Downtown Wagashi(Japanese Sweets)Sep. 07, 2015 UPDATE
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A shop offering Japanese ambiance and a new sweet each month

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This is a café operated by veteran Kyoto sweets shop Daikokuden . It is housed in a refurbished machiya home. The front of the shop sells Wagashi (Japanese Sweets) , while the back is set up as a café. Gaze out at the tiny garden while enjoying dessert. The signature dish here is Kohakunagashi , made from agar jelly. The flavor changes each month. The shop also offers a range of carefully-made sweets with a refined taste.
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This shop is very popular, so you may find seating full and have to wait. Take that opportunity to inspect the nostalgic and delightful structure of the shop while you wait!
Kohakunagashi
1Must Eat !
Kohakunagashi / ¥660
Agar jelly, an intriguingly transparent form, is delicious for the smooth texture and mouthfeel. It is drizzled with syrup, the flavor of which changes at the start of each month. If you space your visits a month apart, you’ll enjoy a new flavor each time.
Zenzai
2Must Eat !
Zenzai / ¥870
Mildly sweet syrup is enhanced with the mellow, refined taste of large sweet beans. This is topped off with a rice flour dumpling.
Wakaayu(Take out)
3Let's Try !
Wakaayu(Take out) / 1 pieces ¥216 | 5 pieces ¥1,188 | 10 pieces ¥2,268
Styled after a swimming sweetfish, this pastry consists of a soft dough made from eggs, sugar, and flour. Inside you’ll find chewy rice cake. The small size makes this an excellent snack.
Kasuteira (Take out)
4Let's Try !
Kasuteira (Take out) / 1 pieces ¥594 | 1 a pieces ¥1,188 Prices differ by size
A baked pastry made with eggs. It has a dense, moist texture and a hint of eggy sweetness. Pairs beautifully with both coffee and tea. This item is often presented as a wedding gift or for other events. Note that this sweet keeps for about five days.
How to Order & Eat
Seien How to Order & EatKohakunagashi is a signature dish that you must try. If you still have room for more, order it as a set with the “mini warabi-mochi” (second from left) or “mini zenzai” (first from left).
- Order Tips -
If you want to know what flavor syrup is used on the Kohakunagashi ask,
“Kohakunagashi no mitsu wa nandesuka?”
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Categories Wagashi(Japanese Sweets)
Phone +81 75-221-3311
Address 120, Horinoecho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8117
Directions 8-minute walk from Subway Karasuma Oike Station.
Hours 10:00 ~ 17:00
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Wednesday
Notes Tends to get crowded after the lunch hour, between 1:00 and 3:00 PM. Long lines on weekends.
Price range
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~ ¥1,000
Credit cards VISA, MASTER
Good for Solo, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Menu only in Japanese.
Menu Japanese only
Languages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 22 seats
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
Seien +81 75-221-3311 ~ ¥1,000 1/3

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