Hiranoya Honten-Original Hiranoya Restaurant.
During the Kyoho Era(1716-1736), our ancestor Gondayu Hirano, worked as a gardener at Shoren-in Temple. One day, the head of the temple (a member of the Emperor's family) brought back Chinese potatoes from his trip to Kyushu. Our ancestor replanted them at the foot of Maruyama Hill. The potatoes loved the earth and grew wonderfully. Their shape was just like the shape of shrimps so they were called ebi imo (shrimp potatoes).
Eiji Yoshikawa, a well known Japanese novelist, spoke highly of this restaurant, "the taste which has been handed down from generation to generation for three hundred years and which holds the flavor of three hundred years." No other restaurant can duplicate our taste.
The area around Gion,Maruyama and Kiyomizu, is called Yasaka, where there are many famous historic sites and buildings.
Therefore numerous respected painters and writers have loved this area, finding in it subjects for their works.These beautiful landscapes are at the heart of Higashiyama art.
Please choose our restaurant and enjoy our delicious traditional taste as one of your memories of Kyoto.