Restaurant 12-3 Okazaki Tokuseicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8351, Japan Published on: 10-06-2016

11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Casual Dining
10.00 - 15.00 USD

Karako is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Karako is a very small but also very good restaurant for ramen soup. The food is fantastic, fresh, and very tasty.

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Selling points

  • Delicious noodles and accommodating for families
  • Excellent, straight forward food at amazing prices
  • The best ramen is hole-in-the-wall ramen
  • Small traditional ramen place with great food
  • Good Ramen shop with great hospitality


  • Noise level Normal
  • Budget Budget
  • Alcohol NO
  • Air condition NO
  • Had kid menu NO
  • Accept credit card NO
  • Serve breakfast NO
  • Serve halal NO
  • Serve vegeterian NO
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Karako was so good, we went back for a meal, something we rarely do in a city bursting with good food options. the main draw is that the food is good and priced very reasonably. AND the free flow side dishes that are delicious; a rarity considering they are complimentary. and as another reviewer has mentioned, in a city where food prices can be relatively high, this is a superb option. we arrived the first time on foot from Heian Jingu shrine. the directions are very straightforward. with your back to the huge gate of the shrine, go right. walk straight about 200 metres till the bridge that crosses the canal and make a left along the canal. go about 150 metres till the first junction and cross the street to your right. go straight about 150 metres and you will come to a busier junction. cross the road and Karako will be on your right hand side, the 4th shophouse from the junction with a large red lantern hanging out front. 2nd time round, we took a bus from the Yasaka shrine/Gion area; bus number 201 alighting at Higashiyama Niomon bus-stop. from the bus-stop, walk about 200 metres straight up, cross the street and the shop will be on the left. bus numbers 202, 203 and 206 are also options. the main street name is Higashi Oji-dori. the junction where Karako is at is where Higashi Oji-dori meets Nijo-dori. the Myoudenji temple is diagonally opposite the shop, with a statue within the temple compound looking at Karako (must be a good sign!) there are 5 or 6 different styles of ramen here, but they are all tasty enough to try any. the set meal as others have mentioned is huge with a bowl of ramen, a bowl of plain rice and a plate of fried chicken. it is good for sharing for 2 ladies. you MUST order the fried chicken. sides are plentiful, with the tofu and preserved fish being extremely tasty. depending on when you go, there can also be French fries and fried chicken offered as complimentary sides! the owner and his assistant are very pleasant and get by with sign language and pointing at the menu. we went at 12 noon for lunch and had to wait 5 minutes for a space to open up in the 15-seater shop. we were a group of 5 but if you're alone or in pairs, it should be quick. 2nd time round we went for dinner at 6pm and had no problems getting a seat. you'll find more locals than tourists here, which is a good sign always when involving local fare. a great stop for lunch if in the Heian Jingu area but also if you're in the Gion area, which is just 10 minutes away by bus.

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