When my tour guide in Kyoto informed me that we would be stopping for lunch at Honke Owariya, the oldest confectionary shop in Japan, I was thrilled. I had already developed quite a taste for Japanese food and the prospect of dining at a place, rich in history and tradition, was quite delightful. Further, on googling I found out that it was also the best soba restaurant in Kyoto.
Honke Owariya has four shops and the original shop cum restaurant is located near the Old Imperial Palace. We went to the original shop which is a wooden building and has the historical machiya appearance, a traditional style of architecture unique to Kyoto. The restaurant offers both table seating and tatami banquet rooms. There is also a tea room (tatami room).
I enjoyed a delicious course of tenseiro-tempura with cold soba noodles. I highly recommend this restaurant to tourists visiting Kyoto, you won't regret eating here!
Kyoto, 604-0841, Japan
11:00 to 19:00 ( last order 18:30 )
*sweets sale from 9:00
More information on the restaurant can be find on https://honke-owariya.co.jp/en/.