If you are looking for a lunch spot after your visit to Atsuta Shrine in the south of Nagoya the perfect option is Miya Kishimen. Right in the center of the shrine grounds this restaurant serves delicious Kishimen noodles, a traditional Nagoya staple.
In this review, I am going to cover all the information you might be interested in before visiting Miya Kishimen at Atsuta Jingu.
What is Kishimen
Kishimen are broad and thick wheat flour noodles very similar to Udon. Because of the different shape, the noodles have a shorter cooking time and a different feel to them when eating.
Kishimen can be found mainly in Nagoya and its surroundings. If you want to find out more about Kishimen in general and where else you can try them read the Kishimen post.
Menu and Price
Miya Kishimen offers a variety of Kishimen dishes, some of them hot others served cold. The traditional Kishimen dish is served in a hot broth topped with spinach, Kamabo fish cakes, spring onions, and bonito flakes. At Miya Kishimen this dish is called Miya Kishimen (very creative right?) and costs 700 yen (7 US dollars).
If you are visiting in summer and are looking for a refreshing lunch, I recommend Tenoroshi Kishimen. Cold noodles in a soy sauce-based broth topped with two different kinds of seaweed, grated radish and tempura (one sweet potato, one Shishito, and two big crispy deep-fried shrimp). The dish costs 1180 yen (11 US dollars).
It was delicious and just right to battle the summer fatigue.
Another seasonal dish is Salad Kishimen. Chilled noodles in a sesame sauce topped with salad, paprika, Okura, chicken, and a soft-boiled egg. Yum!
At the counter where you place your order is a convenient menu with pictures so even if you don’t speak any Japanese you will be easily able to order your choice of noodles. If you are especially hungry you can get a big serving of noodles just say ‘omori kudasai’ and they will understand you.
After you have made your payment (they accept cash only) you move on to the next window to receive your tray with your order.
Find a seat that’s available, get a cup of free tea and enjoy your meal.
Don’t forget to clean up after yourself once you are finished. Return your try to the window on the left. The staff will thank you for it.
The Atmosphere at Miya Kishimen
Miya Kishimen is very popular and especially during lunchtime it can get very crowded. Therefore I suggest you arrive a little early, maybe at around 11:30 a.m. or after the lunch crowd has thinned out a bit after 1 p.m.
The restaurant is a simple construction which serves as the kitchen with a big window to place and handover orders and another to receive the tray back after people have eaten.
The seating area also has a makeshift feel to it. A roofed-over area protected from the elements by walls made of bamboo mats. Offering 4 rows of tables with simple benches this is not a restaurant designed to linger and enjoy a lengthy chat with your friends but rather to have a good meal and move on.
I like the casual atmosphere very much and it reminds a bit of the bustling stalls at Japanese shrine festivals.
Kishimen as a Souvenir
By the way, if you like the Kishimen you can actually buy the fresh noodles to take home with you as a souvenir. They are not only sold at the Miya Kishimen restaurants but also at various souvenir shops all over the city. That’s how popular Miya Kishimen is in Nagoya.
Location of Miya Kishimen
The Miya Kishimen Atsuta Jingu shop is right in the middle of the shrine grounds, just outside the main entry gate leading to the main shrine.
Atsuta Jingu is surrounded by four different train stations and you can comfortably reach it from Nagoya via the Meitetsu line. The one-way fare is 230 yen (2.3 US dollars). From Jingu-Mae Station follow the signs to the shrine.
MIYA KISHIMENT – JINGU RESTAURANT
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Address: Jingu 1-1-1, Atsuta Ward, Nagoya 456-8585
Other Miya Kishimen shops can be found in the south of Nagoya Station, at LACHIC mall in Sakae District and close to Aeon Mall Atsuta one of the biggest shopping malls in Nagoya. Find all 5 locations of Miya Kishimen on the map below.
Final Thoughts on Miya Kishimen
Miya Kishimen really is a true staple of Nagoya, if you ask a local, chances are they have tried Miya Kishimen before or at least heard about it. I hope you enjoyed this restaurant review, you can find more restaurant reviews here.
If you want to find other places only the locals know and love join a Nagoya Meshi Food Tour where you will not only try 8 local foods and snacks but also learn more about the food culture of Nagoya. Check out the Nagoya Meshi Food Tour page for more information.
If you want to learn more about Nagoya Meshi, the local Nagoya cuisine check out the Nagoya Food Guide. You can also read these posts next:
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In love with Japan and its amazing food, Lena wants to share her passion with the world. That’s why she started Nagoya Foodie. To teach about Nagoya, her adoptive home online through blog posts and offline through unique food tours.