# Kyoto

Popular local taste of Gion ~ Issen-Yosyoku~

Issen-Yosyoku (壹錢洋食) have been selling local food at Gion area in Kyoto since around the 1920s ~ 1930s. The local food itself is called Issen-Yosyoku and you can choose the taste of the sauce between normal, salty-sweet, or salty-spicy.
The food itself is the “ancestor” of Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き).
Issen-Yosyoku (壹錢洋食)

The restaurant’s exterior and interior are all very retro, it is like time slipping into the Showa era (昭和時代, Showa Jidai).
Issen-Yosyoku (壹錢洋食)

And almost every table have a different mannequin with a name tag of a famous Japanese actress or idol written on there 😆
You can enjoy your meal with a beautiful lady at all times lol 👍🏻
Issen-Yosyoku (壹錢洋食)

This restaurant is very popular so it has been introduced by TV programs as well~ so depending on the time you go, you may need to wait for a while before you can get a seat.
Issen-Yosyoku (壹錢洋食)

The Issen-Yosyoku looks like this!
Issen-Yosyoku (壹錢洋食)

It is a thin savory pancake with eggs, ginger, beef, lots of green onions, and some more ingredients inside.
Issen-Yosyoku (壹錢洋食)

But the main thing that decides the taste is probably the sauce 😋

It was really tasty, I think it is a very typical taste of Kansai (West Japan, 関西), a bit similar to Tako Yaki (たこ焼き) and Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き).

However the taste is only my personal opinion~ so you should go and try it out yourself 👍🏻
Issen-Yosyoku (壹錢洋食)

This restaurant have been popular in Gion for the past 90 years and is still often visited by local Geiko and Maiko; you may be lucky to meet one of them when visiting Issen-Yosyoku!
Issen-Yosyoku (壹錢洋食)

Also, this restaurant is available for take outs so you can bring it and enjoy it while you do some sightseeing in Kyoto~

Visited 2016/04


  • Address: 〒605-0073 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Gion Machi Kita gawa 38 (〒605-0073 京都市東山区祇園町北側238)
  • Access: Keihan Main Line, Gion-Shijō station (Exit 7), 1 minute on foot / Hankyu Kyoto Main Line, Kawaramachi station (Exit 1A), 3 minutes on foot
  • Opening hours: Open throughout the year ; Weekday: 11:00 to 03:00 / Sunday & Holiday: 10:30 to 22:00
  • Budget: Lunch: ~1000JPY / Dinner: ~1000JPY per person
  • Payment: Cash, Credit cards (Visa, Master, JCB, AMEX, Diners)
  • Website: Issen-Yosyoku (壹錢洋食) (Japanese Only)
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