It was a wet Sunday morning when we visited Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto on day 7 of our Japan trip. We spent less than 2 hours there and didn’t really explore much due to weather condition and gadget problem (2 persons sharing an umbrella is a no-no especially if you’re traveling). We had our lunch nearby the shrine in one of the many shops that serves kitsune udon called Inafuku 稲福.
Kitsune udon is an udon dish accompanied by aburaage 油揚げ (deep-fried tofu). It can be served in large piece(s) or sliced. Why it’s called kitsune is because it’s a favorite food of the foxes (fox is kitsune in Japanese). Now, you must be wondering what has fox got to do with anything? Well, kitsune are regarded as the messengers of the spirit Inari (which was enshrined in Fushimi Inari Taisha). That’s why it’s a must-try when one visit Fushimi Inari Taisha.
Our order arrived in 10 minutes time. No bad. Ordering was okay as they have English menu.
Inari udon @ 900 yen. Consist of aburaage (deep-fried tofu pouch), egg, chicken and fish cake. Although the menu written there as inari udon, I suppose it’s kitsune udon (with large piece of aburaage) and more luxurious sides.
I believe there are other more famous kitsune udon shops nearby but I have no regret eating here. It was just perfect!
2-4 Fukakusa Kaidocho
京都府 京都市伏見区 深草開土町 2-4
Opening time: 9am-5pm, closed on Tuesday
Nearest station: Fushimi-Inari, Inari