Jul. 05, 2019 UPDATE

Awamochi-dokoro Sawaya

- 粟餅所澤屋 -
13th Generation Awamochi, a mochi made with millet grains
This shop is one of the most popular Awamochi shop in Japan. Located in the famous Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, people have been enjoying Awamochi at this location since the Edo period (1603 – 1868). An appropriate shop for a city rich in history, “awa” is made out of millet, a grain that was once a major staple diet in Japan. This well-known Awamochi shop is currently run by the 13th generation owner. “Awa itself is not so tasty,” the Awamochi maker tells us, “that’s why Awamochi is being created in mochi form to consume it in more pleasurable way.” An enchanting way of eating “awa,” an order comes with both red bean wrapped and Kinako covered Awamochi.
Red bean "koshi an" wrapped Awamochi
Red bean "koshi an" wrapped Awamochi / Varies
Awamochi is freshly made right at the counter by the entrance. Awamochi makers rapidly roll out the Awamochi one by one in a perfect ball shape, the process is very intriguing to watch. The round ones are covered with smooth red bean paste called “koshi an” the entire balance of sweetness and smooth texture makes these Awamochi very easy to eat.
Kinako covered Awamochi
Kinako covered Awamochi / Varies
The log-shaped ones are covered with Kinako, a powder made out of roasted soy beans. Having two different types of Awamochi satisfyingly accents the Awamochi eating experience. Kinako is mixed with sugar and is tasty even just by itself. Enjoy the texture and the roasted flavors of delicious Kinako.
3Let's Try!
Matcha / ¥300
Can’t go wrong with Matcha and Japanese confectioneries together! Slightly bitter green tea taste goes well with sweet Awamochi, an traditional way of having a tea break. Awamochi is often ordered to-go by the locals, however we recommend eating-in because of the short shelf life they have. Awamochi must be eaten on the day they are made since Awamochi will lose its softness.
How to Order

There are only two choices, 5-piece plate (¥600) or 3-piece plate (¥450). When your order arrives at your table, they will also hand you with tags which identifies your ordered items. Take these to the register on your way out to pay for your order.

- Order Tips -
Order at the entrance before being seated. Inform them whether you want to eat-in or take-out. Say “eat-in” or

“Tennai de”

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This is a long established Japanese sweets café in front of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. It's tons of fun to watch the chef of the establishment skilfully make mochi with anko bean paste and kinako roasted soybean flour. The red bean paste in their chestnut mochi is sweet but not too sweet so it feels like I could eat quite many of them. If you come to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine please also visitit this Japanese cafe.
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Awamochi-dokoro Sawaya / 粟餅所澤屋
Category Wagashi (Japanese Sweets)
Phone +81 75-461-4517
Address 838-7 Kamiyagawa-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Directions ・5-minute walk from Randen Kitano-Line Kitano Hakubai-cho Station ・1-minute walk from Kyoto city bus Kitano Tenmangu stop
Open Hours 9:30am - 5pm
Reservations Can call ahead of time for pick-up
Closed Thursdays, and 26th of every month
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted
Good for Solo, With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
No information in English
Menu Japanese
Lanuages spoken Japanese
Number of seats 25 seats
Private dining rooms None
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
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