Jun. 16, 2017 UPDATE


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Enjoy spicy soy sauce ramen near Kinkakuji
Tampopo is a Ramen restaurant located a 15-minute bus ride from Kitaoji Subway Station, near Kinkakuji. This restaurant’s specialty is impressive-looking ramen that is topped with loads of chili pepper and spring onion. Tampopo opened in 1947. Befitting a restaurant with so many years in the business, all of the furniture gives the impression of long years of careful use. The interior exudes a unique nostalgic atmosphere, so if you are interested in old-fashioned Japanese ramen shops, it is definitely worth a visit.
Ramen (+ Negi Oomori)
Ramen (+ Negi Oomori) / ¥800
Tampopo’s specialty, Ramen. The ramen is soy sauce-based. While the chili pepper sprinkled all over it makes it look extremely spicy, in contrast, the soup is surprisingly light yet flavorful. When you actually try it, there is hardly any heat, just a slight spicy tingling in the aftertaste. We personally recommend getting it with Negi Oomori (extra spring onion). The extravagant heap of spring onion not only adds to the visual impact, it also complements the soy sauce-based soup perfectly, so you will feel like you can never have enough.
Butashabu Ramen
Butashabu Ramen / ¥900
Another Tampopo specialty is Butashabu Ramen. This is the regular ramen with added boiled pork. The texture and flavor of the pork blends with the soup, letting you enjoy a different flavor from the regular ramen. We recommend it if you seriously want to enjoy the ramen experience to its fullest. Personally, we recommend adding garlic to this ramen. It adds a depth and richness to the flavor that makes it even more delicious.
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Yakimeshi / +¥250
Yakimeshi is a standard at ramen restaurants. Compared with the Yakimeshi at a typical ramen restaurant, the rice is slightly softer, with mild, unpretentious flavoring, which makes it perfect to eat like white rice paired with the ramen. Generally, you cannot order Yakimeshi on its own, so if you want to eat it, you will have to order it as a set with ramen. If you pay an extra ¥250 on top of the ramen you want to order, they will bring you Yakimeshi to go along with it.
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Tobanjan / Free
If you want to add a little extra accent to your Ramen or adjust the flavor, try adding some of the tobanjan (a paste made from broad beans and chili peppers) on the table. Adding the bold spiciness of tobanjan to your Ramen lets you enjoy a different flavor. However, it is quite spicy, so be sure not to add too much.
How to Order

Inside the restaurant, there are cards on the wall listing the menu items, so take a look at those before placing your order. Generally speaking, they are not able to give service in English, but if you look at the menu on the wall and point out what you want when placing your order, you should be able to get the idea across.

- Order Tips -
If you want to add garlic to your ramen, you can add it free of charge. Just tell the staff “ninniku wo iretekudasai” when you order your ramen. At Tampopo, you cannot add garlic after ordering, so be sure to tell them when you place your order.
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Compared with other famous Kyoto ramen restaurants, the flavor of Tampopo’s ramen itself does not necessarily have anything distinctive that sets it apart, but it does have a peculiar addictiveness that makes you want to come back. It has a very high number of return customers and regulars, so it seems like this ramen shop is a favorite with locals.
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Tampopo is popular with local university students. Their ramen is topped with lots of chili pepper, which gives it an impressive visual impact, but when you actually taste it, it really is hardly spicy at all, so once you realize this, you will end up emptying your bowl, soup and all. I recommend the butashabu ramen and fried rice set. If you like spicy food, add some of the tobanjan on the table. It is really delicious!
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Tampopo / タンポポ
Category Ramen
Phone +81 75-493-8594
Address 57, Murasakino Nishirendainocho, Kita-ku, Kyoto, 603-8245
Directions From the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line Kitaoji Station, take the city bus bound for “Daitokuji-Bukkyo Daigaku”. After a 15-minute ride, get off at “Bukkyo Daigakumae” and walk for 3 more minutes.
Open Hours Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 11pm(L.O.10:45pm) Sunday 11:30 am - 3pm(L.O.2:45pm) | 5pm - 9pm(L.O.8:45pm)
Reservations No
Closed Closed on New Year’s Day
Price range
- ¥1,000
Credit cards No
Good for Solo, With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Service in English is not available
Menu Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 18 seats
Private dining rooms No
Non smoking / smoking Smoking permitted anywhere
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