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Autumn in Kyoto with Japanese sweets

ByAika Nishigaki

Speaking of autumn, the leaves turn red after all! Eikando, Tofukuji and Kitano Tenmangu... There are many shrines, temples and spots in Kyoto where you can see mysterious scenery like a red carpet. But that's not the only attraction of autumn in Kyoto. This time, it is a little elegant that is unique to Kyoto!? Here's how to feel the seasons.


To my recommended Japanese sweets shop.


I'm excited about the sweets lined up in the showcase.

When you come from the front, you will see beautiful candies lined up neatly in the showcase. First of all, I went to "Kayu Chaya" on the 2nd floor for today's purpose, putting up with the feeling that I want to eat both of them. Here at Tsuruya Shin Honten's Kayujaya, a Japanese confectioner can make fresh sweets in front of your eyes, giving you the most luxurious experience. 



Spring Namagashi "Satozakura"

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Summer Namagashi "Ajisai Kinton"


Autumn Namagashi "Sagano"


Winter Namagashi "Kisso Tsubaki "

Seasonal Kyoto sweets

"The way of feeling autumn that is unique to Kyoto" ... That is exactly Kyo-gashi!"! Namagashi, or Kyogashi, made in Kyoto, clearly show the change of seasons. In spring, cherry blossoms bloom on the mountains of spring, hydrangeas in early summer, and camellia in winter. Kyoto used to be the center and capital of Japan. Wagashi has been influenced by the Imperial Court, aristocratic culture, festivals and customs of shrines and temples, and its culture has been enriched by craftsmen.
In Kyoto, there are many long-established stores that have been protecting Noren for a long time, and confectionery culture has taken root among people. I heard that each family has a favorite Japanese sweets shop. I often go to some Japanese sweets shops. Even if you are not a genuine Kyoto person, if you live in Kyoto, there must be many people who get into the charm of Kyoto.


Mr. Masahiko Mizue, a craftsman who has been making sweets for us for 37 years. They will make "Kinshu " which is red and yellow kinton likened to autumn colored mountains, and "Marigiku " which expresses autumn with purple chrysanthemums.




「"Yes, I will make it." Mizue said. I can't help but lean forward and look. It takes about 2 to 3 minutes to finish each recipe to keep the vividness of each dish. I was surprised in a moment. In the factory, they make more than 1500 unbaked sweets per day on average. He usually works faster and says "If I do it at this speed, I will be scolded because it is slow." with a smile.



Vivid kinton "Kinshu "

This sweet with the name Kinshu which represents beautiful autumn leaves and flowers is like a mountain in the middle of autumn leaves. It is a kind of confectionery called "Kinton" which is made by straining the sweet bean paste, straining it with a tool called toshi to make it into soboro, and then putting it on the rolled tsubu-an. There is a dish called "Kuri Kinton" which is served in Osechi during the New Year holidays, but in Kyoto, "Kinton" usually means unbaked sweets, so it is called "Chakin " to distinguish them. The name of Japanese confectionery is more popular than the name of food... It is very typical of Kyoto.



Love for its lovely appearance "Marigiku "

As its name suggests, a round marigiku like a mari is very cute as it is round! It is a Japanese sweet called "carriage" which is made by mixing white bean paste with wheat flour or rice cake flour and steaming it to make a dough. It has white bean paste inside. Put the chrysanthemum petals one by one with a spatula. From start to finish, I draw a curve with my wrist without interruption, and it comes back to the beginning...! It's really craftsmanship. It is said that chrysanthemum is one of the motifs often used for Kyo-gashi because it is easy to reflect the season.


How do you eat Japanese sweets?

Is there a way to eat Namagashi? Mizue said, "There are no particular rules in such a place, but it is the most beautiful and easy to eat if you divide it into 1/4.". If you break it finely, it will fall apart and it will be hard to eat. In addition, it is said that it is good to taste sweet sweets first and enjoy the aftertaste while eating Matcha.


I'll have it fresh.

Now that I know how to eat Namagashi, I finally have a blissful time. Out of the 2 kinds that you made for me, I had Kinshu. When you put it in your mouth, mashed sweet bean paste and soboro-like sweet bean paste will melt slightly, and gentle sweetness will spread. It has an elegant taste that makes you breathe out saying "HOH...".
The reason why I like Tsuruyayoshinobu is this Anko! The reason why the texture remains is that it is made by mixing 2 kinds of red beans from Tanba and Hokkaido and cooking them with time and effort. They also use specially refined sugar. I was impressed by the taste of the long-established restaurant. A series of experiences, unbaked sweets (usually two to one) and matcha together costs 1210 yen (Tax included).


The cafe is nice too.

In the back of the Kayu Chaya, there is a regular cafe and rest area. There are various menus such as Oshiruko and Anmitsu. It is a quiet space that doesn't look like it faces the main street. The courtyard is nice, and I feel relaxed.


Don't miss out on the seasonal items!

Is it only fresh sweets that you can feel the changing season? That's not true. Besides fresh confectionery, Tsuruya Shin's confectionery is attractive not only for its taste, but also for its packaging that has an autumn-like feel. The sales space on the first floor is also a must-see. IF YOU LOVE LIMITED EDUCATIONS, YOU CAN'T MISS THE "Limited to the head office"...! After you enjoy Namagashi by yourself, why don't you share autumn with your friends and family?


■ Tsuruyayoshinobu

Horikawa-nishi-iru, Imadegawa-dori Street, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City
A short walk from the Kyoto City Bus "Horikawa Imadegawa"
Merchants are sold from 9: 00 to 18 o'clock, pastry shops and resting places are open from 9:30 to 17:30 (LO 17 o'clock).

For those who still want to feel autumn

We are still introducing the wonderful autumn Kyoto sweets! It might be a good idea to buy some from different Japanese sweets shops and compare them.

Kamishichiken's wagashi is here "Oimatsu Kitano".


The shop is located near Kamishichiken, which is known as the oldest hanamachi in Kyoto "Oimatsu Kitano". We have been making Kyo-gashi carefully for more than 110 years since our establishment. The long-established style is reflected in the attitude of continuing to make traditional sweets.


A cute masterpiece in the shape of autumn leaves.

The "Takao" for 432 yen (Tax included) that is only available in November is a Kyoto sweet that has bean paste wrapped around it. The gradation of vermilion and yellow is very autumn-like, and it looks like a lovely fall foliage. The dried sweets assortment "spray" that is shaped like autumn leaves or dead leaves is 1512 yen (Tax included) and the gentle melting in the mouth is the attraction.

■Oimatsu Kitano

2-675, Shake Nagaya-cho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto Citybr />Randen (Keifuku): 11 minutes on foot from Kitano Line "Kitano-Hakubai-cho"
9: 00 to 18 o'clock

If you want to enjoy Kyoto confectionery in Gion "KagizenYoshifusa"


A Japanese sweets shop "Kagi Yoshibo Shijo Main Store" in the Gion area which is close to Yasaka Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. The current family head is the 15th generation, and it has been more than 300 years since the establishment. Gion is one of the traditional hanamachi. There is a custom of catering that Ochaya doesn't make dishes, and they order dishes from Ryotei and sweets from Wagashi stores. We have walked through history with that catering culture.


Kyoto sweets representing a colored autumn mountain

The kinton sweet that appeared in "Tsuruyayoshinobu" "Kinshu" is 380 yen (Tax included). It expresses mountains beautifully colored by autumn leaves. The same kinton, the color and atmosphere are somehow different in each store... It may be one of the pleasures of Kyogashi to find such a difference. You can also enjoy it in the cafe space.


264 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City
3 minutes walk from "Gion Shijo" on the Keihan Main Line.
Sales: 9 ~ 17 o'clock, coffee: 9:30 ~ 18 o'clock (LO 17:45)

Experience Kyoto's sweet culture

There are a lot of Kyoto sweets that represent the season beautifully in Kyoto. This time we introduced autumn sweets, and the good thing about Japanese sweets is that you can enjoy them in all seasons. If you come all the way to Kyoto, please see the seasons and taste and feel it.

Aika Nishigaki

A writer currently residing in Kyoto. I'm always looking forward to my weekend walks on the pursuit for something delicious. Recently I've really gotten into collecting seal stamps from shrines and temples. A recent favorite is the one I got from Nashinoki Shrine.

Naoki Matsuda

A photographer with a history of 8 years in Kyoto who has been attracted and moved to a city in Kyoto. Photographs regardless of genre, such as cooking, people, and architecture. I like coffee and go to cafes often.