Kyoto is renowned for its wonderful, Japanese-style sweets, which are as artistic as they are delicious. If you’re looking for souvenirs to take home from your visit to Kyoto, it’s easy to find everything you need around Kyoto Station.
In this article, we’ll introduce popular souvenirs that are available in this easily-accessible area so you can stop by before you depart. First, let’s check out some of the souvenir products that can be purchased at Kyoto Station.
Ohigashi Miiro (Shioyoshiken)
Shioyoshiken (塩芳軒) is a traditional Japanese sweets shop that’s been crafting their confectionary in Kyoto since 1882. Their Ohigashi Miiro (お干菓子三いろ) is a dried confectionery made using wasanbon (a high-grade sugar from Shikoku) and makes for an ideal souvenir.
It’s available in three options: Sazareishi (with a stone motif), Umezuru (soft and plum flavored) and Kaizukushi (with a shell motif) and costs 1,080 yen for three. Shioyoshiken’s Ohigashi Miiro are available at Grand Kiosk.
Gion Kuro-Shichimi (Cocolo Kitchen KYOTO)
Cocolo Kitchen KYOTO is the first granola store to open in Kyoto and specializes in flavored nuts. One of their most popular items is Gion Kuro-Shichimi (祇園黒七味 = Gion black shichimi nuts), which are a great gift for friends and family who have a savory tooth or are conscientious about their health.
You can pick them at Grand Kiosk and on the first floor of the Kyoto Tower Sando, with small packs costing 650 yen and large packs costing 1,190 yen.
PRESS BUTTER SAND UJI-MATCHA (BAKE)
PRESS BUTTER SAND UJI-MATCHA
PRESS BUTTER SAND UJI-MATCHA
PRESS BUTTER SAND is a specialty store that first opened in 2017 and has made a name for its butter sandwiches. Aside from their delicious original flavor, their Uji Matcha flavor is also highly recommended.
It can only be purchased at Narita Airport or Kyoto, so it’s best to stock up while you’re here. They cost 1,150 yen for five pieces and are available at Kyomeika Meisaidokoro Miyako(京名菓・名彩処・京).
Developed by the local Kyoto bakery, SHIZUYAPAN, these delicious anpan (Japanese sweet rolls) are available in 10 different flavors and can be purchased at the Kyoto Station store on Asty Road.
Try their green tea dough made with sake lees and red bean paste, as well as a cinnamon anpan. They come in a minimalist-style packaging that makes for an attractive gift and are reasonably priced at 210 yen each, so you can affordably purchase a few different types.
- シズヤパン 京都駅店
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Ariheito (Tsuruya Yoshinobu Irodori)
Tsuruya Yoshinobu (鶴屋吉信) is a long-established confectionery store that’s been in business since 1803 and has just launched a new product line - Irodori.
A highlight is their Ariheitou (有平糖), pastel-colored sugar sticks that are made by hand and ideal for friends with a sweet tooth.
They come in five colorful designs - “Nishijin,” “Sagano,” “Gion,” “Kamogawa,” and “Uji” - that each reflects a famous place in Kyoto. They come packaged in a stylish pouch and cost 540 yen, with the store located in front of Hachijoguchi on Asty Road.
Sasashimizu (笹しみず) is a Mizu yokan (chilled red bean jelly) that’s served in bamboo, which is quite suprisingly hydrating. It’s incredibly refreshing in the hot season, offering instant refreshment with a unique Japanese twist.
They come with a shelf life of 120 days if kept at room temperature, so you don’t have to use them immediately. Kyoazuki's (京阿月) Sasashimizu cost 324 yen and are available at the Harves Kyoto store.
Assorted Finest Uji Green Tea Bags (Gion Tsujiri)
Assorted Finest Uji Green Tea Bags
Assorted Finest Uji Green Tea Bags
Are you looking for a gift for a tea lover?
This assortment of various teas is perfect for sampling different flavors in easy-to-use bags. Each pack comes with five different teas (two tea bags of each type), with green tea, brown rice tea, roasted tea leaves and more.
A Gion Tsujiri (祇園辻利) pack costs 1,102 yen and can be purchased at the Kyoto Station Hachijoguchi store.
Kyoto is renowned for its vegetables, and if you want to take some home with you, the best product to purchase is pickles.
Nishiri (西利) is a famous shop that that has continued for around 80 years. Their pickles are beautifully wrapped so they can be gifted to family and friends back home. A pickle souvenir might not be for everyone, but they’re undoubtedly delicious. Kyozutsumi (京づつみ) has two bags which costs 540 yen and are available at Grand Kiosk.
Annama Yatsuhashi (Nishio)
One of Kyoto’s most popular souvenirs is "yatsuhashi", a cinnamon-flavored cookie made from glutinous rice flour. You can also find "nama yatsuhashi", an unbaked version that’s much softer. Nishio(西尾) is one of the oldest confectionaries in Kyoto and specializes in yatsuhashi.
Their Annama Yatsuhashi(あんなま八ツ橋) cost 250 yen each (so you can affordably purchase a few different types) and are available at Grand Kiosk.
The flavors changes depending on the season, so trying them out now & then will yield different results.
Next, let’s take a look at some of the products that can be purchased at stores or locations within a short walk of Kyoto Station.
Kyoto Monogatari (UCHU wagashi)
UCHU wagashi was first established in Teramachi and now has a store on the first floor of the Kyoto Tower Sando and on the basement floor of JR Kyoto Isetan.
Their Kyoto Monogatari (京都ものがたり) captures some of the most iconic sightseeing spots in the city, including Kiyomizu-dera, Heian Jingu Shrine, Kyoto Tower and Kamogawa. These sweets will undoubtedly bring back memories of your vacation once you return home. Kyoto Monogatari costs 1,080 yen.
- UCHU wagashi Kyoto Tower Sando
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Macadamia Nuts (kindalkindal KYOTO)
Macadamia nuts are a symbol of longevity and prosperity, making them a thoughtful gift or souvenir.
Kindal kindal is a macadamia nut specialty shop that will appeal to nut lovers.
These nuts are packaged in the box that features a woman wearing a kimono. Various flavors are available, including matcha, ginger and yatsuhashi.
They can be purchased at JR Kyoto Isetan (adjacent to Kyoto Station) for 1,296 yen (two boxes).
Cha no Ka (Kyoto Kitayama Malebranche)
Cha no Ka
Strong tea langue de chat “Cha no Ka (茶の菓)” has become synonymous with Malebranche. You can now purchase them in the Porta underground shopping mall which in front of Kyoto Station.
It draws on both Japanese and Western elements, with a strong tea flavor combined with the sweetness of white chocolate that will melt in your mouth.
They can be purchased in multiple packs, with a pack of three costing 450 yen.