Honke Owariya

Honke Owariya is the oldest restaurant in Japan and has served monks, shoguns and emperors its famous soba noodles since 1465. The buckwheat noodles can be eaten hot or cold, depending on the season. The restaurant uses Kyoto spring well water to make its delicious soup broth. Its signature soba comes in a 5-level tray that allows you to try them cold first, then with hot soup in the second tray and varying levels of seasonings and toppings as you move down toward the fifth tray. Toppings include shiitake mushrooms, shrimp tempura, Japanese leeks, seaweed, sesame seeds and grated daikon. It’s a favourite dish of the Imperial family, which often dines here upon their return from Tokyo. But don’t let that intimidate your visit. Locals love the small house set on a quiet street just south of the Imperial Palace. Its beautifully aged wooden exterior houses traditional tatami-matted dining areas and beautiful gardens typical of the area. The sweets have been revered for centuries as well.

322 Niomontsukinukecho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-0841, Japan
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Opening times
Sat: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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