Enjoy Japanese tea and shopping around Ginkaku-ji Temple!
There are many temples registered as world heritage sites in Kyoto, but when I visited by myself, Ginkaku-ji Temple made me surprised the most. Because I thought Ginkaku-ji is pasted by silver leaf. Comparing to Kinkaku-ji Temple that is decorated with gold leaf, Ginkaku-ji Temple seems quieter, but you can enjoy a wonderful Japanese garden there.
This time I would like to introduce the tea and shopping spots where you can visit along with Ginkaku-ji Temple.
Try “Silver leaf soft serve” that is the most talked about around Ginkaku-ji!
First of all, I'd like to introduce a cafe and souvenir shop, “Hakusho-kin-to-gin,” specializing gold & silver, the only one in Japan. They opened the store on Ginkaku-ji entrance path in November 2017. Named after Kinkaku-ji and Ginkaku-ji, you can enjoy desserts, drinks, cosmetics and miscellaneous goods, using gold & silver leaf.
“Kinkaku soft serve” and “Ginkaku soft serve” are their most popular items. They were born from an interesting idea of eating genuine gold and silver leaf. I was visiting Ginkaku-ji, so I ordered “Ginkaku soft serve” as a try.
On top of a big Matcha soft serve, a store staff teared off silver leaf and put it on the serve. A piece of silver leaf is unexpectedly big and quite thin, and it shakes even with a little wind. I stopped my breathing until the staff finished it.
Before and after photos
In Kyoto, it is essential to have a dessert using Matcha, but here you can taste even more, rare gold and silver leaf. These are edible and from “Hakuichi” of Kanazawa City famous for gold and silver leaf. Since silver leaf has almost no taste, so it is good to enjoy its gorgeous appearance with the taste of delicious Matcha soft serve.
Not only desserts but also can you find a variety of cosmetics and souvenir using gold and silver leaf in this shop.
This is the same type of box that Prime Minister Abe gave to President Donald J. Trump in 2017. It can be used for documents or accessories.
The most popular item here is skin lotion containing gold leaf. You can try it freely. In addition, you will find products, which barely seen in other stores, such as castella, bath salt and kompeito (sugar candy) with gold leaf.
Get Maiko's favorite cosmetics around Ginkaku-ji Temple
It is 2-3 minute walk after entering Philosopher’s Walk from the entrance path to Ginkaku-ji Temple. When you turn to the right, a cute little bird sign will be in sight. That is “Chidoriya,”
A cosmetic store popular among maiko of Kyoto.
Cosmetics and clothes are pretty on display in the store.
They carry 100% natural organic ingredients’ cosmetics, which don’t harm your skin. They are made with Japan origin materials such as rice bran, yuzu citron, and azuki beans. I heard that the owner is originally from Kyoto and started this brand in New York. That's why the products are made in USA.
The biggest point of this brand is that they are often used by maiko, the beauty of Kyoto. Packages are very cute too.
The face powder on the right side is made from Kuzuko (kuzu flour), and many maiko use it regularly. The texture is very smooth, and it is said that make-up doesn’t collapse even if you sweat because of kuzuko that stick with your skin by its adsorption.
In addition, there are so many pretty items such as cleansing soap made with red bean, brown sugar, and green tea. They carry mini-size soap, so I bought a green tea flavor as try. It had good smell and also refreshing. I recommend you the soap especially for summer time.
Limited menu only available in Ginkaku-ji shop! Enjoy the view of Japanese garden from the café and shopping
Walked along Philosopher’s Walk, about ten minutes later, I saw a sign on the other side of the bridge. It is “Yoji-ya Ginkaku-ji shop & café.”
The shop is using an old house, and it is filled with Japanese atmosphere.
Inside the café, there is a Tatami-room. You can sit on the tatami floor and enjoy a cup of tea while looking at the Japanese garden.
They serve Japanese style desserts and menus using Matcha. Also, seasonal menus and limited menus for only Ginakaku-ji shop can be offered.
This is a highly recommend menu, Matcha cappuccino. Latte art of a beautiful woman drawn on the milk foam using powdered green tea is very cute! It was hard to break it, but when I carried it to my mouth, the smell of milk was very good. Quite sweet, but I like it.
I just finished my lunch, so I didn’t order a set menu with dessert today. But I like to try set menus when I have another chance. It was a very nice café with good atmosphere, so I wanted to stay here as long as I can.
If you go to the back of the Japanese garden of the cafe, there are shops where you can find cosmetics and miscellaneous goods.
The signature product of this store is oil blotting paper, but various items such as cosmetics, miscellaneous goods etc. are also lined up.
I love cosmetics shopping in Japan! I purchased a set with a cute pouch. It comes with a hand mirror and blotting paper. It is perfect size to carry around. There is still some room for other items besides the blotting paper and the mirror. I might put in daily items such as lipstick and sunscreen altogether.
Well, how was the shopping spots near Ginkaku-ji Temple, which we introduced this time? I think you can buy different souvenirs unique to Kyoto here. If you are interested in any shops, visit them along with Ginkaku-ji Temple!
“Hakusho – kin to gin”
●15-6, Ginkakujimae-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto (The entrance path to Ginakaku-ji Temple)
●10:00-17:00 ※December to Februray 10:00-16:30
“Kyoto Chidoriya Ginkaku-ji shop”
●65-1, Kamiminamidacho, Jyodo-ji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
●Closed on Thursday
“Yojiya Ginkaku-ji shop Shop & Café”
●15, Honenincho, Shingatani, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
●10:00-18:00（L.O. 17:30）/ Shop : 9:15-18:00 ※ may differ depending on seasons
This information was last updated on May 19, 2018. For latest details and inquires please contact the stores directly.
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