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Shimogyo Restaurants

Where to Eat in Shimogyo - Kyoto

Shimogyo contains the city’s busiest shopping district, Shijyo Kawaramachi plus two of modern Kyoto’s proudest landmarks; Kyoto Station offering a diverse range of dining options and Kyoto Tower has a three storey restaurant at the top of the tower called the Sky Lounge presenting good food and great views.

While there are restaurants to be found all over Shimogyo, some of the best places are located in the Takashimaya Department Store. The 7th floor of the store is home to many fine Japanese restaurants specializing in local favourites.

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Owariya Shijyo-ten

This is the oldest soba noodle shop in Kyoto steeped in a history spanning five hundred and forty years. Throughout this time Owariya has served its tasty noodles and more significantly its wagashi confectionary to emperors, shoguns and revered monks in the temples about Kyoto. Despite its grand history the excellent buckwheat soba served at Owariya is still very reasonably priced.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 (Last order at 21:00)
  • Location: Basement of Shijyo Centre, Shijyo-dori, south-west of Kawaramachi
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 231 3446
  • Cuisine: Soba Noodles
  • Price Range: Lunch / Dinner: budget
  • How to get there: Karasuma-Oike Station
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Keitei

Located on the 7th floor of the Takashimaya Department Store Keitei serves fresh hot pork cutlets with a variety of sauces. The classic tonkatsu is a deep fried bread crumbed pork cutlet served on rice with a rich smoky sauce.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 22:00
  • Location: 7F Takashimaya Kyoto, 52 Nidhi Iruma-cho, Shijyo-dori Kawaramachi Shimogyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 221 8811
  • Cuisine: Japanese tonkatsu
  • Price Range: Lunch / Dinner: budget
  • How to get there: Above Kyoto Kawaramachi station
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Tempura Tsunahachi

Tempura Tsunahachi is a tempura specialty restaurant with branches near major terminal stations and department stores all throughout the major cities in Japan. The Tsunahachi tempura combines the freshest seasonal meats and vegetables quickly fried in the light oil leaving the batter crisp and not oily. A satisfying, tasty meal of tempura is served with rice, pickles and miso soup on the side for a budget price.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 22:00
  • Location: 7F Takashimaya Kyoto, 52 Nidhi Iruma-cho, Shijyo-dori Kawaramachi Shimogyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 252 7885
  • Cuisine: Japanese tempura
  • Price Range: Lunch / Dinner: budget
  • How to get there: Above Kyoto Kawaramachi station
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Unagi Toku

If you have a craving for the delicious buttery taste of unagi, eel, dishes head to Takashimaya to Unagi Toku and satisfy your wish. The restaurant specializes in dishes made with eel in particular is the Unadon, a very filling serving of rice topped with eel cooked in a sweet thick sauce.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 22:00
  • Location: 7F Takashimaya Kyoto, 52 Nidhi Iruma-cho, Shijyo-dori Kawaramachi Shimogyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 221 8811
  • Cuisine: Japanese eel
  • Price Range: Lunch / Dinner: affordable
  • How to get there: Above Kyoto Kawaramachi station
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Zakyubukyotsukemonoajiwaidokoronishiri

The name may be unpronounceable but the Japanese food served at this small quiet restaurant is popular among Kyoto locals. The restaurant is known for the refined taste of its pickles. Served with rice, sushi or as a side dish to whatever you order, the pickles have intense flavour and beautifully complement the food. Free refills of tea are also served to be enjoyed over plump Kyoto rice.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Higashishiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 365 8500
  • Cuisine: Japanese Sushi
  • Price Range: Lunch / Dinner: affordable
  • How to get there: JR Kyoto Station

Kyoto Bussaracan

This Thai restaurant sits in a renovated 85-year-old Kyoto-style town house facing the Kamogawa River. The interior is lovely with a counter made from natural chestnut wood, smoked bamboo partitions and a fireplace table made from the pillar of a 250-year-old house. Check out their interesting set meals, arranged by the experienced Thai chef. Book riverside open terrace seating because somehow the food is more delicious in the company of the Kamogawa River. English-speaking staff.

  • Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30 - 14:00, Dinner 17:00 - 22:00
  • Location: Shimogyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 361 4535
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • How to get there: A six-minute walk from Hankyu Kyoto Line Shijo Kawaramachi Station Exit 1, seven minutes walk from Keihan Line Shijyo Kawaramachi Station.
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Food Floors at Kyoto Department Stores

All the food floors inside department stores around Kyoto are the place to get Japanese, Western and Asian prepared foods as well as delicacies, pastries and chocolates. These are where many people go to get bento or other take-away dishes and you can even buy saké and wine.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Daimaru Department Store is right next to the famous Nishiki Market / Isetan Department Store, part of Kyoto Station Complex .
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