okonomiyaki
Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka!

JR Kyoto station is not only a major transportation hub,but also a place for shopping and dining.

There are many restaurants,and you can find almost every local food specialty around JR Kyoto station.

If you want to try local foods, why don’t you try okonomiyaki?

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese-style savory pancake with various ingredients as pork,squid and seafood.

“Okonomi” means whatever you like in Japanese, so you use any ingredient you like as a topping.

It’s fun to try a variety of ingredients and have your original okonomiyaki!

This time,I would like share top 5 best Okonomiyaki restaurants in Kyoto.

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Local tells Top 5 best Okonomiyaki restaurants around JR Kyoto station!

1.Arata/あらた

Arata Arata is one of the most popular Okonomiyaki restaurants which is conveniently located about 5 minutes walk from JR Kyoto station.

This restaurant is very lively with a lot of laughter,and always packed with locals.

The most popular dish is Arata Okonomi at 950 yen.

Arata Okonomi with noodles topped with cow chin meat,cabbages and green onions is very tasty.

The batter and beef chin are the best match with their original rich,spicy sauce.

They offer not only Okonomiyaki but also a variety of teppanyaki dishes.

Don’t forget to order Agino Shioyaki(grilled offal of chin beef) with your Okonoimiyaki which is one of the specialty menus of this restaurant.

The freshly cooked grilled offal topped with green onion is very delicious.The more you chew, the more the flavor comes out.

The staff are friendly, and the can speak English.

If you are looking for authentic okonomiyaki restaurant, you should definitely visit Arata!     

Address: 24-4 Nishikujoincho Minami-Ku, Kyoto
Location: 5 minutes walk from JR Kyoto station
Phone: 075-661-5444
Open: 17:00~23:00
Closed: Sunday
Price: 2,000yen~3,000yen
Others:English menu is available.
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2.Yamamoto Manbo/山本まんぼ

Yamamotomanbo Yamamoto manbo is a traditional Okonomiyaki restaurant which was established in 1950.

They kept the same taste and same style of okonomiyaki since its opening.

The popular dish is Manboyaki.

The prices change depending on the portion and ingredients between 580 and 1,020 yen.

Manboyaki is layered okonomiyaki with udon or soba noodles,pork squid,small intestine of beef,takuan(pickled radish) and topped with green onions and soft half-boiled egg.

If you want to have a chewy manboyaki,you should choose Udon noodles, and if you want to have a crispy manboyaki,you should choose soba noodles.

You can also choose taste of sauce from regular or spicy.

The chef cooks Okonomiyaki in front of your eyes on the hot plate.The freshly cooked manboyaki is tasty with full of flavor.

This restaurant is very popular among locals that many people are waiting in a line especially on holidays and weekends.

I highly recommend you to visit restaurant if you want to try traditional Kyoto style Okonomiyaki.

Enjoy tasty okonomiyaki with beer during the day time!

Address: 56 Shimonomachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Location: 10 minutes walk from Kyoto station (JR line)
Phone: 075-341-8050
Open: 10:00~22:00
Closed: Wednesday
Price: 1,000~2,000yen
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3.Kyo Chabana Ekimae Shop/京ちゃばな 京都駅前店

Kyochabana Kyo Chabana is okonomiyaki chain restaurants in Kyoto and Tokyo,Kyo Chabana Kyoto Ekimae is conveniently located 3 minutes walk from JR Kyoto station.

They offer very creative and unique okonomiyaki dishes specialized in tomatoes and avocados.

The tomato based okonomi add a tomatoes sauce on top of the okonomiyaki.The tomatoes are carefully selected by the chef that are sweet and juicy.

The fluffy okonomiyaki perfectly match with the tomato sauce.

Soy sauce based avovados okonomiyaki is also a popular menu.

You can watch the chefs cook your okonomiyaki in front of your eyes on the teppaniyaki.

There are also a variety of vegetables so this is a good place for vegan too.

If you want to try unique Okonomiyaki in Kyoto, you should not miss this restaurant.

Address: 1F,Matsuya Bldg.578 Higashishiokojimachi, Kizuyabashi Karasuma-dori Nishi-iru, Simogyo-ku, Kyoto
Location: 3 minutes walk from JR Kyoto station
Phone: 075-352-7357
Open: 17:00~02:00(L.O.1:45 a.m.)
Closed: –
Price: 3,000~4,000 yen
Others:English menu is available
Map

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4.Machiya Kyoto Porta/町や ポルタ店

Machiya Machiya is okonomiyaki chain restaurant,and Machiya Kyoto Porta is located in the underground shopping mall called Porta which is 5 minutes walk from JR Kyoto station.

This restaurant is designed to represent the form of Japanese traditional townhouse.

It is popular among not only locals but also foreign visitors.

Their okonomiyaki dishes made with Kyoto vegetables and seasonable ingredients.

They offer a variety of okonomiyaki dishes including Modanyaki topped with beef stew,cheese and green onions,seafood,and beef.

The recommended dish is Modanyaki topped with beef stew,cheese and green onions.

The modanyaki is topped with a plenty of melted cheese which create an amazing harmony of the taste.

Soy sauce,okonomiyaki sauce and green seaweed and mayonnaise are available on the tables.The okonomiyaki sauce is relatively sweet.

The chef cooks the okonomiyaki and then they place them on each individual hot plate to keep them warm.

There is always a long queue in front of the restaurant, but the service is very fast.

Address: 902-505 Higashi Shiokojicho, Karasuma-dori Shiokoji Iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto Ekimae Underground Shopping Center Porta,
Location: 5 minutes from JR Kyoto station
Phone: 075-343-3077
Open; 11:00~22:00
Closed:-
Price: 1,000~2,000yen
Others:English menu is available
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5.DONGURI Ekimae Shop/どんぐり 京都駅前店

Donguri DONGURI is okonomiyaki chain restaurant in Kyoto.

There are two shops that are DONGURI Ekimae shop and DONGURI Ekimae east shop within 5 minute walk from JR Kyoto station.

They offer Kyoto-style okonomiyaki, almost every ingredient is from Kyoto including Kyoto rice,sake,soy sauce and vegetables.

They serve a wide variety of dishes with Okonomiyaki,Negiyaki,Teppanyaki at a reasonable price between 500 and 900 yen.

There are about 20 toppings so you can make your original Okonomiyaki.

Soy sauce,okonomiyaki sauce,green seaweed,dried bonito,and mayonnaise are available on the tables.

DONGURI’s okonomiyaki is fluffy inside and crispy outside.Very tasty.

The Chef cooks the okonomiyaki and then they place them on each individual hot plate to keep them warm.

The private rooms are available,but it’s better to make a reservation in advance.

If you want to have kyoto style okonomiyaki in a classic atmosphere, you should visit DONGURI.

1)DONGURI Kyoto Ekimae Shop
Address: Karasumadori Shichijo-sagaru, Nishigawa, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Location: 5 minutes walk from JR Kyoto station
Phone: 075-361-5777
Open: Monday – Saturday 17:00~01:00(L.O.0:30 a.m.) Sunday and Public Holiday 11:30~01:00(L.O.00:30)
Closed:-
Price: Lunch 1,000〜2,000 yen Dinner 2,000〜3,000 yen
Others:English menu is available
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2)DONGURI Kyoto Ekimae East Shop
Address: Higashinotouin Nishi Iru,Kitagawa, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Location: 5 minutes walk from JR Kyoto station
Phone:075-343-7888
Open: Monday – Saturday 17:00~01:00(L.O.0:30 a.m.) Sunday and Public Holiday 11:30~01:00(L.O.00:30)
Closed:-
Price: Lunch 1,000〜2,000 yen Dinner 2,000〜3,000 yen
Others:English menu is available
Map


I hope you enjoy tasty okonomiyaki with locals around JR Kyoto station!

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