Traditional and innovational sweets putting smiles near Shisendo
A popular Japanese confectionery/café in Ichijo-ji area offers both Japanese and western style confectioneries. The shop is about 6-minute walk from Shisendo, it’s an ideal place to stop by before or after visiting the temple. Nakatani mostly offers sweets, though there are also light meals of rice and Kyoto-style dishes available. It’s a shop also perfect for buying confectioneries to take home or for gifts. Trying a pastry that is a collaboration between Japanese and western sweets like Green tea tiramisu is a must! How about some colorful macaroons? Round macaroons at Nakatani consists of Japanese flavors that reflects four seasons such as Sakura (cherry blossom) for spring, Hakka mint for summer, sweet potato for autumn, and ginger for winter.
Green tea Tiramisu with hot coffee / ￥780
Think of the commonly known tiramisu but with green tea instead of coffee. This tiramisu is creamy and airy, not too sweet and very soft in texture. It is made with soymilk, cream cheese, and Matcha syrup absorbed sponge cake. It is topped with fresh whipped cream and some beans for garnish. This Japanese style tiramisu is extremely popular that online orders for the larger size tiramisu are backordered. Only at the shop will you be able to get hands on it right away.
Decchi Yokan with Matcha / ￥650
Decchi Yokan is Nakatani’s specialty Japanese confectionary that is still continued to be made by the third generation owner. Keeping the old methods of making Decchi Yokan, it consists of red beans and chestnuts steamed to thick gelatin like texture. Although there are several different meanings for “Decchi,” however, in this shop the phrase is used as a dialect of Northern Kyoto referring to “mixing of flour.” The Yokan is wrapped with bamboo leaf and then steamed.
Buy Pie Daifuku to-go in a box / ￥780 for 4 pieces
Another excellent creation of Japanese and Western collaborated pastry are these Pie Daifuku. Daifuku is a Japanese pastry consisting of Mochi and red bean feelings. A crusty pie crust wraps the round Daifuku creating a unique texture with buttery crust and sticky Mochi. For limited time during winter season, sweet potato filled Pie Daifuku are also available.
Kyoto’s zoni soup with mochi / ￥1,000
Ichijoji Nakatani offers a limited special set menu (¥1,000) from the end of September. It comes with Kyoto’s zoni soup, or “soup with mochi”, red steamed rice, sesame tofu and boiled seaweed. Zoni soup made with white miso is a winter delicacy in Kyoto, so you must eat it at least once! The soup has such ingredients as chewy mochi, taro, carrot and radish in it. Two thumbs-up!
How to Order
As noted on the table, please order a drink when you order a pastry.
- Order Tips -
Check out the pastry display before ordering.
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Ichijoji Nakatani / 一乗寺中谷
|Category||Wagashi (Japanese Sweets)|
|Address||5 Ichijoji Hananoki-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi|
|Directions||・5-minute walk from Eizan train Ichijoji station ・1-minute walk from Kyoto city bus Ichijoji Kudari Matsu-cho stop|
|Open Hours||9:00am - 7:00pm (L.O. 6:00pm)|
|Notes||Nakatani is a popular shop. Lines are often formed during busy season.|
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
|Good for||Solo, Romantic, With Friends|
No English menu, however pastries are seen in the display
|Number of seats||25 seats|
|Private dining rooms||None|
|Non smoking / smoking||Non smoking|