Leaf KYOTO Delivered by Leaf, a local information magazine!


  • LINE
  • FaceBook
  • twitter
Usagameya Dried Sweets

Rabbit and tortoise are lined up in a row on a bed of kompeito (sugar candy). 820 yen

Found near Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto! The sensibility and skill of two young people bring a new style to Kyoto confectionery [Usagameya].

June 16, 2023 open

[The owner of the store, Mr. Inusuke Nishizawa, opened his store in a quiet residential area 15 minutes on foot from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on June 16, 2023, the day of wagashi. He and his partner, Yoshie, who is also a wagashi maker, consult with each other in making wagashi.

Inside Usagameya

The store's showcase is decorated with jo-seki sweets that reflect the plants and fruits of the season, and the finished beauty of the sweets makes one sigh in admiration. We also offer Japanese confectionery classes here. The elegant colors and round, gentle images are the characteristics of Kyoto sweets. We hope that you will experience the charm of kyogashi by actually holding the ingredients and tools in your hands," says Ms. Nishizawa.

The image of Usagamaya's pastry making

The store sells dried confections as well as fresh confections. In addition to seasonal motifs and dried confections in the shape of the store's name (rabbit and turtle), the bakery series, which imitates bread, is attracting attention. The colors and textures have a realistic feel and are so cute that you will want to hold them in your hands.

Usagameya Dried Sweets

A bag of 2 bakery items costs 270 yen. Also available in packs of five bakery items, each containing one bakery item, for 918 yen.

We recently revamped our bakery's dried goods and added flavors," he said. All five flavors are different, such as caramel for the croissant, cinnamon for the bread, and cocoa for the chocolate coronet," he says.

Inside Usagameya

The molds for the dried confections, which are handmade from resin, the design, and even the taste, are all original. Even so, they do not lose the image of Kyoto-style confections, and are elegant in both appearance and taste. We look forward to seeing more new kyogashi created by these two.

Usagameya's fresh confections

From left to right, chrysanthemum kinton with fresh sweet potato flavor. Gairo with pear paste filled with homemade pear compote. The nerikiri (paste) with a bright expression of persimmon is filled with koshi-an (sweetened red bean paste). From 432 yen per piece. Reservations are recommended.

Mr. Nishizawa, owner of Usagameya

The owner of the store, Yuusuke Nishizawa, is from Fushimi Ward, Kyoto. He is interested in making things, and after working in the field of plastic arts, he became interested in Japanese confectionery. [He honed his skills for more than 10 years at long-established Japanese confectionery stores in Kyoto, including Kameya Ryoucho.

Appearance of Usagameya

tortoise-shell store

  • seller of unreliable merchandise
  • June 16, 2023 open
  • 361 Nishihigashimachi, Higashi-iru, Shimotachiuri-gozaimae-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 12 min. walk from JR "Enmachi" station
  • Tel. 075-279-3515
  • 10:00-17:00
  • Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • No parking
  • https://www.instagram.com/tokiya.wagashi/
  • Eat-in not allowed

    PHOTO/Taka Natsumi, TEXT/Eiko Itakura
*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.


Feature articleFeature article

Featured eventFeatured event


Site guide