My traveling partner in crime had read up about a shabu place in Kyoto. A place that’s been hypothesized as the birthplace of modern day shabu. So what to do, but to venture out and find this place called Junidanya. However, within historical area of Gion where each building has minimal signage, it was a bit hard to find. Plus with the crowds cluttering the street, along with the colorful geisha, we were easily distracted from our quest. On a side note, you really kinda wonder if they’re actually local geisha or just tourist who rented kimonos. Because you know, you can do that here. We’ll get into that some other time.
After a couple of roundabouts, we found it.
Inside, the hostess instantly greeted and seated us. There wasn’t too many people right before noon. We ordered and watched people start trickling in. I’d say the customers were half tourists and half locals. Two geishas came and sat next to us. I saw them order the same items as us. I guess we got something right and after we started eating, I knew we were right. Overall it was worth the find.
570-128 Gionmachi Minamigawa Higashiyama-ku
Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Verdict: Seek this place out if you’re looking for some good hot pot.