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Kagizen Yoshifusa Honten-Main store- 鍵善良房 本店 -
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A Store on the Gion Tour Route Selling Delicious Wagashi (Japanese Sweets)
The flagship store of the longstanding Japanese confectioner, Kagizen Yoshifusa, is located along the shopping arcade of the Gion district. This over 300-year-old store can be easily spotted thanks to its distinctive huge red shop curtain. The inside of the store, with all its old cupboards, tables and paintings really gives you a sense of just how old this store is. Japanese sweets or Wagashi are sold at the entrance and in the rear, there's a café. "Kuzukiri” one of the shop's specialties, is made to order, so has long been one of the most popular items at the café. Why not drop in for a relaxing time after walking your way around the Gion district.
Kuzukiri / ¥1,400 (Inc. Tax)
At Kagizen Yoshifusa, we use only “Yoshino-Honkudzu” to ensure a high-quality taste. Enjoy the kuzukiri ( kudzu starch noodles) in the lower section of the bowl by dipping them in the syrup in the upper section. You can choose from two types of homemade syrup: white sugar syrup or brown sugar syrup.
Mild Green Tea and Namagashi Sweet / ￥1,350 (Inc. Tax)
This dessert set features your choice of a traditional Namagashi Japanese sweet from the six available and a cup of mild green tea. The Namagashi sweets are made in the image of the flowers, scenery, and events of each specific season, so the lineup of available sweets changes periodically. The Namagashi pictured here is called “Hana Koaru” and was created in the image of a rose (The photo was taken in May). The accompanying mild green tea is made with Matcha from “Gion Tsujiri” and features fine bubbles with a lovely bitterness. The bitterness of the tea perfectly haromonizes with sweetness of the Namagashi, and is a highly reccomended dessert for adults.
Warabimochi / ￥1,100 (Inc. Tax)
Kagizen Yoshifusa also has a store located in Kodaiji, however, their Warabimochi is only available at their flagship store in the Gion District. The Warabimochi has been cut into six large pieces and is impressively coated on all sides in Kinako soybean powder. When you go to pick up one of the pieces of Warabimochi with your chopsticks, you’re sure to get a surprise at just how heavy and just how soft it is. The almost non-existent sweetness of the Kinako and the smooth texture of the Warabimochi, that literally melts in your mouth without even biting, are simply irresistible. Pour over some of the accompanying brown sugar syrup to enjoy sweeter and more bitter flavours.
Ohimosan / 6piece ￥1,500(Inc. Tax)│10pieces ￥2,800(Inc. Tax)
This dessert is only on offer from October to April. Ohimosan are sweets made from ingredients including adzuki red beans, sweet potato, butter, and cinnamon, and are perfect with green tea or coffee.
How to Order
Kuzukiri is our top recommendation.
When you visit the café, you can receive Hojicha green tea and the incredibly popular Kikujudo, a chalk-like candy that is made from sugar and molded into a shape.
- Order Tips -
You are given the choice of one (1) Namagashi sweet a selection of six (6). The staff can explain each Namagashi, but if you can't understand them too well then you can just pick whichever you like the look of!