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Motokame Overview


La Wengen 1 Ichijōji Takatsukichō, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto 606-8185


+81 (0) 75-723-6006


4 minute walk from Ichijoji Station.

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:30AM-8:00PM
Mon: 11:30AM-8:00PM
Tue: 11:30AM-8:00PM
Wed: 11:30AM-8:00PM
Thur: 11:30AM-8:00PM
Fri: 11:30AM-3:00PM
Sat: 11:30AM-3:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Motokame Description

Located in the bustling Ramen Street of Ichijoji, Kyoto, Motokame is a unique and standout restaurant specializing in Kanto-style Tempura Rice Bowl, also known as Ten-don. Unlike the other famous ramen shops in the area, Motokame sets itself apart by focusing on the art of tempura. The interior of the restaurant exudes a warm and inviting atmosphere, with clean and modern decor using beautiful wooden materials. Whether you are dining alone or with a group, there are comfortable seating options available, including spacious communal tables.

Motokame takes pride in offering their signature dish, the 'Saku Saku' Ten-don, which features a crispy and light tempura made with a special blend of sesame oil. The tempura is skillfully prepared to perfection, with a variety of fresh and seasonal ingredients such as shrimp, vegetables, and seafood. Each bite of the Ten-don is a delightful explosion of flavors and textures, with the crispy tempura complementing the fluffy rice underneath. In addition to their Ten-don, Motokame also offers a range of other dishes, including a selection of delicious soba noodles and small plates that are perfect for sharing.

What sets Motokame apart from other dining establishments is their dedication to providing an authentic and high-quality tempura experience. The chefs at Motokame have mastered the art of tempura, ensuring that each piece is fried to perfection, resulting in a light and crispy texture that is not greasy. The use of their special sesame oil blend adds a unique and aromatic flavor to the tempura, elevating the dish to a whole new level. Whether you are a tempura enthusiast or simply looking for a delicious and satisfying meal, Motokame is the perfect destination for a memorable dining experience in Kyoto.

Restaurant Features

Home Delivery

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted



Sake Selection

WiFi Available

Wheelchair Accessible

Motokame Reviews

Motokame Google Average Rating


Motokame Tabelog Average Rating



This is a small neighborhood restaurant in a off the beaten path place that we found on Google, and were glad that we did.

Food is ordered via vending machine with a picture menu on the wall. You can order small, medium, or large plates, adjusting the price as necessary.

We got tempura and soba. Both were excellent! Presentation of the food was outstanding, and the amount of food that we got was also good.

Other review say that the restaurant is pricey for the meal, but as tourists, we thought that the portion was fair.

The owner was welcoming and had we been conversational in Japanese, might have enjoyed a nice chat.

There is a parking space out in front of the restaurant, although it didn't look as though, so we paid almost as much to park in the lot across the street, as we did for the meal! We did leave a review on the lot for those that follow so that they are forewarned as to the exorbitant price of less than an hour parking (1,200 yen).

This is a great off-the-beaten-path restaurant for a nice meal.

Highly recommended.


I have reviewed this restaurant previously, as I come back every time I visit Japan. I have previously eaten here in 2016, 2017, 2018 and now 2023. I was hoping it would still be as good as I remembered! I LOVE the tempura veggies. They are beautifully fresh and lightly battered. The tempura chicken is also moist and delicious. Every time I come here, the owner has been polite and very helpful. I usually stay at Lund House across the road, but this time I am 1 hour away on 2 buses and it was still worth the trip to have this beautiful meal. You can choose the amount of rice you want to ensure no wastage. I got regular, but I will likely get small next time! There is also free cold tea as well, which is lovely. Thank you and see you next time!


I love tempura but allergic to shrimps, Motokame introduced different types of meats for tempura with very reasonable price so we ordered chicken tempura which is unbelievably soft and delicious.The place is easy to find near Ichijoji tram station,it is so well decorated with nostalgic posters; in addition to these,the owner is very friendly and helpful so ,all in all, two thumbs up for Motokame.


Translated from Japanese:

[Tendon Motokame] @tendon_motokame Ichijoji Takatsukicho 1 La Wengen ▶︎Ebi Tentojidon Contains two large freshly fried shrimp and is fluffy with plenty of dashi...


Translated from Japanese:

Towards the end of summer, before you forget to eat, head to Tendon Motogame in Ichijoji to try Kyoto's summer specialty, hamo. [Seasonal Flavor Hamoten Zaru] 1,800 yen Crisply fried tempura with aromatic sesame oil...


Translated from Japanese:

Thank you for your help at Ichijoji Temple for lunch. The soba set for lunch was a good deal, so I decided to order a set of conger eel bowl and zaru soba! The conger eel bowl was available in spicy and sweet sauces, and we enjoyed comparing them. Soba chopsticks...

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