Hirano Tofu

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    Hirano Tofu

    Tofu loved by Rosanjin, Jiro Shirasu and many other old ryokan inns

    Hirano Tofu is a small tofu shop on Fuyacho Street where Tawaraya, Sumiya, Hiiragiya and some other renowned ryokan inns stand.  Opened in the late 19th century, Hirano Tofu has provided pure tofu to these ryokan as well as locals for over a century.  A famous gourmet and artist, Rosanjin Kitaoji, (1883-1959) often enjoyed their tofu during the first generation owner’s time as did Jiro Shirasu (1902-1985), a famous businessman who loved art, in the second generation’s time.  Today, the third generation owner preserves the same production method and thus the same quality.  Using Kyoto’s pure spring water, he carefully examines the condition of soybeans of the day as their condition changes by season.  No preservatives are used so Hirano Tofu’s tofu must be eaten as early as possible.  This is why you should try their tofu when you are in Kyoto.  Besides their Momen tofu that leaves a rich taste and aroma of soybeans in your mouth, the deep-fried tofu is also well worth trying.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,August issue,2013 


    Name Hirano Tofu
    Address Aneyakoji-dori Fuyacho-kado, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-221-1646
    Hours 9:30-19:00
    Closed Sun.