Great Sweets 8 Gifts to Get in Kyoto

  • KYOTO
  • SHOPPING
  • Travelers flock to Kyoto not only for its temples and shrines, but also for its distinctive food culture, such as matcha tea and Japanese sweets.
    We picked out a few gifts that you should absolutely seek out while in Kyoto.
    Spread delicious happiness among the special people in your life.

    Nama yatsuhashi

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    This is the Kyoto gift most popular among Japanese people.
    Nama-yatsuhashi is made by triangularly wrapping a soft doughy skin around red bean paste made by steaming choice adzuki beans.
    Cinnamon is the classic flavor, but other flavors such as matcha are available.

    Japanese notation:生八ツ橋
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    Price:540JPY〜
    Hours:8:00 〜 18:00
    Holiday:Nothing

    Kyo ba-mu

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    This moist and soft baumkuchen is baked using Kyoto uji matcha and Kyoto soy milk.
    This is a classic Kyoto gift.

    Japanese notation:京ばあむ
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    Price:1,080JPY〜
    Hours:9:00 〜 18:00
    Holiday:Nothing

    Konpeito

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    Konpeito candy pieces are shaped like stars.
    Ryokujuan Shimizu, Japan’s only Konpeito specialty store, is so popular that they are sold out by 3PM every day!

    Japanese notation:金平糖
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    Price:555JPY〜
    Hours:10:00 ~ 17:00
    Holiday:Wed. 4th Tue.

    Hojicha

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    Tea gives off a gentle aroma as soon as hot water is poured into it, and it is beloved by many Japanese people.

    Japanese notation:ほうじ茶
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    Price:540JPY〜
    Hours:9:00 〜 19:00
    Holiday:Beginning of the year

    Mamemochi

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    This traditional Japanese sweet is made by wrapping mochi around red bean paste. At the most popular store in Kyoto, which was established in 1899, long lines form outside the store every weekend.

    Japanese notation:豆餅
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    Price:170JPY〜
    Hours:10:00 ~ 20:00
    Holiday:Random

    Mitarashi dango

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    This is a popular Japanese sweet made by drizzling a sweet sauce over dango.

    Japanese notation:みたらし団子
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    Price:400JPY〜
    Hours:9:30 ~ 20:00
    Holiday:Wed.

    Nama dorayaki

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    This is a traditional sweet made by sandwiching adzuki or matcha cream between two patties.
    They are famous for being Doraemon’s favorite snack.

    Japanese notation:生どら焼き
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    Price:350JPY〜
    Hours:9:00 ~ 19:00
    Holiday:Tue.

    ajarimochi

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    This is an extremely popular Kyoto sweet. A mochi based dough is wrapped around Tanba Dainagon adzuki paste and baked to create an elegant taste.

    Japanese notation:阿闍梨餅
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    Price:108JPY〜
    Hours:9:00 〜 18:00
    Holiday:Wed.