Recommended Food Information in Enmachi, Kyoto

March 26, 2020

by Masashi Morishita, and Noa Murakami

Do you know Enmachi? It is a sightseeing spot in Kyoto. There are many temples and shops there. You can go by train from Kyoto Station in about ten minutes. In particular, we recommend that you eat delicious foods if you go to Enmachi because there are a lot of good restaurants there. We visited a restaurant and a café this time. The first one is a famous ramen restaurant. Ramen is a noodle soup dish that was originally imported from China. The next one is a cafe. It is a curry and pancake cafe. We want to introduce this restaurant and café.

Tantanmen YEBISU

Tantanmen YEBISU

At first, we will explain about ramen. As we said, ramen is a noodle soup dish. It has become one of the most popular dishes in Japan. It’s common to eat it for dinner. You can find ramen restaurants in every corner of Japan and the tastes of countless regional variations. We went to a restaurant called “Tantanmen YEBISU” in Enmachi. In this restaurant, Tantanmen is delicious. Tantanmen is Chinese noodles in spicy soup. It looks red, and it’s hot and spicy food. We actually ate it, and it was very delicious, and you can select the level of hotness (spiciness). Therefore, you can enjoy eating tantanmen even if you are not good at eating hot tasting food. Also, the “cheese tantanmen” is the most popular ramen for woman because it is not hot and even children can eat it. This shop is bright and very comfortable. The staff are very gentle and will welcome you with pleasure. In addition, there are some kind services. For example, it offers its customers paper aprons, hair ties, and soup spoons with small holes. Any customer who wears a white shirt or whose hair is long can enjoy tantamen without getting stains on

tantanmen ramen

themselves by using the paper apron and hair tie. Also, you can eat small ingredients like meat and green onions in tantanmen by using the soup spoon with small holes. The original way of eating ramen in Japan is to make a loud sound

cheese tantanmen ramen

while eating, similar to a slurping sound. You shouldn’t worry about making sounds when eating Asian noodles in Japan because eating loudly (slurping) is a good thing in Japan when eating noodles. It is very surprising. Actually, people will just think you are enjoying your noodle meal! When you eat tantanmen in this restaurant, you can make a loud sound, so let’s eat tantanmen.

Café and Bar, Off Time

front entrance

This café is a hidden café. All of the menu items such as curry, plate lunch, french toast, focaccia and sweets is homemade. In addition, this café has a relaxed atmosphere, so you can avoid the crowds and enjoy a leisurely meal because it located in a calm place. Also, there are a lot of miscellaneous goods, and the interior design is good.

You can enjoy reading Japanese children’s books such as “The Cat That Lived a Million Times” and the “Gama-Kun and Kaeru-Kun” series. And then, the main attraction is the variety of deserts on the menu, and you can enjoy a lot of different cakes every day. The cakes have a soft, spongy texture with a homely and nostalgic taste. It also isn’t too sweet, so even those who don’t like eating sweet things can enjoy them. However, you should visit this cafe early in the morning because the popular cakes sell out quickly.

Also, you can enjoy not only meals and sweets but also tableware like cups, spoons and dishes. They have cute designs and make you excited. In addition, the owner is a kind woman who is loved by customers, and she cooks all the food on the menu by herself. You will have a good time in this café. You should stop by Off Time if you visit Enmachi.


Many famous restaurants are lined up in front of the station in Enmachi, while there are many cheap and delicious hidden restaurants a little far from Enmachi station. Therefore, you will enjoy finding your favorite restaurants while walking around the town in Enmachi. Also, it is easy to search for your favorite restaurants or foods because most restaurants post their restaurant’s information on Instagram or Twitter. Enmachi is not a very famous place in Kyoto and there are few foreign tourists; however, it is a very nice place with good restaurants. Therefore, we hope that a lot of foreign tourists visit Enmachi after reading this article, and we want you to enjoy many restaurants and cafes in Enmachi, especially Tantanmen YEBISU and Café and Bar, Off Time.

Access information

“Tantanmen YEBISU” takes about 2 minutes on foot from Enmachi Station (JR Sanin Line).

TEL: 075-366-6767

Time: 11:00AM-11:00PM (closed on Tuesdays).

“Café and Bar, Off Time” takes about 10 minutes on foot from Enmachi Station (JR Sanin Line).

TEL: 075-801-8108

Café time: 11:00AM-5:00PM (Tuesday-Sunday)

Bar time: 6:00PM-10:30PM (Thursday-Saturday) 6:00PM-9:00PM (Sunday)

Tuesday and Wednesday are only café time (Closed on Mondays)

Walden Woods Kyoto

 by Koki Suzuki, Hirofumi Kawashima, and Masaya Soju

 Currently there are various cafes in Kyoto such as fashionable cafes, old-fashioned cafes, and animal cafes. Among these various cafes, we would like to introduce a Kyoto cafe that is very popular on Instagram. Its name is Walden Woods Kyoto. In this article, we will write about the history of this cafe, why it became popular, and the impressions we got when we actually went there. Those interested in a cutting-edge cafe in Japan will enjoy reading this article.


coffee machine and 1st floor

 On December 14, 2017, “Walden Woods Kyoto” opened near Higashi Honganji Temple in Kyoto. “Walden Woods Kyoto” is a renovated Western-style house which was built in 1912 and made into a cafe. For example, there are four windows, which express the image of a Western-style building. The building facing the south is unique to Kyoto, which was built on a grid, and it has bright sunlight that illuminates the white outer walls of the café. This is the original Walden camouflage pattern making it feel like a forest. This café was made by Seiichiro Shimamura and Yuji Nishimura. They are professionals in the clothing and restaurant industry. The café also uses a vintage coffee roasting machine. This coffee machine was purchased in Europe from a restored 1966 coffee roasting machine. It was made by Probat. This company was in business 150 years ago, and this coffee roasting machine is a coffee roasting machine that can bake coffee beans with the best flavor. So, you can buy coffee that tastes like it’s from in 1870. Lamps, tableware, trays, etc., which are images of nature, and French vintage and old military items, are also used in the cafe.. This cafés images are of the Walden forest. You can feel freedom and fun when you visit the cafe. So, you can feel various emotions. If you are tired, this café can heal you. We want you to feel freedom yourself in this café.

Why Walden Woods in Kyoto Has Become Popular

2nd floor

 First, the inside view of the cafe is very simple. There are cash registers and coffee machines on the first floor. There are no chairs or desks on the eat-in floor (2F). There is only a lantern and a window lined up with white space and staircases. Sunlight comes in on a sunny day. The light of the lantern gives a stylish atmosphere at night, and the exterior walls, floors, walls, counters are all white. Because of this floor, the café’s popularity has spread to various people such as students and young people on Instagram. And with the aim of “insta bae” (= Instagrammable), more customers have come to Walden Woods Kyoto. This cafe also has a lot of original items and vintage miscellaneous goods. For example, T-shirts, postcards, candles, mugs, etc. Some customers are looking for these kinds of original items. It also sells coffee beans, so you can enjoy the taste of this cafe at home. Second, we went to this café, and the atmosphere in the cafe was very good. This cafe also sells seasonal drinks, and the menu changes every season. This is one of the reasons why customers can go there without feeling bored, and that is why this cafe has become popular. In addition, the owner is good at latte art. So, customers can also enjoy latte art. And coffee is also roasted in the cafe. Finally, it was very impressive when the staff members said, “Have a good day!” when we left the cafe. Therefore, you can leave this cafe comfortably and feeling satisfied. For these reasons, we realized that this cafe has become more popular, and we think that many customers will continue to come to this cafe, not only from Japan, but also from foreign countries. We want people to visit this cafe.


Appearance of the cafe

First, you can see that the exterior and interior is pure white and there is also a homemade brewing machine in the cafe, so you can enjoy wonderful coffee. When we ordered our drink on the first floor, we went up to the space on the second floor. All of the decorations reminded us of a grand mountain.In fact, it was a completely different space from general cafes. There is a tree in the middle, and there is a seat along the wall surrounding the tree. The customers are free to choose their seats and relax.

Second, we ordered a cafe latte, and we did some latte art, which makes the cafe feel even more stylish. In this way, you can enjoy reading while having tea or coffee in the afternoon, which is very nice. Furthermore, the second floor looks very wide, so if you come with your sons or daughters, your children are able to run around. Because we are acquainted with the owner of Walden Woods Kyoto, we were able to talk to him. Then we heard about the house, and he told us it was originally a Western-style house in the Taisho era (1912~1926). Specifically, it was mostly used in 1912. Because there are no pillars in Japanese houses, the Japanese in the Taisho era were able to build a house with wide space.

Third, the customer service, including the store manager, Umeda Kouya, was wonderful, and everyone had good smiles. That is one factor that makes the café attractive to its customers. There were many customers who took pictures. Also, the people who visit the cafe are fashionable, and the number of people visiting the cafe is increasing, so the café gathers fashionable people.

Next, as a famous coffee shop on Instagram, we also heard how to take good pictures. Our recommendation is on the side with the four windows. Customers will sit there first if this space is available. There are also three tiers and a relatively large number of people sit in the middle. You can take good pictures by sitting at the top. 

Finally, the Walden Woods Kyoto is a really wonderful coffee shop.

Now that you’ve read this article, please come to Kyoto, and please drop by Walden Woods Kyoto.

Urasenke Tea Ceremony

By Sakina Nishitsuji & Yunji Choi

Green tea and matcha (powdered green tea) are both very popular among Japanese things in the world right now. Also, tea ceremony is growing in popularity among young people in Japan. One of the most famous tea ceremony schools in Japan is Urasenke.

What is Tea Ceremony?

Tea ceremony is one of the most popular aspects of traditional Japanese culture. Traditional tea ceremony is called sado in Japan. In sado, the tea master invites guests and serves matcha in a ceremonial way. The ceremony is full of meaning and tradition. It can have a calming and contemplative effect on people who experience it.

Japanese tea ceremony room

History of Tea Ceremony

Tea came into Japan during the Heian period (805). A Heian period monk, named Saicho, and an early Heian period monk, named Kukai, went to China. When they came back to Japan, they brought Tang period tea which they just thought of as a medicine. Later in the Kamakura period (1141∼1215), the priest Eisai, who brought the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism to Japan, also brought back a Chinese tea, which he thought was also medicine. That’s why Eisai wrote a book called Kissa-yojoki. It is a Chinese classics book which is written about the different kinds of methods for making powdered green tea, and tea drinking for promoting health.

In the Muromachi period (1336-1573), when Yoshimitsu Ashikaga built Kinkaku temple and Yoshimasa built Ginkaku temple, a tea meeting place was made for art lovers. The art came from China, but there was little respect for spirituality. Murata Shuko (1422-1501), who appeared in the era of eight Shogun, made a four-and-a-half tatami mat room for tea ceremony that uses not only Chinese utensils, but also Japanese-made tea utensils. He came up with a spiritual tea world that disciplined against selfishness and self-attachment. An expert in the tea ceremony, Takeno Joo (1502-1555) inherited this spirit, and Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591), a famous tea master during the Azuchi-momoyama period (1568-1600), invented wabicha, which is a style of Japanese tea ceremony that became the origin of modern tea ceremony. He also built Soancha no Yu, which is Sen no Rikyu’s tea room.

The Three Schools of Tea Ceremony

There are three schools of tea ceremony in Japan. Generally, Urasenke is the most famous schools of the three. Most people who study tea ceremony learn Urasenke. Of the three stules, Urasenke is the most casual style. That’s why people find it easier to learn.

The name san-Senke refers to the Omotesenke, Urasenke and Mushakojisenke schools of the tea ceremony. Omotesenke is the head family. Actually Omotesenke and Urasenke share almost same the basic actions, but there are some minor differences. In the tea ceremony, a fukusa (or cloth) is used for cleaning up tools. Omotesenke uses a vermilion-colored fukusa, but Omotesenke uses a red one. Also, the way to make tea is different. Tea made by the Urasenke school has finer bubbles, almost like a cappuccino. On the other hand, the tea in the Omotesenke style has a stronger taste. People can directly experience the taste of matcha.

Mushakojisenke is the most unfamiliar style of the three. This was started by Soushu, who is a son of Sen no Rikyu, on Mushakoji street in Kyoto. Mushakojisenke set up a branch family from Omotesenke. The way to make tea is similar to Omotesenke. There are no bubbles in the tea. They also use a vermilion-colored fukusa, as in the Omotesenke tradition. Other differences include how to prepare the tea and actions taken during the tea ceremony.



Otemae お点前

The act of making tea is called otemae.

There are two kinds of tea in tea ceremony: koicha and usucha. Koicha is a strong tea. If you drink koicha for the first time, you will experience a very bitter taste. Koicha is also called okoicha. Koicha is uses a lot matcha in the tea. That’s why it looks so thick. On the other hand, usucha is a thinner tea than koicha. Usucha also has another name: ousu. These tea types have other differences, too, like tools used to make them, for instance. When making usucha, chawan (tea bowl) are used. Many of these chawan have beautiful paintings on them that people can enjoy. In the summer, chawan made of glass are used. However, more expensive chawan without any paintings are used to make koicha. People who do not know deeply about tea ceremony, are probably familiar with usucha, as it is more famous than koicha.

Tools Used in Otemae

Chashaku 茶杓: A chashaku is the tool which scoops up matcha from a natsume, which is the box for matcha. It is generally made from bamboo.

Chawan 茶碗: A chawan is the bowl in which tea is prepared and from which tea is drunk. Chawan are very important items in tea ceremony. If you use a good quality chawan, the tea ceremony experience is heightened.

Fukusa 袱紗: It’s a square silk wrapping cloth. It is used in the tea ceremony to set tools on or to wipe them.

Sensu 扇子: Sensu is a folding fan. It is used to fan yourself, but in the tea ceremony, We use it when we greet people, like say hello. It’s kind of a communication tool.

Urasenke in Kyoto

Below are some places were you can learn more about Urasenke tea ceremony, and even experience it.

Konnichian 今日庵

Konnichian is a retreat located in the former residence of Urasenke in Kyoto. It was built when a tea master Sen Soutan, the grandchild of Sen no Rikyu, handed the house over to Sen Sousa. Sen Sousa is the third son of Sen Soutan and he is also a tea master of early Edo period (1619∼1672). This retreat is located in Honjoji-mae, Kamigyo-ku of Kyoto City. In 1949, a foundation of Konnichian was established. Their purpose was to preserve and nurture the Urasenke tea ceremony that was inherited from Sen no Rikyu’s tradition, spread the spirit of tea ceremony to the general public to contribute to the development of Japanese culture and also to preserve the remains, artifacts, arts and crafts, and structures that exist at the Konnichian.

Tankosha 淡交社

Tankosha is a publisher located in the Kita Ward of Kyoto City. They publish books that are related to tea ceremony and Kyoto. When Yoshiharu Naya, the ex-president of Tankosha, graduated from Doshishya University in Kyoto, he established a publishing organization to publish the newsletter of Urasenke, called Tanko, in the following year. His father, Soshitsu Sen is a traditional name taken by the business grouping of the Urasenke family, and he is the fifteenth-generation grandmaster of the Urasenke. Yoshiharu Naya’s grand brother, Yoshito Naya, is currently managing the company. The company name comes from the word of a Chinese philosopher, Soshi. The name Tankosha means that the communion between scholastic and respectable people should be a clean relationship like water, and compassion without a selfish motive will not break. The employees of Tankosha publish books and magazines on various fields, such as traditional culture centered on tea ceremony. They are related to Kyoto culture and tourism. In fields other than tea ceremony, there are arts and crafts, history and culture, travel guides, cooking, and hobby life, or they publish books that are related to Kyoto, like ‘Kyoto Encyclopedia’ and ‘Kyoto Tourism Culture Certification Test Official Text Book’. They handle books in languages other than Japanese. Besides publishing, they sell tea ceremony architecture and tea utensils. The first floor of the Kyoto head office (Murasakino Miyanishi-Cho) has a floor for selling books and selling tea utensils.

Kyoto Murasakino 京都むらさきの

Using authentic tea utensils, a standard traditional tea ceremony will be conducted for visitors. An experience of making your own bowl of tea with those utensils is included. You can practice tea ceremony in the Urasenke style. The ceremonies are held only on Saturdays and Sundays, but even then there are days on which the ceremonies are not held, so be sure to check the website before you go. You have to make a reservation on the website at least two days in advance. Here is the homepage URL: 【Address】 6 Kamigoshodencho Murasakino Kita-ku, Kyoto JAPAN

Jinmatsuan 甚松庵

Jinmatsuan is a place to discover and experience Japanese culture. It is located near Gojo station, Kiyomizu temple, and the Gion area. They are open every day, but sometimes they hold special events, so be sure to check the homepage. You can make and drink matcha along with making Japanese tea ceremony sweets, or ohigashi. You can also make a Japanese traditional sweet wagashi and dancing with maiko, the girls who please people in the banquet by the trick such as dancing and Japanese orchestra. Here is the home page URL: 【Address】 BELK Karasuma 2F, 135 Manjuij-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City


As you can see, Urasenke tea ceremony is rich in meaning, history, and tradition. There are many people, both Japanese and foreign, who don’t know the history of tea ceremony even though the tea ceremony is very popular overseas. There are many places in Kyoto where you can actually experience the tea ceremony. The general foundation has a lecture on tea ceremony which was introduced at Konnichian. We introduced some places where you can both learn and experience traditional tea ceremony in the Uraksenke style. We hope that you will discover the beauty and tranquility of tea ceremony while you are in Kyoto.


Ichijoji Kyoto Ramen

by Hanami Yanagi, Saya Ishida and Tomoka Yamazaki

Japanese foods are recognized to be delicious all over the world recently. Therefore, we would like to introduce ramen (Chinese-style hot noodles) because it is popular and everybody likes it. There is a district in Kyoto known as Ichijoji and it is famous for being the location of many good ramen restaurants. We chose two ramen shops Gokkei and Takayasu. We went there and ate some ramen. Therefore, we will introduce two famous ramen shops here.


Access: Near to the Kyoto City Bus route 31 ‘Ichijoji Kitaomarucho Station’ stop.

Business hours: 11:30~22:00

Closed: Mondays

Gokkei is the most popular ramen shop in Ichijoji. There is always a line of people wating to get ramen there.

There are three types of ramen. First is Toridaku and simmered egg ramen. The price is 750 yen. It is ranked No.1 in Gokkei.  Toridaku features a thick soup, which is created through long hours of simmering chicken bones.  The soup lis almost like carbonara sauce.  You can even let the Chinese milk spoon stand in the soup. But it isn’t heavy. Medium thick noodles are used. Bamboo shoots in the soup are too big, three times the size of usual servings. the slices of roast pork are also large and very tender. the dish is topped with a soft-boiled egg and green onions which are a good accent.  Toridaku looks hearty but woman can easily eat it. It is very delicious!


The second type of ramen is called Akadaku. It costs 750 yen and its color is red! It is topped with chili.  It looks very spicy but only has a moderate hotness.  It goes well with rich soup and satisfies a big appetite.  The ingredients are the same as Toridaku.


The third type of ramen served here is Kurodaku. it also costs 750 yen. Kuro means garlic. The smell of garlic fills the air when you order this ramen.  It satisfies the appetite.  If you eat Kurodaku, you become full of power!  When you need energy, I recommend you eat this ramen.  Its ingredients are the same as Toridaku.



Access: Near to the Kyoto city Bus 31 ‘Ichijoji Kitaomarucho Station’ stop.

Business Hours: 12:00~23:00

Closed: None

Takayasu is another famous Chinese noodle shop in Ichijoji. Like Gokkei, there is always a line.  The shop assistant is so friendly and kind. We ate two types of ramen here and side dishes. We introduce them.

First is Chinese noodle. The price is 600 yen. It is the most popular ramen in Takayasu. Although It is a very simple ramen, its taste is impressive.I t has a mild and smooth soup. The taste is like the Samgyetang, but it has a thick Tonkotsu soup. The noodles are straight. There are tender Char-siu slices of pork atop the ramen. These Chinese noodles are very filling, so you can get full only with this ramen!

Chinese noodle

The second kind is Suji ramen. Suji is beef gristle in English. The price is 750 yen. The ramen has many tender and melting pieces of beef gristle. Its ingredients are the same as Chinese noodle. The third type of ramen is Spring Chicken. It features a big piece of chicken! The taste is spicy because the seasoning is curry. The coating is crispy and chicken is juicy.


Ramen is popular all over the world nowadays. Ichijoji is a famous area for ramen and each shop features its own style of ramen. In fact, there are a lot of other shops than the ones written about here. Ichijoji is an attractive area. Therefore, we want you to go Ichijoji and find your favorite ramen.


By bus: use bus number 3. It takes about 40 minutes from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and the fare is 230 JPY. Continue on foot for about 10 minutes to reach the ramen area

Tapioca of Kyoto

by Kanae Hamano and Shiho Fujinami

Introduction to Tapioca

Recently, Tapioca has spread mainly to young people, and the famous Tapioca shop has a long line every day in Japan. In the Tapioca shop, we can choose the amount of ice and sweetness ourselves, so we can taste our own favorite taste. That is the reason why it is popular. In this time, we are going to introduce about history of Tapioca and three Tapioca shops in Kyoto where we recommend. First, in 1983, someone started developing Chinese tea into a Western-style, contemporary drink. That is the beginning of Tapioca Milk Tea. Only 10 years after its birth, it became a national drink for Taiwan, and it has spread to the whole world. Tapioca milk tea, which has become popular in Taiwan, was re-leased at convenience stores in Japan around 2000. Since then, various tastes have been developed in Japanese style.


This shop is characterized by a lovely design like a Korean cafe. It is espe-cially popular among young girls. Because there is a cuteness that makes you want to take pictures of the inside of the store, the bottle of drink, the appearance of drink and so on. There are abundant variations such as strawberry milk, ma-cha tiramisu, cafe latte, cream cheese latte. It is popular to drink these drinks in a container called a snow bottle. If you shake this bottle, the drink inside is beauti-fully mixed like a snow dome and it is very beautiful.

・Tapioca Hojicha tiramisu(ほうじ茶ティラミス) 790 (plus 80) yen

This is a recommended tapioca drink in MASHOLA. The aroma of Hojicha (ほうじ茶) goes well with the sweetness of tiramisu. This is not too sweet, so someone who is not does not care for sugary drinks will be able to enjoy it.

Koe Donuts Kyoto

This shop is a new donut shop which opened on March 21, 2019. The inte-rior decoration was designed by a famous architect. Koe donuts chose “organic”, “nature origin” and “local production for local consumption” for their keywords. And it selected carefully material in consideration for body and environment. This shop is popular among people not only for delicious donuts but also the photogenic tapioca drinks. It seems to have the menu which is congenial to do-nuts. Also, it is good to eat-in because the shop is fairly spacious.

・Cheese tapioca houji tea drink 680 yen This is a recommended tapioca drink in Koe Donuts. Cheese goes well with houji tea. This is a drink such as sweets. The tapioca of this shop is soft.


This shop opened as a second shop of MACHA HOUSE on July 5, 2018. This shop became popular by powdered green tea tiramisu (抹茶ティラミス) which suggestive of Kyoto. This shop has a shorter waiting time than the original MACHA HOUSE in Kawaramachi. This shop of Sanneizaka, (産寧坂) which is the classic Kyoto tourist attraction near Kiyomizu Temple, So, you can enjoy touring around Kiyomizu before go to this shop. An attractive characteristic of this shop is that it was built on the site of a Japanese garden. There are 24 terrace seats in front of this shop. There are nearly 100 seats include second story terrace. So, you can enjoy tira-misu or tapioca drinks while looking at a garden.

・Brown sugar macha latte tapioca drink 650 yen

This is a recommended tapioca drink in MACHA HOUSE. It is the best drink in which sweetness of the brown sugar and bitterness of the powdered green tea are matched.

Shop information


・Address: 406 Sakura-machi, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto prefecture

・Nearest station: about 3 minutes from Hankyu-Kyoto Line “Kawaramachi sta-tion” Exit 9 on foot

・Business hours: 12:00 ~ 20:00

・Regular holiday: No rest

・Name: Koe Donuts Kyoto

・Address: 557 Nakano-cho, Shinkyogoku-dori Shijo-agaru, Nakagyoku, Kyoto prefecture

・Nearest station: about 1 minute from Hankyu-Kyoto Line “Kawaramachi sta-tion” Exit 9 on foot

・Business hours: 8:00~20:00

・Regular holiday: No rest

・Phone number: 075-748-1162

・Name: MACHA HOUSE 抹茶館 Kyoto Sanneizaka

・Address: 3-337 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto prefecture

・Nearest station: about 20 minutes from Keihan Line “Gion Shijo station” on foot

・Business hours: 9:00~20:00 (L.O. 19:30)

・Regular holiday: No rest

・Phone number: 075-532-5630

Table Manners of Japan

by Natsuki Yamane and Aya Tanaka

Japan has many kinds of table manners. We will introduce about that.

Ohashi (chopsticks)

Have you ever been in trouble when you visit to Japan? Especially, you will be particularly confused with how to use Ohashi. I will solve all those problems.

How to use Ohashi

First, you have to holding a pair of chopsticks with index finger, middle finger and thumb. Then you are holding the other one with base of thumb and ring finger. This, in a nutshell, like holding a pencil.

Forbidden Manners of Ohashi Use

1. Sashi bashi means pointing at someone or something with chopsticks. If you do it, you make people feel uncomfortable.

2. Tsuki bashi means spearing food rather than holding it to eat. Chopsticks should be used to grab. The act of Tsuki bashi to become thought of as an insult to the person who made the food.

3. Mayoi bashi means holding or fluffy chopsticks over plates of food while deciding what to eat. At first, mayoi bashi is looks not good. In addition to this.

4. Hashi watashi mean passing and receiving a piece or chunk of food to or from each one. This is taboo, because it done when picking up the bones of the dead a funeral.

5. Neburi bashi means licking or sucking your chopsticks. Neburi bashi is make people around you uncomfortable. If chopsticks get dirty, wipe them with paper.

6. Tate bashi means sticking your chopsticks vertically into rice. This is how a bowl of rice presented to the spirit of a deceased person, at their deathbed or at a Buddhist altar. Tate bashi is an act of offering rice to a person who died at a funeral.

7. Chigiri bashi means holding each chopsticks in a separate hand and using them to tear food. Chopsticks used in pairs. So it is not allowed to use one by one.

8. Jika bashi means using your own chopsticks rather than serving chopsticks when taking food from a shared plate. Some people are fastidiousness and we are should be avoided. If you do not have chopsticks for separate, you can ask the clerk.

9. Mochi bashi means grabbing a dish, glass or bowl whilst holding chopsticks in the same hand. It is better not to hold chopsticks and bowls together, as you may drop the dishes.

10. Kaki bashi means holding a bowl to your mouth and shoveling food in quickly. It does not look good. There is such a scene in animation, but please do not imitate it. If you do it, maybe you will feel like two cents.

OTOSHI (appetizer)

Otoshi is a dish. That is automatically served when you enter a restaurant such as an Izakaya. This charge is basically up to about 500 yen. Sometime called Tsukidashi. Otoshi is like a service charge. You must pay it. The purpose is a gain time when until the food ordered by the customer is served. Please enjoy the otoshi culture because otoshi is unlisted on the menu.

Types of bar

1. Tachinomi Izakaya is a type of bar where you can stand without sitting on a chair and drink alcohol. Most of them are under the overpass.

2. Beer garden is a type of bar where you can enjoy drinking and eating of self-service in the open air. Beer garden is basically summer only. It held mainly on the roof of department store.

3. Yatai (stand) is a temporary store where you can easily enjoy food and drinks. The mainstream is to move from store to store and drink at various stores. It called Hashigozake.

Useful words at Izakaya

1. When checking if a seat is available. “seki aitemasuka?” (Are there seats available?)

2. When you want to order beer. “toriaezu namade.” (Please give me a beer for the time being.)

3. When calling a clerk. Raise your hand. Then “suimasen.” (Excuse me)

4. A signal to drinking. “kanpaai!” (Cheers)

5. A signal to start eating dishes. “itadakimasu.” (Prayer)

6. When you want to order the same drink again. “mouippai onegaisimasu” (Please give me same drink)

7. When you want water. “ohiya onegaisimas” (Please give me water)

8. When you want hot tea. “atatakai ocha(atucha) onegaisimasu” (Please give me hot tea.) ※Almost shops offer water and hot tea for free. It is better to order them after meals.

9. When you want to check. “okaikei onegaisimasu” or “oaiso onegaisimasu” (Check please.)

10. When you leaving the shop. “arigatougozaimasu” or “gotisousamadesita” (Thank you)


by Yuka Nakamura and Sakura Nakatani


History of STARBUCKS

Have you ever been to the STARBUCKS? You know, STARBUCKS is one of the most famous coffee shops all over the world. STARBUCKS was opened in Seattle, Washington, in 1971. It became famous and popular because of takeout style and having some coffee to go.

In 2017, there were 27,339 STARBUCKS shops in the world. Surprisingly, there are 1,328 shops in Japan. Of course, the USA has the biggest number of shops. However, Japan has the third most shops of STARBUCKS after the USA and Canada, which is second. In Japan, many people call STARBUCKS as short word, STABA and it is loved by all ages in Japan.

The first STARBUCKS was opened on August 2nd, in1996 at Ginza in Tokyo. As I said before, there are 1,328 shops in Japan. The number of STARBUCKS per 100,000 people is 1.04 shops. The prefecture that has most STARBUCKS shops is Tokyo. Second is Okinawa. There are 33 shops in Kyoto.

What is the Third Place?

According to the web site, it says, ‘The third place is the social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home (first place) and the work place (second place). Examples of third places world be environments such as churches, cafes, clubs, public libraries, or parks.’ STARBUCKS have been providing a relaxing place as third place. To make third place, STARBUCKJS listed 2 concepts.


They are sticking to making a comfortable atmosphere. To do that, they have a few big sofas, using some dark indirect lighting and highly selected BGM (background music). BGM in STARBUCKS is changing by seasons or menu that is on sale. They select music from all genres. The popular cafe’s music is jazz, bossa nova and Latin. In addition, they use hip-hop, French pops, oldies and sometimes they use classic and contemporary music. When people listen the same music, they would feel sleepy or bored. To select music from all genres, it might be making good atmosphere.

Regional landmark store

STARBUCKS put an effort into their Regional landmark store. It is a store designed in the place that become a symbol of Japan and it is a general term of shops which is spreading a tradition of region for all over the world. There are 23 regional landmark stores in Japan. One of them is in Kyoto.

Let’s go the world’s first Starbucks Coffee

A fashionable Starbucks came into being in Kyoto. It is in a famous tourist spot in Japan. This particular Starbucks was opened in Kyoto in June 2017. The store’s name is Starbucks Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Tyaya. You can taste coffee in the world’s first tatami Starbucks.

What is Ninenzaka?

Ninenzaka is the name of the slope that continues from Kiyomizu-Temple to Yasaka-Shrine. There is a scary legend saying “When you fall down this slope, you will die within two years”. The street is narrow and lined with many shops. It is one of the tourist attractions of Kyoto.

Recommended points Noren

Noren are curtains, featuring a shop’s name or emblem, which hang from the top of a shop’s doorway about halfway down the length of the doorway. Japan’s Starbucks shops feature noren which contain the original Starbucks logo. Noren were originally used by Japanese houses to provide shade or keep out dust. Having noren creates a very Japanese atmosphere because it has been used in traditional houses for 100s of years. It is just like Japan to go into Starbucks through the Noren. The Starbucks has a good reputation among foreigners. They offer unlimited hospitality. Would you like to go there?

Recommended points ”Tatami”

This is the world’s first Starbucks with tatami. On the second floor of the store are three tatami rooms. You can take off your shoes and relax on tatami. There are seat cushions made from crepe fabric. There are items that you can feel “Japanese”, such as a shoj (sliding paper covered doors) tokonoma (an alcove used to display art), and soft lighting. The Starbucks provides a space for relaxation. You feel comfortable with the combination of tatami and coffee.

Recommended points “Exterior”

The beauty of the exterior is attractive. There is something elegant about the old town layout.

Starbucks is considerate about not damaging the scenery. It is a strange space where Starbuck’s logo looks like a Japanese style. That’s the important thing about the landscape.

Recommended points “garden”

There are three gardens, front garden, courtyard, and backyard. A washbasin called Tsukibai is placed. It allows visitors to wash their hands before entering the tea room. There are rocks and moss. It is a space where you can watch the Japanese garden.

Recommended points “Photogenic”

Both the appearance and the interior, the space of Japanese is spreading. It is a great spot for enjoying coffee and taking pictures. Large Starbucks logo on the wall, ikebana, indirect lighting, natural light are create a good atmosphere. Why do not shoot a nice picture? You cannot experience it at other stores.

Tumbler of Kyoto Starbucks limited

Starbucks in Japan, just like abroad, has a limited edition tumbler for each region. Tumbler of Kyoto Starbucks limited is black and based on a Japanese design.

Selling price: 335ml /2000 yen


Store name: Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Tyaya

Business hours: 08:00~20:00

Regular holiday: Irregular holiday

Access: 18 minutes on foot from Gion Shijo Station

10 mintutes Higashiyamayasui Kyoto city bus

Address: 349 Masuya-machi, Higashiyama-ku Kyotoshi Minami-dori Shimogawara


Phone number: 075-532-0601

Sizuya in Kyoto

There are a lot bakery shops in Japan. Especially in Kyoto, there are many bakery shops. “Sizuya” is the representative bakery shop in Kyoto. A lot of people who live in Kyoto are familiar with this bakery. We well profile the quality of “Sizuya”, the bread of “Sizuya” and the history of “Sizuya”. If you get more information about Sizuya you will surely go there and love it.

Quality of “Sizuya”

Good taste is the basis for making good bread, but Sizuya works on the principle that they are also “making a bread that is good for a body”. They always try to take care of “health, safety and support”. Because they want children to grow up health and safe.
So they take pride in these 3 qualities.

1. They don’t use a synthetic yeast.

Bread needs yeast in order to ferment and rise. This process, in turn, needs to feed the yeast. Some yeast products have many additives, for example bromine acid potassium, which has risks of carcinogenicity. However, Sizuya uses fermented barley extract, a contain lots of nutrients such as polyphenol and oligosaccharide.

2. BMP is combined in all bread.

BMP is base mix powder. Base mix powder is a natural product that consists of combined minerals (-malt and oxygen-) so the bread of Sizuya always contain lots of calcium. This has a high nutritional value.

3. Sizuya does not use refined salt, which has a chemical composition, but natural salt (akaho no amasio) in all their bread. Natural salt is unrefined salt that contains bitten and the bittern brings out the natural flavor of its ingredients.

As I explained, Sizuya works on making bread that is good for body. They make bread while bringing out the fresh, natural flavor of its ingredients. So Sizuya is loved by everyone in Kyoto, where they have can run their bakery for 60 years.

The bread of Sizuya

Sizuya is the representative bakery shop of the Kyoto. Especially, “carnet” and “beef cutlet sandwith” are popular items. These are called soul food. At first, I’ll introduce about “carnet”.

This is the “carnet.”
The carnet, a soft onion flavored roll, is the most popular food at Sizuya. There are some secret points that make it so delicious. The first point is the onion, which is very crisp and a little bitter. The crisp texture and mildly bitter flavor accent the bland taste of the roll. This onion is different of thickness in a season. It is important that a sense of crisp. It become too spicy if the onion is too thick. And more, bread become too wet if the water of onion. Onion of “carnet” is very important. Second point is the original margarine. This margarine having a mild taste. The seasoning of the “carnet” is only margarine. Therefore how to spread and quantity of margarine are decided in detailed. Third point is the bread. This bread is the French bread in the style of Germany. “Carnet” is originally “Kaisersemmel” of Germany. Therefore this “carnet” is very soft bread. And more, there are “carnet” that the flavor of pepper is popular, too.

Next, I’ll introduce about “beef cutlet sandwich.” This is the popular bread, too. There are some secret points that is delicious. First point is the sauce. This is the original and taste of salty-sweet. This sauce become accent of the taste. Second point is the taste of dear. This “beef cutlet sandwich” is just as that used to be. Third point is the toast. This toast is baked. It become crisp and a savory by baked. Fourth point is beef. It is used two-ply beef. The reason why is chewy. It is more have chewy by using two-ply beef. And more, it is important that how to fry. It become hard beef if the beef too fry. Therefore using a timer to take a time.

Next, I’ll introduce about the recommendation bread in this month. This bread is strawberry taste. In the bread, there is strawberry cream. And more, a taste of strawberry cracker is on the bread. The flavor of strawberry spread in the mouth.

The history of “Sizuya”

Sizuya is started by Makoto Hori in 1948. He started it for people in Kyoto, because he was born and raised in there. His business policy is “Take good care of deliciousness in Kyoto, Kawaramachi.” He wants them to eat delicious food, therefore Sizuya has many branches throughout the cities in Kyoto even other prefecture. He ran the firm under private as a bakery and a confectionary. After three years, he founded and made a start the joint-stock corporation, Sizuya. Do you know why he chose the name, Sizuya? Actually, he is a devoted husband. His wife’s name is Shizuko. Therefore he named Sizuya after his wife, Shizuko. Little by little, his business is headed in the right direction. A color television was presented to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the founding the Sizuya. In addition, he donated the shopping district in Kawaramachi and some associations to a contribution and an ornament. Because of the donations, he was officially commended by the Prime Minister. After that, Sizuya added branches steadily one by one. Now there are more than nineteen branches in Kyoto. Even if times are changing, Sizuya has been loved by many people. The reason is people his policy “Take good care of deliciousness in Kyoto, Kawaramachi.” from him all the time.

Sizuya has been loved for nearly 70 years not only by people who live in Kyoto Prefecture, but also tourists. The reason is they always have the founder’s policy “Take good care of deliciousness in Kyoto, Kawaramachi.” in their minds. In other words, Sizuya always thinks of consumers. Consequently, they have three qualities: They use a natural product to feed their yeast, BMP is combined in all their bread, they use only natural, rather than chemically enhanced salt. Moreover, they came up with various ideas to eat deliciously. For example, carnet is the most famous food in Sizuya. It uses onions, and they are particular about the onions.

You feel like going to Sizuya, don’t you?
If so, LET’S TRY IT!!

Ramen in Saiin

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We are going to introduce three ramen shops around Saiin station in Kyoto. Saiin station is a station on the Hankyu Kyoto line, just four stops from Kawaramachi, which is downtown. There are so many places that we can enjoy eating, having fun, and being relaxed around Saiin. Among them, ramen shops are really vibrant, so a variety of people often visit these ramen shops. The three shops we want to recommend are “Toritani”, “Kirameki” and “Watanabe Seimen”. We decided to introduce these shops because they are very close to Saiin station, have strong features and are very popular.


Kirameki Chicken Heart

The Kirameki group, which is a noodle restaurant in a chain that is also listed in magazines, currently has 8 stores in Kyoto City. Kirameki is a homemade noodle of commitment, all the noodles are blended with Nagano prefecture-produced, stone-milled wheat flour “Yumemanten ” and they do not use alcohol, so the expiration date of the noodles is only 4 days. The chicken stock is cooked carefully for a long time, using thigh meat and chicken skin, as well as chicken bones.

Kirameki Chicken Heart

The standard dish is a rich noodle with soy sauce-based dish filled with thick, rice-based chicken and pork noodles. A popular dish is Taiwan’s Mazesoba (Soupless Noodle) “Naotaro” is a hot topic. This dish originates in a Taiwan restaurant, and is only served in Kirameki inside Japan. It seems that the o

rigin of this name came from the owner’s son’s name. Taiwan Mazesoba is a type of ramen from Nagoya. Taiwan Mazesoba, provided by the Kirameki group, was created under the supervision of Mr. Shinzane, the general manager of “Noodle Shop NANABI”, which was its origin. Minced leek, onions, chives, seaweed laver, fish meal, garlic and egg yolk are vividly served and followed by small rice at the end. The chicken rich soup is great and it has a mellow but slightly bitter taste. On the table is a seasoning for mild buckwheat so that you can add the seaoning to your noodles. Another feature is the r

ecommendation that you use a “paper apron” , which is prepared in the restaurant, without being disturbed, and not being shy. In addition, there is a point card in this restaurant. When you order a meal, you can get points. Customers get one stamp for every noodle dish they enjoy. Ten stamps is equal to one point. Your noodle dish is free at 3 points. You can get an Original T-shirt with 5 points, and a hoodie is 7 points. Such ingenuity is also a secret of popularity. Moreover, all Kirameki restaurants close occasionally so that the Kirameki group can have a conference, and discuss improving their food and service. The Kirameki group has become a hot topic every day in internet reviews and the media. They seem to have plans to open new stores in the future.


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The appearance is refreshingly simple and much in the the Japanese style. Inside of the shop, there is a counter, and there is one table seat. You can wait inside the store. Instead of a ticket vending machine, order directly from a waiter. The menu is a simple thing of handwriting, and the noodles are classified roughly into 4 sections of rich, light, dipping noodles, fish and soups. Only rice items are prepared for a side menu. Popular rice, chicken and butter pork roll are dishes recommended by an employee. The toppings are loaded with three types of roasted pork fillet, green onion and radish sprouts, which are well colored. Roasted pork fillet is a dipping noodle dish of chicken meat and pork, chicken is two kinds of thigh and breast, pork is tender and rare leaving as it is a light taste. Slightly strong seasoning, but overall balance is good, when you finished eating, the soup is entangled with the noodle so much that the soup hardly remains. After eating you feel a satisfaction, like eating chicken dishes rather than noodles, None of the ingredients use additives and chemical seasonings, and noodles are homemade, so this is supported by a wide range of customers. Depending on the situation such as vegetables in season, the kind of noodle seems to change subtly from day by day. That information can be sent by SNS.

The place is the about 15 minutes on walk from Saiin Station, heading somewhat west from the intersection of Nishioji-Shijo. Also there is a coin parking lot on the west side in the immediate vicinity.

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Watanabe Seimen

Watanabe Seimen is a ramen shop in the back of Saiin Station. But their main menu is not ramen, but Tsukemen. Tsukemen are called dipping noodles overseas. There are three types of noodles, flat noodles, thick noodles, and medium thick noodles. To make the flat noodles, flour is blended with Canadian Western Red Spring and Domestic Wheat, as well as Prime Hard wheat from Australia. Furthermore, the noodles becomes elastic and chewy by kneading the dough with a vacuum mixer. By adding tapioca powder texture is further enriched. Thick noodles used medium wheat and Australian

Watanabe Seimen

medium flour. Because it removes the outer skin, there is a fragrance and a sweetness due to abundant minerals and protein. It is a recommended dish of the store. For medium thick noodles, cassava flour and tapioca powder are blended into the strong flour of Western Red Spring of Canada. This is also kneaded with a vacuum mixer, it is a multi-additive type noodle. Medium thick noodles are rarely used for Tsukemen, so you can enjoy the unique texture of Kansai.


There are four soups, which are seasoned soup, spicy meat, vegetable paste and curry taste. The seasoned soup is made of boiled fish with miso and yuzu (a type of Japanese citrus, similar to a lime) and blended spices. It has a dense and solid taste. Spicy meat soup uses minced pork stewed in Sichuan sauce. Spiciness and sweetness are blended, and you can taste a fine pungent taste. They use a vegetable stock made from six kinds of vegetables in vegetable paste soup. It has a balanced and mellow taste. Curry taste soup is blended with several kinds of curry powder and it has a mild sweet curry taste. In addition, recently shrimp flavored soup was added. There are a variety of autographs in the shops.


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Meat of Kyoto


          There are many meat restaurants in Kyoto. Recently, there is an increase in the meat restaurants where delicious meat can be eaten cheaply. It is thought that the increase of foreign tourists visiting Japan is also greatly affected. Surprisingly, Kyoto is said to be the prefecture with the highest consumption of beef in Japan.

At this time, we are going to introduce the history of meat in Kyoto and three meat restaurants in Kyoto which we recommend.

          First, it is said that the spread of beef among the common people was due to the appearance of Gyunabe (牛鍋) (Japanese stew using beef), the originator of Sukiyaki (すき焼き) at Meiji (明治) Period (1868 – 1912). After the war, ordinary people were not able to eat beef easily, but now they can eat it readily. So, we will recommend the meat restaurants where beef can eaten cheaply and delicious.


          This restaurant was just opened in 2017. This is a meat restaurant which has an atmosphere like a cafe. It is very fashionable, so even women can easily enter. There are counter seats and table seats that are easy to use by one person in the restaurant. The main menu items are beef steak, pork steak, rice bowl, curry and a set menu. You can get 200g extra beef for plus 600 yen and 200g of extra pork for plus 300 yen. And SNS campaign is also carried out. If you upload the photo with the restaurant’s information on SNS you can get one free drink (soft drink or beer). Most items on the menu can be eaten for about 900 – 1500 yen.

*Beef steak rice bowl 1200 yen (200g)

The portion size is large and meat is very tender. It uses a slightly hot soy based sauce. You can put some spices; pepper, cayenne pepper powder and salt, you can enjoy different tastes at the same time. (Rice bowl and curry includes a soup and pickles. Pork steak and beef steak includes a rice, salad, soup and pickles.)   

Beef steak rice bowl 1200 yen


            This restaurant is a steak house, and which was opened on August 2, 2016. It serves good quality meat for low price. In addition to the matured steak, the steak bowl is also popular. The meat of this restaurant is tender and delicious. Also, there are table seats and counter seats.  Inside the restaurant, it is a clean and spacious with a  relaxed atmosphere.

*steak bowl (ステーキ丼) 1,000 yen

(Only served at lunch time. It includes a salad and soup. A rice large serving is free.)

Meat is very tender.  The sauce of this steak bowl is a little sweet. But this sauce matches rice very well. In addition, you put some fried garlic and some fried onion as a topping, you can enjoy more delicious steak bowl.

Steak bowl 1000 yen

Niku Shokudou(肉食堂)

            A famous Yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) store in Kyoto runs this restaurant. So, you can enjoy good meat for low price. At first you enter the restaurant and buy a meal ticket with the ticket vender on the right. After that, the salesclerk will guide you to a seat. Because this restaurant has a lot of counter seats in addition to the table seats, you can go to eat willingly alone. There are a lot of toppings on the table such as garlic chips and red pepper flakes, seven kinds of spices (七味唐辛子). So, you can enjoy the change of taste.

*Gorilla rice (ゴリラ飯) 880 yen

(It includes a salad and miso soup)

This is a bowl which has fibrous meat on rice. Spicy-sweet sauce soaks into the meat. This sauce matches rice very much. And taste becomes mellow when you mix it with an egg. Also, the laver is a good accent.

Gorilla rice 880 yen

Restaurant Information

・Name: NIKUZAEMON (食堂 肉左衛門)

・Address: Second Shinwa Hall F2, 46-2 Kita Yakake-cho, Saiin, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto

・Nearest station: about 5 minutes from Hankyu Saiin station on foot

・Phone number: 050-5594-5028

・Business hour: 11:00~15:00 (L.O.14;30) / 17:00~21:00 (L.O. 20:30)

・Name: TK house

・Address: 107 Suzaku apartment, 7 Higashi Nakamizu-cho, Saiin, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto prefecture

・Nearest station: about 10 minutes from Hankyu-Kyoto Line “Saiin station” on foot

・Business hours: 11:30~14:15  18:00~22:00

・Regular holidays: Wednesday

・Phone number: 050-5592-4973

・Name: Niku Shokudou(肉食堂)

・Address: 25 Kashiwaya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto prefecture

・Nearest station: about 5 minutes from Hankyu-Kyoto Line “Omiya station” on foot

・Business hours: 11:45~14:00  17:00~21:00

・Regular holiday: Irregular

・Phone number: 075-754-8282