Grab a Takeout Hydrangea Parfait at Itohkyuemon in Kyoto
Itohkyuemon, one of Kyoto’s most famous green tea shops which established in the latter part of the Edo Period, is now serving a takeout hydrangea parfait at its main branch in Uji, Kyoto.
Uji, the city where Itohkyuemon is based, is home to Mimuroto Temple which is famous for its hydrangea. The temple bustles with sightseers and tourists during Japan’s rainy season who flock to gaze upon the gorgeous flowers. The tea shop’s limited-time hydrangea parfait was first released in 2013 and has gone to become their most popular seasonal parfait every year. So that lots of people can continue to enjoy the popular dessert, Itohkyuemon is offering the parfait as a takeout option so customers don’t have to eat indoors.
The parfait is made with matcha and hydrangea mashed sweet potato and hydrangea-coloured crushed jelly, and is topped with leaf-shaped matcha cookies, blueberries, and other colourful treats that bring to mind Uji’s rainy season.
Takeout Hydrangea Parfait
Available: Until the end of June 2021
Price: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
Location: Itohkyuemon Uji
Official Website: https://www.itohkyuemon.co.jp/corporate/
Eggs’n Things Popular Halloween Menu Returns for Limited Time
15.October.2021 | FOOD
EGGS’N THINGS JAPAN have announced that between October 15 and October 31, their most popular Halloween item ever – the 2018 Halloween Trick Pancakes – will be returning to Eggs’n Things and Eggs’n Things Coffee stores nationwide.
The black pancake batter is kneaded with cocoa and is topped with subtly sweet pumpkin cream shaped in a cute spider pattern, finished with a swirl of purple taro whipped cream. Eggs’n Things have even hidden a colorful, popping trick inside the pancake.
Have some fun this Halloween at Eggs’ Things!
Halloween Trick Pancake
Cost: ¥1,730 (Tax Incl.)
Availability: October 15 ~ October 31 2021
Participating Stores: Eggs’n Things, Eggs’n Things Coffee stores nationwide
※This item is not available to take out.
Halloween Sweets Now Available at Historical Kyoto Sweets Shop Tsuruya Yoshinobu
Founded in 1803, Tsuruya Yoshinobu is a famous Japanese sweets shop specializing in wagashi, or traditional Japanese confections. To celebrate Halloween, the shop is now selling some themed treats through the end of October.
Halloween Pumpkin/Halloween Ghost Japanese Sweets
Happy Halloween Cookie Assortment
The celebration of Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, before later being Christianized as All Hallow’s Day. A day to ward off evil spirits and celebrate the fall harvest, it has become a much less serious holiday in recent decades. Children dress up in costumes and go door-to-door asking for candy, and the past is largely forgotten. The sweets available at Tsuruya Yoshinobu are decorated with cute expressions and are sure to be a hit at tea time with friends and family. Be sure to keep an eye out for the ghosts, featuring six different expressions!
Japanese sweets aren’t as strong as their American counterparts, and each is sculpted like a work of art. These will melt in your mouth and are perfect for enjoying with matcha, tea, or coffee! Be sure to fill out the blank card along with the cookie gift box for a thoughtful gift this holiday season.
Tsuruya Yoshinobu Halloween Wagashi
Happy Halloween Cookie Assortment, Available October 10 – Late October: ¥1,620 (Tax Included)
Halloween Pumpkin Japanese Sweets, Available October 16-31: ¥486 each (Tax Included)
Halloween Ghost Japanese Sweets, Available October 16-31: ¥486 each (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: Tsuruya Yoshinobu
*Please note that products are only available in-store, not online.
*Certain locations may not offer these products.
Official Site: https://www.tsuruyayoshinobu.jp/
Kyoto’s Kurodani Temple, Typically Closed to the Public, to Accept Visitors for Limited Time
12.October.2021 | SPOT
Constructed in 1175, the Kurodani Temple is one of the head temples of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. Though typically closed to the public, the grounds will open for a short period to allow guests to experience some beautiful autumn scenery beginning November 12, 2021. This temple is associated with the Shinsengumi and served as the headquarters of the Aizu Clan at the end of the Edo period, so those interested in history won’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity.
[Night] Shiun Garden
[Day] Autumn Leaves at the Main Gate
[Day] Shiun Garden
[Night] Autumn Leaves at the Main Gate
Temple Grounds at Sunset
The Tiger’s Room
Live Koto Performance
Gokoushiyuiamidabutsu, ‘Afro Buddha’
Guests will be able to enjoy the gorgeous autumn temple scenery during both daytime and nighttime, with the night viewing also offering some traditional Japanese live music. Visitors can also see various temple treasures and historical items, as well as the Tiger Room, known for its painted doors. The unique and aptly named Afro Buddha will also be on display. After training for an extremely long period of time, the Buddha’s hair piled up, giving him this strangely modern appearance.
On a clear day, guests will be able to see clear to the Abeno Harukas building in Osaka. Vividly painted ceilings and other statues will completely surround visitors in spiritual history. At night, traditional Japanese music will be played at three different times in the front gardens. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the temple will offer a Premium Plan, allowing interested guests to enter the grounds 30 minutes before general admission starts. (This will require reservations made on the official website.) This will also include a guided tour!
How would you like to experience this piece of Japanese history while surrounded by unforgettable autumn foliage?
Special Autumn Viewing
Kudodani Temple, Kyoto – The Head Temple of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism
Address: 121 Kurodanicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Night Viewing Details: https://www.kurodani.jp/lightup/
Day Viewing Details: https://www.kurodani.jp/sp_daytime/
Running: November 12 – December 5, 2021
Hours: 10:00-16:30 (Final Admission at 16:00)
Special Viewing Areas: Mikado, Daihojo, the Gardens, two locations at the main gate
Running: November 12 – December 5, 2021
Hours: 17:30-20:30 (Final Admission at 20:00)
Live traditional Japanese music will be performed in the garden located in front of the Main Hall at 17:45, 18:30, and 19:15
Patisserie Antenor in Kobe Releases Limited-Time Halloween Cakes
Antenor, a beloved patisserie located in Kobe, began selling limited-time Halloween-themed cakes on October 1, 2021. The exciting lineup will have guests ready for the scariest day of the year, offering sweets made with purple sweet potato, Mont Blanc, and pumpkin.
Halloween Petit Four – Available from October 16 until October 31
Pumpkin Mont Blanc – Available from October 1 until October 31
Halloween Cheesecake – Available from October 1 until October 31
Gateau Chocolat Classic Cake – Available from October 1 until October 31
Halloween Assortment (M) – Available from September 1 until October 31
The Halloween Assortment (M) includes three types of popular cookies and is available now ahead of the October holiday. It would make a perfect gift, so snag one of these festive boxes before they’re gone!
Limited-Time Halloween Cake
Official Site: https://www.antenor.jp
Halloween Sweets Buffet Coming to Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu for Two Days Only
Moshi Moshi Nippon has delivered news on tons of Halloween treats this holiday season, but can there ever really be enough? Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyo has announced a special two-day-only Halloween Sweets Buffet on October 30 and 31 at the location’s Flyer’s Table restaurant on the second floor.
Pumpkin Cheese Tart
Black Cream Puff
Guests can enjoy a variety of spooky treats all incorporating fall flavors like chestnut, pumpkin, sweet potato, pear, and apple. Offerings include the Pumpkin Cheese Tart, a mildly-sweet cheese tart made with sour cream, cottage cheese, and cream cheese, and topped with pumpkin cream; the Ghost Mousse, a chestnut mousse made to look like a ghoul; and the Black Cream Puff, made with black cocoa and a cassis cream filling.
At the demonstration corner, guests can see the Sweet Potato Mont Blanc being made. Those wanting something besides sweets can enjoy a selection of sandwiches decorated in Halloween style!
Halloween Sweets Buffet
October 30 and 31, 2021
Official Site: https://www.tokyuhotels.co.jp/haneda-e/
Junei Hotel Kyoto Adds New Plan Allowing Guests to Reserve Entire Property
06.October.2021 | SPOT
The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West, a small luxury hotel located in the heart of Japan’s ancient capital, has revealed a new plan allowing guests to rent out the entire premises. Imagine being in a hotel with only your closest family and friends!
The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West – Guest Room
The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West – Bathroom
The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Bamboo Suite
The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Bamboo Suite Bathroom
The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Standard Room
The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Standard Bathroom
The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Breakfast at Futago
The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Futago Restaurant Interior
The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Dinner at Futago
Hozucho River Boat Ride
The Junei Hotel Kyoto Rooftop View of Kiyomizu-dera Lights
The Junei Hotel Kyoto Rooftop Garden Moon Viewing
With two locations in Kyoto, guests will be able to enjoy the entirety of the hotel in complete privacy while still enjoying hotel hospitality. With between 8-11 rooms, this would be the perfect spot for a family gathering, wedding reception, graduation trip with friends, corporate meeting place, or even for overseas guests!
The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West opened in 2017 as a community-based luxury hotel with only eight rooms, with a single mission: bringing the beauty of Japan to the world. Beyond simply finding a place to sleep for the night, the hotel wants guests to experience something special and to provide an unforgettable experience. By partnering with local tourism associations, the Junei Hotel hopes to accurately convey the traditions and singular culture of the city of Kyoto.
In March 2020, a second location opened. The Junei Hotel Kyoto is surrounded by bamboo, and in fact, the theme of the hotel itself is bamboo and the moon. Each of the guest rooms is decorated with traditional and local bamboo crafts, and every detail is pulled from the natural beauty of Higashiyama, Kyoto.
The restaurant attached to the hotel, Futago, is the perfect place for adults to unwind and recharge. The kappo-style course menu features Kyoto vegetables and seasonal ingredients, blending the delicious with the nutritious. Chefs will cook each dish using a variety of methods, and guests will be amazed by how the flavor of the meat changes from course to course. The menu changes each month, so be sure to come back throughout the year!
Guests can also rent out Arashiyama Yusaitei, a gorgeous building deep in the forests of Kyoto perfect for wedding receptions, photoshoots, tea ceremonies, and more. The rooftop garden offers a stunning view of Kiyomizu-dera and is also perfect for moon viewing. Those wanting to get even closer to nature can enjoy a boat ride down the Hozucho river, and for those craving desserts, a Japanese sweets-making class is also available!
Who would you take with you on a private stay at the Junei Hotel Kyoto?
The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West
Address: 3-14 Shimochojamachi, Higashihorikawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
Official Site: https://www.juneihotel.com/imperialpalace/
The Junei Hotel Kyoto
Address: 4-139 Honmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Official Site: https://www.juneihotel.com/kyoto/
KEYUCA Celebrates Halloween with Limited-Edition Autumn Sweets
06.October.2021 | FOOD
Dolce Felice and Keyuca Sweets, two sweets brands produced by lifestyle shop KEYUCA, have come together to sell some new treats inspired by the autumn season, along with the Halloween vibe. The autumn-inspired sweets will be on sale starting October 1 at participating shops and online, while the Halloween sweets will be sold for three days only, from October 29 to 31. Preorders are open now. These delicious delicacies will be filled with fall ingredients, including Hokkaido-grown Ebisu pumpkin cream and chestnut.
Limited-Time Halloween Sweets
Petit Halloween Pound Cake, 2 pieces
On sale: October 1 – October 31 *While supplies last.
Monster Shortcake / On sale: October 29 – October 31
*Available to preorder at all stores starting October 1
Monster Eclaire / On sale: October 29 – October 31
*Available to preorder at all stores starting October 1
Monster Mont Blanc / On sale: October 29 – October 31
*Available to preorder at all stores starting October 1
Limited-Time Autumn Sweets
Ebisu Pumpkin Eclaire
Chestnut Mont Blanc Shortcake
Various limited-edition treats signify the coming of Halloween, with monster, black cat, and jack-o-lantern motifs. How would you like to bring home some of these ghoulish delights?
2021 Halloween Sweets Collection Coming Soon to Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
The pastry shop at Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel will start selling an absolutely gorgeous selection of Halloween sweets starting October 1, 2021.
Purple Sweet Potato Mont-Blanc (S, pictured left and right): ¥630 (Tax Included) / (M, pictured center): ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
Chatnoir: ¥745 (Tax Included)
Pumpkin Pudding: ¥626 (Tax Included)
The sweets included in this year’s lineup are meant to bring some joy to those who have struggled during the past year of lockdown, and those who might not be able to attend their favorite seasonal events this year. In this lineup of three beautifully decorated treats, guests can bring the spirit of Halloween home. Which of these would you want to add some spooky flair to your kitchen?
Halloween Sweets Collection 2021
Available: October 1 – October 31, 2021
Location: Pastry Shop (LBF)
Official Site: https://www.tokyuhotels.co.jp/cerulean-h/
New Specialty Shop in Shinjuku Selling Edible Jewels for a Limited Time
04.October.2021 | FOOD
Mahou no Kohakutou, a shop specializing in sweets that look exactly like sparkling jewels, will be open for a limited time from October 1 to October 10, 2021, inside the Shinjuku Marui Main Building. These unique treats are actual amber candy, but it’s hard to want to eat something that looks so expensive.
Each piece is cut by hand
Pieces from the Magical Vial Series
Finished amber candy
Amber candy before the drying process
Amber sugar is often appropriately called rock candy due to its mineral-like appearance. Despite their hard appearance, these treats have a much more complex texture than you’d think, crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside. It takes about one week to crystallize each piece to get the right texture, and chefs must constantly keep an eye on the process by turning the sweets when needed and adjusting the humidity.
Rather than using a machine or mold, each of these jewels is formed by hand, one by one. This means each one is completely different!
All coloring is accomplished with natural food-derived dye, and the sweets contain no synthetic coloring or flavoring. All it takes is a few simple ingredients to create something scrumptious!
Mahou no Kohakutou – Shinjuku Marui Main Building Concept Shops Space
Address: Shinjuku Marui Main Building 8F (Concept Shops Space)
Open: October 1 – October 10, 2021
Official Site: https://peraichi.com/landing_pages/view/mahonokohakuto/
Villain-Themed Halloween Sweets Buffet Opens for One Day Only in Saitama
The Omiya ART GRACE Wedding Chateau in Saitama will hold an all-you-can-eat Halloween buffet on October 31, 2021. Guests can enjoy as many villain-themed treats as they like, all prepared and decorated by the skilled on-site wedding patissier.
In addition to sweets–like the sorcerer’s macaroon, pirate pudding, and cold-hearted chocolate mint ice cream–guests can also treat themselves to all-you-can-eat savory meals, including pirate’s seafood pizza and devil black curry. A photo spot will also be available in the main dining room, which will be entirely decorated for the occasion. This is the perfect event for a girl’s night out or for families with children, so be sure to make your reservation now!
Mischievous Villains Dessert Time ~Art Grace of Terror~
Open: October 31, 2021, *Reservations required.
First Seating: 11:00-12:30 Second Seating: 13:15-14:45
Address: Omiya ART GRACE Wedding Chateau/Guest House (1-816-7 Uetake-cho, Kita-ku, Saitama)
Access: 9-minute walk from JR Toro Station
Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel Offering Halloween Sweets Throughout October
Cafe Toastina, located inside the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel, will be serving up some Halloween-themed sweets throughout the month of October! While it’s possible to simply stop by and snag one of these monstrous treats, each Friday, a special Halloween edition of the popular Friday Sweets Buffet has also opened reservations.
Jack-o’-lantern Tart: ¥800
How can you have Halloween without a carved pumpkin? Featuring dough filled with pumpkin and a topping of maple jelly and mousse, this cream-covered treat is sure to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth. Atop the smiling pumpkin sits a cookie, chestnuts, pistachio cream, and a ghost made of chocolate. (Actually, it might be too cute to eat.)
Monster Cream Puff: ¥800
This puff pastry is filled to the brim with custard cream and apple compote, then topped with sweet potato vanilla mousse. The monster’s face is made with purple sweet potato cream and chocolate, which makes this the perfect treat for autumn.
Pistachio Frankenstein: ¥800
Crunchy chocolate sits atop this ghoulish mix of pistachio mousse, chocolate, and cherry jelly. Decorated to resemble one of the most recognizable Halloween monsters, each eyeball is made of white chocolate. The result? He might be more cute than scary.
Mummy Bread (pictured left): ¥400
Each one of these fluffy treats is made with a mix of cocoa-flavored dough and cookie dough and filled with chocolate custard, fresh cream, and raspberry jam.
Jack-o’-lantern Meat Danish (pictured right): ¥500
Each crispy pastry is filled with beef bolognese, three types of mushrooms, and bechamel sauce, before being baked to perfection.
The #SheratonSweetsBox (October Edition)
Each month, a new collection of eight mini-sweets is released by the hotel. The limited-edition October box is packed with a jack-o’-lantern, a one-eyed monster, and Frankenstein peeking out from the lid.
Along with all of these tasty snacks, the hotel itself will be decorated in line with the theme of ‘Halloween Laboratory.’ Staff members will be dressed in white lab coats, and guests may feel like some scary monsters have escaped–so don’t miss out on this full Halloween experience!
Halloween Sweets & Bakery
Running: October 1 – October 31, 2021
Friday Sweets Buffet
Running: Each Friday from October 1 – October 29, 2021
Times: 1st Seating, 13:00-14:40 / 2nd Seating, 15:00-16:40
Price: Adults ¥3,200 / Children 4-12 ¥1,600
Location: Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel, Cafe Toastina
“Katanukiya” opens in Fukuoka, Selling Kumamon Katanuki Baum for Limited Time Only
01.October.2021 | FOOD
Ginza-based Katanukiya, a store that specializes in shaped Baum, will be opening a limited-time shop in Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin between October 1 and October 31. The store will stock both the ‘Panda Series’ and panda sable.
Kumamoto Panda Baum: ¥594 (Tax Incl.)
Kumamon Shaped Katanuki Baum: ¥540 (Tax Incl.)
Ghost Panda Baum: ¥540 (Tax Incl.)
Panda Baum: ¥540 (Tax Incl.)
Amabie Baum: ¥540 (Tax Incl.)
The new ‘Kumamoto Panda Baum’ will be debuting at the Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin store, along with the ‘Kumamon Shape Katanuki Baum.’ A new baum featuring the Amabie, a creature which is said to have appeared in Kumamoto during the Edo period and represents a bright, hopeful future, will also be available. Why not enjoy some cute character Baum this Autumn?
Katanukiya Limited-time Shop
Shop Duration: October 1 ~ October 31 2021
Location: Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin, Main Building 2F Confectionery Exhibition Hall
Official Site: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/fukuoka/