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Souvenirs and Sweets! Three Top Gourmet Recommendations at KYOTO TOWER SANDO

The commercial floors on B1 to 2F of Kyoto Tower, which stands in front of Kyoto's gateway, JR Kyoto Station, has been renovated and reopened as KYOTO SANDO TOWER. The B1 floor has famous and trendy local restaurants under the concept of a fun food hall that you can enjoy eating around to taste Kyoto. So here, we introduce the three most popular restaurants in the B1 food hall!<※The information is quoted from KansaiWalker (issued April 18, 2017)>



A cafe-bar with a wide selection of Kyoto drinks, such as local sake, local wines that go well with Japanese food, and popular craft beer, has opened.


This is a Chinese restaurant produced by Ichino-Funairi, a restaurant famous for its creative Chinese cuisine. It is a place to casually enjoy dim sum, noodles, and Taiwanese specialties.

<3>Kyo no Yakiniku Dokoro Hiro

This is a yakiniku grilled meat skewers restaurant run by a butcher in Sanjo Shotengai. The butcher purchases whole Japanese black cows so you can enjoy fresh, high-grade beef at affordable prices.

The First Floor is a Market of Specialty Kyoto Items!

The first floor of KYOTO TOWER SANDO has shops selling a variety of Kyoto goods, such as Japanese sweets and cosmetics, perfect as souvenirs.

■Kyoto Shabonya

This shop sells bath items and beauty products, primarily handmade natural soaps. Its products use natural ingredients so they are gentle on the skin.

■UCHU wagashi

This is a rakugan (a dry confection of starch) specialty store that offers Japanese sweets that are made in Kyoto. All its rakugan sweets are made with carefully selected ingredients and Wasanbon sugar and are cute.


This is a famous shop in Kyoto known for its Okoicha Langue de Chat, Cha no Ka. There is a fresh tea ice cream bar only available in the TOWER SANDO branch.

The Second Floor is a Workshop Floor! Notice the Five Stores that Offer Unique Kyoto Experiences

There are workshops to experience making Japanese-style wagashi sweets and "otabe," a type of confectionery representative of Kyoto. If you have time, go to the second floor where a variety of workshops are offered! It's a great way to make memories you'll never forget.


Enjoy making Japanese-style wagashi sweets at a famous wagashi store. You can take the wagashi sweets you make home with you.<Tel: 075-371-0801; Hours: 9:00 - 21:00>

【Experience DATA】Reservations: Required; Fee: 2,700 JPY; Time: Approximately 60 minutes: Minimum number of participants: 2

■Design Pocket

This is a workshop where you can experience making food samples. Select your favorite item, such as sushi and purin parfait.
<Tel: 075-354-1123>

【Experience DATA】Reservations: Required: Price: Starting at 2,980 JPY; Time: 30 - 45 minutes; Minimum number of participants: 1

A nigiri sushi seminar using Daiki Suisan's fresh fish. A sushi chef gives instructions so even a beginner can learn.
<Tel: 075-746-2458>

【Experience DATA】Reservation: Required; Price: Starting at 2,160 JPY; Time: 90 minutes; Minimum number of participants: 1

■Otabe-making Dojo
Exprience making the popular Kyoto souvenir, Otabe. No supplies necessary. Comes with an original gift.
<Tel: 075-744-6439>

【Experience DATA】Reservations: Required; Price: 1,200 JPY; Time: 60 minutes; Minimum number of participants: 1 (must be in the fifth year of elementary school or older to participate)

This is a workshop where you can experience painting on traditional Kyoto crafts. Choose the craft you like, such as Kiyomizuyaki ware and Kyoto folding fans.
<Tel: 075-744-1570>

【Experience DATA】Reservations: Required; Price: Starting at 1,620 JPY; Time: 40 - 60 minutes: Minimum number of participants: 1

The Birth of a New Destination to Enjoy All of Kyoto in One

According to KYOTO TOWER SAND, "Three floors were renewed under the concept of an unconventional, future Kyoto. We aim to be a commercial facility that connects the city and station, and tourists and residents."


721-1 Higashishiokoji-cho, Karasuma-dori Shichijo-sagaru, Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 05.23.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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