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The best souvenirs from Kyoto! A compilation of classic from the past to the present

[2023] Kyoto's Best Souvenirs! A compilation of 16 classic favorites from the past to the present.

One of the pleasures of travel is choosing souvenirs. The editorial department of Leaf, a local Kyoto magazine, has selected some of the best souvenirs to buy when you come to Kyoto.
Check out the timeless classic souvenirs, the new classics that are slowly gaining popularity, and the popular souvenirs that you should keep on hand to take home as memories of your trip or as gifts for those you care about.
You can buy them at Kyoto Station and other places close to tourist attractions, so visit the stores while enjoying your tour of Kyoto!

1.Six classic souvenirs for your first visit to Kyoto

These are the six classic souvenirs of Kyoto! Discover the charm of these long-selling products that have been loved by many for a long time.


Ajarashi Mochi Honpo Mangetsu is a Japanese confectionery established in 1856 at the end of the Edo period. Ajarashi mochi is made in the image of the Ajiro hat that Ajarashi-sama is said to have worn during his ascetic training on Mount Hiei, which is also the origin of its name. Ajarashi mochi is a semi-perishable sweet made by kneading various ingredients such as eggs into a dough based on rice cake flour and baking it with mashed sweet bean paste. The sweet is baked in a baking pan and filled with sweet bean paste. The bakery believes that "only one type of sweet can be made with one type of bean paste," and has thought out the allocation and processing methods to create a perfect harmony of moist and light.

Ajari rice cake 141 yen per piece

Shelf life] 5 days including the date of manufacture
Storage Method] Room temperature
Online purchase] No

Ajari Mochi Honpo Mangetsu Honten
Ajari Rippon Hontenbotsu Manzetsu Hontenbotsu
Address] Imadegawa-agaru, Mari-shoji-dori, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access】7 minutes walk from Keihan "Demachiyanagi" station.
Business Hours] 9:00~18:00
Closed on Wednesdays
Tel. 075-791-4121
For other stores, please contactOfficial sitecheck




Oanocha Langdosha: Tea confectionery

Since its opening in 1982, the confectionery store [Kyoto Kitayama Mar Blanche] has enjoyed unshakeable popularity in Kyoto. The tea sweets are a staple souvenir of Kyoto. Using carefully selected tea leaves from Uji, Shirakawa, and other regions, the pastry chef uses his delicate sensibilities to bake a dark green tea langdosha, which is sandwiched between rich, milky, original white chocolate. Enjoy the harmony of Kyoto ingredients and craftsmanship.

O-No-cha Langdosha: Chanokwa 8 pieces, 1,201 yen

Shelf life] Approx. 15 days after manufacture
Storage Method] Room temperature
Yes [Purchase online] Yes

marle blanche
marle blanche
Head Office] In front of Kitayama-mon gate, Botanical Garden, Kitayama-dori, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access】Two-minute walk from Kitayama Subway Station
Business hours] 9:00-17:30 (last order at salon 17:00)
Closed on weekends and holidays
For other stores, please contactOfficial sitecheck



Premium Senju Senbei

Since 1945, Kogetsu has been offering new ideas in Japanese confectionery. Premium Senju Senbei are wave-shaped cookies made with two types of dough, including Japanese brand flour and Houkasa, kneaded with flavorful butter and coarse sugar, and filled with rich, aromatic cream mixed with condensed milk. The distinctive appearance is said to represent a festive scene in which the shadow of a flying crane is reflected in the waves, making it a perfect gift or souvenir.

Premium Senju senbei (rice cracker) 8 pieces, 1,512 yen

Shelf life] 77 days including the date of manufacture
Storage Method] Room temperature
Yes [Purchase online] Yes

Kyoto Confectionery Kogetsu
Today's spot
Head Office】Nishi-iru, Shichibonmatsu Nishiiru, Former Nijo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Access】12 minutes walk from JR Nijo Station
Business hours] 9:00-18:00
Closed on weekends and holidays
Tel. 075-802-3321
Kyoto Station StoreOfficial sitecheck



pickled sliced radishes

For more than 80 years since 1940, Nishikiri has been producing healthful Kyoto pickles using rich Japanese ingredients. Senmaizuke is made from Shogoin turnips carefully cultivated by Nishikiri's production area development staff and contracted farmers, and carefully pickled one by one while taking advantage of the flavor of the ingredients. Take home the traditional taste of fine texture and freshness.

Nishikari Senmaizuke

Senmaizuke 100g 795 yen

Shelf life] About 1 week after manufacture
Storage Method] Refrigerated
Yes [Purchase online] Yes

Nishikari Head Office
west side bookstore
Address] Nishi-honganji-mae, Shichijo agaru, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City
Access】11 min. walk from JR "Kyoto Station
Business hours] 9:00-18:00
Closed] Open all year round
Tel. 075-361-8181
For other stores, please contactOfficial sitecheck



black seven spices (cayenne, sesame, Japanese pepper, citrus peel, etc.)

Hararyokaku produces all-purpose condiments with a rich aroma and refreshing spiciness. Founded in 1685, this long-established business continues to use all five senses in its production methods, which are still passed down to this day. The unique color and deep flavor are said to be created by carefully rubbing together white sesame seeds, chili peppers, sansho (Japanese pepper), green laver, keshinomisane, black pepper, and ononomisane. The black shichimi octagon shown in the photo is sold only at the directly managed store in Kyoto, and is a must-have item when you visit.

Hararyokaku's black shichimi octagon

Black shichimi Hakkaku 5g 1430yen

Shelf life] 3 months from manufacture
Store in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight, high temperature and high humidity.
Online purchase] Yes (Black shichimi Hakkaku is sold only at our directly-managed store in Kyoto)

Ataka Ryoukaku era (of the Northern Court) (1338.8.27-1342.4.27)
one's innate character
Head Office] 267 Gion-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access】3 minutes walk from "Gion-Shijo Station" of Keihan
Business hours] 10:00-18:00
Closed] Open every day except January 1 and 2
Tel. 075-561-2732
Kyoto Station Branch] Kyoto Station, Hachijo-guchi Branch, Omotenashi Koji Dining Area (JR Tokai Shinkansen Kyoto Station 1F) 11:00 - 21:00



Japanese pepper (species of Sichuan pepper, Zanthoxylum piperitum)

Jako Sansho Shinonohime" is a specialty store of Jako Sansho, tucked away in a residential area in Kitayama. The shop carefully burns high-quality young fish and Japanese pepper with soy sauce, mirin, and other seasonings, and handmakes only enough for the day's consumption. The finished Jako Sansho has a soft and gentle flavor that will soothe away the fatigue of daily life, and it makes a great gift for family and friends.


Jako sansho (Japanese pepper) 72g in a bag 864 yen and up

Shelf life] 9 days including the date of manufacture
Storage Method] Refrigerated
Online purchase] Yes (Call is required after order is placed as online is a temporary acceptance)

Japanese pepper (species of Sichuan pepper, Zanthoxylum piperitum)
Address] 53 Koyama-motomachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access】8 minute walk from Exit 1 of Kitaoji Subway Station
Business hours] 9:00-17:00
Closed on Sundays, national holidays, and the second Saturday of the month (open on January, July, August, and December)
Tel. 075-491-9359

2.Six new Kyoto souvenir staples for repeat customers

Kyoto's long-established shops are continuously producing products that incorporate modern sensibilities while preserving their important aspirations. These products are for Kyoto connoisseurs who have completed the standard lineup.

Kyoto Kamogawa Duck sable

Since its establishment in 1805, Izutsu Yatsuhashi Honpo has been producing Japanese sweets loved by many people, such as Yuko, a fresh yatsuhashi, and Yugiri, a famous Kabuki confectionary. The Kyoto Kamogawa Kamo Sablet was created in the image of the duck, which flies to the Kamo River from the north every year and has been a source of comfort and relaxation for the people of Kyoto. The crispy texture and the gentle sweetness of the butter will soothe you.

Izutsu Hatsuhashi duck sable

Kyoto Kamogawa: Kamo sable (5 pieces) 756 yen

Shelf life] 60 days from manufacture
Storage Method] Room temperature
Yes [Purchase online] Yes

Izutsu Yatsuhashi Honpo, Gion Honten
Izutsu Yatsuhashi Hompo Gion Honten
Address] Shijo Kamigaru, Kawabata-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access】2 minutes walk from Gion-Shijo Station, Keihan
Business hours] 10:30-18:30
Closed] Open all year round
Tel. 075-531-2121


Sliced Yokan with Ogura butter

Founded in 1803, Kameya Ryoucho is a Japanese confectionery that uses the skills it has cultivated over many years of making Japanese confectionaries to create new and surprising products with flexible ideas. The sliced yokan is inspired by sliced cheese, which can be transformed into "Ogura Butter Toast" just by placing it on a slice of bread and baking it. The idea behind this product is to let people who are not fond of sweets enjoy the taste of anko (red bean paste).

Sliced Yokan 2 pieces 540 yen

Shelf life] Approx. 14 days
Storage Method] Room temperature
Yes [Purchase online] Yes

Yoshinaga Kameya
Turtle and Yoshinaga
turtle houseRyochou era (1096.12.17-1097.11.21)
tortoise-shell storelong night (esp. of autumn)
Head Office] 17-19 Kashiwayacho, Shijo-dori, Aburaokoji Nishi-iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
5 minutes walk from Hankyu "Omiya" station
10 min. walk from Subway "Shijo Station".
6 min. walk from Randen "Shijo Omiya Station".
Business hours] 9:30-18:00
Closed] Open all year round (except January 1-3)
Tel. 075-221-2005
Kyoto Station Store] JR Kyoto Isetan Store ((B1F, JR Kyoto Isetan, Higashishioji-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto)



seed and fruit

[Taneka Shoten has been a wholesaler to famous Japanese confectionery stores for more than 70 years, specializing in monaka seeds. After repeated trial and error, Taneka Shoten came up with the idea of "something new," and the result is the adorable tanejimi. The "monaka-dane" is made by kneading high-quality walnuts, almonds, and cashews into a glutinous rice flour batter, and topping it with sweet bean paste, homemade peanut butter, or almond butter.

Seeds and nuts" from left to right: peanuts, peanuts, peanuts, walnuts, walnuts, 250 yen each

Shelf life] 3 days after manufacture
Storage Method] Room temperature
Online purchase] Yes (products for sale are peanuts and flat peanuts)

Tanega Shoten
Taneka Shoten
Address] 317 Niomon-Tsuchikutsukucho, Nijo-sagaru, Kurumayacho-Dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Access】Two-minute walk from Karasuma-Oike Subway Station
Business hours] 11:00-17:00
Closed on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and New Year's holidays




Kyoto Oribu is made from olives purchased from Spain and Italy, the home of olives, and bottled by Kyo Tsukemono Mori, a pickles store with a history of over 50 years, using its own techniques. The mild Japanese flavor, which can be enjoyed with the delicious taste of soup stock, attracts many people. Find your favorite way to use it, such as as an accompaniment to rice or as an addition to dishes.

Kyoto Oribu" (from left to right: dashi oribu, yuzu oribu, sencha oribu)

Kyoto Oribu" (from left to right: dashi oribu, yuzu oribu, sencha oribu, 648 yen each)

Shelf life] 120 days from the date of manufacture
Storage Method] Room temperature (Please eat as soon as possible after opening the lid.
Yes [Purchase online] Yes

Kyoto-style tsukemono (Japanese pickled vegetables)
Head Office Sanjo Branch] 15-7 Kanazuchi-cho, Saiin, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Access】4 minute walk from Keifuku "Yamanouchi" station.
Business hours] 9:00-18:00
Closed on January 1
Tel. 075-802-1515
For other stores, please contactOfficial sitecheck



SHUKA (seed confectionery)

Since its establishment in 1926, Dorokuya has been producing and selling amanatto (sweetened soybeans). In the fall of 2022, Dorokuya will take on a new challenge: SHUKA, which offers confections made from only seeds and sugar. The company has evolved the techniques it has absorbed over its 100-year history into confections suited to the modern age, and its standard products, such as Doroku-mame, pistachio, Mizuho Dainagon Azuki, cashew nut, and cacao, are available as souvenirs.

Doroku beans 50g 900yen, cashew nuts 40g 1100yen, cacao 40g 1300yen

Shelf life] Approx. 30 days
Storage Method] Room temperature
Yes [Purchase online] Yes

Address] 3-1 Mibu-Nishi Otake-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access】7 minutes walk from Hankyu "Saiin" station.
Business hours] 11:00-17:00 / Sunday 11:00-16:00
Closed on Mondays



Carre de cannaire

[nikiniki" was created by Shogoin Yatsuhashi Sohonten as a brand that proposes a new way to enjoy the classic yatsuhashi souvenir. Carré de Canère" is a product that allows customers to freely combine the fresh yatsuhashi with red bean paste, confit, etc., to be placed inside the yatsuhashi. In addition to the standard yatsuhashi dough and sweet bean paste, the brand also offers seasonal products that vary from month to month, making them enjoyable no matter how many times you buy them.

Shogoin Hachihashi Sohonten Carré de Canaille

One carré de canaille (eat-in) with different types of bean paste, confit, and dough depending on the season, 110 yen and up.

Shelf life] Same day
Storage Method] Room temperature
Online purchase] In-store sales only

nikiniki a la gare
Nikiniki a la gal
Address] 8-3 Higashishioji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access] Directly connected to JR "Kyoto Station
Business Hours] Business hours areOfficial Instagrammust be confirmed
Regular holiday】Closed onOfficial Instagrammust be confirmed


3.Four Kyoto souvenirs to keep in mind

The lineup includes superb Kyoto souvenirs carefully crafted with the finest ingredients. This is a must-have lineup that will make you stand out from the crowd if you give it as a souvenir.

sweet yuzu-flavoured steamed dumpling

Tsuruya Yoshinobu is a long-established Japanese confectionery store founded in 1803. Yuzu mochi (yuzu rice cake) is a long-selling product that has been passed down from generation to generation since the beginning of Meiji era (1868). The soft and fluffy mochi made from the highest quality Shiga Habutae glutinous rice is covered with Awa Wasanbon sugar, a rare domestic sugar with a fine, high-quality flavor and sweetness, and is a Japanese confectionery loved by people of all ages. Yuzu mochi (yuzu citron cake) in a yuzu-shaped package is also available at some stores until the end of November 2023. Get one if you see it.

Tsuruya Yoshinobu Yuzu Mochi

Yuzu rice cake, individually wrapped, 540 yen for 1 piece, 1188 yen for 2 pieces

Shelf life] 20 days
Storage Method] Room temperature
Yes [Purchase online] Yes

Tsuruya Yoshinobu Main Store
Tsuruya Yoshinobu Honten
Address] 340-1 Nishi Funabashi-cho, Horikawa Nishiiru, Imadegawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access】A short walk from bus stop "Horikawa Imadegawa
Business hours】Shop/9:00〜18:00
Closed on Wednesdays (with occasional openings)




UCHU wagashi" is a Japanese confectionery company that creates "wagashi that excite and make people happy" and introduces a new wagashi culture to Kyoto. The bite-size OCHOBO, handmade to melt in the mouth, is a refreshingly fragrant tea flavored jasmine tea, hojicha (roasted green tea), and matcha (powdered green tea), and will be available at the Teramachi main store after its renovation is completed on March 2, 2024.

Ochobo 20 pieces, 1,288 yen

Shelf life] 14 days from the date of manufacture
Storage Method] Room temperature
Yes [Purchase online] Yes

UCHU wagashi
Uchu Wagashi
Address] B1F, JR Kyoto Isetan, Higashishioji-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access] Directly connected to JR "Kyoto Station
Business hours] 10:00 - 20:00
Closed] Not regular holidays (same as JR Kyoto Isetan)
Tel. 075-748-1541



snow melting

Engaged in making Kyoto sweets for 140 years in Nishijin, the town of Kyoto textiles.Shiohoken Confectionery]. Snow Mallow is a cute shape. The elegant flavor produced by carefully selected wasanbon (a Japanese sweet made from three high-quality sugar syrups) and the snowy mouth feel can be enjoyed. In addition to the red and white, a greenish green matcha tea is also available.

Shioboken Yukimaroge

1 box of snow mallow 900 yen

Shelf life] 50 days from the date of manufacture
Storage Method] Room temperature
Yes [Purchase online] Yes

Shiohoken Confectionery
Salvation Test for Disease Control
Address] 180 Hidadono-cho, Kuromon-dori Naka-no-Ue-agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Access】3 minutes walk from bus stop "Horikawa Neutral Selling".
Business hours] 9:00-17:30
Closed on Sundays, national holidays, and once a month on Wednesdays
Tel. 075-441-0803
The Kyoto Station Store] The Kyoto Station Store handlesOfficial sitecheck




RAU brings you unique sweets from Kyoto, Japan. The three types of sablé (plain, chocolate, and sesame) are crispy to the touch, and the rich bean-to-bar chocolate is in harmony.

RAU's naminami

Nami-Nami 6pcs. 3564 yen

Shelf life] 28 days from the date of purchase or shipment.
Storage Method] Room temperature (must be stored at 20℃ or below, away from direct sunlight)
Yes [Purchase online] Yes

Address] GOOD NATURE STATION 1F/3F, 318-6 Inari-cho, 2-chome, Shijo-sagaru, Kawaramachi-Dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access】2 minutes walk from Hankyu "Kyoto Kawaramachi Station".
5-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station
Business hours] 10:00-19:00 (1F), 11:00-19:00 (3F)
Closed] Open irregularly (Closed on weekends)GOOD NATURE STATION(Same as above)
Tel. 075-352-3715

4.Questionnaire] What souvenirs of Kyoto would you recommend?

Thank you for reading this article. We would love to hear about your favorite Kyoto souvenirs. All respondents will receive a 500 yen discount coupon code that can be used until December 31, 2023 at Leaf KYOTO mall, which offers a selection of Kyoto's local delicacies. We sincerely look forward to your participation!

*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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