6 Gifts You Should Take Home from Kyoto

Their designs and ingredients symbolize Japan's former capital.

Kyoto has always been a popular summer and autumn destination, and while we’d love to go back every chance we get, we’re happy enough to take these special kyomiyage, Kyoto souvenirs that symbolize the capital through their designs and ingredients, home with us.

UCHU wagashi

307 Kamitomi, Karita, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto
Contact: +81-7-5754-8538
Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closing day: Monday (except on Mondays that fall on a Japanese holiday. Then they will close the next day)


Fukiyose is a popular souvenir box of konpeito (Japanese sugar candies) and rakugan (Japanese hard candies made out of rice flour). It’s from a store called UCHU Wagashi, which is located near the Imperial Palace of Kyoto. These colorful, kawaii, and modern candies go well with black tea.

Kyoto Monogatari (¥‎1,080)

This box of colorful rakugan is an ideal pasalubong from Kyoto because each piece of candy represents Kyoto’s popular tourist spots. Each piece is stamped with either the Kamogawa River, the Heian Shrine, the five-storey pagoda, or the famous Kyoto tower. The shop owner wanted to showcase Kyoto’s tourist spots in the present rather than exhibiting its historical landmarks.

Malebranche - Kyoto Tower Sand Branch
1F Kyoto Tower Sand, 721-1 Higashi Shiokojicho, Shichijosagaru, Karasuma, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Contact: +81-75-353-4567
Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Malebranche - Kyoto Kitayama Main Branch
Shokubutsuenkitamonzenmae, Kitayamadouri, Kita Ward, Kyoto
Contact: +81-7-5722-3399
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Green Tea Sweets (¥‎1,360 for 10 pieces)

These Green Tea Sweets of Malebranche are koicha (a thick flavor matcha) langue de chat with white chocolate filling. The rich bittersweet taste of matcha spreads in your mouth and lingers after each bite. Their square shape is inspired by kyo-no-machiya, a Kyoto traditional residence. Even though they have become popular all over Japan, they only sell this product at department stores and Malebranche stores in Kyoto.

Nama (Raw) Green Tea Sweets (¥‎1,134, 5 pieces/ ¥‎2,042, 9 pieces)

A sister product of koicha langue de chat, Nama (Raw) Green Tea Sweets of Malebranche are a mixture of baked white chocolate and koicha. They are only available at Malebranche’s Kyoto branch.

Kyoto Gion - Anon Main Branch
368-2 Kiyomoto, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Contact: +81-7-5551-8205
Open daily from: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Saturdays from 10: 00 a.m., Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(¥‎1,620 for 5 pieces)

Anpone (pronounced as anpo-ne) is Kyoto Gion Anon’s original creation. It is a sandwich made with monaka wafers with tsubuan (chunky mashed sweet bean paste) and mascarpone cheese filling. The mascarpone cheese adds a hint of saltiness that creates a perfect balance of taste.


Kyo-hannari (¥‎840 yen for 5 pieces)

is a rich green tea manjuu. This steamed bun uses green tea from Marukyu-Koyamaen. The green tea flavor spreads in your mouth and creates a refreshing aftertaste.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Kansai Walker™ (13 Aug 2017)

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