Enjoy yokan at an established Wagashi (Japanese Sweets) shop with a beautiful garden view
Sitting to the west of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, “Toraya Karyo Kyoto Ichijo” is the tea room of longstanding Wagashi Japanese confectioner, “Toraya.”
Many of the Japanese confectioners around Kyoto can be seen using the traditional wooden architecture of Japanese houses for their stores; however, Toraya Karyo Kyoto Ichijo is almost like an art gallery in how pristine and stylish it is.
They also have a selection of books on wagashi, as well as Kyoto’s culture, architecture and garden, which you can freely pick up and read.
This tea room also features a rooftop terrace from which you can see the beautiful garden and the ancient storage house.
From this wonderfully charming spot, you can also feel the season with the different seasonal plants and flowers plotted around the place, including maples, plum blossoms gifted from Kitanotenmangu Shrine and the symbol of Japan, cherry blossoms.
In addition to their signature Yokan, a bar of gelled sweet bean paste, Toraya Karyo Kyoto Ichijo’s menu also includes other traditional Japanese sweets.
Including the fresh Japanese sweets known as Namagashi, Anmitsu, a traditional Japanese dessert with a base of agar jelly cubes, smooth azuki bean paste and various toppings, and for the summer only, Shaved Ice.
The incredible quality of all their dishes is truly that of a store which has been supported by so many people for so long.