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  • LAQUE Shijo Karasuma
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shirokyo-ku Shijyodoro Muromachi Tohto Haketanoboro cho 101
    This high-quality fashion building including specialty shops and Kyoto’s first brand is directly connected to exit 22 and 24 of Hankyu Electric Railway Karasuma Station. Besides the 15 fashion brand shops, there are also imported sundries and everyday items, and a fitness studio which can be enjoyed by people with various lifestyles. There are many ways to enjoy the mall such as having your nails done in the nail salon, learn to cook in the cooking studio, or just spend time relaxing at the café. There is also a variety of dining choices such as Japanese and a French delicatessen.
  • Gion Tsujiri Main Store
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Shijyodori Gion-cho Minami side 573-3
    This tea shop is a three minute walk from the Keihan Electric Railway Gion Shijo Station. Visitors can enjoy a variety of Uji tea and matcha confectionery in an elegant space. Since establishment in 1860, the store has been a specialist in Uji tea, offering “lifestyle with tea” in this ever changing environment. The inside of the shop has a clean and fresh atmosphere with a variety of products on the shelves on the side of the wall. There is a variety of those high quality green tea as gyokuro and matcha and confectioneries such as sweetened rice-flour cakes and sweets called Wa-Finanshe that are suitable as souvenirs from Kyoto as well.

    They have here lovely matcha icecream and a lot of choice, difficult to chose. The cakes are nice nad I certainly come back here.

  • Kungyokudo
    Shopping
    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto shi, Kamigyo-ku Horikawa dori Nishi Honganji temple
    This long-established store of incense near Nishi Honganji Temple is a 15 minute walk from JR Kyoto Station. The inside of the shop is large, and soft light creates a quiet atmosphere. The shop conveys one of Japan’s three largest forms of art, Kodo (traditional incense-smelling ceremony) to the present age. On the first floor of the store you can find gifts and items for the home, and on the second floor aroma bags and incense burners that can be enjoyed easily everyday are sold. Of course not only items for gifts but also able to be used for various purposes such as a room decoration and wearing. In Kungyokudo there is a fragrance seat facing the courtyard, and classes to experience incense smelling are held.
  • Kamesuehiro
    Shopping
    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto city Nakagyo ken's sister Smoko dori Karasumaru east entrance
    A Kyoto confectionery shop located at the intersection of Aneyakoji-dori Avenue and Kurumayacho-dori Avenue near Karasuma Oike Station. Founded in 1804 by a Fushimi Daigo kettle caster, the shop has provided its wares to the Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle. The specially ordered wooden molds the shop once used have been repurposed to serve as the frame of the shop’s sign today. The shop is most famous for its “Kyo no Yosuga,” a box of mixed sweets divided into five compartments containing dried confections incorporating the design of seasonal flowers.
  • Circus Coffee
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    10 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Shichikushimomidorichou 32
    A specialty coffee shop located in Kita Ward, Kyoto City operating out of a 100-year-old remodeled townhome. Resembling an old-fashioned knickknack shop on the outside, the shop stands out thanks to its show window decorated with colorful cups and coffee goods. Inside, the shop owner, a certified green coffee bean judge master, roasts and sells select rare coffees from around the world. The shop also sells coffee storage cans, drippers, and other goods, as well as gifts.

    友人のおすすめのコーヒー店ということで行ってみました。よく雑誌には載っていて知ってましたが、中に入ったのは初めてでした。 センス良く可愛らしい店内でした。 奥さんも感じよく、説明も丁寧で買ったブレンドも美味しくて、行ってみてよかったです。ただ北山大宮なので、観光の方はちょっと行きにくい場所でしょうか。イートインもあれば、もっといいのにな〜とも思いました。

  • Ajyarimochi Honpo Mangetsu
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Mall Small Road Imadegawa Koulu
    A venerable Japanese confectionery shop founded at the end of the Edo period located in Kyoto City’s Sakyo Ward. The shop is famous for its ajari mochi rice cakes, a popular and standard Kyoto souvenir. Resembling the conical wicker hats worn by ajari, the term for a Tendai Buddhist high priest, these elegant sweets consist of a hearty helping of an sweet bean paste stuffed inside a thin, chewy skin of mochi pounded glutinous rice. The shop’s signature mangetsu, a sweet once officially provided to the Kujo prince clan, is also popular and is only sold on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays.

    Mangetsu is a traditional Japanese confectioner popular with Japanese tourists and their Ajari Mochi is a well known omiyage loved by Japanese. Located near Kyoto University, this shop is on a quiet...

  • Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square
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    98 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Saga Tenryuji temple 20-2
    A tourist and shopping facility located in Arashiyama Station filled with souvenir shops and restaurants selling sweets, Kyoto knickknacks, and Kyoto pickles. The facility is also famous for its atmospheric, Kyoto-esque design. Some of the visual highlights of the facility include the concourse lined with 3,000 bamboo plants; a garden where visitors can relax while looking at cherry blossoms and fall foliage; Ryu no Atago Pond; and the Kimono Forest, a path lined with 600 poles decorated with yuzen-dyed kimono fabric. At night, the Kimono Forest and other areas are lit up, creating a magical atmosphere.

    As mentioned about the Town itself which is frequented mainly by tourists, there are some locals as well and this is the place to mix with them as well This is an unusual station as it also has the...

  • Kyoto Candy Hoshodo
    Shopping
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Teramachi Tsutomu Yoshikawa Kamiru Kusoin-cho 679
    A venerable candy shop founded in 1897 located on Teramachi-dori Avenue in Kyoto City’s Nakagyo Ward. The shop’s candies, made with old fashioned way by slowly stewing sugary mixtures in a copper pot directly over a fire, are colorful and glossy. The shop sells a variety of candies in attractive jars sure to make great gifts, including candies containing 40 individually hand-crafted stripes, candies modeled after marbles, and “amezaiku candies which bear the face of the “Otafuku,” a traditional image of an ugly, old woman. The shop’s handmade throat drops and seasonal wine candies are also popular.
  • Iketsuru Kajitsu
    Shopping
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Nishiki Koji Willow Baba Higashi Entaru Tokaidoya cho 171
    This venerable fruit shop located in the Nishiki Market in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture was founded in 1947. The shop, filled with a great variety of fruits, offers everything from seasonal to rare selections. The shop is famous for its juices, fresh-squeezed on the spot from fruits on hand, and the menu consists of some 20 seasonal varieties, including fig, mango, pineapple, watermelon, and muskmelon. You can also ask for special blends of juices to be made for you.
  • Izutsu Yatsuhashi Honpo Gion Main Store
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama Ward Kawabata Line 4 rue Le
    This venerable sweet shop and café founded in 1805 is famous for its Izutsu yatsuhashi dumplings, one of Kyoto’s most popular souvenirs. The restaurant is known as the originator of the yugiri, a favorite kabuki sweet and predecessor to the tsubuan coarse sweet bean paste-filled yatsuhashi. In addition to Izutsu yatsuhashi, the shop sells a variety of Japanese sweets perfect for giving as souvenirs and gifts, including cinnamon and matcha green tea-flavored yuko and the kotobukuro yatsuhashi variety, inly available here at the Gion location. Inside the shop there is a rest space where customers can take a break from sightseeing and enjoy their purchases. Closest station: Gion-Shijo Station.

    あまいものやさん 川沿いにあり 立地抜群 餡がうまい 宇治味もいい コーヒーもうまい 歌舞伎役者の写真みてたのしい お土産もあり便利

  • MACCHA HOUSE Kyoto Kawaramachi
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    3.5
    69 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachi Dori 4 rice Yoneya Town rising 382-2
    This store specializing in matcha green tea is located in Kyoto's Shijo Kawaramachi, and among the nine branches they have opened mainly in Asia they provide an original menu that has arranged items reimported from the matcha green tea culture that has developed overseas. Known for using matcha from Kyoto's long-established shop Morihan, on off-days it is so popular that there will be lines several hours long. The most popular item is the matcha tiramisu, in which mascarpone cheese and sponge cake are placed into a masu (traditional square measuring cup) and given a sprinkling of matcha on top. The thick texture with the fragrance of the matcha makes for an exquisite combination and is one of their specialty sweets. The closest station is Kawaramachi Station.

    We were in 6 but just 4 of us ordered ice cream. The waiter wouldn’t serve us since not everyone had ordered. Only when the 2 with no order left they served us. Unbelievable treatment. Our stay in...

  • Cafe Rhinebeck
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Omiyadori neutral sales Kamigyo-ku Oshimatsu-cho 6923 Ishikaku-cho
    This café located in the Kamigyo Ward of Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture makes use of an old Kyoto machiya (townhouse) and is a popular place to enjoy breakfast or tea time while gazing out at the garden’s greenery. Their signature menu consists of pancakes cooked one at a time after receiving the order, which have a melt-in-your-mouth texture and pair well with the sweet syrup. The most popular item is their Fruits Garden Pancake, which is topped full of fruits and cream. In addition to typical table and counter seats, they also have sofa seats that are perfect for girls-only gatherings.

    I had seen that Japanese pancakes were distinctly fluffier than traditional pancakes so wanted to see what they tasted like, and whether they had a touch of soufflé about them. Whilst the pancakes...

  • Kameyamutsu
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Horikawa Togashi Article 7 Ryuya-machi rising 153
    This Japanese sweets shop located in the Shimogyo Ward of Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture is a long-established place that has taken part in offerings and various matters since around the time that Honganji Temple was built in the Yamashina area of Kyoto in 1483. Its representative famous sweet “Matsukaze” is said to have been created while Oda Nobunaga was fighting Ishiyama Hongan-ji Temple, a battle which continued for 11 years from 1570. Matsukaze, which is made by taking a blend of wheat flour, sugar, malt syrup, and light-brown miso, then fermenting it and grilling it in a circular pot, has a consistency and special flavor that is almost addictive and is a standard present among Kyoto souvenirs. They also carry many items for gifts such as gift cases.

    Kyoto boast numerous famous okashi (pudding-like dessert) old-brand shops. Kameyas one of the top rank, and they prepare for the tributes for a major temple. Honestly in a foreigners eyes okashi...

  • Kanshundo Higashi Branch
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    4.5
    33 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shi Higashiyama-ku Facing the Yamato Ojiri-dori front Chayamachi 511-1
    This Japanese sweets shop located in the Higashiyama Ward of Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture is famous for its Chaju-no-Utsuwa, an edible confectionary that is so elaborately made it is nearly mistake for a real chawan (rice bowl or tea cup). Instead of breaking it and tasting it as is, you can enjoy a rather different taste by drinking matcha green tea in the bowl. Their namagashi sweets modeled on the shape of flowers and sweet bean jellies are also popular. At the on-site teahouse, visitors can enjoy the taste of Japanese sweets including Japanese confections, anmitsu, and matcha parfait. With advance reservation one can also experience how to make Japanese confections.

    Can you learn to make Kyoto sweets in just over an hour ? Yes!--in this easy, oh so enjoyable Wagashi class. While the instruction is in Japanese, the pastry master is personable and informative via...

  • Uchida Pickles Nishiki-Koji Branch
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Nishiki Koji Tsuyoshi Yanagi Baba west entrance
    This specialty shop for tsukemono (Japanese pickled vegetables) located in Kyoto’s kitchen of Nishiki Market is a long-established business that opened in 1940. Both in the broad interior and at the storefront are barrels full of tsukemono made with seasonal vegetables and vegetables that are from Kyoto. There is a complete sampling corner which is loved by patrons since one can sample nearly all of their products. In addition to products for souvenirs and gifts, there are also many products that can be bought as needed by weight. The shop is bustling as it is loved not only by tourists but locals who shop there regularly. The closest stations are Karasuma Station and Shijo Station.

    すぐきや千枚漬けなどの京都らしいお漬物が沢山ありました。店頭にずらーっと並んでいるのも、楽しいですね。試食もしっかりして、すぐきを買いました。

  • Eirakuya Hosotsuji Ihee Shoten Main Store
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Muromachi Tsurumi Sanjo climb Overaller town 368
    This cotton cloth shop which was founded around the beginning of the Edo period in 1615 is a well-known shop with a history of more than 400 years. They sell more than 200 types of products including tenugui (hand towels) with reproductions of patterns from the Meiji period to the early Showa period, and tenugui featuring designs that are collaborations with well-known Kyoto brand shops and artists. In addition to their wealth of accessories including tote bags and handkerchiefs using tenugui fabrics and patterns as well as pouches, their furoshiki with can also be used as bags are popular. The second floor also has a gallery pertaining to tenugui culture. The closest station is Karasuma Oike Station.

    手拭いと風呂敷を購入。風呂敷はスタッフさんにお願いしたら、バッグ型に作って包装してくれました。とにかく柄が多いです。

  • Kyo-Komono Kinugasa
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Ryouanjigoryounoshitachou 5
    This shop selling small Japanese articles is located at the front entrance to Ryoanji Temple, the sightseeing spot known for its rock garden, and it stocks a broad range of items that mostly include accessories made with Kyoto printed silk and Nishijin silk fabrics. One of its popular products is the hexagon-shaped “nejiiri-bako” box that is made with Nishijin silk gold brocade; it opens with a gentle twist, and can be used as an accessory case. In addition, the shop is full of Kyoto accessories that make perfect souvenirs such as Goshuin-cho cases, clasped pouches, furoshiki wrapping cloths, incense and trinkets. They also sell products that are related to Ryoanji Temple. The closest station is Ryoanji Station.

    This shop located midway on the road called Kinukake no michi running through from Kinkakuji, Ryoanji, to Ninnaji, kind of off the beaten path in westside Kyoto. There are lots of Japanese...

  • Kyoto BAL
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachi-dori Sanjo Shimuru Yamazaki-cho 251
    This building of fashion that opened in 1970 is located on Kawaramachi-dori Street in Kyoto’s shopping district and reopened in 2015 after being remodeled. The luxurious space has broad aisles so visitors with a large amount of luggage can shop with ease. Not only are there fashion-related stores, interior furnishings, books, miscellaneous goods, cosmetics and a café, a cluster of top brands, including some which have opened their first stores in Japan or first stores in the Kansai region here. Day after day it is visited by many shoppers which have made it a place that starts many of Kyoto’s fashion trends. The closest station is Kawaramachi Station.

    One of the most beautiful department stores I have ever visited. Very helpful and elegantly dressed staff; excellent brands, aesthetically pleasing presentation of products and great smell on every...

  • Oboroyazuiundo
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    3.0
    4 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Shichikukamitakedonochou 43
    This Japanese sweets shop located in the Kita Ward of Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture is famous nationwide, which is why its Nama Dorayaki, which has been shown on TV and other media, sells out soon after the shop opens. Nama Dorayaki is a new type of dora-yaki sweet with several centimeters of fresh cream in addition to red bean paste sandwiched in between two sponge cakes. There are three flavors of ogura (sweet adzuki bean), matcha, and kuro-goma (black sesame) available, and the combination of red bean and cream that is not overly sweet is outstanding. In addition, they also sell popular Japanese sweets such as Oboro, which is koshi-an (fine-grained sweet bean paste) covered in warabi-mochi (bracken-starch dumpling), and Kuri-Mochi Mikasa.

    セントレアで売ってたのでほうじ茶を買いました。 どうってことの無い味でした。 ボロボロと割れて崩れて来ます。 見た目が良いので●ふたつにしましたが。。。

  • grains de vanille
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    4.5
    26 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Nakonomachi Nagoya 2 Nagisa Town 486
    This patisserie is around a five-minute walk from Karasuma-oike Station, and the owner honed his craft at famous establishments domestically and in France to produce his popular masterpiece sweets. With each season there may be 20 types of cake on offer that are all special in flavor and appearance—each a mix of traditional values and modern creativity. There is also a cafe space, and in its natural white-toned space one can enjoy an espresso or tea with a gem of a cake.

    We had some latte, cappuccino and espresso in a windy day. Everything was great. The staff was very kind and they had good music. I would recommend the place.

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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