Menya Gokkei (in Ichijoji, Kyoto) – the very thick chicken plain hot water ramen tastes extremely exquisite

Ichijoji, which is near Ginkakuji Temple, is one of the most famous ramen battlefields in Kyoto. There are many ramen shops near such famous shops as Tentenyu and Takayasu and a lot of people visit the area to eat ramen day and night.

Menya Gokkei, which opened in the area in 2011, is a very reputed ramen shop these days.

The soup they make by cooking chicken trunk and leg bones and a lot of chicken for half a day is chicken plain hot water like potage and reminds you of Tenkaippin. But it is much thicker than that of Tenkaippin. It also has umami (good flavor) of chicken and has no zatsumi (unfavorable taste).

The thick straight noodles, produced by a noodle maker in Kyoto, Menya Teigaku, are low hydrolysis ones. They go well with the soup. Toppings such as roasted butt of pork, fermented and seasoned bamboo shoots and higenegi (a kind of welsh onions) are also good.

In addition to Toridaku (the picture above), which is the shop’s signature, the shop has Akadaku, including red pepper, Kurodaku, including homemade garlic oil, Gyodaku, including fish meal. If you visit the shop for the first time, you should order Toridaku. I would like you to enjoy very thick chicken plain hot water ramen.

By the way, Ichijoji has recommended places other than ramen shops. One of them is Keibunsya, which was selected as “The world 10 best bookshops” by The Guardian. After eating ramen, I like relaxing and reading here. (Translated by Daisuke Miyatori)


  • Menu
    Toridaku : ¥700
    Akadaku : ¥700
    Kurodaku : ¥700
    Uodaku : ¥700 … and more
  • Address
    29-7, Ichijoji Nishitojikawara-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
  • Nearest Station
    Ichijoji (Eizandensha)
  • Opening Hours
    11:30~22:00 (The store will be closed as soon as the soup runs out)
  • Map





I live in Kyoto. I hope to let you know about Japanese ramen. So, I intend to introduce the delicious ramen shops to you.

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