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Honke Daiichi-asahi Description

Located near Kyoto Station, Honke Daiichi-Asahi is a renowned and longstanding restaurant specializing in Kyoto-style ramen. What sets this restaurant apart is its commitment to using high-quality ingredients and preserving the traditional flavors that have made it a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

One of the standout features of Honke Daiichi-Asahi is its dedication to sourcing the best ingredients. The restaurant uses domestically sourced pork for its flavorful and tender chashu, and the noodles are made in-house to ensure freshness and the perfect texture. The broth, made with a blend of soy sauce and other secret ingredients, is simmered for hours to achieve a rich and savory flavor that is both comforting and satisfying.

In addition to their delicious ramen, Honke Daiichi-Asahi also offers a variety of other dishes, including gyoza (Japanese dumplings) and a selection of drinks. The restaurant's cozy and inviting atmosphere, combined with its friendly and attentive staff, make it the perfect place to enjoy a satisfying meal after a long day of exploring Kyoto. Whether you're a ramen enthusiast or simply looking for a taste of authentic Kyoto cuisine, Honke Daiichi-Asahi is a must-visit destination.

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Honke Daiichi-asahi Overview


845 Higashishiokōji Mukaihatachō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto 600-8213


+81 (0) 75-351-6321


5 minute walk from Kyoto Station.

Operating Hours

Sun: 6:00AM-1:00AM
Mon: 6:00AM-1:00AM
Tue: 6:00AM-1:00AM
Wed: 6:00AM-1:00AM
Thur: Closed
Fri: 6:00AM-1:00AM
Sat: 6:00AM-1:00AM

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Restaurant Features

Take-out Available



Sake Selection

Honke Daiichi-asahi Reviews

Honke Daiichi-asahi Google Average Rating



Original rating: 5 stars 2019
Updated rating: 4 stars 2023
Waiting time (for both times we were here) was 1h 30min. Surely depends on how fast people eat their ramen...

The menu is small, but the food is really inexpensive and yummy. I don't know if the food tastes better, just because you wait in the cold for such a long time, but I feel, that I had better soup bases elsewhere.

Once you are pretty close to the door, you have to enter to get your ticket at a vending machine and exit again. Food gets delivered pretty fast. The atmosphere is nothing to write home about.


We came here as there is consistently a queue outside of people waiting and we wanted to see what the craze was about. After waiting for around 45 minutes (turn over was pretty quick considering the line) we were sat down and served a delicious bowl of ramen. The prices are reasonable and the broth is really tasty and meaty. Free water refills and condiments if required to add to your meal. Staff were efficient and friendly and we really enjoyed our time here. Would recommend if looking for an authentic bowl of meaty ramen.


Simply delicious ramen and long queue!

This restaurant was very popular with both local and tourists, we arrived around 4:30 pm on Saturday and waited for 45-50 mins to be seated.

The staff was friendly.

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