Slurps for a single Udon noodle
Are you familiar with Udon? It’s a popular noodle dish enjoyed in all parts of Japan and abroad as well. You may be familiar with Udon, but have you ever had a bowl of Udon containing just one long thick noodle? Tawaraya is a well-established shop featuring their famous Tawaraya Udon, a long thick Udon noodle in hot broth with side of grated ginger. The Udon is not the only unique part of this shop. By the entrance is “chashitsu,” or room designed for Japanese tea ceremonies. Also by the entrance is a well – once an important part of people’s everyday life however, not being used today. This is a one and only Udon shop in Kitano Tenmangu shrine that many people stop by on the way or after visiting the shrine.
Tawaraya Udon
Tawaraya Udon / ¥730
Believe it or not, in this bowl is just one really long and thick Udon noodle. Texture is chewy and has good elasticity, a sign of a good Udon noodle. Notice the flavorful broth exhibiting perfect tint of color giving impact even though the bowl itself is simple. Add the grated ginger according to taste. This single Udon noodle will be one of highlights of your trip in Kyoto.
Oyako Don
Oyako Don / ¥910
Oyako Don, is chicken, egg, and some vegetables topped on bed or rice. Look for “Chicken and egg meal on the rice” on the English menu. The bowl of Oyako Don comes with side of Udon. Along with the Udon, Oyako Don contains a wonderful flavor of dashi (flavorful stock) as well.
Tawaraya Ice Dorayaki
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Tawaraya Ice Dorayaki / ¥710
Tawaraya also have several different types of desserts. Try the Tawaraya Ice Dorayaki. Vanilla ice cream is sandwiched in between “Dorayaki,” or pancake-like confection. On the side is sweet red beans, fruits, and gelatin all things that are familiar in Japanese sweets.
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Manjyu / ¥260 per one Manjyu
The nearby Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is known for the god of education, and a shrine that many people visit to wish their success in studies. This Manjyu (a Japanese confection containing sweet red bean) sold at Tawaraya is dedicated to bring luck for acceptance in schools. On the Manjyu is the writing representing “pass” in hopes for students passing entrance exams.
How to Order

Ask for the English menu if needed.

- Order Tips -

If you are planning to order the famous One-noodle Udon, order the

“Tawaraya Udon”

3.7 food3.5 service3.5 atmosphere4.0
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.7 food3.5 service3.5 atmosphere4.0
Tawaraya is an udon restaurant right next to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Here you can eat Tawara udon that only has one noodle in the dish. This dish is really famous so many tourists also come here. Of course their normal udon too has really good dashi stock and is delicious!
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Tawaraya / たわらや
Category Udon Noodles
Phone +81 75-463-4974
Address 918 Bakuro-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Directions ・7-minute walk from Randen Kitano-Line Kitano Hakubai-cho Stn ・1-minute walk from Kitano Tenmangu-mae bus stop
Open Hours 11am - 4pm (L.O. 3:30pm)
Reservations Not accepted. Can call to confirm if "Tawaraya Udon" is available to be reserved.
Closed No regular holidays
Notes During busy season, especially around June to July, there may be some wait-time before being seated.
Price range
¥730 ~ ¥1,630
Credit cards Not accepted
Good for Solo, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
English menu is available
Menu Japanese, English
Lanuages spoken Japanese
Number of seats 45
Private dining rooms No
Non smoking / smoking Smoking
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