Best Matcha Spots around "Kiyomizu-dera Temple"
My friend who came to Japan from China said that she wants to visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto. So, I introduced my highly-recommended golden route, which includes tofu dish, sweets, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and sweets. Of course, needless to say, my friend was satisfied with this plan!
Matcha desserts’ heaven around Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kiyomizu Monzen-sando (a street of an approach to a shrine) is very popular with both domestic and international tourists, and so many people walk around every day. I’ve just waited for a while, setting up my camera in order to take a picture with fewer people, but such a moment wouldn’t come. Unless in very early morning, it is almost impossible to shoot only the townscape itself. Instead, there were a lot of pretty girls wearing kimonos, so I took some pictures of them.
When we are in Kyoto, we feel like going out wearing kimono. There are many shops in Kyoto where kimono can be rented, but this time I gave up on time. I will definitely want to wear a kimono when I go out with friends next time. Of course, we will introduce you at that time.
Yatsuhashi is recommended as a souvenir of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. It should be eaten on site too!
This is the most popular shop among the street approach to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. It is said that if you are in a place where you do not know, you should follow the locals. Surely it is. The most popular cookie of this shop supervised by the three famous patsies is loved by many people including not only domestic and foreign tourists but also the locals. The cookies are perfect for gifts as well.
The name of the shop is MALEBLANCHE. They also produce and sell sweets other than the topic cookies, but my recommendation is cookies that used Matcha. There are various packages available only in Kiyomizu, and the cookie in a pottery seems to be pleased for a souvenir. Once you finish eating cookies, you can use it repeatedly as a glove compartment.
Don’t miss one and only “Yatsuhashi crepe” if you go to Kiyomizu-dera Temple!
Going up to Kiyomizu-dera Temple along the street of Kiyomizu-zaka sando, you’ll find an orange sign of “Honke Nishio Yatsuhashi.” Here I recommend Yatsuhashi crepe.
By the way, do you know what Yatsuhashi is? You may find the name all around Kyoto. Yatsuhashi is actually a kind of rice cakes. It is a Japanese traditional sweet made of rice flour, sugar and cinnamon and contains pastes of various flavors. Most of the tourists get it as a souvenir of Kyoto. Yatsuhashi crepe uses its dough as a wafer.
You can see how they’re making Yatsuhashi crepe inside the shop. It looks like a Chinese-style egg crepe, but Yatsuhashi crepe has sweet cream inside. The exquisite combination of Yatsuhashi and cream is the reason why I recommend to you. I actually eat it whenever I visit Kiyomizu.
A masterpiece of Matcha sweets!
I believe Baumkuchen named Kyo Baum is a masterpiece of matcha sweets. It is made with Kyoto-grown matcha and soy milk. The taste is beyond your expectation. It is so soft and colorful with layers of matcha’s greenness and soy milk’s whiteness. I also like its cute package. Everyone I take here is so pleased with matcha au lait, matcha coffee and matcha ice cream as well as the baumkuchen.
This time, I came with my friend again and we ordered two popular items. One is matcha ice cream on matcha baumkuchen, and the other is matcha coffee. The shop’s signature baumkuchen comes with matcha soft ice cream, so the softness of baumkuchen, smoothness of ice cream and bitterness of matcha and light texture of Yatsuhashi cookie bring a perfect combination to the sweets. I want to eat it again even if I eat it many times.
In this shop, you can sit and eat on the second floor what you bought on the first floor. Air conditioning is working and you can have some water too. There is also a bathroom, so it is recommended as a break spot when you get tired from walking.
I usually take my friends to Kiyomizu-dera Temple after having tofu dish as my favorite route. Tofu dish is light enough to become hungry soon when we arrive the temple. So, we have a quick bite of sweets before visiting the temple, and then have tea time in another shop later. I feel a little guilty about dieting, but I opt to think it’s “for my friend.”
I’d like to explore back ways behind the temple next time. I’ll tell you more when I find good places.
“Honke Nishio Yatsuhash Kiyomizu-zaka shop”
●2-240-2, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
●8:00 – 18:00
“MALEBRANCHE Kiyomizu-zaka shop”
●2-256, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
●9:00 - 18:00 （August 1 – September 30 9:00 - 18:30）
“Kyo Baum Kiyomizu shop”
●2-229, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
*The information above was last updated on February 14, 2018. For further details, please contact the facilities directly.
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