Bread Shop Tour in Kyoto

May 17, 2019

Yuka Yamazaki Riko Adachi, and Taiga Fukushima

Do you know that Kyoto is actually being evaluated that the level of bread is high in the image of Japanese food? Indeed, long-established shops that have continued since the Showa era also have recently been built Bou Lingerie Kyoto’s bakery shop has many exaggerated shops in materials and manufacturing methods. It is a restaurant that never blows hands and makes careful bread making. It is also a harsh food place. However, there are too many tourists who do not know the bread in Kyoto. Therefore, this time we will introduce a baker who also accepted the chef who knows the taste even in the bakery in Kyoto. And we will teach you how to eat delicious bread, charm.

The first shop is Bremen. This bakery is founded in 1977 and is located in Iwakura. Wooden toys are decorated and breads are arranged in a familiar store. For side dishes popular among junior high school students, consider the health of people who eat up to authentic French bread. Some people visit from other prefectures for the sake of bread being made sincerely. And not only bread but also freely available coffee and homemade bread crumbs service. It is a wonderful consideration. Especially recommended among the many breads is the vegetable Focaccia. Bread using eggplants, lotus root, mushrooms and other seasonal vegetables. It is a dish that is satisfactory enough to eat easily and nourish. It is recommended to bake this bread thoroughly in an oven for about 3 minutes and bake until the edge bread becomes savory. It is near from the station Iwakura Hieidentestu so you can easily go.

The second shop is Fiveran. This bakery is founded in 2015 and located in Karasumaoike. The shop is really fashionable space and easy to enter even by one person. Breads are arranged in a familiar store. For side dishes among Housewife groups and kids, consider the sweets. Some people visit from other prefectures for cream bread. This bread can buy 5 for each. Cream bread is really popular bread in this bakery. Cream bread is a rich cream like a pudding cream bread with a texture that melts dough with fluffy. Fiveran has eat in space so you can take a break of around the walk in Kyoto with Delicious coffee. Cream bread is not the only recommended bread here. Mentaiko French bread is also one of the recommended breads. A popular stick type mentaiko, this is not a French but a little baguette size bread is used and it fills in the mentaiko on the surface and it is packed tightly inside this thoroughfare. It is near from the station Karasumaoikae subway so you can easily go.

The third shop is TAMAKITEI. This bakery is founded in 2015 and located in Uji. The shop is really calm down atmosphere space. The store manager has strong commitment. Breads are manage the dough and check all the stages until baking, continue to make it throughout the day in a fresh state. That is the stance of Tamakitei, refusing to open a department store or opening a store in a commercial facility, and not doing any Internet mail order is stunned. The unnaturally processed food has bad aftertaste and it is bunched into the bread or kneaded in, so no matter how much time it took time to spoil the bread itself.

Domestic production in Tama Tatei, Overseas Production (Europe and Canada) We have selected high-quality materials. You can enjoy a lot of bread not many other bakeries, such as bread using bread and fruit using tea which is a specialty of Uji. Japanese chestnut bread is really popular bread in this shop. It is a fabric of hard system, but it is not too hard, the outside is a crunchy texture. The inside is dusty. Excellent compatibility with Japanese chestnut and condensed cream and bread. It is near the Oubakueki JR Uji so you can easy to go.

How about going to a bakery where you can go soon as you get tired of walking in Kyoto sightseeing and meet your stomach and relax? Please find your favorite bread and have fun with coffee and tea.

Orizuru Kaikan

We will introduce Orizuru Kaikan. Have you heard about Orizuru Kaikan? There are some restaurants in Orizuru Kakan, which is something like a small pub village nearby Saiin Station. Orizuru Kaikan is not one, but several pubs next to one another.

First, there is a standing pub which is called is Sai.


This is a style of pub where people can enjoy drink and dishes while standing. Standing style pubs have become less common recently so you can feel and enjoy Japanese classical atmosphere there.
The prices tend to be cheaper than most Japanese pubs, that’s why Sai has been familiar to people who are around Saiin Station for long time.

According to ‘Tabelog’, the average budget for dinner is between one thousand yen and two thousand yen. It means Sai is actually easy on your wallet.These are some pictures of Sai’s meals:

These are typical Japanese style BBQ (which is called ‘yakitori’).
From left, liver, heart and next picture is a shrimp.

All of these dishes are priced at 110 yen. Moreover, you can drink a glass of beer for 380 yen. This is very cheap when you compare it with other typical Japanese Izakaya. For example, Yakitori Ichiban, which is one of a most popular chain yakitorirestaurants in Kyoto. In this restaurant, a glass of beer is priced at 450 yen. How about Torikizoku which is also one of the very famous Yakitori restaurants in Japan. In Torikizoku the price of beer is 280 yen which is actually lower than ‘Sai’ but the price for meals are all 280 yen. It’s little bit higher than ‘Sai’. (Of course it depends on your order but totally the price is very cheap. Anyway what I want to say is that people hardly had an oppotunities that you meet such a nostalgic Japanese pub so you should visit and feel the Japanese classical atmosphere like ‘Sai’ at least once.

Second, please let’s you know about Kashio Saketen.

That is also a standing pub adjoining Orizuru Kaizan, and must provide you with ideal food at reasonable prices. When you visit this shop for the first time, you might think it only organizes traditional or old-fashioned Japanese food because of the appearance of the building. You also might think it is a bit fretful to enter this shop, because it is a tiny shop and often popular and crowded. Once you step inside Kashio Saketen, however, you would fall in love with its unique atmosphere. Almost all materials of this shop are wood so you can feel Japanese wah. The space is not so wide, so it is easy to communicate with clerks and other customers. They are usually very friendly and kind, and sometimes they tell you their favorite food or drinks in the menu, so it is one option to find your favorite ones.

Kashio Saketen is a Japanese pub so needless to say, you can have various Japanese dishes there. In addition, this shop adopts some ways of cooking (such as smoking, low-temperature cooking) and prepares other countries’ dishes (such as curry or pasta) into Japanese food. These efforts make Kashio Saketen so unique and popular among people. Saketenmeans alcohol drinks shop in English, so the assortment of alcoholic drinks is plentiful. They prepare a lot of sake and shochufrom many Japanese prefectures, and beer, wine and Scotch as well. I often visit this shop and to have food and drink some, but I guess there are so many food and drinks in the menu I have never tried. You might be bewildered the first time you visit this shop because of the abundance of menu items, so I recommend you asking clerks’ suggestions.

I promise all food cooked in Kashio Saketen will satisfy. Some favorite ones are odenand chicken liver cooked in low-temperature. Price is cheap rather than normal, so why don’t you choose Kashio Saketen for your dinner?

Third, we want you to know about “HU” which is one of popular Japanese Izakayas, that we cannot enter without reservations, is open as a second shop around Saiin Station of Hankyu-Kyoto line.

The head shop is also located at Saiin. Those, the head shop and a second shop, are nearby. It takes in 5minutes to get to the head shop from the second shop.

There is a strict atmosphere at Orizuru Hall, and “HU” is located on a bottom of Orizuru Hall. These are causes that people who have never been to Orizuru hall and tourists refrain from entering shops in Orizuru Hall.

But, foods are very high quality like the head office, and inexpensive. Drinks are also inexpensive. In other words, all drinks are offered for not more than 500 yen. Food prices range is approximately from 500-900 yen.If you want to have a good time at HU, you need 2,000 yen at least. This is a pretty good price for food and drink at Saiin, because there are a lot of izakaya at Saiin area but others set a more expensive price.

In HU, there are elaborate and unusual dishes different from the the standard menu items, such as potato salad with blue cheese and fried quail. In my opinion, the customer’s curiosity is aroused by the dishes and I want to try all foods.

HU is often filled with people, so it is best to go there as soon as HU opens. Incidentally, HU is open from 19:00 to 23:00.

Finally, there some other good restaurant in Orizuru Kaikan, so it is worth to visit there. When you go to Saiin Station, why don’t you enter that such a great Sake Villege.

Kyoto Restaurants for a Special Day

by Manaka Tsuneyama, Mayu Nishikawa & Natsumi Nishimura

How would you like to celebrate your friends or family? There are many situations when you need to celebrate, such as birthdays, celebration of achievements, weddings, and getting a new job. Some people prefer to make a surprise for a friend or loved one. Mostly, people may celebrate at their home or restaurant. We recommend that you celebrate at a restaurant in Kyoto because you can make the party a surprise by cooperation with the staff. But maybe it is difficult to choose a special restaurant for our friend’s birthday dinner. You want to enjoy eating good food and seeing a beautiful view. Also, it would be nice to see a night view and a view of rivers like the Kamo-gawa and the Takase-gawa from the restaurant. We have been to some very nice restaurants in Kyoto and want to share our experience. These restaurants’ names are Marcafe, Sunny Café, and Pizza Salvatore Coumo. You can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Kyoto while having a good time with your friends at all three of these places.

Marcafe

There are some special things about Marcafe. For example, this restaurant has a history of over 100 years. Also, you can see the Kamogawa (Kamo River) and the Higashiyama area of town while enjoying your meal. The Kamogawa is the most famous river in Kyoto. It is loved by many people because we can experience the feeling of each season as it changes. For example, there are cherry blossoms in the spring, people playing in the river in the summer, autumn colors in the fall, and bird watching in winter. In addition, the Higashiyama area has famous buildings such as Kiyomizu temple and Ginkakuji temple. If you want to see these famous temples while you eat, we recommend Marcafe.

Inside the restaurant, you’ll notice a vintage interior as soon as you enter. You can feel an open atmosphere full of antique furniture. In fact, each chair and table is unique, so you can enjoy the feeling of a special atmosphere. Marcafe also has a big window through which you can enjoy seeing a beautiful view, both in the day and at night. In addition, there is terrace seat. And if you make a reservation, you can eat the birthday course meal, which includes an appetizer, a main dish and a birthday desert plate. For example, this might be a caesar salad, roast beef, cheese fondue, pasta and a special desert. Especially, the cheese fondue is delicious because it uses Kyoto-grown vegetables and other seasonal vegetables. You can enjoy a rich taste cheese while talking about your funny personal stories. Also, you can request a message to be included with your desert plate, which consists of cream brulee, chiffon cake, a blueberry tart, and a cookie. You can hold a celebration at Marcafe for someone important to you with their special celebration plan.

Sunny Café

The Sunny Café is on the top floor of a building, so you can see the beautiful scene of Sanjyo street, which is a prosperous place with many people, heavy traffic and a lot of stores. But when you open the door to the Sunny Café, you can feel relaxed in a stylish atmosphere. This restaurant is perfect for adults, as there is a bar counter seat where you can enjoy drinking many kinds of alcohol, like wine, whiskey, beer and cocktails. This restaurant’s birthday course is a little expensive, however. But all dishes made by chef are delicious. The Japanese black beef grill steak is the most popular dish at the Sunny Café. It has a tender texture and a special flavor, so this beef is loved by everyone in Japan.

Also, the Sunny Café is near the Kamogawa, so you can sit at a table facing the famous river. This restaurant’s main course includes hors d’oeuvres, steamed vegetables and a main dish, which is often Japanese black beef grill steak. The seasonable pasta is fresh pasta. Finally, the waiter will bring a desert on a stone plate with a live sparkler. When the waiter brings the desert, the restaurant’s background music changes to the birthday song. Therefore, we can celebrate a special day for a friend or loved one. The Sunny Café features a stylish space and delicious food. The birthday dessert plate is also very good. And the waiters will take a picture for you, so you can remember your experience forever.

Pizza Salvatore Coumo

If you want to taste genuine pizza, we recommend Pizza Salvatore Coumo. This restaurant is right next to the Takasegawa (Takase River), which was made famous by a Japanese short story called, Takasebune, written by Ogai Mori. He is one of the greatest novelists in Japan. Takasebune is about the rights and wrongs of euthanasia, so you will be interested in this historical river. Even before entering the restaurant, you can smell the aroma of baked pizza in the air. The grand pizza oven catches your eye as soon as you enter the restaurant, and you can see the open kitchen.

Many foreign tourists come here to dine. They tend to choose terrace seats, because they want to enjoy the unusual, but pleasurable feeling of being right next to the river. However, the inside of the restaurant is nice, too. You can enjoy the feeling of a relaxed atmosphere in Kyoto.

In terms of food, the pizza baked in their authentic pizza oven is the best dish on the menu. The offer many kinds of pizza. They are made by an Italian chef called Pizzaiolo, so this is a traditional method. We recommend the standard margarita pizza, four kinds of cheese with honey pizza, and the Marinara made with four kinds of tomatoes, basil and garlic. They also serve an award-winning pizza from the World Neapolitan Pizza Competition called D.O.C. It is made with cherry tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and grana Padano. You will feel as if you are in Italy when eating such a great pizza.

There are many other items on the menu, like classic penne, cream gnocchi, pepperoncino, and shrimp and mushroom ajillo. Moreover, there are various other tasty things to nibble on. Why don’t you have a few drinks while celebrating your special day? After you finish the main dish, the chef will prepare for you a desert plate with a special message and illustration. Your friends will certainly be pleased with this special plate. It’s perfect for celebrating with friends or family.

Conclusion

As you can see, Marcafe, Sunny Café and Pizza Salvatore Coumo are each great restaurants to visit on a special day. You can enjoy both eating great food and seeing beautiful sights, such as a night view of the river in Kyoto while eating dinner. We promise you will have a memorable time.

Access

Marcafe

The opening hours 11:30~24:00

Kiyomizu-gojyo station 4 minutes on foot

Kawaramachi station 8minutes on foot

Sunny Café

The opening hours lunch: 11:30~15:00, dinner: 17:00~23:30

Sanjyo station 3 minutes on foot

Pizza Salvatore Coumo

The opening hours lunch: 11:00~15:30, dinner: 17:00~23:00

Sanjyo station 3minutes on foot

Kyotoshiyakushomae station 3minutes on foot

Japanese Sweets of Kyoto origin

by Kanae Hamano & Shiho Fujinami

Do you know about the Japanese sweets called, wagashi? Wagashi is a whole category of confectionary made using traditional production techniques in Japan. In addition, Kyoto is famous for wagashi, as there are many well-established Japanese sweet shops throughout the city.

About Wagashi

Wagashi is a term used to differentiate traditional Japanese sweets from European-style confectionary, which first made its appearance in Japan after the Meiji period. Wagashi includes mochigashi (Japanese rice cake), youkan (azuki bean jelly), manju (sweet buns) and senbei (rice crackers). Wagashi rarely uses oil, fat, spice or dairy products in comparison with European-style confectionery. Instead, grains, beans, starch and sugar are its main ingredients. Also, green tea is commonly used to make Wagashi. Finally, wagashi is closely associated with the four seasons of the year. This is because it is often used for annual functions and as gifts in Japan.

History of Wagashi

In 1800, an envoy from China, named Kentoshi, brought some sweets to Japan. One of those was danki, which was a fried sweet with persimmons, chestnuts, and apricot with black sugar. It was the first time for sugar to come to Japan. In modern times, Japanese people eat yokan with Japanese green tea. But originally, yokan from China contained mutton and was eaten with meat soup. When the Chinese envoy brought yokan to Japan, Japanese people avoided eating meat. So, the Japanese substituted azuki (red beans) for the mutton. In the latter half of 1500, Christian culture had begun to take root in Japan. At that time, kasutera (Japanese sponge cake), was brought in by Portugal. Once in Japan, these sweets spread all over the country. These are the origins of wagashi.Below are some famous wagashi shops in Kyoto.

Mangetsu (満月)

The first shop is Mangetsu, which is a famous shop founded in 1856. It specializes in making Ajarimochi, which is a specific type of manju. Manju itself is a traditional Japanese sweet made by wrapping flavored ingredients, such as azuki bean (red bean) jam in kneaded dough made from wheat or other ingredients. Ajarimochi, however, is baked and it consists of sweet bean paste sandwiched between chewy dough. The bean paste in Ajarimochi is tsubuan (mashed sweet bean paste) made from Tanba dinagon azuki , which is a local red bean of a large grain. It also happens to be very delicious and very affordable. Just one piece costs 108 yen. It is wonderful that you can taste something so delicious, yet so inexpensive. In addition, there are sets of 10 pieces for 1,188 yen, 15 pieces for 1,836 yen, 30 pieces for 3,456 yen, and so on. The expiration date is only five days from the date of manufacture, and it is possible to store it at normal temperature. We recommend you to buy it as a souvenir, but it should eaten soon.

Mangetsu(満月)

 

 

 

 

Tsuruyayoshinobu (鶴屋吉信)

In 1803, this Japanese confectionary store was founded in Kyoto. It is famous for yokan, which is like a bar of gelatinous sweet bean paste. One of its main characteristics is that its design and taste are associated with the 4 seasons. They are also iconic of Kyoto confectionary, so you can experience Kyoto by eating yokan. This shop is famous for not only yokan, but also kyokanze, which is a Japanese sweet shaped like a spiral, giving an image of water ripples. The black part is Ogura bean paste and the light-colored part is a type of candy called murasame. It is a wagashi which allows us to enjoy its texture. One piece is sold for 260 yen. It is a representative wagashi of this shop. The taste of Kyokanze changes with the seasons, so you can enjoy the taste of each season when you visit in Kyoto at different times of the year.

Tsuruyayosinobu(鶴屋吉信)

 

 

 

 

Toraya (虎屋)

This shop was founded in Kyoto in the late Muromachi period (1338-1573) and has been in business for five centuries. Currently it is opening stores in Tokyo, too. They are famous for their yokan. They offer many flavors, so you can get your favorite taste. In addition to Yokan, they also sell monaka (red-bean-paste-filled wafers), baked goods, and green tea. Each monaka has a nicknames, for example Yasaka, which is the most basic one. It is made by stuffing sweet bean paste into chrysanthemum shaped leather. ‘Yasaka’ means flourish and because the chrysanthemum flower is a noble and congratulatory flower, so it was named Yasaka (弥栄). Therefore, if you celebrate someone or some event, I recommend you to purchase it.

Toraya(虎屋)

 

 

 

 

Shop Information

Mangetsu (満月)

Address Imadegawa Marikouzidori, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto prefecture

Phone number: 075-791-4121

Business hours: 9:00-18:00

Nearest station about 7 minutes on foot from Keihan Demachiyanagi station

 

Tsuruyayoshinobu (鶴屋吉信)

Address Imadegawadori Horikawa Nishi, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto prefecture

Phone number: 075-441-0105

Business Hours: 9:00-18:00

Nearest station about 10 minutes on foot from Kyoto subway Imadegawa station

 

Toraya (虎屋)

Address 415 Hirohashidono-cho, Ichizyokado, Karasumadori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto prefecture

Phone number: 075-441-3111

Business hours: 9:00-19:00 (weekdays)

9:00-18:00 (weekends, holidays)

Nearest station about 7 minutes on foot from Kyoto subway Imadegawa station

Ramen of Saiin

by Kanae Hamano & Shiho Fujinami

About Saiin in Kyoto

What do you imagine when you were asked for famous foods in Kyoto? You will imagine a lots of food like Matcha or Japanese confectioneries and so on. However, ramen is the famous food in Kyoto. Not many people know about that.

In this time, we are going to introduce about history of Kyoto ramen and three ramen shops at Saiin in Kyoto where we recommend. Saiin is located near Kawaramachi of the sightseeing spot. And Hankyu train and the bus go along this town and it is easy to access. Also there are some university in Saiin area, for example Kyoto university of foreign studies and Kyoto Koka woman’s university. So there are a lot of cheep and yummy restaurants in this area.

About Ramen

First, the ramen in Kyoto is thick type of soup. That is common. As history of Kyoto ramen, according to Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, Kyoto ramen was started by Chinese man in 1938. That person opened a ramen shop called “Shinpukusaikan” near Kyoto station. It is the start of Kyoto ramen. After that, the number of ramen shop gradually increased.

Shinpukusaikan(新福菜館

The first ramen shop is “Shinpukusaikan” There are just one kind of taste.That is one of the shops that surely(definitely) comes out if you search with Kyoto ramen. There are 5 stores in Kyoto. There are so many people who come all the way from a distance. This shop is famous as a shop that became the origin of Kyoto ramen. It is that has a lot of history.We visited to the Tenjingawa branch in Saiin area. Inside of the shop makes us nostalgic. A pitch black soup is characteristic. This ramen shop is famous not only ramen but also fried rice. There are 7 set menus; setA ( regular size ramen and fride rice), setB (small ramen and regular size fride rice), setC (ramen, fride rice and gyoza), Fried chicken set menu, Korokke (fried mashed potato) set menu, Pork cutlet set menu and Ground meat cutlet set menu. You can choose favorite one from these set menu and you can add more toppings. The best thing of all, the price is very cheap. Set menu is all 950yen. And you can take out ramen, fried rice, gyoza and so on.

Shinpukusaikan Ramen

 

Yakiniku no buru(焼肉ノぶる)

The second restaurant is Yakiniku-no-buru. Yakiniku means Japanese barbecue. Do you know that ramen of Japanese yakiniku restaurant is so tasty? This restaurant is a Japanese yakiniku restaurant not a ramen restaurant. But this place is a so famous at Saiin area for having delicious ramen. There are two kinds of tail ramen and yukgaejang ramen. Of course, it’s available to order only ramen.

Tail Ramen

This ramen is based white soup. This soup is condensed umami(delicious taste) because it’s stewed for three days. This place is a Japanese Yakiniku restaurant that’s why can offer. Also, tail is stewed spending a long time and it’s soft.

Tail Ramen for 1050 yen

 

Yukgaejang Ramen

Yokgaejang is Korean spicy meal with beef and some vegetables. This ramen has a very red and gives a strong impact. But it combines not only spicy but also umami(delicious taste). And it has a lot of ingredients such as egg and bean sprouts, so it gives a sense of satisfaction. For those who love spicy foods, cannot contain yourself for joy.

Yugaejang Ramen for 950 yen

 

Toritani(鶏谷)

The third restaurant is Toritani. This restaurant is a relatively new one opened in 2014. However, it’s so popular year by year. And this place is liked by many students of Kyoto university of foreign studies because it’s near university and Saiin station. Also, it’s often full and you may wait for a while.Ramen has five kinds and side menu has two kinds.

Torisoba

There are various kinds of torisoba such as rich taste (kotteri) and rough taste (assari). Every ramen has a soft char-siu chicken, you can enjoy chicken. Soup of rough taste torisoba is lightly but you can feel the taste of chicken tightly. Tori means chicken and soba means noodle, so Torisoba means chicken ramen.

Torisoba

Mazesoba

This ramen restaurant is popular mazesoba besides torisoba. This has ginger as a very good accent. The combination of mazesoba and torimeshi is the best. Mazesoba is that it is not include soup, so you can eat mixed them with dipping sauce. And torimeshi is chicken rice.

Mazesoba

Torimeshi

 

There are a lot of famous hotspots for ramen in Kyoto. Unfortunately, Saiin is not well known. But there are many great ramen restaurants that we know that’s why we are students of Kyoto university of foreign studies at Saiin area. Please try to eat the cheap and delicious ramen that Kyoto is proud.

Access

Shinpukusaikan

Adress: 33 Umezu Minami hiromachi, Ukyo-ku,kyoto-city, kyoto prefecture

Nearest station: 10 minutes on foot from the Randen-Tenjingawa station

Phone number: 075-864-9728

Regular holiday: Wednesday

Business hours: 11:00~23:00 (LO22:40)

Yakiniku no buru

Address: 2F 36-11 Kitayake-chou, Saiin, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto prefecture

Nearest station: 3 minutes on foot from Hankyu Saiin station

Phone number: 075-925-9029

Regular holiday: Thursday

Business hours: 18:00~01:00(LO 00:00)

Credit card: VISA, Master Card, JCB, American Express, Diners Club

Website: http://www.yakinikunobull.com/sp_saiin/

Toritani

Address: 1-22 Shijoubata-chou, Saiin, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto prefecture

Nearest station: 7 minutes on feet from Keihuku Arashiyama line Yamanouchi station

15 minutes on feet from Hankyu Saiin station

Phone number: 075-754-7969

Regukar holiday: Monday

Business hours: on weekday 11:30~14:30/18:00~22:00

on holiday 11:30~15:00/18:00~22:00

Credit card: unavailable (only cash)

Demachi Futaba – Traditional Sweets Shop

by Misaki Horita & Yusa Inoue

What kind of Japanese food are you interested in? There are many Japanese foods that are popular among many foreigners in Japan, for example, sushi, udon noodles, tempura, flour-based foods, andso on. Certainly, these Japanese foods are very tasty and highly popular among foreigners. However, many foreigners do not know about Japanese confectionery culture. Meanwhile, there is a store in Kyoto that has been specializing in Japanese confectionery for almost 200 years. Founded in 1823, it is called Demachi Futaba, and it is located in the Demachiyanagiregion of the city. Since then, the store has been making Japanese confectionery by traditional methods. This store has been chosen as the most delicious Japanese confectionery for the fourth consecutive year at the Japanese Confectionery Competition in Kyoto. Also, this store has been given many awards at the Japanese confectionary competition in Japan.

Rice Cake with Beans

Because Demachi Futaba is so famous, there are often long rows of people waiting in line to buy their products, even on weekdays. There are usually 10 types of items for sale on any given day in Demachi Futaba. The most popular item is a rice cake with beans. This Japanese confectionery has lots of sweet bean paste inside the rice cake. And the rice cake is covered with big black beans. The white color of the rice cake and black color of the beans create an excellent color balance. Also, the texture is so soft that it feels like a cheek of a baby. However, rice cakes have elasticity. The taste is very elegant. This rice cake with beans uses good quality rice with salted beans that balance the sweet bean paste. This rice cake with beans has a very good balance of taste all around.

A rice cake with beans

It is one of the most wonderful Japanese sweets among the many in Japan. Therefore, all people can enjoy the rice cake with beans of Demachi Futaba, from children to old people alike. However, as soon as you buy this sweet, you must eat it right away. These kind of Japanese sweets don’t keep for a long time. So, it may not be suitable as a souvenir for someone the day after. This short shelf life is because this Japanese confectionery is using a delicate technology. It is an advanced technique of craftsmen who have developed it over many years. I recommend eating your freshly bought rice cake with beans on the banks of the nearby Kamoriver. Eating a rice cake with beans while watching the beautiful view next to the river is particularly special. This Japanese confectionery can also be bought at department stores in Kyoto Station. However, you cannot buy it in other places except Demachi Futaba and department store in Kyoto station. Therefore, we can understand that craftsmen value the quality of rice cake with beans.

Enjoy with the Five Senses

There are many types of Japanese sweets other than bean cake in Demachi Futaba. For example, pink-colored sweet rice cake wrapped in a cherry leaf, rice cake stuffed with sweet adzuki paste and wrapped in an oak leaf, three color dumplings, and so on. The appearance of rice cake with beans is very simple. However, these other Japanese confectioneries are more colorful and beautiful than a simple rice cake with beans. They are especially popular amongst women, and can be enjoyed with eyes in addition to our tongues. The colors of pink, green and yellow stimulate our appetite.

Three color dumpling

Furthermore, this shop also has seasonal Japanese confectionery. A lot of foreigners can experience the aesthetic qualities of the four seasons of Japan. If there are no seasons in your country, we would like you the experience the seasons of Japan through the Japanese confectionery of Demachi Futaba. This store is a special place for foreigners who are interested in Japanese food culture. Please visit to experience the appearance, flavor, seasons of Japan.

Information of Demachi Futaba

Demachi Futaba is one of the most famous Japanese confectionery stores in Kyoto. So, this store can have long lines, even on weekdays. You should except to stand in line for at least 15 to 30 minutes. But it is no matter, as you will surely will be satisfied with the taste, appearance, flavor of the sweets. A lot of people say, it is worth lining up for. And the price is also reasonable. I think easy for anyone to buy sweets there, so it is popular among all generations. And although Demachi Futaba is a little away from the center of Kyoto, it is still easy toaccess because it is very near the train station and the bus stop.

In sum, Demachi Futaba is a place where you can learn Japanese traditional Japanese confectionery culture. If you are interested in Japanese confectionary culture, you should go to Demachi Futaba.

Access

Keihan Railway, Demachiyanagi station. It’s a 7-minute walk to the west. Cross the Kamoriver and Kamo bridge

Kyoto city bus, Aoibashi Nishizumie bus stop. It’s 2-minute walk to south. And Kawaramachi Imadegawa bus stop. It’s 3-minute walk to northwest.

Opening time:              8:30
Closing time:             17:30
Regular holidays:    Tuesday, the fourth Wednesday
Seats:              Only takeout

Uber Eats In Kyoto

by Shayne Gonzales, Genki Takeuchi & Sakura Hatsuta

Uber eats is a food delivery platform that delivers food from different kinds of local restaurants around Kyoto. Using Uber Eats is simple: you just open their app on your computer or smartphone and select the food you want to eat from an extensive list of restaurants. Also, when you place your order, you can add some instructions to let the restaurant know about things like allergies or if you want to change something about your order. They can deliver your order to right in front of your door, or to whatever location you are. This is true even if you don’t have an address to give them, such as if you are in a park or on the banks of the Kamo River. The Uber delivery person can find you with GPS tracking.

You can pay with cash upon delivery if you want. But even better, you just connect your credit card to the app, and then you don’t have to worry about handling money. The payment is automatic. The price you pay for the food is the same price that is sold in the restaurant. Currently their booking fee is a flat 380 yen all around Kyoto. Also, if there is a problem about your order, you can contact the Uber Eats support team to let them know about the issue and they will definitely take care of it. Finally, Uber Eats also promotes coupons, like discounted coupons, but you can only add one coupon per order.

Uber Eats is beneficial to restaurants because they can take orders and prepare food for take-out without having to manage and pay for their own delivery service. They just get a contract with Uber Eats and it increases their sales. It is also beneficial for hungry customers because all they need to do is open the app, choose a delicious dish, push a button, and the food is delivered hot and fresh in a timely way.

Kyoto has developed its own culinary culture for more than 1,000 years. It was influenced by history, location, and environment. Not only does Uber Eats deliver food from casual chain restaurants like Moss Burger, Gyoza no Ohsho, and Matsuya, but also, they also offer food from places that with a long tradition and history, called shinise in Japanese. Uber Eats customers can easily experience the wonderful food from shinise restaurants. It provides a good opportunity for tourists and young people to experience more of Japanese food culture because it is so convenient. To learn more about shinise restaurants, we would like to introduce one of the shinise restaurants that can be found on Uber Eats.

Narumi Mochi Honten

Narumi Mochi is famous for making traditional Japanese sweets, called wagashi. Founded in 1875, it has been in business for more than 100 years in Kyoto. They sold mochigome (steamed glutinous rice) at the beginning, and then later released seasonal sweets such as hanami dango (cherry blossom viewing dumpling), to be eaten in the spring, and minazuki – also called rokugatsu (June) – which is made to be eaten in the summer. It looks like it is made of ice. People believe if you eat minazuki in June, you can survive the hot summer. Narumi Mochi also creates sweets for the Halloween and Valentine’s Day seasons.

On Uber Eats, users can order from more than 30 sweets on the menu, along with seasonally limited items. The menu is divided into 5 different categories: Main, Sweets for Every Day, Winter, Summer, and Autumn.. As typical Japanese sweets, the Main menu offers steamed red beans rice for 432 yen and rice cakes for 389 yen. The Sweets for Every Day menu has 3-color rice dumplings for 152 yen, and sticky rice balls with sweet bean for 152 yen. The Winter menu lists mitarashi dumplings for 174 yen and strawberry daifuku for 249 yen. The Autumn menu has Moonlight dumplings for 152 yen and sweet beans jelly with chestnuts for 195 yen. While the Summer menu has rice cake wrapped bamboo leaves for 173 yen and jelly-like confection for 335 yen.

As you can see, with a shinise restaurant like Narumi Mochi on Uber Eats, users can get access to many different Japanese sweets at reasonable prices without ever having to leave their home or hotel. All they have to do is scroll up and down on their smart phones and press the buy now button. Traditional Japanese sweets will be on the way shortly.
 

Mochi from Narumi Mochi Honten

Mochi from Narumi Mochi Honten

Interview with an Uber Eats Delivery Person

We interviewed a friend who actually works at Uber Eats as a delivery person. He started his part-time job six months ago in order to make money in his free time. He said that one of the advantages of working for Uber Eats is that, unlike a normal part-time job, there is a lot of flexibility in terms of working times. Also, you get to move around a lot, either by bicycle or motorcycle; he rides a bicycle. In Kyoto, delivery by car seems to be prohibited at the moment, which has something to do with GPS.

He also talked about some of the disadvantages of working for Uber Eats. One is that he gets paid on commission rather than hourly wages or a salary. This means that the money he makes is dependent on the number of deliveries given to him. And because he doesn’t get paid much for a single delivery, it is difficult to make a lot of money. He also said that he had to purchase a bright green delivery bag with the Uber Eats logo on it, which costs 8,000 yen. So, it is an initial cost that needs to be earned back.

Nevertheless, he enjoys his job. He has many encounters, and his said it was fun to meet with customers and learn about various shops and restaurants. Finally, we asked if he would recommend others to get a job at Uber Eats. He said that he would recommend it because it is a good way to make effective use of free time, by making money and getting exercise on a bicycle. It takes away his stress.

Conclusion

Uber Eats is a convenient application that people can easily place order food in Kyoto and using Uber Eats would be great opportunity to experience many types of local food. If you are planning come to Kyoto, why don’t you try Uber Eats in Kyoto?

Malebranche

by Saki Hiorta & Mai Taniguchi

Malebranche is a famous Japanese Western-style confectionery shop in Kyoto. Malebranche was originally built in 1982. The main store is on Kitayama Street, in the north part of Kyoto. The name ‘Malebranche’ comes from Nikolas Malebranche, a well-known French philosopher from the 17th century. In general, this shop is best known for its delicious Mont Blanc cake.

Malebranche Products

Malebranche offers its customers many delicious and wonderful products, many of which are various kinds of baked confectionery, such as:

  • Cha no Ka Langue de Chat Cookies
  • Green Tea Confectionaries
  • Mont Blanc Baked Confectioneries
  • Mont Blanc Baked Cakes
  • Kyoto-style Sable Cookies

CHA no KA

Cha no ka is a type of langue de chat style cookie in which strong green tea is used. It is made by a Malebranche team that takes great care when selecting tea leaves used in the manufacturing process. They call the method ‘Kyoto Quality’, and they use carefully selected tea from the Uji region of south Kyoto, famous for its green tea. First, its producers grow the tea leaves, and the Malebranche team goes straight to the farmers to buy the best tea. Second, to make strong matcha (powdered green tea) from the tea leaves they selected. When making matcha, much depends on the weather and a number of other conditions. They have found special method for that. Third, they strive to make Cha no ka with a clearness of color, a depth of taste and a great flavor combining matcha and white chocolate with a sincere heart and refined method. Finally, they wrap each individual cookie immediately to keep freshness and special design. Only then is the Cha no ka ready to be sold to customers.

Green Tea Confectionaries

Malebranche specializes in using green tea to make many of their products. These products are kept cold, like Fondant Chocolat and chocolate cake, as it is perishable. Therefore, it must be eaten soon after buying it. Malebranche staff visits tea plantations on a regular basis to select and purchase tea leaves for their products. This product is made with a lot of dark tea from Uji, a famous tea-growing region in the south part of Kyoto. It is also popular product.

Mont Blanc Baked Confectioneries

This product’s name is Malon de Male. These confectionaries have the flavor of chestnut and the smell of rum. Mont Blanc has a strong image of being a cake, but these are in fact baked confectionaries, which are original creations of Malebranche.

Mont Blanc Baked Cakes

This kind of baked and confectioneries can only be purchased at the main Malebranche shop on Kitayama Street. It recommended as a gift or souvenir, as it is carry to easy.

Kyoto-style Sable Cookies

Malebranche also makes and sells Kyoto-style sable cookies in five different varieties: milk chocolate and matcha, plain sugar, strawberry and white chocolate, chestnut and milk chocolate (autumn season only), and pumpkin and white chocolate (autumn season only). We can enjoy choosing and tasting these many flavors. They express the season of Kyoto with important smells and flavor. Malebranche delivers season-by-season the face of Kyoto.

Seasonal Events and Products

Visiting many Malebranche Spring is the name of an event that happens in the Spring. Customers can collect a series of stamps at various Malebrance shops. They must visit at least three of sixteen stores in Kyoto and Shiga. Then, if they buy products of over 500 yen in each one, they can get one stamp for each store. If they collect three stamps, they can receive a present of something sweet, like a special cheese cake or cheese ball, or some baked cheese sweets.

Ryo Cha no Ka

This is the summer version of Cha no Ka. The original Cha no Ka is made with chocolate, which too easily melts in the summer heat, so Ryo Cha no Ka has chocolate blended into other ingredients and baked until it becomes crispy. It will not melt, so it is perfect for the hot summer months.

Autumn Two

In the autumn, Malebranche uses chestnuts and sweet potatoes to make some unique fall confections. Chestnut and sweet potato are mixed with butter, which creates a very smooth cake in which you can taste most of the original taste of the ingredients. It’s delicious.

Christmas Products

At Christmas time, you can buy Jingle Bells Chocolate at Malebranche. It is a caramel chocolate cake. It made of chocolate-flavored sponge cake with caramel cream and chocolate chips, and there are strawberries, caramel cream, and chocolate on the top of the cake. This cake is made for both kids and adults, so it is good for a family.

Another Christmas time product from Malebranche is the Hex House. It a little house made of six kinds of sweets. Its contents are the matcha fir tree tart, the crescent moon mango shortcake, the strawberry tart, the Buche de Noel, the snowman cheese tart, and the witch hat chocolate tart. It very cute and filled with dreams of children and adults with a child’s heart. It is a little expensive, but very much worth buying. There are many other beautiful and delicious products to purchase at Christmas time. However, the numbers are limited, so you should act quickly to reserve your own from the Malebranche website.

Conclusion

Malebranche products are perfect as representative souvenirs of Kyoto or Japan. All these products are made with great care and are delicious. Not only does the store have high quality sweets that taste great, but also has product events that provide visual pleasure to customers. There are over 20 store branches in places other than Kyoto. So, you can visit many places and you can try these products.

Access Information

The main shop is located on near Kitayama Station on the Karasuma subway line. It is across from the north entrance to the Kyoto Botanical Gardens. Visit their website for more information: Malebranche Kyoto

Traditional townhouse cafes

by Mai Kobayashi and Haruko Ishii

 

Have you ever been to a café in Kyoto? We’re sure you have as there are a lot of cafes in Kyoto City these days. Also, Instagram is popular now, and a lot of pictures of cafes in Kyoto appear on it. So, cafés in Kyoto are becoming more and more popular. Recently, cafes which are in many of Kyoto’s renovated traditional townhouses have become very popular! In this article, we will look at some of these renovation cafes.

Traditional townhouses used to be merchants’ houses which were built from the Edo period (1603-1868) through to the beginning of the Showa period (1926-1989). A traditional house in Kyoto is called unagi-no-nedoko which translates as ‘bed for an eel’. The meaning of this name comes from the narrow width and considerable depth of the houses, making them resemble an eel. The reason why there are many unagi-no-nedoko in Kyoto is related to the old Japanese tax system. In the Edo period, the amount of tax was decided by the width of the frontage, so many traditional townhouses had an elongated structure. The reason why traditional townhouses are being renovated more and more recently is that people who visit Kyoto can really experience the interior spaces of Japanese tradition. Also, to keep the appearance of Kyoto, activities to protect traditional townhouses are being held. As an effort to do that, entrepreneurs have renovated traditional townhouses and are building fashionable shops and cafés.

Here are some Kyoto cafes which are renovated traditional townhouses for you to try!

SARASA-KAYUKOJI

This cafe opened in 1984. The interior of this café has a first floor with counter seating and a second floor with tables and sofa seats with almost all of the furniture is made of wood. The entrance is a very small and deeply shaped, so it looks like unagi-no-nedoko and many Japanese movie posters are hung on the walls. This café’s staff are very friendly so you can have a comfortable time enjoying the atmosphere here. On top of the interior design, there is a selection of Japanese Manga to enjoy.

Sarasa opens from 12:00 to 23:30 Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, they open from 11:30 to 23:00. At lunchtime (12:00-15:00), you can eat their daily lunch which has a main dish, rice and soup. You can have dessert and drinks anytime. There is also a lot of dishes to try at dinner time (18:00-23:00). The soup rice dish is recommended! This has a mild taste. You can choose chicken or pork. At this café, you can try dishes that are favorites of a lot of Japanese people.

 

Soup rice

 

Lunch menu

 

Chocolate parfait & Season Cake

 

The café’s address is 〒604-8024 Kyotoshi-cyuouku-shinkyougoku-shijyouagaru-nakanocyo-565-13. You can get to this café by taking the Hankyu Line and getting off at Kawaramach Station. Go to Exit 6 and when you get to ground level, go right and go to Kayukoji Street (花遊小路商店街). Lunch time and dinner time are popular, so you may have to wait.

Blue Bottle Coffee

The Blue Bottle Coffee Company is from California, America. There are 10 cafes in Japan: Tokyo, Kobe, and Kyoto which only has one café. This café is a renovated traditional townhouse that is over 100 years old. The interior has a high ceiling with large windows which let in a lot of natural light in this open space. Neon lights are on exposed earth walls with bamboo. The ceiling has modern neon lights that harmonize with the nostalgic atmosphere of this old building. Leading up to the entrance there is a gravel courtyard where you can spend a special moment in the seasonal nature: fresh green from spring to summer and autumn tints that fall in autumn.

This café opens from 8:00 to 18:00. There are 44 seats in this shop so you can take a seat to enjoy the selection of freshly brewed coffee and pastries while looking at the interior. The aroma of the coffee here is very good and has a deep flavor. If you like it, you can buy the coffee beans to take home.

A further tip is, before or after you go to Nanzenji Temple, have a break at Blue Bottle Coffee. Nanzenji is the highest rank of temples in Japan. This temple is very popular with Japanese people and overseas tourists. In mid-November, you can see beautiful autumn leaves in this area.

Latte

 

The address is 〒606-8437 Kyotoshi-sakyoku-nanzenji-kusakawacyo-64. This café is located near Nanzenji. You can get to this café by taking the Tozai subway line and getting off at Keage Station (蹴上). Blue Bottle mark is a landmark for this café!

 

 

The landscape of Kyoto is different each season so you can enjoy them from the numerous cafes dotted around Kyoto. In spring, there are a lot of cherry trees and blossoms. In summer, you can relax in a café with the sound of cicadas. In autumn, colored leaves are beautiful in Kyoto. And finally, in winter, you can see snow. So, you can enjoy not only cafes in Kyoto but also the real feeling of the four seasons. We recommend you to try out these two cafes especially.

Great Food Hall at Kyoto Tower

By Kensei Iizuka and Takanori Tsuhako

Kyoto Tower

As you know, Kyoto city is the main city in Kyoto prefecture and it is really lively. Of course, you can find a lot of nice places in the city like cafés, restaurants, clothing stores, general stores, temples, shrines and so on. Moreover, this city is also has a great edifice that can be seen from many parts of this city. That is Kyoto Tower. It is 131 meters high and is the tallest construction in Kyoto city. From this building, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the city. Of course, you can also see some famous historical buildings like Kiyomizu-Dera temple.

Not only can you enjoy the view, you can enjoy some facilities. For example, a beer and BBQ garden is on the 10th floor and Kansai Tourist Information Center is on the 3rd floor and so on. This article is focused on the Food Hall on the B1, or basement, floor.

Food Hall

There are some good facilities in Kyoto Tower and one is the Food Hall on the B1 floor. There are 19 restaurants in this food hall including typical Japanese food like Sushi. This food hall has really varied kinds of restaurants such as Chinese food, Mexican food, sweets and bars serving alcohol.

There are some good points of this food hall. First, there are many kinds of restaurant. You can eat beef, pork, chicken, curry, ramen noodles, soba (Japanese traditional noodles), pancakes and doughnuts. In addition, there is a restaurant for vegans and vegetarians. Second, this food hall is big and there are a lot of seats. On the weekend, every place near Kyoto station gets really crowded. That is why, if you find a good restaurant, you have to wait for a long time. On the other hand, you can find your seats more easily at this food hall. Last, you and your friends can choose your favorite food. It is usual for food hall but it is a big merit for using food hall. You can eat what you really want to eat and you can also drink alcohol. The experience at this food hall should be a good memory of your trip.

Recommended Restaurant

Gottie’s BEEF

If you would like to have beef, this restaurant is highly recommended. The beef served here has been carefully selected considering thing such as district where the cows were raised and using only the choice cuts of beef. In addition, it takes 40 days to mature the beef. The stage of production is called “dried-aging method.” By this method, the flavor of the beef will be enhanced. The steak sauce is very well matched with the beef.

KYOTOSENMARU Syakariki murasaki

Ramen noodle is one of the most popular foods in Japan and you should try it if you come to Japan. Ramen noodles in Japan are served in various flavors like shio (salt), tonkotsu (pork bone) and shoyu (soy sauce). Syakariki’s noodles have soy sauce taste but the broth that accompanies them is also made of seafood products and chicken. That is why Japanese like ramen noodles. Japanese people like to eat ramen noodles after drinking so, if you like to drink alcohol, try eating ramen noodles after that.

List of Shops

How to enjoy your meal at KYOTO TOWER SANDO

In the dining hall, which is like a food court, you can sit in any vacant seat. This means your party can buy food from different restaurants.

    1. Order

      When you decide what you would like to have, please go to the individual restaurant and order your meal. Please pay at this time. You can use not only money but also credit cards.

    2. Wait

      The staff will give you a bell. You can go back to your seat and wait until the bell rings, please.

    3. Pick Up

      After the bell rings, go to the restaurant again and pick your order up, please. You can also help yourself to water if you want to.

    4. Return 

      After finishing your meal, please return the empty dishes to the restaurant. You can easily find the sign “Return Here” there.

      Access and Information

You can come to Kyoto station by JR, Kyoto Subway Karasuma line, Kyoto City Bus, or by taxi, bicycle or private transportation. You can come to KYOTO TOWER SANDO directly from the underground shopping area called Porta. If you are above ground, you can come from an entrance which is located at the corner of Karasuma-dori and Shiokoji-dori intersection. Don’t worry. It is easy to find KYOTO TOWER.

Opening hours are from 9am to 9pm (Final Entry 8:40pm). In Japan, restaurants generally stop taking orders about 30 minutes before closing time. Customers are expected to finish their food and drinks by closing time and leave soon after. The telephone number is 075-361-3215 (9am to 8pm). The address is 721-1, Karasuma-dori Shichijo-kudaru Higashi-shio-koji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi 600-8216.