Dec. 28, 2018 UPDATE


- 冨美家 -
The famous hot pot udon restaurant Fumiya frequented by locals is right by Nishiki Market
If you enter Nishiki Market from the west entrance and go north on the first corner, you will find a restaurant that people are always lining for at mealtime. That restaurant is this one, a famous udon restaurant loved by the locals for a long time, Fumiya. Fumiya was founded in 1946 as a Japanese sweets café, over 70 years ago. The place was popular from the beginning, but Fumiya didn’t end here. “What could we do to make even more people satisfied?” is what the people of Fumiya kept asking themselves, and so their most famous dish, Fumiya nabe udon hot pot was born. The generous amount of ingredients and the gentle taste of the dashi and udon make this a specialty. “This much, for this price?” is the surprise that keeps the locals coming again and again. They are not afraid of putting in the effort, so in order to make the customers happy they of course use good ingredients and make everything by hand. These thoughtful dishes and service of Fumiya can be enjoyed for a low price. This satisfaction is the reason why the locals keep on frequenting this restaurant. Besides udon hot pot they also sell sweets like the baumkuchen German spit cake, and their products can be ordered online, so they have many services they provide in order to make the customers happy. If you go to Nishiki Market, you have to have your lunch at Fumiya! I hope you will get a chance to taste the gentle udon hot pot people of Kyoto have loved from way back.
Fumiya nabe
Fumiya nabe / ¥670
Fumiya’s signature dish, the Fumiya nabe udon hot pot is piping hot and contains many ingredients. The udon hot pot is stewed for a long time, and when the lid is opened the steam surrounds you, stimulating your appetite. The taste and style of this signature dish have not changed since the olden times. Shrimp tempura with a thick crust, shiitake mushrooms, egg, fu dry baked wheat gluten, green onion, plus two mochi rice cakes, so there is really a lot to eat. And the sweet dashi soup steeps into these ingredients, ah, it’s so delicious. This much for only 670 yen, it’s almost too cheap. I wish you will get a chance to eat this masterpiece.
Kitsune Udon
Kitsune Udon / ¥560
The other popular menu item in Fumiya is the kitsune udon. Kitsune udon is udon topped with sweet deep fried tofu, and the dish is called kitsune (fox) udon because deep fried tofu is thought to be the favorite food of foxes. The deep fried tofu on Fumiya’s kitsune udon is thick and big. This seems to be because this way the tofu can suck up more dashi soup. The deep fried tofu stewed in Fumiya’s original sweet and gentle udon dashi soup tastes sweet and juicy. The mellow and gentle taste of the kitsune udon goes well with the special blend of shichimi chili spice mix. My recommendation is to pour a lot on the udon so the shichimi accents the taste, and you can enjoy a different taste.
Match pafe
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Match pafe / ¥800
After eating the udon noodles, and if you still have some space left in your tummy, I would like you to try their matcha parfait dessert. As expected from a place that used to be a Japanese sweets café, Fumiya’s sweets are considered to be great by the locals. Among those sweets this matcha parfait that uses baumkuchen cake is popular here and abroad. Soft serve ice cream, matcha sauce, dango dumplings, and baumkuchen cake all taste of matcha making this a rich-tasting matcha extravaganza, but at the same time the taste is also refined and unobtrusive. It should be easy to finish this quickly even if you are alone.
How to Order

All the dishes have pictures of them, and their names are also written in Latin alphabet so choosing is easy.

This is Fumiya’s original shichimi seven spice chili mix. This shichimi is especially blended by Fumiya, and it’s really fragrant and goes really well with the dashi soup, so I hope you will sprinkle this on your udon!

- Order Tips -

The moment when the lid is lifted is the best time to take photos. When the lid is opened a lot of steam comes out and it looks really delicious. This is a great moment for taking pictures. The taste is of course good, but I would like you to also enjoy the beauty of the dishes!

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The gentle and sweet taste of the dashi soup is something you won’t forget. The taste is gentle and refined, but it satisfies one’s appetite because there is so much of it! After enjoying some udon, I recommend having a parfait with Fumiya’s baumkuchen cake! This restaurant can be enjoyed with family, with friends, or alone.
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At this restaurant I recommend the udon hot pot! When the staff lift the lid of the hot pot in front of your eyes, the steam and fragrance of the dashi envelope you, and the boiling sound of the hot pot all stimulate the appetite. And even though they choose their ingredients carefully, the prices are reasonable! Locals and tourists alike love this restaurant.
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Fumiya / 冨美家
Category Udon Noodles
Phone +81 75-222-0006
Address 519, Kikuyacho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8125
Directions 2-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.
Open Hours Monday to Thursday: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Last orders at 4:30 p.m.) Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and national holidays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last orders at 5 p.m.)
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Year-end and New Year holidays
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted
Good for Solo, With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The staff can speak simple English. They will use gestures to serve you politely, and the menu has pictures so you can go to the restaurant and order without worries.
Menu Simple English
Lanuages spoken Simple English
Number of seats Tables: Five tables for four; four tables for two; one table for one.
Private dining rooms No
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking
The restaurant’s entrance can be a bit hard to find, but there is a flag that has the text “冨美家なべ” (Fumiya nabe) written on it in Japanese by the entrance. Look for the flag and you will find the restaurant!
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