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Highly recommended Japanese confectioneries when strolling around Kinkaku-ji Temple!

2018.08.21

Highly recommended Japanese confectioneries when strolling around Kinkaku-ji Temple!
Speaking of Kinkaku-ji Temple, it is very famous among many temples of Kyoto, and one of the places we want to visit when traveling to Kyoto. In addition to Kinkaku-ji Temple, there are other temples designated as world heritage sites such as Ryoan-ji and Ninna-ji temples. If you go to Kinkaku-ji Temple, you'd better include these two temples too!

This time, I would like to introduce Japanese confectioneries, which you can taste near these two temples. The desserts are indispensable after enjoying Japanese meals.

Get Warabi-mochi that you have never seen, near Ryoan-ji Station in the Kinkaku-ji Temple area

Get Warabi-mochi that you have never seen, near Ryoan-ji Station in the Kinkaku-ji Temple area
It is one-minute walk from Keihuku Dentetsu Ryoan-ji Station, which has a bit nostalgic atmosphere. The shop was soon in sight. It takes about 10 minutes on foot from Ryoan-ji Temple.

Get Warabi-mochi that you have never seen, near Ryoan-ji Station in the Kinkaku-ji Temple area2
The wooden signboard caught my attention. Aren’t you curious about the poster on the automatic door?

Get Warabi-mochi that you have never seen, near Ryoan-ji Station in the Kinkaku-ji Temple area3
Japanese confectioneries are lined up on wooden and glass shelves. By just looking at color-ful confectionaries, they make me feel happy.

Get Warabi-mochi that you have never seen, near Ryoan-ji Station in the Kinkaku-ji Temple area4
I noticed this confectionery in a bowl. You can easily make Oshiruko (sweet red-bean soup) or Kudzu-yu (arrowroot soup) by just pouring hot water over the content! I had never seen this kind of confectionary until today. It seems that it is easy to carry around, doesn't it?

Get Warabi-mochi that you have never seen, near Ryoan-ji Station in the Kinkaku-ji Temple area5
Well, my purpose to come here today is to buy this warabi-mochi (bracken-starch dumpling). It is the same confectionary on the poster at storefront.

I wonder if you have ever tried warabi-mochi. It is a round and transparent bracken-starch dumpling commonly eat along with kinako (soybean powder) and black-sugar syrup. Let's open it now.

Get Warabi-mochi that you have never seen, near Ryoan-ji Station in the Kinkaku-ji Temple area6
Get Warabi-mochi that you have never seen, near Ryoan-ji Station in the Kinkaku-ji Temple area7
I think you surprised. Yes, it is not round. Because it is too runny and difficult to cut up, you should scoop with a spoon when eating it. Eating along with kinako powder, it will soon melt once you put it in your mouth. It is so funny that it’s disappeared in the mouth right away although it was more resilient when scooping. Can’t stop eating because of its refined sweetness.

This warabi-mochi that is made from warabi-ko (bracken starch powder) produced in Japan by skilled Japanese confectioners is said to be very rare. As well as warabi-ko, kinako powder is also specially made from Kyoto's black bean. Two kinds of kinako powder, plain kinako and green tea kinako come along. It seems that they are finer than ordinary kinako powder.

Because its quantity is limited, you’d better make a reservation to hold it by phone. Ordering through online is available too. However, because “best before” date is very short, you’d better eat it as soon as possible.

Sakura-motif confectionery found in other side of Ninna-ji Temple near Kinkaku-ji Temple.

Sakura-motif confectionery found in other side of Ninna-ji Temple near Kinkaku-ji Temple.
Walking along the “Kinukake no Michi Road” for about 15 minutes from Ryuan-ji Temple, there is Ninnna-ji Temple. I saw many tourists from overseas.

Sakura-motif confectionery found in other side of Ninna-ji Temple near Kinkaku-ji Temple.2
Today I visited “Ippuku-jaya” located just in front of Ninna-ji Temple. It could easily be found when visiting Ninna-ji Tempe. It is a Japanese style cafe looks like a miniature scale toy. Let’s see what kind of desserts they have.

Sakura-motif confectionery found in other side of Ninna-ji Temple near Kinkaku-ji Temple.3
Once entering the cafe, which is bright and has a red wall, I started choosing what I was going to have. I was told that they serve Sakura desserts although it isn’t in season. There are various kinds of desserts, and I picked one of them, Japanese style dumplings.

By the way, there are about 200 cherry blossoms in Ninna-ji Temple, and they bloom the most late in Kyoto.

Sakura-motif confectionery found in other side of Ninna-ji Temple near Kinkaku-ji Temple.4
While waiting for my dumplings, I looked around inside, and something caught my eye besides the wall paper with history.

It is a wind-bell, isn’t it? Its motif seems a water mill on top. I found it cute and some pictures of it. Slow music was played, and it made me relaxed.

Sakura-motif confectionery found in other side of Ninna-ji Temple near Kinkaku-ji Temple.5
The cherry blossom shaped plate is so cute, and the color of the dumplings is also beautiful. They are beautifully matched.

Sakura-motif confectionery found in other side of Ninna-ji Temple near Kinkaku-ji Temple.6
It had slightly sweet aroma before eating, and I felt a little saltiness and delicate sweetness at the same time. Grains that you see in the dumplings are salted cherry leaves. Strong taste of Japanese flavor was emphasized by eating the matcha dumpling. How was the Japanese confectioneries I introduced this time? If you enjoy Japanese meals on your Japan trip, please try and enjoy the unique local desserts too!

“Sasaya Syoen”
http://sasayasyoen.jp/
●10:00-18:00
●Closed on Tuesdays
●Credit cards accepted

“Ippuku-Jaya”
http://www.ippukudyaya.jp/
●9:00-17:00 (L.O. 17:00)
●Closed on Thursdays
●Credit cards are not accepted

*The above information was last updated May 19, 2018. For further information and more details, please contact the facilities directly.

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