Fresh dango on a stick and mochi made with select kuromame

Kuromame Saan Kitao Gion

Kuromame Saan Kitao Gion
This shop specializes in kuromame (black soybeans). You can enjoy sweets and lunch items made with select kuromame. The kuromame they use are top quality beans from Kyoto and elsewhere around Japan. They are large, aromatic, and have a sweet flavor. We recommend the dango(sweet sticky rice balls) and mochi made with kuromame. Both are roasted over a charcoal fire at the back of the shop. You can eat them hot off the grill. You can also make the kinako (a fragrant flour used in Japanese sweets ma...morede from roasted and ground soybeans) used in the dango yourself at your seat, which is a lot of fun. On your way out, be sure to check out the products made with kuromame on sale at the front of the shop.
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The menu is full of items made with kuromame you cannot taste anywhere else. And not only is the food delicious, it is also fun to experience making your own kinako. It is located in the center of Gion, so it is always bustling with tourists on weekends and holidays. Even if it takes a while to get inside, please be patient!
Such an interactive place to enjoy "Kinako" or roasted soy bean flour! The beans used here are black soy beans. Order sweets that comes with Kinako so you can use the stone grinder to grind your own black soy bean flour. It's very fun, and the black soy beans have delicious nutty flavor. Don't forget to check out the products that are by the entrance and take some home as souvenirs. I recommend the "Mame Shibori," which are wrinkly black beans that are sweet and tasty.
1Must Eat !
Mitarashi-Dango / ¥756
An assortment of 2 skewers of black dango made with kuromame and 3 skewers of dango made with mochi only. You can enjoy the two different flavors. The freshly-grilled dango have a pleasant aroma that goes well with the sweet syrup and fragrant kinako. If you want to share them with several people, remove the dango from the skewers using chopsticks.
Abekawa Mochi
2Must Eat !
Abekawa Mochi / ¥486
The mochi is filled with kuromame and semi-sweet red bean paste. You can enjoy the crunchiness of kuromame and the chewiness of mochi at the same time. Like the dango, they are made with lots of kinako. Be sure to keep in mind that mochi stretches, which can make it a little difficult to eat.
Kuromame soft ice cream (Take-out)
3Let's Try !
Kuromame soft ice cream (Take-out) / ¥324 *Mini size ¥150
The pleasant aroma of kinako is a perfect match for the sweetness of milk. You can eat it in the shop, but you can buy it more cheaply for takeout. We recommend to do a takeout if you are walking around the Gion area. Be careful it will start to melt you do not eat it fast!
Experience a stone mortar
4Let's Try !
Experience a stone mortar / Free
You can make the kinako used in the dango and mochi yourself with the stone mortar placed on your table. Freshly-made kinako has a strong aroma. It enhances the deliciousness of dango and mochi. There are instructions on how to make it in English, so please ask the staff if you want them.
*You can also have the shop staff make the kinako for you.
How to Order & Eat
Kuromame Saan Kitao Gion How to Order & Eat
The food menu has many other dishes made with kuromame aside from dango and mochi.Also, kinako can easily scatter everywhere, so be careful.
- Order Tips -
If you want to try the stone mortar experience and cannot understand how to make kinako even after reading the English instructions, tell the shop staff.

“Kinako no Tsukurikata wo Oshietekudasai”

(Please teach me how to make kinako.)
Kuromame Saan Kitao Gion
Categories Wagashi(Japanese Sweets)
Phone +81 75-551-8811
Address 279-2, Giommachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0073
Directions 5-minute walk from Keihan Line Gion Shijyo Stn.
Hours 9:00am-5pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Sun, Public holiday
Notes Large groups (10 or more people) may be seated at separate tables. The sales space at the front of the shop is a little cramped.
Price range
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Credit cards VISA, MASTER
Good for With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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English menus available.
Menu English
Languages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 28 seats
Private dining rooms None
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
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