Kyoto Sightseeing | 4 Desserts You Must Try While in Kyoto

08.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

Kyoto is renowned for its historical architecture and richness in traditional Japanese culture, but did you know it’s also home to some extremely cute and delicious desserts? Their sweets and desserts are actually pretty popular, some of which contain motifs and little nods to the city.

 

Today, Instagrammer meme takes us on a tour in Kyoto to try out 4 popular desserts.

 

JEREMY&JEMIMAH

JEREMY&JEMIMAH is a shop selling cute and colourful cotton candy. Their staple Wata-Hako cotton candy comes in 10 different flavours! In the photo we have yuzu, rose and matcha flavours. Of the two branches of the store, there is one along Furukawacho Shopping Street where you order your cotton candy for takeout, and another in Yasaka that serves cotton candy on long sticks.

We picked up a few different ones since there are so many flavours and designs. It was fun lining them up to take a picture.

 

We took them home to eat and they stayed nice and fluffy the whole way back. The yuzu one tasted a little herbal, like it was healthy for you.

 

▼JEREMY&JEMIMAH (Furukawacho Shopping Street Branch)

Address: Furukawacho Shopping Street, 444-3 Hachikenchō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

Opening Hours: 11:00-17:00

Official Website: http://www.jeremyjemimah.com/

 

 

ROCCA & FRIENDS TRUCK

At ROCCA & FRIENDS TRUCK, you can order these iced dessert matcha and houjicha lattes which are topped with yatsuhashi―a confection sold in Kyoto―shaped into various sights across the city including Kyoto Tower, Hōkanji Temple, Daimonji, a Torii gate, and more.

 

I ordered the matcha latte. The drink itself isn’t sweet at all so you can enjoy the full original rich and bitter flavour of the matcha. The fresh cream however is quite sweet so you can mix it into the drink as much as you want to get your desired flavour.

There are lots of great spots in the area such as the Hōkanji Temple pagoda and Yasaka Shrine so  you can snap some great sightseeing photos♡

 

▼ROCCA & FRIENDS TRUCK

Address: 370 Yasaka Kamimachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00

Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rocca.truck/

 

 

Jumondo

We also visited Jumondo which sells Kyoto-style dango, or “sweet dumplings.” We shared three different orders amongst three people: Danraku (団楽) which comes as a set with a drink, Dandan (だんだん) which comes with matcha, and Zenzai to Aburi Kuri Kinton (ぜんざいと炙り栗きんとん).

 

Once you order, the dango are made fresh so are served hot and chewy. Each dumpling is on the small side so are nice and easy to eat.

 

The Danraku comes with five different dumplings including sweet soy glaze, mashed sweet bean paste, soy sauce and black sesame seed, fried, and white miso. The Dandan comes with three types of your choice and a wafer filled with mashed sweet bean paste. The Zenzai to Aburi Kuri Kinton with mashed sweet potatoes with sweetened chestnut dango. The final one comes with matcha which can be served hot or cold.

 

Everything was tasty but my personal favourite was the yuzu flavoured white miso dumpling.

The one that everybody raved about was the Zenzai which is a thick soup that the dango are placed into. These dumplings are bigger, not too sweet and light. The soup went really well with the dango, it was super tasty.

 

▼Jumondo

Address: 76 Tamamizuchō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

TEL: 075-525-3733

Official Website: http://jumondo.jp/index.html

 

 

Kyo Yasaka Pudding

Yasaka is a particularly popular tourist spot in Kyoto, and that’s where the cute purin shop Kyo Yasaka Pudding is located.

Purin is a type of custard purring sold in Japan. The first pudding we picked up was the store’s recommended option named after the store itself, the Kyo Yasaka Pudding. It contains a transparent lemon and honey flavoured jelly inside which there are small and colourful agar agar balls and mango jelly balls.

 

It has an enjoyable texture and a refreshing sweetness that I’ve never experienced before with other purin. It’s very tasty!

 

There are five flavours to choose from, the others being hard, smooth, matcha and black soy bean, and houjicha black soy bean. All are served in tiny cute jars. Not only do they look great, they taste amazing too. Each is made with ingredients sourced in Kyoto including the milk, Uji matcha, houjicha, and black soy beans.

They also sell soft serve ice cream topped with candy balls, very Kyoto-like! You can choose from vanilla, matcha, or a mix of both. I think it’ll be really fun if you can snap a photo of your ice cream with one of Yasaka’s stylish locations in the background! Speaking of which, there was a cute illustration on the wall of the store so we took our photo there.

 

Be sure to pay a visit to Kyo Yasaka Pudding to pick up your own pudding whether as a souvenir or for yourself.

 

▼Kyo Yasaka Pudding

Address: 87-4 Hoshinochō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

TEL: 075-533-8338

Official Website: https://kyo-yasaka-pudding.co.jp/

 

 

Kyoto is full of shops selling desserts and sweets perfect to walk around and munch on while you walk its ancient streets, or to take home as a souvenir. Enjoy all the tasty things you can during your visit to this beautiful city♡

 

Photos/Text: meme

Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    Strawberry Dessert With Souvenir Cup – ¥800 @ Sweetheart Cafe and elsewhere

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    Spend a Disney Christmas this winter at Tokyo Disneyland where you can stay warm with some comfort food and dress up!

     

    Model: Yuna Yabe

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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