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Kitaro

Gentle and aromatic simmered beans named by a famous late-actor

Kitaro is a little store quietly standing in Gion.  It originally opened as a yudofu (boiled tofu in broth) restaurant in 1912 but gradually started to serve original Kyoto-style dishes.  In those days, their regular customers included famous actors and actresses who performed at the Minamiza Theatre.  One was a famous comedy actor, Kambi Fujiyama (1929-1990).  He named one of Kitaro’s menu items “Omame no Tabi” or “Journey of Soy Beans” which is still very popular today (3,240 yen; 230 g).  Fresh yuba (soy milk skin), shiitake mushroom, Japanese pepper and baby sardine are mixed together and simmered in sweetened soy sauce.  It is a perfect accompaniment for white rice, as a sushi topping or to enjoy along with Japanese sake.  They deliver the item throughout Japan or it is available regularly at JR Kyoto Isetan and Takashimaya Kyoto Store.


Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC. Introduced in Hiru, Gion wa Tanoshi magazine, Fujin-gaho, August issue, 2014.  *Information is subject to change.

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Name Kitaro
Address 116 Tominaga-cho, Gion Hanamikoji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Tel 075-541-0816
Hours 12:00-15:00, 17:00-22:00
Closed Sun. & national holidays
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Recommended Omame no Tabi: 115g for 1,620 yen, 230g for 3,240 yen; Available regularly at the shop in JR Kyoto Isetan and Takashimaya Kyoto Store.

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