This Specialty Shop in Kyoto Lets You Create Your Own Plum Syrup
It's the perfect souvenir for yourself.
Specialty Hands-on Experience Plum Shop “CHOYA”
108 CASA ALA MODE ROKKAKU 1F, Horinoue-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
How to get there: It’s 7 minutes by foot from Karasuma Oike Station (Subway Karasuma Line).
CHOYA UMESHU CO., LTD is a Japanese company that’s well-known for producing umeshu plum liquor. They opened their first hands-on experience shop in Kyoto called CHOYA, where visitors can have an immersive experience of making plum syrup, which are made using plums that are specially grown by plum farmers.
According to plum master Kentaro Suga, “Visitors can easily experience how to make plum liquor or plum syrup that every family used to make at home. We hope everyone can feel the strength of plum that we plant with all our energy.”
Interested to create your own plum syrup? Here’s a step-by-step guide to what you can expect on your first visit!
Order the “Plum Kit M.”
The packaged plum and chosen sugar are prepared on tray.
Hull the plums.
Hull lustrous plums by using special hull-removing tool. Challenge yourself to use the tool just as you would an earpick.
Fill the jar with plums and konpeito.
Put the plums and konpeito (small colored hard candy) alternatively in the jar. The work itself is easy.
Mix them well once per day.
It will be completed in a week and keep it refrigerated after completion. Dilute four parts water to one part plum syrup, and then you can drink it!
It’s so photogenic right after completion!
Take a picture to catch the moment!
At the shop, there are plenty of plum liquors for you to try. The staff is knowledgeable and introduces the kinds of plums and sugars to you.
There is also an exhibit about the changes in the fermentation procedure of plum syrup on the wall.
7 days of plum syrup.
You can also enjoy a drink to go. Have a fizzy plum soda in hot day!
The Experience DATA/ CHOYA plum kit session lasts for 30 minutes. You can reserve online at www.choyaume.jp or buy the kit for ¥2,160.
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kansai Walker™ (4 July 2018)