The Best 10 Dessert Shops You Must Eat in Kyoto

Japanese style sweets that are to die for!! 10 classic café or confectionary spots in Kyoto. As long as you are in Japan, you might as well visit Kyoto. Kyoto is a city in which elegant traditions of ancient Japan are still alive and cherished by its inhabitant. One of the best things to do in this beautiful ancient capital of Japan is eating traditional or freshly made Japanese style sweets. Now I introduce 10 classic Japanese style cafés and confectionaries in Kyoto. I also introduce a specialty of each café or confectionary and tourist spots that are located near by.


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1. Juvanser Gion store

1. Juvanser Gion store
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Creative Japanese sweets café, “Juvanser Gion store” is located 100m away from Yasaka shrine. The shrine is known as Gion-san and it is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kyoto. Gion fondue is a original dessert fondue menu which is only offered here at “Juvanser Gion store”.

Beautiful presentation of seasonal fruits, Japanese sweet dumpling, and small pieces of pancakes are served with a pot of special green tea based chocolate sauce. Visiting historic shrine and eating a current Kyoto-style sweet would be a good idea.

■Information
Name: Juvanser Gion store
Address / 2F Kyoban-buikdig, 482 Kiyoi-cho Higashiyama-Ku Kyoto-shi
Tel: (+81) (0)75-551-1511
Open: 10:00~18:00
Access: 10min walk from Gion Shijo Station

Website: http://www.jouvencelle.jp/

2. Tea House Housen

2. Tea House Housen
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Housen Sabou ” is a traditional Japanese Tea shop, which has a traditional Japanese tearoom with beautiful garden. All traditional Japanese snacks, which are served in the tearoom, are freshly made without being stored and you can enjoy them with several Japanese traditional teas.

Housen Sabou is located in the area, which has many tourist attractions and historical sightseeing spots in Kyoto. Japan’s first botanical garden, “Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Garden” and “Shimogamo Shrine ” which is registered as a World Heritage Site are near. Please sure to enjoy your Japanese tea time in “Housen Sabou”!

■Information
Name: Tea House Housen
Address: 25 takagi-cho, Shimogamo-nishi, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto-shi
Tel: (81) (0)75-712-1270
Open: 10:00~17:00
Holiday: Wednesday & Thursday
Access: 20min walk from Demachiyanagi Station

Website: http://www.housendo.com/

3. KuzukKaeru Zao Shobo

3. KuzukKaeru Zao Shobo
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“Kaeru Zao Shobo” is a old established store, that specialized in a Japanese classic sweet named Kuzukiri. Kuzukiri is a noodle dish that uses powder made from the root of the kudzu plant. It is served with syrup called “black nector “. The store is standing quietly behind the alley in Gion area.

Yasaka shrine and very famous contemporary art museum “Kahitsukan” are near by it. The taste of Kuzukiri in “Kaeru Zao Shobo” is guaranteed by local because it came to be put out in the store from the height of reputation, what had been catered to nearby tea houses. You must try it by all means.

■Information
Name: Kaeru Zao Shobo
Address: 25 takagi-cho, Shimogamo-nishi, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto-shi
Tel: (81) (0)75-712-1270
Open: 10:00~17:00
Holiday: Wednesday & Thursday
Access: 20min walk from Demachiyanagi Station

Website: http://www.kagizen.co.jp/

4. Demachi Futaba

4. Demachi Futaba
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“Demachi Futaba” is very popular local store specialized in Daifuku. The store is known for having the best Mame-Daifuku in local. It is named “Mame-mochi” in the store and “Demachi-Futaba” often hosts a line of people waiting for “Mame-Mochi”.

The Store is located on the regional shopping street “Demachi- shopping precinct” and the precinct is a famous domestic tourist spot as the terminus of historical main road “Saba-Kaido”. “Demachi Futaba” started to be covered by mass media and started to be famouse countrywide. Hope you do try this popular local sweet in well-kept secret spot in Kyoto.

■Information
Name: Demachi Futaba
Address: 236 Seiryu-Cho, Imadegawa-Agaru, Demachi-Dori, Kamigyo-Ku Kyoto-Shi
Tel: (81) (0)75-231-1658
Open: 8:00~17:00
Holiday: Every Tuesday & 4th Wednesday
Access: 5min walk from Demachiyanagi Station

5. Gion-Tokuya

5. Gion-Tokuya
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“Gion Tokuya” is famous classic Japanese sweets parlor. This Japanese-style sweet parlor is known for having high-class Japanese snacks. Also, the future of this sweet parlor is that you can toast your own moch with Japanese traditional potable clay stove.

Ordering a Zenzai (sweet azuki red beans soup) and dipping the toasted mochi that you toasted by your own is very popular things to do in this parlor.”Gion-Tokuya” is located in one of the hottest tourist spots in Kyoto, Ninami-gawa Gion-machi.

It is the area that Ochaya are located and retained historic street with houses as Hanamachi. Feeling brilliance of ancient capital of Japan with classic Japanese sweets would be a excellent experience.

■Information
Name: Gion-Tokuya
Address: 570-127 Gion-Machi Minami-Gawa, Higashiyama-Ku Kyoto-Shi
Tel: (81) (0) 75-561-5554
Open: 12:00~16:00
Holiday: None
Access: 5min walk from Gion-Shijo Station

Website: http://gion-tokuya.jp/

6. Ryokujyuan-Shimizu

6. Ryokujyuan-Shimizu
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“Ryokujyuan-shimizu” is one and only shop specialized in traditional Japanese sugar candy, Konpeitou . Konpeitou was introduced from Portugal in middle of the 16th century and was valued highly as premium sugar candy for the upper class. The shop is located near the “Kyoto imperial palace”.

It is one of the most popular sightseeing spots and used to be a residence of Japan’s imperial family until 1868. “Ryokujyuan-shimizu” has been kept its traditional Konpeitou taste since established. You could enjoy very traditional taste of traditional premium sugar candy in Japan.

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■Information
Name: Ryokujyuan-Shimizu
Address: 236 Seiryu-Cho, Imadegawa-Agaru, Demachi-Dori, Kamigyo-Ku Kyoto-Shi
Tel: (81) (0)75-231-1658
Open: 8:00~17:00 Holiday / Every Tuesday & 4th Wednesday
Access: 5min walk from Demachiyanagi Station / 2min walk from Kwawramachi-Imadegawa Bus stop

Website: http://www.konpeito.co.jp/

7. Nijyo-Wakasaya

7. Nijyo-Wakasaya
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Kakigoori is shaved ice flavored with syrop. It has long history as a Japan’s sumer treat. Kakigori also appeaers in a literary work in Heian are. If you would like to eat Kakigori in Kyoto, “NijyoWakayama” is the place where you ought to visit.“Nijyo-Wakasaya” is a Japanese style sweet parlor in Kyoto.

This sweet parlor offers Kakigori that can be customized by adding everything from many kinds of flavors with lots of variety syrup to choose from. The shaved ice has puffy palate feeling and easily thawed in the mouth, and your choice of flavors are served on the side to be added any time you want to. Eating Kakigori in ancient capital, Kyoto would be a good idea.

■Information
Name: Ryokujyuan-Shimizu
Address: 67 Enoki-Cho, Nakagyo-Ku Kyoto-Shi
Tel: (81) (0) 75-256-2280
Open: 10:00~16:00 Holiday / Every Wednesday
Access: 4min walk from Kyoto-Shiyakusho-Mae Station

Website: http://www.kyogashi.info/

8. Kyogoku Takanoya Sadahiro

8. Kyogoku Takanoya Sadahiro
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“Hana no Yoi ” is a box of bite-sized semi-baked confectionaries that are offered in Kyoto-style confectionary store, “Kyogoku Takanoya Sadahiro”. This box of high grade assorted confectionaries, “Hana no Yoi” has many kind of Japanese traditional semi-baked confectionaries, that are especially selected each season.

The store is located near “Site of Toba palace” that is well known as one of the most famous tourist spots. Beautiful box of assorted confectionary is a perfct souvenir from your trip in Kyoto.

■Information
Name: Kyogoku Takanoya Sadahiro
Address: 19-1 Morishibahigashi-Cho, Minami-Ku Kyoto-Shi
Tel: (81) (0) 75-662-6263
Open: 9:00~18:00
Holiday: Every Sunday and Public holidays
Access: 15min walk from Kamitoba Station

Website: http://www.takanoya.co.jp/

9. Kotoka

9. Kotoka
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Mitarashi Dango is one of the many very traditional Japanese Mochi sweets. Birth place of it is a pond named “Mitarashi pond”in Kyoto. “Kotoka” is a Mitarashi Dango store near this Mitarashi-Pond.

“Kotoka “offers several other kind of Dangos such as “Dango with Kyo-Kinako (Kyoto-style roasted soybeans flour) Also “Tadasu no Mori”, which is a sacred grove associated with Japanese Shinto sanctuary is near “Kotoka” and it is very popular place to visit for tourists from home and abroad.

■Information
Name: Kotoka
Address: 17 shimoyanagi-Cho, Tanaka, Sakyo-Ku Kyoto-Shi
Tel: (81) (0)75-712-1939
Open: 10:30~18:00
Holiday: Every Tuesday & 4th Wednesday
Access: 1min walk from Demachiyanagi Station

Website: http://www.kyoto-kotoka.com/

10. Yatsuhashi at Otabe Honkan

10. Yatsuhashi at Otabe Honkan
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Yatsuhashi is a representative confectionary of Kyoto. Actually, the sales of “Yatsuhashi” accounts more than half of total souvenir sales in Kyoto. There are 3 kinds of Yatsuhashi. Baked Yatsuhashi is the original kind which is provided from Edo era. Steamed Yatsuhashi and steamed one with red beans jam were emerged from original one.

“Otabe Honkan”is a headquarters of all “Otabe” stores. All “Yatsuhashi “ in all shops are produced in this place. “Otabe Honkan” usually hosts a line of people waiting for having freshly made “Yatsuhashi”.

“Otabe Honkan” is located near “Toji Temple” that is popular tourist spot, and was placed on the World Heritage List as a part of the cultural assets of ancient capital of Kyoto.

■Information
Name: Otabe Honkan
Address: 35-2 Takahana-Cho, Nishi-kujo, Minami-Ku, Kyoto-Shi
Tel: (81) (0)75-681-8284
Open: 9:00~18:00
Holiday: None
Access: 11min walk from Jujo Station

Website: http://www.otabe.kyoto.jp/

You must eat Japanese style sweets in Kyoto by all mean!

How did you like the list? Ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto has rich history and various kinds of sweets. Maybe there are too various kinds and hard to choose one to eat. You have this list now and probably you are ready to enjoy many sweets in the tasteful city, Kyoto.

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