Try warabi-mochi and amazake in a space that recreates a traditional Japanese cafe
This amami-dokoro or traditional Japanese café is situated roadside with a view of Yasaka Pagoda. The gate in front of the shop is impressive. When you come through the gate, you’ll find a pretty little garden. Inside the shop are tons of Japanese dolls and other very Japanese-style decorations crowded around, making for a really fun atmosphere. This space recreates what an old-style Japanese café might have looked like. Everything is handmade at the shop with carefully selected quality ingredients— you should be sure to try the warabi-mochi and the amazake.
Warabi mochi / ¥490
Amazingly tender, melts in the mouth. Kinako (roasted soy flour) is savory and sweet at the same time. Be careful when eating because the kinako dusting has a tendency to scatter onto clothing and other surfaces.
Amazake / ¥490
The shop has been making this drink with the same techniques since its founding. The ingredients include only sweeteners that are really good for you, like rice and malt sugars. The mellow sweetness and the mouth-feel of the rice are just right. There is no alcohol in this drink so children can certainly enjoy it too.
Shiratama Anmitsu / ¥760
This dish has tons of adzuki beans that have just the right amount of sweetness. Not too sweet and just the right-sized portion, so you will be able to finish the whole dish without feeling like it’s too much.
Otafuku manju / 1pieces ¥100
The springy dough and anko (coarse sweet red bean paste) are perfectly matched in these manjyu steamed buns. These buns are made with a prayer for good fortune to come to those who buy them. They make wonderful souvenir gifts.
How to Order
If you enjoy drinks made with rice then you should order Amazake. Add one sweet food item to your order and that should be plenty.
- Order Tips -
The shop has many sweets packaged and ready to be taken home. If you are not terribly hungry, you might want to order just a drink and take some sweets home for later.
3.8 food3.5 service3.5 atmosphere4.5
Bunnosuke Chaya Honten ― Main store / 文の助茶屋 本店
|Category||Wagashi (Japanese Sweets)|
|Address||373, Yasakakamimachi, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0827|
|Directions||Take city bus to Kiyomizu-dori, about 6 minutes’ walk east (east of Yasaka Pagoda)|
|Open Hours||10:30 ～ 17:30 (L.O. at 17:30)|
|Reservations||Reservations accepted by phone.|
|Notes||Between 15:00 ～ 16:00 may be too crowded to get in.|
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
|Good for||Solo, With Friends|
No English menu.
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|
|Number of seats||30 seats|
|Private dining rooms||Nothing|
|Non smoking / smoking||Separated (Non smoking in the store)|