Learn about the history of traditional Japanese confections
The Kyoto confectionery museum is located to the west of Kyoto Imperial Palace, and you can learn about the historical transition of Japanese sweets through their exhibitions. According to the chronicles of Japan, Japanese sweets were originally made primarily from nuts and fruits. However, in the Nara period (710-794), tenshin (Chinese sweets) were imported from China and castella, conpei-to (sugar candy), and more were important from Portugal to Japan in 1546. Confections in Japan become what is known as Japanese sweets or wagashi during the Edo period. Inside the museum, there are some old confectionery molds exhibited with replicas of sweets from each period. These are part of the founder of the museum’s a collection. Even though the exhibition guides are not in English, you can still enjoy historical Kyoto sweets, as the museum offers Japanese tea with wagashi for ￥700. Because there is no entrance fee, why not try them!