Here’s Where You Can Find the Best Kinako Desserts in Osaka and Kyoto
Kinako (roasted soybean flour) has become very popular in Japan. This healthy treat rich in protein is no doubt becoming a crowd favorite. Here, we have gathered seven delectable kinako desserts from Nara, Osaka and Kyoto you surely don’t want to miss!
Kisshokaryo Gion Honten
On the first floor of Kisshokaryo Gion Honten, original sweets are available made with homemade locally produced kinako. Sweets using kinako are also available at the cafe on their second floor. You may pour as much kinako powder you want on your desserts from the tabletop.
Kogashi Kinako Parfait (¥1,210)
You can enjoy a difference in texture with its meringue style mix with a crunchy topping on it. The dessert eventually becomes rich when you add the black sugar syrup that comes along with it.
The black sugar syrup is not too sweet and has a smooth texture. It matches perfectly with the homemade kinako.
The popular Honwarabimochi (¥1,100) is served in bamboo to set up the mood.
There are 3 types of Kinako Latte: Regular (¥605), caramel, and black sugar syrup (¥660 each).
Kogashi Kinako Roll (¥715) has a brilliant kinako fragrance.
“Since it’s a parfait for kinako, it’s a dessert made with simple taste. Miyagishirome, the soybean flour used, is available on the first floor,” says patissier, Naoki Oka.
Since there is always a line, the cafe distributes numbered tickets from 10 a.m. each morning.
An old house along the Shirakawa River was renovated. The atmosphere of Kyoto can be felt from outside the house.
Kisshokaryo Gion Honten is located at 306 Ishibashicho, Higashiyama District, Kyoto City and is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., cafe from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-75-708-5608. It is an 8-minute walk from Keihan Sanjo Station.
Miyake Kyukonoiketei Omoteya
This place is a Japanese-style café with a beautiful garden and Japanese architecture renovating Kyukonoiketei Omoteya. Built by Konoike family, a wealthy merchant from Osaka, this cafe serves Japanese sweets such as zenzai (rice cake and ice cream with red bean sauce) and anmitsu (jelly, fruits and red bean paste served in syrup). Aside from those, you may also enjoy pancakes and gelato parfaits.
An old house along Shirakawa River was renovated. The atmosphere of Nara can be felt from outside the house.
The combination of rich black sugar syrup and local soybean flour with homemade milk gelato is a perfect match! Take your time in relishing the deliciousness of each ingredient that make up this amazing treat.
The homemade black sugar syrup is simply sweet with a rich scent.
Ichigo Parfait (¥860) is a limited sweet available until May only.
Cafe staff, Yuko Nakayama says the mother store was a traditional red bean paste store. Not only are their red bean paste homemade, but all the other sweets that are sold are also homemade. To properly express the taste of the ingredients, they make it not too sweet so it’s simply easy to eat.
The atmosphere of the 1800s when it was built remains evident in the interior of the cafe.
There is also a take-out window.
Miyake Kyukonoiketeiomoteya is located at 1-5-1 Torimicho, Nara City and is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except on Sundays. You may contact them at +81-742-51-3008. It is a 10-minute walk from Kintetsu Tomio Station.
Mikasadeco & Café Kyoto
Mikasadeco & Café Kyoto is the 3rd branch after the ones in Osaka and Tokyo. This branch has a gallery space with the concept of art. Not only is their parfaits and pancakes popular, but their Kyoto-limited Japan-inspired menu is also popular among their regular customers.
Mikasadeco & Parfait Hojicha×Kinako÷Dark Chocolate (¥1,980/the price may change)
After having a taste of chocolate, there is a scent of hojicha (roasted green tea) and kinako. For a different flavor, it is recommended to pour kinako sauce all over the dessert. There are only 10 servings per day so make sure you get there earlier if you want to try this yummy treat.
Other than granola and brownies, hojicha cream and mousse, and the tuile on top are also homemade.
Mikasadeco & Parfait Matcha×White Chocolate÷Black Sesame (¥1,980/the price may change). This is also limited to 10 servings a day.
“Other than chocolate and black bean soybean flour, and our 2 kinds of ice cream, enjoy the mix of textures from mousse, jelly, and shiratama (white rice flour dumpling). We highly recommend that you try each ingredient first before mixing them!” says staff, Yuko Fujiwara.
Inside, the store has a modern design with a gallery that can be used as a waiting space.
It has a peaceful atmosphere using a Kyomachiya that is more than 100 years old.
Mikasadeco & Café Kyoto is located at 480 Umeyacho, Nakagyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-75-606-5307. It is a 5-minute walk from Hankyu Kyoto Kawaramachi Station.
Soft and delicious is the theme of this ice cream specialty store that uses kinako. There are no eggs, coloring, or preservatives used in their ice cream. A lot of options are offered in this store for a change of flavor like changing to a low fat ice cream.
Kinana Hapon (¥1,200)
You may enjoy 3 kinds of homemade ice cream using kinako such as plain, black sesame, and felon herb. The red bean paste of Dainagon Azuki made in Tanba is also delicious.
The kinako used in the ice cream is a combination of Tanba and Fukui.
Fresh berries are on top of Kinana Italian (¥1,200), which is a popular menu that uses homemade tiramisu.
Store manager, Asami Kobayashi says since their factory is only within the facility, preparations are also done in the store. Yatsuhashi from Kyoto, which is topped as an accent of taste and texture, matches well with their ice cream.
The eat-in space is on the 2nd floor. Candy, jam, and cookies using kinako are available on the 1st floor.
It is located one street west from Hanamikoji, and has a Japanese atmosphere.
Gion Kinana (Main Branch) is located at 570-119 Minamigawa, Gioncho, Higashiyama District, Kyoto City and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-75-525-8300. It is a 4-minute walk from Keihan Gionshijo Station.
Yojiya Café - Gion
This café is run by Yojiya, which is famous for oil-blotting paper. The cappuccino with a latte art of the logo mark of “a Kyo woman’s face in a hand mirror” is famous in this cafe. Parfaits with the logo were just made available last year. The cafe also has a Gion branch-limited menu that is popular among customers.
Kinako Parfait (¥1,091)
Kinako Parfait is a Japanese parfait that includes kinako ice cream, chestnuts, shiratama, and red bean paste. There is a logo mark drawn on top of it that makes it difficult for you to shove your spoon down. You just don’t want to mess that pretty art up!
Plenty of crumbled yatsuhashi is centered in the parfait. The well-starched texture when you eat and the particular scent of cinnamon has a fine accent.
Yojiya Tokusei Matcha Cappuccino (¥628). The most popular menu with the logo mark as a latte art.
“It has many layers including black sugar jelly, kinako ice cream, yatsuhashi, shiratama, red bean paste, chestnut, and fresh cream. It is not too sweet so you can surely enjoy this delicious dessert,” says staff Misaki Kobayashi.
There is a nostalgic atmosphere of Kyoto inside the store with trellis. Snacks and café goods are also available.
It is on the 2nd floor of the building, and there are lines depending on the time during weekends.
Yojiya Café Gion Branch is located at 2/F Izawa Building, 266 Kitagawa, Gioncho, Higashiyama District, Kyoto City and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. You may contact them at +81-75-746-2263. It is a 5-minute walk from Keihan Gionshijo Station.
Yakigama Sweets Chasen
Yakigama Sweets Chasen is a new kind of sweets specialty store that only serves freshly made sweets. Enjoy their treats with rich matcha served in the Ise-Shima Summit starting with Hinyari Atsuatsu Torokeru Sweets. This dessert has an authentic Japanese flavor added to it.
Kyotanba/ Kinako Parfait Kuromame Kinako Cream No-se (¥900)
Soft ice cream using plenty of Tanba black beans, and kinako ice cream are served together. This store is proud of the lush scent and full volume of this kinako dessert.
Black beans that come from Tanba are roasted in the store.
Omatcha/Tamatebako Sweets (¥1,500). Matcha sweets are placed in a paulownia box. Smoke rises when you pick the box up.
Michiko Kajihara, a staff from the store says you may enjoy plenty of their kinako with lush scents that are different from those that are commercially available. It matches well with jelly using the rich matcha of Maruri Yoshida Meichaen, a traditional production farm of Uji matcha.
A modern-styled interior with counter and table seats.
It moved to Kyoto Ramen Koji from the same floor of JR Kyoto Station Building in summer 2016.
Yakigama Sweets Chasen is located at 10/F Kyoto Station Building inside Kyoto Ramen Koji, 901 Karasumadori Shiokoji Kudaru Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Schedules may vary) You may contact them at +81-75-352-3401. It is directly connected to JR Kyoto Station.
OMATCHA SALON Yodoyabashi
This matcha café uses Uji matcha from the 150-year-old traditional store, Kitagawa Hanbei Shouten. Along with the sweets and meals on their menu, they added 5 kinds of parfaits last November 2019. These parfaits have become very popular already, including the ones that use kinako.
Kogashi Kokutou Kinako Parfait ~Kuromitsu Sauce~ (¥880)
More than 10 kinds of ingredients are used in their parfaits such as black sugar brulee, soymilk blanc-manger, and warabimochi (bracken-starch dumpling). It’s an interesting experience of how the taste changes bite after bite!
Black sugar is burned just before the kinako is sprinkled as the final touch.
Kuromitsu Kinako Shiratama Dango 6 sticks (¥600). Only for take-outs.
“You can enjoy the changes of texture in our treats. First, the soft texture of kinako and tiramisu cream, then warabimochi. Since there are yellow peaches at the bottom, it gives a refreshing finale bite,” says staff member Yuka Tanaka.
It has a stylish and welcoming atmosphere for young people.
It is located along Midousuji. There are also 30 terrace seats.
OMATCHA SALON Yodoyabashi is located at 1/F OME Building, 3-5-11 Doshomachi, Chuo District, Osaka City and is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-6-6226-4411. It is a 2-minute walk from Subway Yodoyabashi Station.
Provided by Japan WalkerTM, WalkerplusTM, and Kansai WalkerTM (19 February 2020)