Cute & Shiny Doraemon Cookies & Dango Tin Are Kyoto Souvenirs You Can’t Leave Without

04.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

If you’re looking for must-buy souvenirs while in Kyoto then look no further. Heso Production are set to begin releasing Doraemon cookies and a cookie tin early this month at that are exclusive to souvenir shops and variety stores in Kyoto.

The cute printed cookies feature not only familiar faces from the Doraemon series, including the adorable cat robot himself, but illustrations of sights that are quintessential to traditional Kyoto culture including the five-story pagoda and the Daimonji bonfire.

Another must-grab is this shiny Doraemon tin. Also exclusive to Kyoto, the tin features a way-too-cute shiny design of Doraemon who is holding some dango.

The tin is filled with lemon flavoured ramune candy, a perfect nibble to have while travelling.

 

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  • Prepare for New Year by Ordering a Minion or Hello Kitty-Themed New Year Osechi Food Bento in Advance

    28.August.2019 | FOOD

     To properly celebrate a Japanese New Year, Osechi cannot be overlooked. Osechi is a Japanese term referring to special food traditionally served during the New Year holidays. The food is filled with the hopes, wishes and happiness of people. This year, Belle Maison has released Minion-themed and Hello Kitty-themed osechi bento boxes.

     

    Belle Maison opened their reservation website for these Osechi Bento boxes on August 23rd. 

    2-Tier Minion Osechi Bento Box: ¥22,000 (after tax)

    Underneath the dazzling smiling face of the minion is a bento box packed with delicious New Year’s goodness. The box contains a mix of traditional flavours as well as small appetizer-style bites. This is something that children as well as adults would love. The box even includes a delicious soup and a cured and steamed white fish kamaboko, which bears the image of a minion.

     

    3-Tier Hello Kitty Osechi Bento Box: ¥19,900 (after tax)

    The Hello Kitty Osechi comes in a Hello Kitty 45-year anniversary box. From the Hello Kitty ribbon-shaped mochi to the pink lilies made from yokan jellied red bean paste, this bento box is packed with cute and beautiful Hello Kitty goodness. There is also Hello Kitty mousse made from whipped cream and a Hello Kitty steamed bun with a sweet potato and chunky adzuki bean paste filling. This box is packed tightly with so many delicious desserts. 

     

    Order online during one of the following advanced sale periods for a discount:

    Period 1 (10% off): August 23 ー September 30, 2019

    Period 2 (7% off): October 1 ー 28, 2019

    Period 3 (3% off): October 29 ー November 25, 2019 

     The earlier you order, the larger the discount so if you are interested, you should order earlier rather than later. 

     

    There is no better way to experience a Japanese New Year than with a Minion or Hello Kitty-themed Osechi Bento Box. 

     

     

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  • Become Pompompurin and Join the Pompompurin Party in Harajuku, Yokohama, Umeda & Nagoya

    29.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Sanrio is set to hold the Pompompurin Party at four branches of the Pompompurin Cafe from September 28. The party is exclusive to girls who have signed up to become Pombassadors (Pompompurin ambassadors).

    The event is taking place as a way for Pompompurin to get to know his Pombassadors better. The role of a Pombassador is to show their love of Sanrio’s adorable golden retriever by promoting him to the world on their blogs, social media and elsewhere. In return, they receive invites to events, exclusive items and more.

    Tickets for the event went on sale on the Pompompurin Party Special Site on August 28.

     

    Everyone Will Transform Into Pompompurin

    Pompompurin Plush Hat

    At the party, everybody will be given their own Pompompurin outfit set which comes with a fluffy hat and tunic. Pombassadors can take these home after the party’s over.

    Fluffy Tunic (Free Size: Length 82cm/Bust 79cm-94cm)

    Original Photo Props (6 Designs – Choose Two Randomly)

    They will also receive two props chosen randomly. All of these are exclusive items you can’t get anywhere else.

     

    Pompompurin Party Original Menu

    Purin’s Colourful Heart-Filled Stew (Available at all Pompompurin Cafe branches)

    Strawberry Rare Cheese Cream Fondue (Available at Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku & Yokohama only)

    Enjoy an original Pompompurin Party menu featuring a meal and dessert not listed on the usual Pompompurin Cafe menu. The cookie included with the cheese cream fondue pictured above is different at both the Harajuku and Yokohama branches.

     

    Meet the Real Pompompurin

    Pompompurin will of course attend the party to meet all of his Pombassadors, who will be able to get a photo with him while dressed up. Photos taken at the event will be posted both on the event’s website as well as the Pombassadors’ Twitter and Instagram where they can be found with the hashtag #ポムポムプリンパーティー (“Pompompurin Party”).

    If you’re looking to become a Pombassador, more details can be found on the official website below.

     

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  • Dare To Treat Yourself to One of These 5 Halloween Dishes

    03.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    One of Japan’s most favourite celebrations of the year is Halloween. As autumn is setting in, you will notice halloween decorations gradually drift into shop windows and more importantly, Halloween-themed desserts and meals taking over restaurant menus. To prepare for this delicious apocalypse, we are now unveiling this year’s top Halloween meals and desserts you really need to look out for. 

     

     

    Krispy Kreme Halloween Doughnuts

    Krispy Kreme branches across Japan will be releasing their pumpkin, chestnut and apple flavoured selection called MONSTER HARVEST in Monster DINER from September 11 to October 31.

    *Some branches may not sell the Halloween collection. 

    Halloween Dozen (Box of 12) Available: September 11 ー October 31, 2019 Price: ¥2,000 (before tax)

    If you’re having a Halloween party with friends and family then this box of a dozen doughnuts is the perfect treat. It contains autumn-limited flavours such as pumpkin, apple chestnut as well as some of KKDJ’s classic doughnuts. Here’s a nice trick to save money on your treats: You save ¥440 if you purchase this box over individually purchasing the same doughnuts. Add a splash of autumn colour to your Halloween with this beautiful box of delicious doughnuts. 

     

    ▼Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Japan Website: https://krispykreme.jp/

     

     

    Halloween Menu at The Pokémon Cafe, Nihonbashi 

    The Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi, Tokyo has revealed its Halloween food and drink line-up for the spooky season which will arrive early on September 7 be served until October 31.

     

    Pikachu’s Greedy Halloween Plate 2019 – ¥1,706 (w/ Plate ¥2,894)

    This year’s Halloween plate features Pikachu wearing a witch’s hat. This filling plate features a pumpkin salad, spaghetti and more. Plenty to keep you going until the late-night candy snacking!

    When ordering a drink at the cafe you’ll receive one of six possible original design coasters. New designs will replace these from September 7. One of the six designs is being kept a secret!

     For the duration of the Halloween event, there’s also a limited-edition lunch mat and clear coaster to get your hands on. These are limited in stock so you’ll want to catch ’em all quickly! And don’t forget, you have to book a table in advance to dine at the Pokémon Cafe.

     

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     Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.

     

    ▼ Pokémon Cafe
    Address: 2-1-2 Nihombashi | Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, Chuo 103-0027, Tokyo Prefecture
    Business Hours: 10:30-22:00

    Closed during Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg’s closed hours.

    Reservations: https://reserve.pokemon-cafe.jp/

    Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/

     

     

    Cute Halloween Desserts at The Capitol Hotel Tokyu in Tokyo

    The Capitol Hotel Tokyu in Tokyo has revealed that  that it will serve up its Halloween Sweets Selection again this year at the hotel’s pastry boutique ORIGAMI located on floor B2F. The confectionery chefs have spun some spooky fun into this collection of 10 cute treats.

     Frankenstein – ¥1,760 / Phantom – ¥1,760 / Cyclops – ¥1,760

    The Phantom is a popular confection every year at the hotel, but this year he’s had two new freaky friends carved out for him: Frankenstein’s monster and a Cyclops. These white chocolate monsters are filled with chocolate-covered almonds, macadamia nuts and other hidden delights.

     

    Halloween Sweets Selection

    Running: October 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019

    Location: ORIGAMI, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu Floor B2F

    Full Sweets Line-Up: https://www.tokyuhotels.co.jp/capitol-h/restaurant/boutique/plan/50306/index.html

     

    The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

    Address: 2-10-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website: https://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/global/capitol-h/

     

     

    Cool, Cute and Cutting Edge Halloween Treats: Alice Halloween Party Buffet 2019 

    Fantasy-themed restaurant Alice in an Old Castle has unveiled a new Halloween edition of their grand all-you-can-eat buffet. The Alice Halloween Party Buffet 2019 will take place from September 7 to October 31, 2019, serving up 30 varieties of desserts and light bites for their Halloween-limited event. 

     

    This season, they are serving a mummy-themed croque madame and carrot cake with a vibrant orange Halloween colour. They will also be bringing out their Alice in Wonderland Pink Spicy Curry which is a filling curry which has become the popular number one. The Pumpkin Potage Soup and many other autumn-themed dishes will also become part of the lineup. There is surely no better way to enjoy your time than to indulge in these splendid desserts and delicious snacks. 

     

    ▼ Alice in an Old Castle

    Address: Floor B1 Suzuwa Building, 2-16-8, Minami Ikebukuro Toshima, Tokyo

    Regular Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 17:00-23:30(L.O.22:30)

    Weekends/national holidays  16:00-23:30(L.O.22:30)

    No regular holidays (dependent on Suzuwa Building closing times)

    Website: https://www.hotpepper.jp/strJ000999805/

     

     

    Omotesando Q-pot CAFE. Cute Halloween Menu 

    Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories. For Halloween this year, the Q-pot CAFE. has whipped up a spooky menu with the theme “DEVIL NIGHT” featuring appearances of all things Halloween from pumpkins to ghosts.

    Vampire Afternoon Tea Set – ¥2,400 each (price after tax, a minimum of two people required)

    *Contains milk, eggs and wheat

    Take a look at this spooky afternoon tea set perfect for adults! From devils to monsters, Q-pot CAFE. has recruited a number of freaky friends for their themed dishes to terrorize your tastebuds.

    The top plate comes with sponge and cream cheesecake pops coated in chocolate and salty breadsticks. The set also comes with homemade scones made from butter cream and sweet and tangy berry sauce, devil heart macaron-topped cupcakes, and pumpkin macarons which are bound to set your Halloween levels to max!

    The bottom plate features savoury foods. The croissants are filled with egg, aromatic basil and dried tomatoes which provide an interesting texture.  The set also includes skewers of olives, mini tomatoes and pickles, and a Halloween Pumpkin soup.

     

    If you are experiencing Halloween in Japan, you just have to try the themed desserts and meals!

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  • Disney Princess Inspired Cupcakes Released at Ginza Cozy Corner in Japan

    22.February.2020 | FOOD

    Disney princesses around the world won’t be able to resist the nine new cupcakes released at Ginza Cozy Corner last week in Japan.

     

    The cupcake collection is being released to celebrate Hinamatsuri, a festival held annually in Japan on March 3, which prays for the well-being and healthy maturity of girls. The line-up can be enjoyed by child and adult Disney fans alike, and includes not only Disney princesses, but other female characters in the Disney cast. This includes Minnie Mouse, Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, and more.

    Disney Girl’s Collection (Contains 9) – ¥2,700 (Tax Included)

    These cute cupcakes look like they have come straight out of a Disney character toy box. They not only look pretty, but sound delicious too, like the raspberry Minnie cupcake, lemon-flavoured Belle cake, cheesecake Cinderella, and more.

     

    Celebrate Hinamatsuri in Disney-style by picking up a box of these cupcakes at Ginza Cozy Corner.

  • Fermented Food Cafe ‘Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi’ to Open in Kyoto’s Sanjo Area

    19.February.2020 | FOOD

    Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi is a new cafe opening in the Sanjo area of Kyoto on February 22, 2020, that is centred entirely on fermented foods.

    The name “Haccomachi” derives from the Japanese word Hakko (Hacco), meaning fermented, and Komachi (Comachi), meaning a beautiful woman. The cafe hopes for people to incorporate fermented foods into their livesーsomething which is rooted in Japanese food cultureーand live comfortably.

    The cafe’s logo showcases the making of kōjiーa type of mould used in the fermentation process of certain food products in Japan, like soybeans. The logo hope to pass down this long upheld tradition.

     

    Hakko fermentation is a major part of Japan’s food culture. Since ancient times, the sweetness and umami brought about by the enzymes in the fermentation process have served to accompany many foods in the country, such as miso, soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, and so onーall traditional condiments used in the Japanese kitchen that are still fundamental today.

     

    The menu at Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi features a line-up of fermented foods made in Kyoto, including those from Kyoto-based soybean makers Fujiwara Shokuhin, Sawai Shoyu Honten which has produced the same high quality soy sauce for decades, sake brewery Kitagawa Honke which has been around since the Edo Period, and more.

     

    A Small Look at the Menu

    Lunch Menu

    Haccomachi Special – Fermented Lunch Plate: ¥1,690

    This lunch plate is an assortment of hors d’oeuvre made with fermented condiments, tandoori chicken that has been pickled to elevate the umami, marlin fish, soup, and more.

     

    Dinner Menu

    Spare Ribs On The Bone in Miso Yuan Yaki: ¥1,490

    This hearty portion of spare ribs are marinated in a miso, mirin, and soy sauce mix. Taste the full umami flavour of the juicy meat.

    Namerō Miso Salmon in Yoghurt Sauce: ¥770

    The salmon is served namerō style, a type of tataki or pounding method, in miso. The yoghurt has both a refreshing and rich flavour.

    Homemade Komekoji Rice Malt Sweet Sake Yoghurt: ¥470

    The splitting of the sour yoghurt serves to elevate the sweetness of the sake. This is a drink that even those who don’t like sweet sake are sure to enjoy.

     

    Cafe Menu

    Miso Pound Cake w/ Vanilla Ice Cream: ¥550

    The miso pound cake is a collaboration with Japanese confectionery company Sarasa, which has 6 branches of cafes and shops in Kyoto. It’s made using komekoji rice malt powder provided by an old-fashioned Japanese shop (菱六もやし). The umami of the miso is intensified, and the cake stays moist thanks to the powder. It’s served with a dollop of refreshing vanilla ice cream.

    Blackcurrant & Vanilla Sweet Sake Affogato: ¥550

    A unique spin on the affogato dessert which has you pouring hot sweet sake over tangy and refreshing blackcurrant sherbet and rich vanilla ice cream. Enjoy the mix of the hot sake and the cool ice cream.

     

    Discover the Japanese tradition of fermentation at Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi, opening February 22, 2020.

  • ART LAB KYOTO: The New Shop Opening at Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art

    14.February.2020 | SPOT

    ART LAB KYOTO is the new museum shop set to open at Kyocera Museum of Art on March 21, 2020 in line with the revamp currently undergoing at the museum, with design work being co-created by Japanese architects Jun Aoki and Tezzo Nishizawa.

    Kyoto is known as a hub of Japanese culture, managing to maintain traditions while constantly evolving. ART LAB KYOTO will embody everything about this idea when it opens after the museum’s revamp. The spacious shop will not only sell merchandise related to the exhibitions, but books and goods related to art from Kyoto both traditional and contemporary, items in collaboration with external artists, original and exclusive sweets, and more. ART LAB KYOTO will also host events promoting the diversity of art and culture in Kyoto.

  • Japanese Travel Website Jalan Set To Launch Tokyo Station Fair As Cat Stalks Closer

    06.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Japanese travel website Jalan, which has been running for 30 years, is collaborating with Tokyo station’s shopping centre GRANSTA for their third collaboration fair, which will run from February 15 – March 1, 2020. Travelling in Japan will be even more fun as the travel website’s adorable mascot Nyalan takes to the scene in a variety of delicious foods – just what every cat person kneads!

     

    Even more shops are participating for the third fair, which is now stretching to cover shops at Ecute Tokyo and Ecute Keiyo Street. Everything at the fair cannot be purchased from anywhere else or at any other time. From bento lunches and sweet treats to merchandise, everything is based on Jalan’s adorable cat mascot Nyalan. The fair is full of the essentials to enhance the fun factor in your spring travels around Japan – fur real.

    Nyalan Caramel Cream: ¥490 (Fairy Cake Fair) *Only at GRANSTA

    A fluffy whipped cream Nyalan sits on top of a delicious fairy cake. Grinning from cheek to cheek, the expressions on these hand-decorated mini cake are packed with detail. The adorable Nyalan cupcake is filled with velvety homemade caramel sauce for a rich sweetness. 

    Nyalan Paw-Shaped Bento: ¥880 *Only at GRANSTA

    Dried katsuobushi and salmon are mixed with rice to create two different coloured paw-shaped sushi rolls. Enjoy the adorable round rolls and sides of simmered bamboo shoots and sakura mochi – pawfect for a spring outing!  

    Amaou Strawberry Macaron and Nyalan Print Macaron: ¥648 (Pack of 2) *Only at DALLOYAU, GRANSTA

    Nyalan print macarons were a big hit last year and now the adorable macarons are making a comeback for a limited time. The set of two macarons includes the popular amaou strawberry macaron and a vanilla macaron. This is great as a souvenir, however there are only 400 sets available so be quick if you want one!

    Nyalan Doughnuts: ¥420 Each, Shiretoko Doughnut, available at Ecute Keiyo Street only

    You won’t be able to stop yourself from gasping at how adorable these doughnuts are. The moment you feast your eyes on the doughnuts, you won’t be able to stop smiling. These sweet doughnuts are bursting with the delicious flavours of Hokkaido and would make the puurrfect quick munch when on a shopping break or a wonderful souvenir. 

    Nyalan no Otetechirashi (1 pack: Approx. 12cm diameter)

    【Uoriki Kaisen Sushi】 *Available only at Ecute Keiyo Street

    On top of this cake-shaped sushi lies a paw made from negitoro (minced tuna). The sushi cake is made of up layers of the finest seafoods including crab and salmon. Only 20 are sold per day.

    Nyalan Hand Towel: ¥880 Each, Handkerchief: ¥550 Each 【Hamamonyo】 *Available at Ecute Tokyo only

     This cute Nyalan hand towel and handkerchief are just what you need for your hot spring trip and are bound to add a sprinkle of fun to your everyday life. Enjoy spotting the different facial expressions of Nyalan in this Yokohama print design. Once you make a habit of using it every day, you won’t be able to stop because it feels so nice. 

     

    If you love cats, spice up your life with Nyalan!

  • Matcha Cheesecake and Fromage Chocolate Release at Shiseido Parlour in Haneda Airport

    01.February.2020 | FOOD

    If you’re travelling to Japan and will be getting off at Haneda Airport, you’ll want to head to Shiseido Parlour where they will release two new confections on Saturday February 1. Exclusive to this branch of the confectionery company, the two new items on the menu are the mini matcha cheesecakes and the fromage chocolate.

     

    With the matcha flavour of Shiseido Parlour’s popular cheesecake, you can pick two items from five to include with your cheesecakes, which are packaged individually making them a great gift. The fromage chocolate is a rich and raw cake make with cream cheese and white chocolate. With these two new delights,  you can enjoy the flavours of Ginza when you arrive at or leave the airport.

    Matcha Cheesecake: 3 Pack – ¥999 / 6 Pack – ¥1,998

    The rich cream cheese is from Denmark and is laced with a matcha paste that’s made from Uji matcha in Kyoto. The biscuit is made from wheat flour, and enjoys a fragrant matcha smell. A harmonious flavour profile between the full-bodied cream cheese and the smell of the matcha.

    The cute packaging features Shisei Parlour’s classic cheesecake box with their iconic cow. It’s matcha green and has the exclusive Tokyo Haneda branch written on it.

    Fromage Chocolate: Blanc/Matcha – ¥648 Each  (Served in Cup)

    Choose between the soft and sour shanty fromage or the rich white chocolate cream cheese fromage.

    Inside you’ll be surprised with a serving of crumble for added texture. Enjoy the milkiness of the cream cheese and white chocolate or the matcha, which is made from Yame matcha in Fukuoka.

    Fromage Chocolate Blanc Cocotte – ¥2,484 (*Must be refrigerated and eaten on the same day)「

    There’s also bigger sizes like this delicious blanc version. Great as a gift or for sharing between friends at a party.

     

    These items are limited in stock, so you’ll want to get your orders in quick.

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Listed prices include tax.

  • Experience a Cherry Blossom Burger in Kyoto’s Famous Cherry Blossom Tourist Spot Arashiyama

    30.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    This March, a restaurant in Arashiyama, Kyoto, that goes by the name CROSS Burger&Beer/Coffee, has announced it will release its new “Sakura Burger” (Cherry Blossom Burger) for the spring season.

    CROSS Burger&Beer/Coffee is a restaurant known for its burgers made with pitch black buns – a result from combining the mixture with bamboo charcoal – which are served on afternoon tea stands. All of their patties are made with 100% domestic wagyu, specifically hiragyu from the town of Tanba in Kyoto. To ensure the meat maintains its high quality texture, it is minced together with shoulder and shank, which also creates great flavour.

     

    The new cherry blossom burger uses a pink bun like that of the springtime flower. It has a chewy texture, and the surface is charred so that the outside is crispy and the inside soft. It also means that the meat juice permeates the bun better, and without making it go soggy. The patty is uses the same hiragyu meat, which is breaded and deep-fried to create what is known as menchi-katsu in Japanese. By doing this, it locks in the characteristic and unique flavour of the meat, as well its juice.

     

    Drizzled over the patty is a homemade tartar sauce with Kyoto-style chopped vegetables pickled in salt as the base. The restaurant chops up the vegetables randomly to leave texture in the sauce, which has a refreshing taste thanks to them, creating a flavour you’ll enjoy until the last bite. The burger is also stuffed with a sunny-side up egg and purple cabbage, the latter of which has a slightly bitter bite to it, resulting in an amalgamation of mouth-watering flavours.

    Order together with a cocktail or soda float to create an Instagrammable photo.

     

    If you’re heading to Japan to visit Kyoto this cherry blossom season, head to Arashiyama to enjoy the sights and a delicious Sakura Burger.

  • Kyoto Brighton Hotel Offers 5 New Hotel Plans For Springtime, Cherry Blossom & Temple Experiences

    26.January.2020 | SPOT

    Kyoto Brighton Hotel is now selling reservations for its new “Haru no Asobi Plan” (Springtime Fun Plan) which is taking place between March and May this year and offers guests the opportunity to enjoy Kyoto in the spring and its cherry blossoms.

     

    Spring in Kyoto is the most popular season for tourists and travellers who flock from not only across Japan but from around the world. The Haru no Asobi Plan is made up of 5 exciting plans to see the ancient capital’s breathtaking cherry blossoms, vibrant green maples, and other offerings.

     

    “Asakatsu” – An early morning temple visit and stroll

    Get away from the crowded streets and enjoy the rare opportunity to experience incredible early morning sights you don’t normally get to see. Spend a quiet morning in a gorgeous environment in this plan. Several temples and gardens are in place for the experience: Kōdaiji Temple, Bishamon-do Temple, Taizō-in, Haradanien, and Tenryū-ji.

     

    Kiyomizu-dera Temple special night viewing

    One of the must-visit spots when travelling to Kyoto is Kiyomizu-dera, officially a World Heritage Site. This plan rents out the temple for you to experience it at nighttime. The main building is currently undergoing large-scale renovation to secure the roof as well as the inner construction of the temple. Seeing the temple is truly a sight to behold.

    You are guaranteed a view of the famous “Stage of Kiyomizu,” an enormous veranda attached to the main hall. The surrounding trees will be lit with enchanting lights, and you’ll be able to gaze at the distant city nightscape. Experience Kyoto like never before as the warm lights illuminate the Niōmon (Deva Gate), 3-storey pagoda, and purified water which runs from the Otowa Waterfall.

     

    Discover the world of Kyoto embroidery

    The traditional practice of Kyounui, or Kyoto-style embroidery, has continued since the Heian Period and is even garnering attention overseas. It’s a delicate and refined style of embroidery unique to Kyoto.

    After your embroidery session which will take place in a Kyoto town house nearby the cherry blossom-filled Hirano Shrine, you’ll look at kimono and yukata so beautiful they’ll look like they should be in an art museum, before heading to eat together with the creator.

     

    See the green maple trees of Hōgon-in on a private train

    Board the private 1-2 carriage Randen train on the Keifuku Electric Railroad, which runs from Shijō-Ōmiya to Arashiyama. This cute retro train will take you Arashiyama where the green maples are breathtakingly beautiful.

    You’ll also get to stroll through the quaint gardens of Hōgon-in Temple, view artwork painted by Noriko Tamura, and more.

     

    Sky Bus

    Enjoy a panoramic view on a private ride of the Sky Bus, a double-decker bus which is gaining huge popularity right now. You will ride through the city of Kyoto and see the rows of pink cherry blossoms. In April, they will also do an evening tour of the cherry blossoms so you can see them at night, and in May they’ll do a green maple tree tour.

     

    Discover the beauty of Kyoto in this very special hotel plan at Kyoto Brighton Hotel.

  • Explore Kyoto With a Hot Pudding Latte From Kyo Yasaka Pudding

    24.January.2020 | FOOD

    Kyo Yasaka Pudding is a shop with a new vision. Located in Kyoto’s tourist hot spot of Higashiyama ward, it’s home to a team of people who love and are well-versed when it comes to food. Their incredible purin, or Japanese custard puddings, are made carefully one by one to make people happy. These puddings are tried and tested: much trial and error was done to ensure the ingredients, flavours, technique, and appearance were perfect.

     

    On January 24, they’re set to release a new product to the menu: the Kyo Yasaka Hot Pudding Latte.

    This hot beverage combines a pudding latte, made from incredible Kyoto milk, with super rich caramel cream. It’s then topped with a mix of tempting decorations. The caramel and cream are of a high quality, with the caramel cream itself having a unique and irresistible bitter bite you won’t find anywhere else.

    This is the perfect accompaniment to a winter walk through Kyoto while sightseeing.

  • Bunjee Jump From the Top of Kyoto Tower With Their New VR Experience

    17.January.2020 | SPOT

    Have you ever wondered what the thrill of bungee jumping would be like, but are too afraid of heights to even consider putting it on your bucket list? Have no fear, because Kyoto Tower is bringing a new VR bungee jumping experience to the top of the building which will be available to experience from February 1 for a limited time.

    This VR experience was first brought to the tower in the fall of 2018, and this year it is making its grand return. After the event originally ended, there was huge demand for it to be held again.

    Those brave enough to have a go at this VR bungee jump (or bungy, depending where you are from), will go above and beyond the 100 meter observation deck to the highest accessible point of Kyoto Towerーup 120.9 metersーwhich is normally closed off to the public, to the special VR deck which has been prepared.

    The experience will offer you not only the thrill of jumping from Kyoto’s tallest structure, but the chance to gaze upon a panoramic view of the beautiful city too.

  • Top Matcha Desserts in Kyoto Perfect for Your Next Instagram Post

    01.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

     When you think of Kyoto, matcha immediately comes to mind. Today with the help of the Kansai region’s expert dessert Instagrammer Tiara, we’ll be introducing you to the top matcha dessert shops of the Kansai region. 

     

    Kawatomo, Fushimi 

    Matcha Ganache Cake

    This matcha ganache cake looks just as good as it tastes. The beautiful smooth matcha coating is delicious and rich. The cake is best enjoyed with a cup of coffee and is the perfect sophisticated treat. 

     

    Kawatomo

    Address: 792 Nishishujakuchō, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto,

    Opening Hours: 11:30-18:00

    Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chika_ara/

    Chasho Shimizu Ippoen Kyoto
    Matcha Tiramisu Parfait

    A delicious spun sugar decoration rests on top of the melt-in-the-mouth matcha tiramisu parfait. The mascarpone and matcha ice cream is made completely from Hokkaido milk. The balance of flavours and moderate sweetness makes this parfait irresistible. 

    Chasho Shimizu Ippoen 

    Address: 665 Honkawaracho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

    Entry:11:00-16:00

    Closed: Mondays*

    *Open on National Holiday Mondays but closed the following day. Closed during the New Year Period.

    Official Website: https://ippoen.co.jp

    MATCHA REPUBLIC, Shimogyō Ward

    Rock Salt Cheese Bubble Matcha Latte/ Bubble Matcha Latte
    This unique drink belongs on Instagram. A cute ink bottle is filled with a mildly sweet matcha drink accented with a hint of salt. You’ve never tried anything quite like this before.

    ▼MATCHA REPUBLIC

    Address: Floor 1, 721-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 9:00-21:00

    Official Website: https://www.matcha-republic.com

    JTRRD cafe KYOTO, Nakagyō 

    Uji Matcha Smoothie (Kyoto-Limited)

    Pink, red, orange, yellow, purple, green – this Uji matcha smoothie is a rainbow of colours. There are four different designs and you can choose from three varieties of fruit to decorate the inside of your cup. Each smoothie is made of fruit and vegetables, making this a healthy way to indulge in matcha. It is so beautiful you won’t want to drink it.

    ▼JTRRD cafe KYOTO

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The third Monday of every month. No regular holidays.

    Address: 135-1 Doyucho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto

    https://tabelog.com/kyoto/A2601/A260202/26032793/dtlmap/

     

    If you’re looking for a shop to satisfy your matcha cravings, you can’t go wrong with Tiara’s recommendations.

     

    Tiara’s Instagram never fails to keep us updated on the most delicious and beautiful desserts in the Kansai region so check it out.  

     

    Article Contents and Photos by @happy_pinkrose_tiara

  • 5 Must-Eat Succulent Strawberry Desserts in Kyoto That Are Simply Kawaii

    31.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Winter is here, which means that the season of strawberries has finally fallen upon Japan. Today we are joined by Instagrammer Tiara, who enjoys posting their adventures around Japan’s Kansai region to try out all of the sweets and desserts. We are taking a look at must-visit locations in Kyoto for a taste of their tempting strawberry delights.

     

    LITT UP.KYOTO in Gion-Shijō

    At LITT UP.KYOTO, their “ichigoame” lets you enjoy strawberries in their original cute form.

    They are coated in sweet strawberry candy and served on sticks in cups reminiscent of something from a Japanese festival. Part of their allure is how perfect they are as a tasty treat for walking around with. There’s even popping candy attached to the strawberries for an even sweeter textural treat.

     

    ▼LITT UP.KYOTO Gion

    Address: 533 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/litt_up_kyoto/

     

    Kissa Zou in Imadegawa

    The “Kisetsu no Babaroa” (Seasonal Baravois) at Kissa Zou has an springy texture and sits in a sweet and sour strawberry sauce.

    I recommend ordering one of the separate elephant cookies to place on top too to make this an even cuter dessert.

     

    ▼Kissa Zou

    Address: 440-3 Santeicho, Kamigyo, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:00)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kissa_zou/

     

    Chounohane in Fushimi

    At Chounohane they are serving strawberry barquettes as well as mini versions of them. The dessert itself is of course beautiful, but is made even more so by the antique plate♡

     

    ▼Chounohane

    Address: 791 Nishishujakucho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: [Tues/Sat/Sun] Shop & Cafe 11:00-17:00 / [Fri] Shop Only 11:00-17:00

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chounohane/

     

    Utanekodo in Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae

    Utanekodo was renovated from a 100+ year old building and has its own cat cafe. The cafe space is located on the first floor.

    Their “Nyanko Strawberry Milk” speaks for itself, topped with adorable kitty ice cream and delicious with its subtly sweet taste.

     

    ▼Utanekodo

    Address: 155-4 Tachibanayanagicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 13:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:00)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: http://utanekodo.com/

     

    MASHOLA in Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae

    Finally we have the “Strawberry Tiramisu Cube Cake” served at MASHOLA, a Korean-style cafe. This cake is made with refreshing homemade tiramisu cream, delightful sponge, and is packed full of sweet and sour strawberries which complement the entire thing.

     

    ▼MASHOLA

    Address: 1-A MOVIX, 406 Sakuranocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

    Official Website: https://mashola.business.site/

     

    All of these cafes are wonderful, so if you’re in Kyoto for the strawberry season, be sure to visit as many as you can.

     

    Tiara has plenty of other recommendations over on their Instagram page, so if you’re a sweet tooth looking for something sweet to indulge in around the Kansai area, be sure to give them a follow.

     

    Text & Photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo: Kyoto’s Dessert House Releases Matcha Tiramisu and New Cheese Products

    20.December.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo opened in Kiyomizu Gojozaka, Kyoto in July this year as the first place in Kyoto to specialise in “bottled cheesecakes.” This month, they are releasing four new products to continue the cheese craze right to the end of 2019.

    The first is a revamp of their number one most popular soft serve cheese ice cream: the “Chocolate Mont Blanc Cheese Soft.” The soft serve ice cream is a mix of refreshingly sweet milk and rich cheese topped with a full-bodied mont blanc-style chocolate—a welcome addition during the winter months when you want to stay in and indulge in some chocolate. The ice cream is finished with crushed chocolate pieces and a crowning raspberry to create a chocolate cake in a cone. You’re sure to become a frequent customer after a bite of this.

    And for the Christmas season only, between December 18th-25th the shop is also selling another special soft serve that’s made to look like a Christmas tree. The cheese soft serve is covered with a sprinkling of Uji matcha powder and adorned with chocolate pearls and stars.

    Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo is also releasing hot versions of its “Kiyomizu Cheese Drink” and “Matcha Cheese Tea,” the iced versions of which were greatly enjoyed in summer. The Matcha Cheese Tea can also now be ordered with tapioca topping, creating a delicious combination between the expertly crafted rich matcha cheese tea and the chewy and sugary tapioca pearls.

    Also released this month is the “Homemade Matcha Tiramisu” when is served in a traditional masu box and served only on the second floor eat-in section. This irresistible delight is made with flavourful mascarpone cheese and bitter Uji matcha from Kyoto to create a dessert that’s perfect during a trip or day out in Kyoto. Because of the hard labour that goes into creating this dessert, only 5-10 are served per day, so be sure to arrive early to not miss the opportunity.

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