Category Archives: Restaurant

Muku Café

My daughters ( 2&5) and I are always on the lookout for new and fun places. We finally had a chance to check out Muku Café yesterday and I could not believe we hadn’t been yet. First we parking in a large free parking lot right off 5. The café itself is about a 20 minute drive from the Fussa gate and located on 5. When we walked up I was a bit worried because it didn’t look kid friendly. Once we entered we noticed multiple wooden toys and books to play with. Its traditional Japanese seating and we did have to take our shoes off to sit. I also noticed that they had several kids sitting options which included chairs, bouncers and bassinets.

The menu is all in Japanese but I had no trouble translating it using google translate. All of the food was affordable. I ordered 3 meals at lunch and paid 2000 yen. We were all full and food was great! As we went to pay they also informed me that if I added them on the Line app I got 300 off.

We were very pleased with the food and service. Then as we went to leave they came out to tell us there was a play area upstairs. This area was not visible from the restaurant but was a nice place to let the kiddos play for a bit. They had all kinds of wooden toys, books and fun swings on the back patio. If you have kids and are looking for a nice place to have lunch or dinner I reco. -February 2020, Deena Brunson.

https://kominka-muku.jp/en/mukucafe/

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Dohton Bori

Dohton Bori is not far from base and a great lunch or dinner spot. It’s open from 11am to midnight and offers a fun cooking experience. My husband and I went for lunch on a rainy afternoon. When we arrived we removed our shoes and placed them in a small locker. We then took the wooden key with us and waited to be seated.

Okonomiyaki is what they are known for but there are other things on the menu. I ordered a small okonomiyaki bowl and mushrooms on the side. My husband said the large bowl could feed two people. There are instructional sheets at the table that explain how to cook the okonomiyaki. The center of the table is a flat grill where you cook your food. You will also find many sauces at the table to make it your own. 

Grilling was very easy and didn’t take long at all. We brought our young daughter but thankfully she stayed asleep. I think our 4 year old could handle it and would know not to touch the grill but my 1.5 year old may not have done so well. 

The tables are Japanese style seating. There are two rooms with seats. One to the left of the shoes lockers and one to the right. Tables on the left are horigotatsu style with the hole under them for your legs, so if you have bad knees or don’t want to sit cross legged you may prefer that side. Tables to the right are tatami mat style. – Deena Brunson, 2019


Kyoto Fire Ramen Restaurant

After a full day of sightseeing in Kyoto, our 5 and 8 year old boys were beat and ready to eat.  My husband had read about a unique restaurant called Kyoto Fire Ramen so we decided to check it out.  Upon arrival they were full so we checked in on a computer and waited outside in the cold with some others for the tables to open up.  Luckily it was only about a 20 minute wait before we were allowed in.  We sat up to a bar where we were given full body bibs.  They took my phone and hung it behind the bar to record our fire ramen experience.  The owner spoke very good English and chatted with us a bit before the official start of the cooking process.  It was fun to watch how the ramen was made.  Once they sit the ramen in front of you, they go down the line of the bar setting them on fire.  My 5 year old was increasingly concerned as the fire got closer and closer to him.  He cried but recovered quickly and ate all his ramen.  It was probably one of my favorite ramens I have had in Japan, and the whole family agreed!  The owner also made everyone take a funny photo eating the ramen.  When we left there was an even longer line of people waiting so I would recommend getting there early.  We arrived at 5:00pm.  They allow approximately 3o minutes for you to complete your meal.  If we ever make it back to Kyoto, we’d definitely visit this restaurant again! – Angela Vaillant, March 2018

Check out the web-site for more info on how the ramen is made and pricing.  Set prices range from ¥1480-¥2150. They also want children to be at least 110cm tall.  http://www.fireramen.com/home/index.html

Open daily – 11:30am-11:00pm (no reservations)