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Kanshundo Japanese Confectionery Class

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Learn to make Japanese confectioneries (wagashi) in Kyoto!
For 6 generations, Kanshun-do has been serving the people of Kyoto with sweet confectioneries. Shapes that reflect current season are the raw Kyo-gashi often in shapes of flowers and leaves. There are three branches of Kanshun-do in Kyoto, and two of them (Higashi Shop and Sagano Shop) offer 75-minute Japanese confectionery making courses. Classes are held 4 times a day, making reservations are recommended. Create Japanese confectioneries in a traditional building with wooden beams and have a taste of your sweet creation with matcha green tea which is included in the course. There is no need to have prior experience at all. Talented craftsman will carefully instruct the techniques for a very fun sweets making experience. ▼Click here for Writer's Blog
Before Getting Hands-On
Before Getting Hands-On
First, you will be looking at a sheet of paper with information about the confectioneries you will be making. Japanese confectioneries heavily reflect on the season, therefore, take notice of the relationships with the current season and shapes of confectioneries. Take a look at the picture of tools you will be using in shaping the sweets.
Listen and watch the teacher very carefully for instructions. Some techniques used in shaping the confectioneries are tricky especially for first-timers. Be ready to be astonished by the hand movements of the skilled confectionery teacher. Keeping confidence will help you in making these beautiful shapes!
Take Your Creations With You
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Take Your Creations With You
You will be making three confectioneries in total. This time around, the shapes made during the class are of a flower and a bird. There are names for each confectionery too. The flower is called Haruhonoka and is a type of confectionery called Neri-kiri which have filling of red bean. The bird is called Hatsune, and it is a Uiro confectionery consisting of sugar, high grade powder, rice cake powder, and kudzu starch. Two confectioneries made by you will be put in a box to take after the lesson. Make sure to eat them fast as they can dry out easily.
Eat Your Own Creations With Matcha Green Tea
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Eat Your Own Creations With Matcha Green Tea
At the end of the course, it’s eating time! Matcha green tea is included in the course. Enjoy your sweet moment with the confectionery made by yourself and some perfectly complementing matcha green tea.
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Carefully listen and watch the instructor. Truly talented craftsman will be instructing you so follow their instructions.
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The Japanese confectionery making class is so much fun! Kyoto is known for traditional things and these Japanese sweets are one of them. You don't have to have prior experience in sweets making, relax and try it for yourself. It's a fun experience plus you get to eat the ones you made at the end!
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Kanshundo Japanese Confectionery Class / 甘春堂
Category Cultural Experience
Phone +81 75-561-1318
Address Kanshundo Higashi Shop 512-2 Chaya-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi 605-0931
Directions 7-minute walk from Keihan Train Shichijo Station 5-minute walk from Kyoto city bus Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-,mae Stop,
Open Hours Shop hours: 9am - 6pm Classes are held 4 times a day (9:15am~, 11am~, 1pm~, 3pm~)
Reservations Accepted See website for application
Closed No regular holidays
Notes Please do not cancel your reservation on the day of. For walk-ins, show up at the venue at least 30 minutes prior to the start time. There is no guarantee that spots will be open.
Price range
¥2,000 yen + tax per person. *Cash only
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Good for first-timers
Information Japanese and English
Lanuages spoken Japanese

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