Enjoy Japanese afternoon tea while you look at a beautiful Japanese garden at Yojiya Café Ginkakuji
Yojiya is a brand from Kyoto famous for their blotting paper and other cosmetics popular with both Japanese and foreign tourists alike. Besides their cosmetics, they have also opened a café with an authentic Japanese garden close to Ginkaku-ji Temple in eastern Kyoto. The café is close to the Philosopher’s Walk, and it’s in a traditional Japanese style house that has tatami mats on the floor. There is something nostalgic about the café, and you feel surrounded by interesting history when you sip your tea. Their most famous menu item has to be their matcha cappuccino that has their logo on it as latte art. They also have Kyoto-style traditional Japanese sweets, so this is a great place for some afternoon tea. They also sell souvenirs, so this is a great café to drop by when sightseeing around Ginkaku-ji Temple.
Special Yojiya matcha cappuccino
/ ￥670 (including tax)
Yojiya’s matcha cappuccino uses matcha from Uji, and while it has the distinct bitterness of matcha, it also has the sweetness of the milk that balances it all out.
This cappuccino is not only delicious, but it also has Yojiya’s logo on it, and this is what makes it so special and it’s also the reason why this cappuccino is so popular.
Matcha with ice cream and sweet red bean paste
/ ￥770 (including tax)
You have vanilla ice cream in matcha, and when it melts it makes this treat taste almost like matcha latte. This is a match made in heaven – the bitterness of matcha with the sweetness of ice cream. You also get red bean paste that tastes sweet but has that nice taste of azuki beans to it. The three colored mochi balls are also a nice addition and have just the right amount of chewiness. You have also the Yojiya logo on the lid of the cup too, making it look really elegant.
Red bean wafer and green tea set
/ ￥820 (including tax)
These wafers have the Yojiya logo on them, and look really cute. You can put red bean paste between two wafers and make a red bean sandwich out of them. The soft red bean paste makes an interesting combination with the crisp wafer. Then you have the matcha that has a slightly bitter taste to it, so it makes all of them work really well together. This makes for a really nice Japanese afternoon tea set!
/ ￥650 (including tax)
The sweets of this set change depending on the season, so it’s exciting to see what sweets are being served right now. This time I had some nice cookies with the just the right amount of crunchiness, and some cake made with roasted soy bean flour that was a bit moist and had that nice fragrance of the beans to it. And not to forget, also ice cream, which had chestnuts in it. This set is sure to make you feel relaxed and satisfied.