You Have to Visit These Kinako Treats Shops in Kyoto

You'll love the donuts!


Kinako
(roasted soybean flour) is a healthy product with a lot of protein that is becoming more and more popular today. There is a variety of kinako treats you can enjoy like those that are combined with black sugar syrup. In this article, we will introduce to you 6 kinako and kuromitsu (black sugar syrup) sweets shops in Kyoto. Check out their delicious and cute sweets!


ZARAME BASE


This café has 4 branches in the Aichi Prefecture and is becoming popular for its freshly made donuts and coffee. They just opened their first store in Kyoto. Besides their classic donuts, the Kyoto branch’s limited donuts with ice cream in between is catching the attention of a lot of customers.


Kinako
(¥260). The chewy dough with black sugar inside pairs well with kinako. It’s been a popular item on the menu since the store’s opening.


“Coating the dough with kinako and adding more in the end makes the donut full of kinako flavor. All the donuts are in American sizes, so they are satisfying,” says the staff, Onodera Mika.


Fresh donuts are made inside the shop. There are always about 10 kinds available you can choose from.


ZARAME BASE is located at 30 Hirano Kamihaccho Yanagi-cho, Kita District, Kyoto. You may contact them at +81-75-462-8811. They are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Tuesdays. To get there, you may take an 8-minute-walk from Randen Kitanohakubaicho Station.


koe donuts kyoto


This donut factory café produced by koe is a lifestyle brand. There are about 40 kinds of donuts to choose from that use ingredients locally produced in Japan. About 20 are lined up according to the time of day.


Kinako Old Fashioned
(¥308). You can taste the natural sweetness of kinako in the dough, which is crispy on the outside and moist inside!


Uozumi Sei
, the store’s staff, says they make donuts that are based on these three keywords: organic, natural, and locally produced for local consumption. The kinako in their Kinako Old Fashioned is also nutritious.


The interior with about 572 bamboo baskets are made by the architect Kuma Kengo.


koe donuts kyoto is located at 557 Shinkyogoku-dori Shijyo Noboru Nakano-cho, Nakagyo District, Kyoto. You may contact them at +81-75-748-1162. They are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. To get there, you may take a 1-minute-walk from Hankyu Kyoto Kawaracho Station.


Konna Monja


This store is produced by Kyo Tofu Fujino, which opened more than 50 years ago. Their soymilk sweets are very popular. They even made 20,000 soymilk donuts for New Year’s alone. Donuts with kinako and caramel can also be enjoyed in this store.

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Soymilk Donuts Kuromitsu Kinako
(¥300 for 6 pieces) is a great combination of elegant sweetness of Okinawa produced kuromitsu and the roasted flavor of kinako.


The owner of the store, Yasuda Keigo says they only serve just-fried soymilk donuts so they’re crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The sweetness of kuromitsu and kinako matches perfectly with the aftertaste of soymilk.


This shop is in the Nishiki Market Arcade. Here you can also buy various products from Kyo Tofu Fujino.


Konna Monja is located at 494 Nishikikoij Sakaicho Tsukaku Nakauoya-cho, Nakagyo District, Kyoto. You may contact them at +81-75-255-3231. They are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To get there, you may take 4-minute-walk from Hankyu Karasumaru Station.


Hitsuji


This donut specialty shop by the Shimomura couple used to be a bakery. They make donuts using minimum additives and simple ingredients like homemade natural yeast. Their donuts can be enjoyed by anyone.


Tanba produced Kuromame is also inside the dough besides the flavorful kinako. Hatsuga Genmai Donut Tanba Kuromame and Tanba Kuromame Kinako (¥210).


This donut is popular for its natural sweetness and softness made by fermenting the dough including hatsuga genmai rice produced with minimal pesticides and soymilk. It’s also fun comparing it to natural yeast donuts which are fluffier and lighter. This is according to the store owner, Shimomura Yukiko.


There are about 20 kinds of donuts like the natural yeast dough, hatsuga genmai rice dough, and chocolate dough.


Hitsuji is located at 355-1 Tominokoji-dori Ebiugawa Noboru Oi-cho, Nakagyo District, Kyoto. You may contact them at +81-75-221-6534. They are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Sundays to Wednesdays. To get there, you may take a 7-minute-walk from Subway Marutacho Station.


Donuts-ya Kinzo


Here, their donuts are handmade from ingredients such as soymilk, rice oil, tensai sugar, and flour locally produced in Japan. There are about 15 kinds of donuts that change its dough according to its flavor. Soymilk soft ice cream is also popular with its refreshing taste.


Kinako
(¥150). This donut has a good balance of kinako and tensai sugar which makes the aftertaste refreshing.


Ninomiya Yoshinobu
, the store’s owner, shares that they use 3 kinds of donut dough which are fluffy dough, crispy dough, and cake dough with kuromitsu inside. For their Kinako, they use the bread dough.


This store is located in the Demachiyanagi Shopping Arcade. You can also enjoy coffee and donuts inside the store.

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Donuts-ya Kinzo is located at 179 Masugatadori Demaci Nishi Hairu Nishin-cho, Kamigyo District, Kyoto. You may contact them at +81-75-255-9220. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and they are closed on Tuesdays. To get there, you may take a 4-minute-walk from Keihan Demachiyanagi Station.


Kinakoya


This is a kinako specialty shop produced by Yamashiroya, a dried-food shop that opened more than 110 years ago. The Sweets served are made with Kyo-Kinako which are deep roasted kinako that have a rich flavor, taste, and color.


Kinacocoa
(¥550. Comes with a kinako cookie). Refreshing sweet cocoa matches greatly with flavorful kinako.


“The foamed milk base makes the most of the kinako with its great flavor and scent that would make you feel relaxed. You can also experience kinako making that you can add to your drink,” says the staff, Onishi Nozomi.


The interior has a stylish Japanese touch to it. Kinako used for the sweets are also sold.


Kinakoya is located at 81 Kamiden-cho, Higashiyama District, Kyoto. You may contact them at +81-75-551-2700. They are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. The store is closed on Wednesdays. To get there, you may take the City Bus 207 for about 7 minutes from Kyoto Gion Shijyo Station, get off at Shimizudo, and walk about 2 minutes.


Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (17 February 2020)


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