepared. After eating, I recommend you take your time in the traditional Japanese garden. There is also a souvenir shop right next to it, so you can buy souvenirs and entertain yourself.
4.5 food5.0 service4.0 atmosphere4.5
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
4.5 food5.0 service4.0 atmosphere4.5
Nanzenji Junsei / 南禅寺 順正
Category Tofu
Phone +81 75-761-2311
Address 60, Nanzenji Kusagawacho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8437
Directions ・10-minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Keage Stn. ・10-minute walk from city bus Nanzen-ji Temple Eikando Temple way stop getting off.
Open Hours 11am - 9:30pm (L.O.8pm)
Reservations Accepted
Closed Irregular holidays
Notes Please make a reservation if you enjoy your meal looking at Japanese garden.
Price range
¥3.000 - ¥4.000
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc.
Good for With Friends, Families with Children, Romantic
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
This restaurant is very popular among visitors from overseas, so the staff is used to foreign guests. They also have English and Chinese speaking staff, so you shouldn’t have any problems ordering.
Menu Japanese, English
Lanuages spoken Japanese, English
Number of seats 480 seats
Private dining rooms Yes
Non smoking / smoking Smoking space available / Available in private room
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