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Japanese: Fried Food

Tonkatsu Ichiban

Tonkatsu Ichiban Overview


403 Teppōchō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto 600-8265


+81 (0) 75-371-0722


15 minute walk from Kyoto Station.
5 minute walk from Omiya Shichijo Bus Stop.
6 minute walk from Umekoji Kyoto Nishi Station.

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Mon: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Tue: Closed
Wed: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Thur: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Fri: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Sat: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-8:00PM

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Tonkatsu Ichiban Description

Tonkatsu Ichiban is a renowned Japanese restaurant located in Kyoto, Japan. With a history of 60 years, this establishment is dedicated to preserving the authentic flavors of Showa-era cuisine. While specializing in tonkatsu, they also offer a variety of homemade Western dishes, such as cream croquettes and pork chops, all prepared with utmost care and sincerity.

What sets Tonkatsu Ichiban apart from other dining establishments is their commitment to quality and tradition. Each dish is meticulously crafted using the finest ingredients, resulting in a crispy and flavorful tonkatsu that is truly exceptional. The restaurant also offers a daily lunch special, featuring a rotating selection of set meals that are only available on weekdays and in limited quantities.

Tonkatsu Ichiban has recently been recognized by the Bib Gourmand 2021 guide, a testament to their dedication to providing outstanding dining experiences. To further delight their customers, the restaurant regularly introduces limited-time campaigns featuring special menus made with seasonal ingredients. Be sure to check their Instagram page for updates!

Step into Tonkatsu Ichiban and be transported back in time to the nostalgic era of Showa. The warm and inviting atmosphere, coupled with the delectable flavors of their signature tonkatsu, will leave you with a memorable dining experience that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Restaurant Features

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted


Private Dining Room


Sake Selection

Tonkatsu Ichiban Reviews

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Cozy authentic place, in an old wooden building. The style looks to be traditional Japanese, all the other patrons seemed to be there for lunch.

They all spoke with the staff and seemed to have a really good time. I had no idea what was going on as I am a clueless tourist. With that being said I really enjoyed the atmosphere.

Food was great. I had the large tonkatsu which were served with some salad, sauce and kale. Rice was ordered as a side dish.

We also got a small soup which tasted delicious.


The absolute best tonkatsu and croquettes I have ever had in my life. It is a tiny little kitchen on the first floor of a house, no frills, seats maybe 15 people max. There are 3 tiny 4-person booths and a few single person counter seats. The portions are great for the price, and they have magazines to read and a TV to watch while you wait for your food. Will definitely be coming back again.


This place is an awesome. Traditional wooden house and the best Tonkatsu you will find in Kyoto. We were there early and 1st customer of the day. The owners are super friendly and nice. It's one of the best experience we had in Kyoto. Highly recommended.


Translated from Japanese:

Goku fillet cutlet set 2700 yen. Demi-glace sauce was served from the beginning. The fillet cutlet was also soft and delicious. I got there early so I didn't have to wait to be seated, but there were a lot of customers coming in, so I guess it's a popular restaurant...


Translated from Japanese:

I had a sudden urge to eat tonkatsu, so I visited Ichiban-san, which I had always wanted to go to. When I arrived at the store around 1pm, there were two people waiting in line. It took about 10 minutes for the first person to enter the store, and you could enter the store about 10 minutes later...


Translated from Japanese:

It was around 2pm on a Sunday afternoon, but there were two groups of customers waiting for about 10 minutes before we entered. I ordered Nadai Tonkatsu (180g). The pork was fried so that there was a little bit of lean meat inside, but the description of the meat being soft and juicy was perfect...

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