Feb. 08, 2018 UPDATE

The shrines and temples of Kyoto and their traditional Japanese sweets!

There are many shrines and temples in Kyoto, many of them World Heritage Sites, so a huge number of tourists visit them every year. But did you know that some of these places of worship have their own Japanese sweet they’re famous for? In Japanese, these treats are called “Sweets sold in front of the temple gates,” which as you can probably guess, is where most of the places selling these sweets are located. These sweets are great to have when at the temple, or you can eat them later at your hotel. In this article, we take a look at what kinds of shrine-sweets you can have in Kyoto, and what they have to do with the shrine! So come with Vanessa and find out which are the best shrine-sweets in Kyoto!
Part 1Fushimi Inari Shrine and the fox cookies
Fushimi Inari Shrine seems to always top the list for the sightseeing spot tourists want to go to the most, and that’s because of their rows of vermilion torii gates. The torii gates of the shrine were …
Part 2Shimogamo Shrine and mitarashi dango
Shimogamo Shrine is a World Heritage Site known for the Tadasu no Mori forest, which is a vast, relaxing green space in the heart of Kyoto. In summer, the forest provides a respite from the scorching heat in Kyoto. If you …
Part 3Kitano Tenmangu Shrine & Awamochi and Chogoromochi
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto is famous as a place to view the plum blossoms, and also for enshrining the god of learning, Sugawara no Michizane, and for this reason, the shrine is …
Part 4Imamiya Shrine and aburimochi
Imamiya Shrine is in northern Kyoto, and the shrine is well-known as a place where you can pray for marriage luck, but also for their aburimochi – little pieces of rice cake grilled over charcoals and …
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