These Are the Best Kuromitsu Dessert Shops in Kyoto
Ready for a sugar rush?
Mamekan is a traditional Japanese confectionery made of beans and cubes from agar gelatin, while anmitsu has more toppings that include sweet bean jam. Both of these sweet treats are dressed with kuromitsu (brown sugar syrup). Here, we share the best stores to go to if you’re searching for mamekan and anmitsu. Take note of staff recommendations and enjoy the delicious flavors of these delights.
Two sisters from Tokyo recreated the sweets they used to enjoy when they were little at their very own Ginkakuji Kimiya. They meticulously created their products by using high-quality ingredients to bring out their inherent flavor. Aside from the regular menu, their seasonal products are also popular.
Anmitsu (front, ¥750), Anmamekan (back, ¥680). The two specialties of Kimiya.
The contrast in the texture of the red peas and agar gelatin is excellently presented in these dishes. Both are served with a generous amount of homemade kuromitsu for the customers to enjoy.
Kuromitsu is made by boiling brown sugar from Hateruma Island. To keep the original flavor of the ingredient, the syrup is made to be lighter than usual.
Their Kyoto-style White Miso Zoni (¥880), is available until mid-April only. White miso and stock paired with chewy mochi are what make it the winter bestseller.
Shiratama Azuki Cream (¥700)
Yuko Watanabe, the owner, says that most of their ingredients are crafted in the store including the kuromitsu syrup made of brown sugar from Hateruma Island in Okinawa. They hope people enjoy the sweets that express the flavors they personally like.
The interior has a cozy vintage Japanese atmosphere enhanced by antique-style furniture.
The shop is nestled quietly along Shishigatani Road.
Ginkakuji Kimiya is located at 37-1 Jodoji Kamiminamidacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. They are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-75-761-4127. To get there, you may take a 3-minute walk from Ginkakuji-mae bus stop, which is a 40-minute ride from JR Kyoto Station.
From agar weed taken from the sea near Chiba Prefecture to the brown sugar from Hateruma Island, Mitsubachi is a confectionery shop that values the taste of its ingredients. Each product is handmade in the store, making the gentle sweetness of their dishes a customer favorite.
The chewy agar gelatin with a subtle scent of the sea, combined with the red peas boiled every morning is blended with the kuromitsu smoothly. This forms a unique taste to the dish.
Agar weeds are boiled for 120 minutes. A sweetness that takes time and effort to make.
With the Mini Tokoroten Set (¥900), you can try both tokoroten (seaweed jelly) made from agar weeds and zenzai (sweet azuki bean soup).
“We use Hateruma brown sugar for the syrup. We keep its scent and flavor strong so it won’t be overpowered by the taste of seaweed in the agar gelatin. The puffy, springy red peas from Hokkaido are also popular,” Matsuo explains.
Relaxing interior with big windows where you can see the townscape fitting for a traditional confectionery.
Vertical shop curtain with “anmitsu” written in Japanese (あんみつ) is the marker for the store.
Mitsubachi is located at 448-60 Kajiicho, Kawaramachi-dori Imadegawa sagaru, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City. They are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Sundays and Mondays. You may contact them at +81-75-213-2144. To get there, you may take a 5-minute walk from Keihan Demachiyanagi Station.
As a cafe attached to an old Kyoto candy store, Gion Koishi aims to make brown sugar candies even more popular. With this goal in mind, they use kuromitsu for the candies in their sweets. Their dedication in making the best kuromitsu manifests in the way they choose the source of their sugarcane depending on various factors, such as the climate of the producing regions during the year.
With smooth agar gelatin that crumbles around the spoon, and rice cake jelly as chewy as a warabi mochi, you can enjoy different textures in their dessert. This is also paired with kuromitsu.
Meticulously prepared brown sugar blended kuromitsu is the essence of all their sweets.
Kuromitsu warabi mochi (¥740). Pour the kuromitsu to double the goodness.
Fumihiko Hasegawa, a staff member, says they use 11 kinds of kuromitsu. They have one with a mild aftertaste, one with a punch of flavor, and one with ginger in it. They use these depending on what goes best with the other ingredients. As a candy store, their commitment to kuromitsu is second to none.
The store stands along Shijo Street with 28 seats in the first floor and 22 seats on the second floor.
Around 30 out of their 50 Kyoto candy products are sold in the first floor.
Gion Koishi is located at 286-2 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. They are open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (schedules may vary). You may contact them at +81-75-531-0331. To get there, you may take a 4-minute walk from Keihan Gion Shijo Station.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (20 February 2020)