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Japanese: Ramen

Men-ya Yukou

Men-ya Yukou Overview


588 Banochō, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto 604-8172


+81 (0) 75-256-3434


1 minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station (Exit 6) on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line
8 minute walk from Karasuma Station (Exit 22) on the Hankyu Kyoto Main Line
2 minute walk from Karasuma Oike Bus Stop on Kyoto Bus Route 45
3 minute walk from Karasuma Sanjo Bus Stop on Kyoto City Bus 100 Yen Loop
4 minute walk from Shinmachi Oike Bus Stop on Kyoto Bus Route 61

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:00AM-3:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM
Mon: 11:00AM-3:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM
Tue: 11:00AM-3:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM
Wed: 11:00AM-3:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM
Thur: Closed
Fri: 11:00AM-3:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM
Sat: 11:00AM-3:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM

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Men-ya Yukou Description

Men-ya Yukou is a renowned ramen restaurant located in Kyoto, Japan. This restaurant has been recognized as one of the top 100 ramen establishments in the city, earning the prestigious title of 'Ramen WEST Top 100 Restaurant 2023' by both the Ramen WEST and Tabelog websites.

What sets Men-ya Yukou apart from other ramen shops is its dedication to perfecting the art of ramen-making. The chefs at Men-ya Yukou have mastered the art of creating the perfect bowl of ramen, from the rich and flavorful broth to the perfectly cooked noodles. Each bowl is carefully crafted to ensure a harmonious balance of flavors and textures.

One of the standout menu items at Men-ya Yukou is their signature tonkotsu ramen. Made with a creamy and savory pork bone broth, this ramen is topped with tender slices of chashu (braised pork), marinated bamboo shoots, and a perfectly cooked soft-boiled egg. The noodles are cooked to perfection, with just the right amount of chewiness. Each bite is a delight for the senses, with the rich flavors of the broth and the tender pork melting in your mouth.

The restaurant itself has a cozy and inviting atmosphere, with traditional Japanese decor and comfortable seating. Whether you're looking for a quick lunch or a satisfying dinner, Men-ya Yukou is the perfect place to indulge in a bowl of authentic and delicious ramen. So, if you find yourself in Kyoto, be sure to visit Men-ya Yukou and experience the true essence of Japanese ramen.

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Men-ya Yukou Reviews

Men-ya Yukou Google Average Rating


Men-ya Yukou Tabelog Average Rating



A special gem we found near our hotel. We passed by the previous day and saw a long queue and then we decided to visit the next day. Lucky for us, they was no queue when we arrived around 8pm.

We ordered the soy sauce ramen and the clam flavoured one. The star of the show was definitely the noodles and the chashu. The noodles were springy and chewy (on the harder side just like I love). The chashu was crazy good, one of the best I have had, super tender and flavoured well. The sprinkle of black pepper was unique and added a special flavour too.

We also tried the pork rice as a side. Again, it didn’t disappoint. The pork was glazed well with a delicious sauce and barbequed so it added a charcoal/burnt taste which was super good.

Please do give this place a try if you’re in the area! I would definitely visit again!


My sis discovered this resto which was near to the Koyto International Manga Museum, so we intentionally visited there.
Four of us ordered the Hachiku. The broth was mild soup blended with various soy sauce and shellfish.The ramen was firm to the point and the charsiu pork was tender and smooth. The broth was clear but really savoury, making it not heavy to have. The egg yolk of the soft-boiled egg was runny too.

My dad got Kurochiku. The broth was dark coloured soy sauce with wine, therefore it tasted heavier than ours. The yuzu in the ramen reduced the greasiness of the dish. The charsiu pork was huge.

Additionally, my sis ordered Pork Rice Bowl too. She appreciated how the oil of the pork sipped into the rice, making the dish smell really nice. The pork was tasty and soft as well.
A really small resto which was separated into two floors. We waited for a while even we went there at around 1400. Super economical and yummy. Big chance to encore if I revisit Kyoto.


Wonderful little ramen shop near our hotel. It's different from most ramen styles we had in the past. In fact, I have never had this type of chasiu before. The broth was flavorful with so much umami exploded in my mouth. The noodle was perfectly cooked. An ice cold glass of beer ended the meal on a high note. We will definitely come back here. Note: the line could get very long so swing by Nishiki market near by if you don't want to wait.


Translated from Japanese:

Today's dinner was my 95th visit to Menya Yuko in Karasuma Oike. Now, please give me ``Awatake'' and ``Matake.'' It's a bowl of rice. First, let's start with light bamboo. The soup stock from shellfish such as oysters and clams has a strong flavor and is very delicious...


Translated from Japanese:

Today was New Year's Day, and my family and I visited Menya Yuko, which has been open since New Year's, to eat ramen. There was a line in front of the store, and I waited for about 30 minutes before entering, sitting at a table on the second floor, and ordering ``Matake...''


Translated from Japanese:

I came to Kyoto and wanted to eat delicious ramen, so I visited at 9pm. I thought there wouldn't be a line, but there were 15 people waiting. . . Since I came all the way, I decided to line up. Everyone is worrying unnecessarily about whether it's okay to eat at such a time...

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