Rakusho is a tea house in Kyoto, in front of the main gate of Kodai-ji Temple, famous for its warabimochi
Rakusho is a tea house located on the Path of Nene close to many famous sightseeing spots such as Kodai-ji and Entoku-in temples.
Inside the tea house the atmosphere is quintessentially Japanese and you get to enjoy sweets and matcha while you watch the carps swimming in the pond of the Japanese garden. But Rakusho is most famous for their warabimochi. The warabimochi are topped with high-quality, fragrant kinako, or roasted soy bean flour, and also contain a lot of matcha, and they are so popular that there is often a line in front of the shop. Warabimochi is the perfect souvenir, no matter whether you are buying them for your friends, family, or your workplace.
/ Big: ￥1340 Medium: ￥864 Small: ￥ 540
The natural sweetness and softness are what is special about the classic warabimochi at Rakusho, called Kusa Warabimochi. The Kusa Warabimochi are almost overflowing with so much roasted soy bean flour, but the flour is not too sweet, and you can eat a lot of it with every bite, and still not feel like the warabimochi was too sweet. The taste of matcha is also not too sweet, but has a nice slight bitterness to it. You can find these rice cakes by the cash register.
They also have tables so you can sit down and relax. Their matcha has such a nice aroma that even people who are not that fond of green tea may be able to drink it. Since the tea goes well with warabi-mochi, drink a little at atime and enjoy them together.
*Available as a set with warabi-mochi. (￥980)
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Rakusho also sells things like Chirimenzansho, dried baby sardines with Chinese pepper, and they sell such seasonal products as matcha sponge cake and mizu yokan, red bean jelly, in a bamboo container. Besides food items, they also sell postcards and paper with colored figures on it.
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Japanese garden and the carps
You can take a break at Rakusho, and look out from inside the shop and the truly beautiful Japanese garden of the shop. Spend an elegant moment looking at the colorful carps swimming in the pond of the garden.