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Tsurumen Description

Tsurumen is a hidden gem located in the Nishikyo Ward of Kyoto, Japan. This cozy restaurant specializes in serving delicious and authentic udon noodles. The restaurant's unique feature is its homemade udon, which is made from scratch using traditional techniques and high-quality ingredients.

The menu at Tsurumen  offers a variety of udon dishes, each bursting with flavor and texture. From classic favorites like Kitsune Udon (udon noodles topped with sweet fried tofu) to more adventurous options like Tempura Udon (udon noodles served with crispy tempura), there is something to satisfy every palate. The restaurant also offers a selection of side dishes and toppings to customize your udon experience.

What sets Tsurumen apart from other dining establishments is its commitment to quality and authenticity. The udon noodles are made fresh daily, ensuring a chewy and satisfying texture. The broth is rich and flavorful, made from a secret recipe that has been passed down through generations. The cozy and welcoming atmosphere of the restaurant adds to the overall dining experience, making it the perfect place to enjoy a comforting bowl of udon.

Whether you're a udon enthusiast or simply looking to try something new, Tsurumen is a must-visit restaurant in Kyoto. Indulge in the flavors of Japan and embark on a culinary journey that will leave you craving for more.

Tsurumen Overview


41-56 Katsuranozatochō, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto 615-8073


+81 (0) 75-394-0286


1 minute walk from Katsura Station

Operating Hours

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

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Tsurumen Reviews

Tsurumen Google Average Rating



Nice local restaurant with tasty food. It's a best option after visiting the "Katsura villa".


Tsurmen finally arrived.
Visited on a Saturday at 11:30. There were already 4 groups in line. Since it was udon noodles, the rotation was fast.

Order chicken tempura grated udon!
The amount of udon was about 1.5 bowls, so it was a decent amount.
The noodles were chewy and smooth, so I enjoyed the noodles.
The chicken tempura is of course delicious! !

I'm satisfied!

I would like to come again.
Thank you for the meal!


There are many cram schools and real estate agents around Katsura Station, and there are few other facilities.Compared to central Kyoto city and the suburbs of Kyoto such as Fushimi and Yamashina, there are fewer traditional local shops and places to eat out. The trend is progressing. Many people think of eating out and shopping in Umeda.

In a sense, the only restaurant that has continued for many years is Kokoto Tsurumen. Although it is a handmade udon noodle shop, there are many set meals other than udon, and it is quite crowded both day and night.
I've had the set meal before, but this time I chose the cold grated chicken udon and rice set, which I often order.
⚫︎Cold grated chicken udon
When you come to Tsurumen-san, we definitely recommend the cold udon noodles. When it comes to udon, Sanuki udon is the most popular because it has a chewy texture, but it doesn't go down as well as Kyoto udon, and it gets harder as you get older. Meanwhile, Tsurumen's udon is a udon that takes the best parts of Kyoto udon, which goes down the throat well, and Sanuki udon, which is smooth and easy to eat, and chewy.
The soup stock is also a little closer to Sanuki than between Sanuki udon and Kansai udon, and has a punch.
This grated chicken udon is the perfect combination of udon with soft chicken tempura that blends in with the udon.
It comes with lemon, so it has a nice flavor and the chicken tempura is refreshing.
You can choose from quick rice, rice with egg, or green onion rice, and I chose quick rice. The ingredients are shimeji mushrooms, fried carrots, and traditional Chinese rice, but it has a decent amount of ingredients and is well seasoned, making it a complete dish. Satisfaction level is high.

The customers are mostly older people or people who work in the area, and there aren't many young people. Unlike the colorful atmosphere of the station, it has a quiet and ordinary atmosphere. Personally, I like the calm atmosphere.
Katsura is a regular in the top three in popular residential area rankings such as Suumo, but since there are few tourist attractions and few offices and commercial facilities, I think it is rare for outsiders to stop by, but if you do stop by and have lunch etc. I really recommend this place.
Regarding the price this time, I ordered a large serving of udon (+120 yen), so the total was 1,200 yen. I'm very satisfied!

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