The Best Okonomiyaki In Kyoto, Japan

Carrie Chan

Sushi bars and ramen places are everywhere in Japan, but local street food is something you don’t want to miss. Okonomiyaki, a Japanese savoury pancake with ingredients of your own choice, is very popular. While it is present in every part of Japan, different regions have different varieties of okonomiyaki. Check out the following places to see where to find the tasty pancake in Kyoto.


1. Donguri (どんぐり 京都駅前東店)

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どんぐり 京都駅前東店, Kyōto-shi
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Donguri, with the aim of becoming the No.1 okonomiyaki shop in Kyoto, has been striving for the unique taste of Kyoto okonomiyaki since 1977. While it offers both teppanyaki (food cooked on an iron griddle) and okonomiyaki, it is better known for the latter. Almost every ingredient in Donguri’s okonomiyaki recipe is from Kyoto, from Kyoto flour and rice to Kyoto vegetables and Kujo green onions. Even soy sauce and tofu are carefully selected from local manufacturers. Donguri allows diners to enjoy okonomiyaki in a restaurant setting rather than in a conventional street stall.



What makes SUYA different from other places is definitely the DJ booth. While playing music, SUYA prepares the classic recipe of Kyoto grilled okonomiyaki for hungry diners and serves it with a decent selection of Japanese wine. It also offers different snacks and teppanyaki. SUYA has an open kitchen so you can see how your food is being prepared. This is one of a few new yet outstanding okonomiyaki places in Kyoto.
Address: Chukyo-ku Motohonenjicho 683, Kyoto, Japan +81 75-255-5539

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3. Issen Yosyoku Kyoto (壹錢洋食)

Issen Yosyoku Kyoto (壹錢洋食)

When it comes to Kyoto style okonomiyaki, Issen Yosyoku Kyoto would pop up in most Japanese’s minds. Located in the heart of Gion, Issen Yosyoku Kyoto prepares okonomiyaki with Worcestershire sauce and chopped kujo onions. It brings out the old nostalgic taste of Japanese street food with the raw and original sweetness through chilled candy and soda water. Despite the long queue it is worth the wait.
Address: Gion, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto +81 75-533-0001

Kiyomizu-deraKiyomizu-dera © Jordy Meow/WikiCommons

4. Okonomiyaki Kiraku

Okonomiyaki Kiraku

Okonomiyaki Kiraku, next to Kiyomizu-dera temple, is a good place to take a rest after touring temples and shrines. It serves delicious okonomiyaki at affordable and reasonable prices. Okonomiyaki with different meat, including chicken and beef, is the best choice at Kiraku. It also offers snacks like fried noodles and squid. As it is usually not crowded and the chefs are friendly and welcoming, Okonomiyaki Kiraku provides a perfect dining experience in a great atmosphere.

Address: 1/F Kyto Shimizu, Yugyomaecho, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto 605-0864, Kyoto Prefecture +81 75-541-1690

©hans-johnson/FlickrHanamikoji-Dori, Gion, Kyoto, Japan © hans-johnson/Flickr

5. Kyoto Tanto

Kyoto Tanto

Located at the vicinity of Gion, Kyoto Tanto embraces the concept of providing enjoyment for tourists in Gion. Using traditional ingredients, Kyoto Tanto conserves the special taste of okonomiyaki with the original recipe of special grill. Okonomiyaki is served on the hot plate instead of your table and you will see how the chef prepares your food. Inside Kyoto Tanto, you will be able to enjoy the picturesque scenery of Gion and the landscape of four seasons, and even view the Tatsumi Shrine.

Address: 372 Kiyomotocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0084, Kyoto Prefecture +81 75-525-6100

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