We Found More Treats in Kyoto to Satisfy Your Matcha Cravings

Who knew you could enjoy matcha in so many ways?

The hot summer season is the best time to try some of Kyoto’s limited edition sweets. This place has several Japanese-style cafes that offer interesting and refreshing Uji matcha confections.  

Want to know what your taste buds are up for? Read on below for more.

Chakobo Nagatake 

Chakobo Nagatake
serves a wide variety of sweets infused with fragrant and high-quality Uji matcha. The sweets perfectly match with the two kinds of shop’s specialty tea, Gyokuro and Sencha. The store’s extensive menu was the result of the owner’s desire to have more people enjoy tea.

The freshly-cooked warabimochi is jiggly and has a chewy texture (Sencha Set, ¥1,500). 

The type of Uji matcha that the store uses has a mellow flavor, so the treats have the right balance of bitterness and sweetness. We suggest you try them as they are, at first, then taste them with the shop’s special
kinako or roasted soybean flour, made from Tamba black soy. 

The Matcha Green Tea Daifuku 6 pieces (¥1,300) is a popular choice for souvenirs.

The café is located at Pontocho, where the traditional Kyoto atmosphere remains.

Chakobo Nagatake is located at 189 Zaimokucho, Nakagyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It’s a 4-minute walk from Keihan Sanjyo Station. You may contact them at +81-75-213-4608.

Kagizen Yoshifusa Kodaiji Store 

Kagizen Yoshifusa Kodaiji Store
has been serving yummy Kyoto confections since the middle of the Edo period. One of their most popular items is the Kuzukiri (¥1,080), or arrowroot starch noodles, which is served in an elegant Wajima-painted bowl. The freshly-cooked Kuzukiri is so transparent that you could even see through it!

The simple Kuzukiri is made only with arrowroot and water.

Consisting of only Yoshino Honkuzu (arrowroot) and water from Nara Prefecture, the
Kuzukiri has a slippery feel on the throat. You can also choose the sauce,  black or white molasses to the dish. We highly recommend black molasses, made from Okinawan black sugar, for a rich sweetness, smell, and texture. 

Aside from this, they also offer various seasonal sweets. 

Matcha served with seasonal sweets (¥880).

It is less crowded than the Shijo Main Branch.

Kagizen Yoshifusa Kodaiji Store is located at Shimokawaradori Kodaiji Omotemon-mae Agaru, Higashiyama District, Kyoto City and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Wednesdays. It’s a 3-minute walk from Higashiyama Yasui Bus Stop and a 5-minute bus ride from Keihan Gion Shijo Station. You may contact them at +81-75-525-0011.


Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (18 July 2019)

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