Kyoto specialty: Japanese tea sweets
But this is how things used to be here. Although these traditional sweets are popular even to this day, there is a new kind of sweet delicacy that has gotten to be more and more popular. So these days, traditional sweets are often enjoyed with a hearty portion of ice cream on the side as a parfait or a sundae.
And to get back to our topic of Japanese tea, the ice cream in these parfaits is often flavored with tea, usually either matcha or hojicha. Some parfaits also flavor the jelly, cakes, and other sweets in them with matcha or hojicha, making the whole parfait taste of tea.
Tsujirihei Uji Honten is an especially nice place for tea aficionados who want to have tea with their tea-flavored sweets. You can have a cup of gyokuro here to truly enjoy your matcha parfait with the maximum amount of umami. Or you could go with sencha, kabusecha, genmaicha, hojicha… suffice to say, there’s a lot to choose from.