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Souvenirs and hand-me-downs with good taste from Kyoto

[2024] 16 Souvenirs and Souvenirs from Kyoto with a Good Sense of Style

Whether you are on a business trip or returning home for a long vacation, it is always nice to bring a thoughtful souvenir, whether for work or pleasure. In this issue, our local editorial department has carefully selected a variety of Kyoto souvenirs that are fun to look at, delicious to eat, and tasteful. They will be sure to please you when you hand them out as souvenirs from your sightseeing in Kyoto!

1.[UCHU wagashi] Wasanbon Rakugan / Teramachi

The bite-sized OCHOBO is a rakugan that allows you to experience the soft sweetness of wasanbon sugar that melts gently in your mouth. The tea flavors of jasmine tea, hojicha (roasted green tea), and matcha (powdered green tea) are refreshingly fragrant, and each is carefully wrapped by hand in soft Japanese paper to prolong the aroma of the tea leaves. The tea leaves are used in plentiful quantities so that the deep flavor can be enjoyed.

uchu wagashi

Bite-sized ochobo with jasmine, hojicha, and matcha tea flavors, 1,288 yen for 20 pieces.

Product/OCHOBO 20 pieces, 1,288 yen
(also available online)
Expiration date: 14 days from manufacturing date

UCHU wagashi Teramachi main store

  • Uchu-Wagashi Teramachi Honten
  • Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kamigyo Ward Teramachi-dori Marutamachi Agaru Shintomicho 307
  • 7 minutes on foot from Keihan Jingu Marutamachi Station
  • Tel. 075-744-6287
  • 10:00-17:00
  • Closed on Tuesdays
  • http://uchu-wagashi.jp/?pid=26545692

2.[Cream sandwich sablé by RAU / Shijo-Kawaramachi

A set of six crispy and fun cream sandwich sablés. Inspired by the landscape and shape of roof tiles seen in the cities of France and Kyoto, each wavy sable of plain, chocolate, and sesame sandwiched between three kinds of light cream and rich bean-to-bar chocolate sheets, these cream sandwich sablés have a delightful crunchy texture. It features a familiar flavor that will please people of all ages.

RAU's naminami

Nami-Nami 6-pack set of praline, chocolate, and green tea, 3,564 yen

Product/Nami-Nami 6-packs, 3,564 yen
(Online sales available)
Expiration date: 28 days from date of purchase/shipment

RAU

  • lau
  • GOOD NATURE STATION 1F/3F, 318-6 Inari-cho, 2-chome, Shijo-sagaru, Kawaramachi-Dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 2 minutes walk from Hankyu "Kyoto Kawaramachi Station"
    5-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station
  • Tel. 075-352-3715 (switchboard)
  • 1F/10:00-19:00
    3F / 11:00-19:00 (LO/18:30)
  • https://rau-kyoto.com/

3.[Smart coffee shop] original coffee drip pack / Sanjo

A drip pack of original blended coffee roasted by the owner himself with a German-made Probat machine. You can enjoy a special relaxing time at home, which is unique to the smart coffee shop that opened in 1932 (Showa 7).

Original coffee drip pack 1400 yen

Product/original coffee drip pack 1400 yen
(also available online)
Expiration date: 1 year from date of manufacture

smart coffee shop

  • smart coffee
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Nakagyo Ward, Teramachi Street, Sanjo Agara, Tenshojimaecho 537
  • 7 minutes on foot from Keihan "Sanjo Station"
  • Tel.075-231-6547
  • 8:00-19:00
  • Irregular holidays
  • https://www.smartcoffee.jp/

4.Antonio and Lala from [Kashiya Nona] / Gojo Horikawa

The store was opened in 2020 by the owner, Ms. Nashigawa, who honed her skills as a craftsman at a long-established Japanese sweets store, together with her husband, a chef. Even those who are not familiar with Japanese confectionery will be tempted to pick up one of their products, such as "Antonio and Lara," inspired by characters from Andersen's long novel "The Impromptu Poet," and other anko (sweet bean paste) balls that are shaped from the world of the story with a rich imagination.

Confectionery Nona

A confectionery that pays homage to the novel "Impromptu Poet". The bittersweet caramel bean paste is inspired by Antonio, and the refreshing mango tropical bean paste is inspired by Lala.

Product / Antonio and Lara 940 yen
(Can be booked online)
Shelf life: 3 days when refrigerated

Confectionery Nona

5.[Financier from Le Financier de la Ligier / Shimizu

A financier specialty store that opened in 2021. Freshly baked financiers with a sweet buttery aroma are crispy on the surface, moist on the inside, and surprisingly light. You can purchase a freshly baked piece for yourself or as a souvenir.

Le financier de la rivière gift box

A variety of flavors are available, including the popular naturals, matcha, chocolat, orange, and lemon for 250 yen each.

Product / Gift box (4 pieces): 1,000 yen
(Online sales available)
Expiration date: 3 days (14 days if purchased online)

Le financier de la riziere

  • Le Financier de la Liger
  • 23 Higashihashizumecho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 1 minute walk from Exit 4 of "Kiyomizu Gojo Station" of Keihan
  • Tel.075-541-6556
  • 10:00-18:00
  • Irregular holidays
  • https://riziere-f.com/

6.[Japanese Cuisine Fujii Pudding] is a light Japanese pudding / Shijo Kawaramachi

The pudding has been a favorite of regular customers at Fujii Japanese Restaurant, located near Philosopher's Path. In response to the requests of customers who wanted to be able to purchase the pudding in the city, a specialty store was opened in a prime location facing Shijo Street. The egg-free soy milk matcha green tea pudding is combined with molasses and soybean flour, while the smooth pudding, which makes the most of the egg's appeal, is served in a royal style with an optional caramel garnish.

Japanese Cuisine Fujii Pudding

(Left) Smooth plin made with egg yolks from folate eggs produced in Tamba, Kyoto (Right) Soy milk matcha plin with a light and refreshing taste made with soy milk, fresh cream and matcha green tea without using eggs

Product: Nameraka Pudding, Soymilk Matcha Pudding 500 yen each
Shelf life: 3 days when refrigerated

Japanese Cuisine Fujii Pudding

  • Nihon Ryori Fujii no Pudding
  • Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo Ward
  • 1 minute walk from Hankyu "Kyoto Kawaramachi Station"
  • Tel.075-708-2332
  • 10:00~21:00 *Close when sold out
  • Irregular holidays
  • https://kyoto-fujiinopurin.com/

7.[Warabimochi (rice cakes) at [monna] / Kiyomizu-dera Temple area

Breaking the stereotype that warabimochi do not last long, monna sells warabimochi by mail order and in person, and has developed a five-day lasting warabimochi that it delivers nationwide. Take the first bite as it is, the second bite with soybean flour, and the third bite with molasses to fully enjoy the original taste and strong texture of warabimochi.

monna warabimochi

It is so soft that it seems to overflow when lifted, yet it also has a strong stiffness.

Product: monna warabimochi (rice cake), 1,800 yen for 12 pieces
(Online sales available)
Shelf life / 5 days in refrigeration

Kyoto Shimizu bracken rice cake monna

  • Kyoto Yomizu Warabi Mochi Monna
  • 6-538-25 Gojobashihigashi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 10 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Gojozaka"
  • Tel.075-201-8158
  • 12:00-17:00
  • Closed on Wednesdays
  • https://kyoto-monna.com/

8.[Adorable looking tanejimi from Taneka Shoten / Karasuma Oike

After more than 70 years of wholesaling to famous Japanese confectionery stores, the monaka seed specialty store has come up with three types of monaka, named "tane-mi," through trial and error to "try something new. The "tane-mi" is made of glutinous rice flour dough kneaded with crushed high-quality walnuts, almonds, and cashews, and topped with sweet bean paste, homemade peanut butter, almond butter, and other ingredients.

Seeds from Tanega Shoten

Peanut butter for the peanuts and almond butter for the tonsils are ground in a special machine in the store. The walnuts are topped with caramelized walnuts.

Product / "Seeds and nuts": peanuts, peanuts (peanuts), peanuts (peanuts), walnuts (walnuts), 250 yen each
(Peanuts,(Only tonsils are available online)
Expiration date/30 days

Tanega Shoten

  • Taneka Shoten
  • Kyoto prefecture Kyoto city
  • 3 minutes walk from Exit 1 of "Karasuma-Oike" subway station
  • Tel.075-201-3016
  • 11:00-17:00
    Closed Thursday through Saturday
  • https://taneka.jp/

9.[Mi MITARASHI] Mitarashi Dango / Karasuma

kolme kyoto, a select store for eyeglasses that reopened in the spring of 2022, is selling dumplings in its storefront. Although the dumplings are from a glasses store, the taste is authentic. The dumplings, baked over charcoal, are made from glutinous rice and are characterized by their firmness and elasticity.

Mitarashi

In the center is a cute dango with glasses smiling at you. Drizzle a generous amount of mitarashi red bean paste and soybean flour over the dumplings just before eating and enjoy!

Product: 9 pieces of omotase dumplings, 900 yen for the mitarashi, 1,000 yen each for the koshi-an and tsubu-an
Expiration date: Until the next day at room temperature or refrigerated

MITARASHI DANGO by kolme kyoto

  • Mitarashi Dango by Colme Kyoto
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Nakagyo Ward, Yanagibaba-dori, Sanjoshitaru, Tsuchiyacho 89-1
  • 6 minutes walk from Subway Karasuma Oike Station
  • Tel.070-8442-2248
  • 11:00-18:00 *Close when sold out
  • Closed on Tuesdays
  • https://www.instagram.com/mitarashi_dango.mi3/

10.[Poncakes at [ann drop in] / Arashiyama

Poncakes made from processed Japanese rice are covered with a colorful batter, creating an additive-free, evolutionary type of poncake. The crunchy and light texture combined with the flavors of ingredients such as green tea and soybean flour is so delicious that once you try it, you will not be able to stop. Since no additives such as flavoring or coloring are used, you can enjoy the natural, gentle flavor and color. The triangular bag with a Japanese paper string attached looks like a goldfish scooping bag, perfect for sightseeing in Kyoto in kimono, and will surely make a great souvenir.

ann drop in poncakes

Poncakes made with additive-free ingredients come in six varieties: matcha, berry, kinako (soybean flour), cocoa, sweet and spicy soy sauce, and nori-shio (seaweed salt).

Product / Ponkashi (6 kinds in total) 13g 270yen, only Nori salt12g270 yen
Shelf life / 2 months from manufacture

ann drop in arashiyama

  • An Drop In Arashiyama Ten
  • 2-1 Saga Tenryuji Zoujicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
  • 3 min. walk from Arashiyama Sta. on the Randen Line
  • 11:00-17:00 *Close when sold out
    Open every month via Instagram; may be closed without notice in case of rain.
  • https://www.instagram.com/ann_drop_in

11.[CHÉRIE MAISON DU BISCUIT] Rum Raisin & Marron Glace Sandwich / Imperial Palace Area

A dessert salon run by Kanae Kobayashi, a confectionery researcher who is popular in cooking shows. The biscuits made with high-quality ingredients such as fermented butter, sugar, and domestic wheat are crunchy and fragrant, and the cream sandwiched between the biscuits has an elegant taste made from the finest domestic fermented butter and Belgian white chocolate. The cute canned packaging is also attractive as a souvenir.

CHÉRIE MAISON DU BISCUIT Rum Raisin & Marron Glace Sandwich

Rum Raisin & Marron Glace Sandwich 3240 yen. Made with homemade rum-soaked organic raisins and the finest Italian chestnut glacé. A premium souvenir with a special feeling

Product / Rum Raisin & Marron Glace Sandwich 3,240 yen
(6 rum raisin sandwiches and 3 marron glacé sandwiches)
(Online sales available)
Shelf life: 7 days when refrigerated

CHÉRIE MAISON DU BISCUIT

  • Sherry Maison de Biscuit
  • Kyoto prefecture Kyoto city
  • 5 minutes walk from Subway Marutamachi Station
  • Tel.075-744-1299
  • 12:30-16:00
    Closed Sundays through Wednesdays, other irregular holidays
  • http://www.kanaekobayashi.com/

12.[Omuro Japanese Sweets Itotachi] Itotachi Monaka / Omuro

Mr. Tatsuya Ito, who trained at long-established stores such as [Sasaya Iori], strives to make Japanese sweets with the theme of traditional flavors and exciting shapes, and is loved by a wide range of fans. The popular Itotachi no Monaka 2nd is a masked teddy bear in the middle of the brown sugar strained bean paste with Ikkyuji natto. The appearance of stuffing the bean paste is so cute that you will want to watch it all the time.

Omuro Japanese Sweets Itotachi no Monaka

Tastes and looks sweet Itotachi monaka 350 yen each

Product / Itotachi monaka 350 yen each
Expiration date: Until the next day at room temperature

Omuro Japanese Sweets Itatatsu

  • Itotatsu
  • 5-17 Tonoshitamachi, Ryoanji, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 2 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Omuro Higashi" or "Omuro"
    4-minute walk from Randen Myoshinji Station
  • Tel: 075-203-6243
  • 10:00-17:00
    Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays
  • https://itotatsu.com/

13.[Nishigamo cheese from Patisserie Karan / Nishigamo

Patisserie Karan] is a confectionery store with a distinctive grass roof in Nishigamo. The popular Nishigamo cheese cake is a blend of French cream cheese and Camembert cheese, baked in hot water to make it moist. One bite of the cake will fill your mouth with the aroma of cheese and melt in your mouth. The easy-to-eat size fits in one hand, making it a perfect souvenir.

Patisserie Curran Nishigamo Cheese

Nishigamo cheese, 10 pieces, 1,462 yen. The melt-in-your-mouth texture is addictive!

Product / Nishigamo cheese, 10 pieces, 1,462 yen
(Online sales available)
Shelf life: 3 days when refrigerated

Patisserie Curran

  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Kita Ward, Nishigamo Bonosatocho 15
  • 3-minute walk from the bus stop "Jinkoin-mae"
  • Tel.075-495-0094
  • 10:00-18:00
    Closed on Tuesdays, other irregular holidays
  • https://www.patisserie-karan.jp/

14.[Tanaka Naganarazuke] Narazuke Butter Sandwich / Shijo Karasuma

A well-known Narazuke store with over 230 years of history since the Edo period. Narazuke Butter Sandwich, which was devised to be familiar to the younger generation, is attracting attention from all over the country. Fragrant cookie dough with walnuts and unsalted butter cream mixed with Narazuke. Among the repeaters, there are also people who pickle Oinarazuke.

Tanaka Naganarazuke store Narazuke butter sandwich

Narazuke Butter Sandwich with 3 pieces for 1,296 yen goes well with coffee and alcohol, and is an honor student that makes a small gift or reward.

Product: Narazuke Butter Sandwich with 6 pieces for 2376 yen, 3 pieces for 1296 yen
Expiration date: 3 months when frozen (within 5 days in the refrigerator after thawing)

Tanaka long narazuke shop

  • Tanaka Chonarazuten
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Shimogyo Ward, Ayanokoji Street, Karasuma Nishinyudo Samurai Town 160
  • 3-minute walk from Subway Shijo Station
    3 minutes walk from Hankyu Karasuma Station
  • Tel.075-351-3468
  • 8:30-17:30
    Closed from January 1st to 3rd
  • https://www.tanakacho.co.jp/

15.[Original granola from [manina] / Kawabata Nijo

[manina is a grocery store owned by the chef of the Italian restaurant "cenci" near Heian Jingu Shrine. Their popular granola is made with almonds, cashews, and hazelnuts, and baked slowly at a low temperature for a long time. The key to the crunchy texture is coconut and maple syrup. The granola comes in blocks, so you can enjoy it just like a cookie.

manina's original granola

Original granola 200g, 1,300 yen and up. The cacao used at [cenci] is a generous amount of Mr. Tetsuo Ota's Amazonian cacao nibs.

Product/Original granola 200g plain 1,300 yen, cacao 1,500 yen

(Online sales available)
Shelf life / 1 month at room temperature from manufacture

manina

  • manina
  • 211-5 Namba-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 5-minute walk from Keihan Sanjo Station
  • Tel.070-3883-2007
  • 11:00-19:00 (LO/17:00)
    Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays *Notice on Instagram for irregular holidays
  • https://www.instagram.com/manina_cenci/

16.[Madeleines from Nowhereman / Shijo-Karasuma

A popular baked sweets specialty store with the concept of "Poetry & Pastry. The baked sweets are carefully made one by one and accompanied by the owner's original poems, bringing people's feelings together with sweets and words. The madeleines, a regular item, is the result of the owner's pursuit of the ideal taste and shape, based on her research of eating madeleines in Paris. The madeleines are baked in a large size in the hope that customers will enjoy them with ease.

Madeleines from Nowhereman

Madeleines in the shape of a cute seashell, with the flavor of lemon spreading through each bite. 280 yen per piece.

Product / Madeleines: 280 yen per piece
Shelf life / 2 weeks from manufacture
(Online sales available)

Nowhereman.

  • know-it-all
  • 507-2, Kuzurouya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • Six-minute walk from Exit 5 of Shijo Subway Station
  • 12:00-19:00
    Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
    Temporarily closed, will reopen in May *Check Instagram
  • https://www.instagram.com/nowhereman_cake/
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.

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