A cafe with colorful sweets run by an old Japanese “wagashi” confectioner
Opened in 2013, “Nijo Wakasaya” is run by a Japanese confectioner's shop with a history of almost 100 years. The first floor offers takeout wagashi (traditional Wagashi (Japanese Sweets) ), while the second floor features a cheery cafe often filled with women. Most customers come for the kakigoori - Japanese shaved ice. Along with seasonal flavors, they also serve a colorful kakigoori which comes with five different types of syrup. The cafe offers a seasonal selection of fresh sweets and green tea, allowing customers to really experience Japanese seasons. Rest your travel-weary feet and relax with the gentle sweetness of Japanese wagashi or the refreshing chill of Japanese shaved ice.
Saiun - Shaved ice Five Kinds of syrup
This do-it-yourself kakigoori comes with 5 types of syrup which change with the seasons. Try adding the syrups one at a time to see how the flavor changes. You can also add toppings of sweet red bean paste or ice cream.
Japanese cake & Japanese tea
A set of green tea, a fresh sweet, and dry sweets. They can be chosen separately from another menu that the shop attendant brings. The menu features around six options, from standards to special seasonal sweets, which can also be purchased on the first floor. The dry sweets can be eaten by themselves, even without tea!
/ ¥670/3 pieces、 ¥1,080/5 pieces
The thin shell of these manjuu dumplings hides a mildly sweet red bean paste filling. Smooth and moist, these perfectly sweetened dumplings come in three varieties, including strained red, coarse red, and white bean paste.
/ ¥216/1pieces 、¥648/3 pieces
Open the bowl, fill with hot water, and watch this turn into thick, perfectly sweetened kudzu starch soup. The three varieties available include “Pure white kudzu soup”, “Green tea flavor” and “Red bean soup flavor” which has little bird shaped crackers. They can be purchased individually, and make great presents.