These Workshops in Kyoto Are a Great Alternative to Sightseeing

They'll give you a whole new appreciation for food.

B1-2/F 721-1 Kyoto Tower Building., Karasumadori Shichijosagaru Higashishiokojicho, Shimogo-ku, Kyoto shi, Kyoto
Contact: 075-746-5830
Open from: 1-2/F 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., B1/F 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
How to get there: It's connected to the JR Kyoto station

There’s more to Kyoto than just palaces and temples. The next time you’re there, try making delicate Japanese sweets and food samples at  KYOTO TOWER SANDO. They offer three great things, namely: cuisine, souvenirs, and experience--all of which you can enjoy when you visit Kyoto Tower.

Learn to make food samples

It may seem hard but the qualified staff will guide you through every step of the way. If you want to try and make a model of a Matcha parfait, here are simple steps you can follow:

1. Choose from a variety of containers like clear glass bowls or Kyoto-style pottery. 

2. Cut the sponge to form a model of a Matcha castella and paint it with the provided coloring materials.  

3. Squeeze the silicone cream and style with the material made from vinyl chloride resin. 

4. Coat the white rice balls and red beans to make them shiny and realistic. 

Voila! A memo stand food sample. 

According to Madoka Higa, one of the staff members, the only difficult parts of the process are keeping a steady hand and applying continuous pressure when squeezing the silicone cream to make whipped cream and ice cream.

Our tip: To add symmetry to the design, add a slightly taller object at the back of the sample. And let the silicone dry for three days.

Food sample souvenirs are also available in the shop. Popular souvenir pieces include a half-peeled orange memo stand and a matcha yatsuhashi keychain.

Half-peeled orange memo stand (DesignPocket KYOTO TOWER SANDO store)

A key holder in the shape of matcha yatsuhashi, a famous sweet treat from Kyoto (DesignPocket KYOTO TOWER SANDO store). This collection is only available at the Kyoto store.

Matcha Parfait Sample Food Experience (only available at their Kyoto store)
Venue: Design Pocket KYOTO TOWER SANDO store
Price: ¥‎2980
Reservation: by telephone booking
Duration: 45 to 60 minutes from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (last admission at 8 p.m.)
Number of Participants: 1 to 24 persons
Age: 3 years old and above (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Contact: 075-354-1123
Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Recreate Kyoto’s delicate Japanese sweets

You can practice making sweets the way the Japanese do it at Nanajo Shunkando’s Japanese sweets making class in their Sanjusangendomae branch. The store uses bamboo spatulas and Kinton chopsticks, special chopsticks that come with a sharp end, to make the sweets. The store is popular for changing their items every month. You can try something new each time you visit.

1. To make this sweet treat you have to first stretch the bean paste and pile them up in layers.

2. Press the bean paste on the mince tool to make the blue and white color flakes of the hydrangea.

3. Finish this beautiful kinton by attaching bean paste hydrangea flakes.

This premium Japanese fresh confection is only available in June.

At this sweets making class, you can make three premium Japanese fresh and dried treats. You can eat it together with the matcha you made yourself. (Shichijyo Kanshundo Japanese sweets making class).

There is a green Iwashimizu kinton that replicates moss, which is only available in July. The practice pieces you made can be eaten with the Uji matcha you prepared at the store. For the rest of the sweets, they will be wrapped in a box as a souvenir. (Shichijyo Kanshundo Japanese sweets making class)


According to the president of the store, Mr. Kinoshita, the process of making the sweets will be explained in a video. The trick is to use your fingertips and not the palm of your hand.

Shichijyo Kanshundo Japanese sweets making class
Contact: 075-371-0801
Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: ¥‎2,700
Reservation: by telephone booking
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
Class starts at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. (time for group classes can be arranged)
Number of participants: 2 to 40 persons
Age: from elementary school children to adults

Provided by Japan Walker™, Kansai Walker™ (20 July 2017)

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