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【Kyoto/Osaka】 Top 3 Matcha Green Tea Sweets Using Tea from Enduring Tea Stores

Bright green in color, matcha (green tea powder) is a widely popular type of tea that is used in parfait, tiramisu and various other sweets. Below are three select matcha delicacies that are fueling the matcha mania. <※The information is from Keihanshin Tokimeki Bonno Sweets (issued on December 19, 2017)>

A Gift from the Ryugu Stuffed in a Paulownia Box

The Chasen Tamatebako Sweets from Yakigama Omatcha Sweets Senmonten Chasen is a treasure box of sweets that creates a puff of smoke when you open it, epitomizing the world of dreams that you read in old tales that is now capturing the hearts of women. When the smoke clears, what you will see in front of you is an assortment of fine matcha (green tea powder) sweets that are beautifully arranged in a box that looks just like a hassun (tray) that is used in kyo-kaiseki (Kyoto-style traditional multi-course meal). Using Uji matcha (matcha from Uji) from Yoshida Meichaen that was served to world leaders at the Ise-Shima Summit in 2016, this delicacy is characterized by its elegant taste that will remain in your memory forever.

This is the Chasen Tamatebako Sweets (1,404 JPY) that will let you taste some of the representative sweets of Chasen all at once, including tiramisu, truffle and mini parfait. Every bite of these confectioneries will fill your mouth with the refined taste of matcha. The Kyoto vibe also shines in the custom-made box made from paulownia wood and the Katchu-himo (a kind of strap used to bind Japanese armor) around the box.

■ Yakigama Omatcha Sweets Senmonten Chasen <Address: Inside Kyoto Ramen Koji, Kyoto Station Bldg. 10F, 901 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Kasasuma-dori Shiokoji-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto/Phone: 075-352-3401/Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm (9:00 pm last order)/Closed: According to the schedule of Kyoto Station Bldg./Parking space: 1,250 slots (the parking space of Kyoto Station Bldg. may be used for 600 JPY per 30 minutes and 300 JPY for every 30 minutes thereafter ※Free parking for 120 minutes for 5,000 JPY purchase)/Access: Directly linked to JR Kyoto Station>

Yakigama Omatcha Sweets Senmonten Chasen

Inside Kyoto Ramen Koji, Kyoto Station Bldg. 10F, 901 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Kasasuma-dori Shiokoji-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Exquisite Gyokuro and Gorgeous Sweets

Salon de KANBAYASHI is the result of the collaboration between Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten – a long-established Kyoto Uji tea store with a 450-year history since it was founded – and Akagane Resort, and it is famous for its thrust in bringing and spreading awareness about Japanese tea and collaborating in the development of the “Ayataka” tea. Located inside a complex that is housed in a renovated approximately 2,310 sq.m.. mansion, this spot is where you can enjoy carefully selected gyokuro (high-quality green tea) and sencha (medium-grade tea) with original matcha-based sweets and other confectioneries.

These are the Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten "Biwa no Shiro" Matcha no Gateau/Opera Karesansui (700 JPY, in the background of the photo) and the Gyokuro Mizutama (1,100 JPY, in the foreground). Enjoy the surprisingly rich gyokuro and the beautiful sweets that resemble a garden.

■ Salon de KANBAYASHI <Address: Inside Akagane Resort, 400-1 Kin'en-cho, Shimogawara-dori Kodaiji-tonomae-agaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto/Phone: 075-551-3633/Hours: 11:30 am – 5:00 pm/Closed: Tuesdays, and irregular days on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays/Access: 12-minute walk from Keihan Gion-shijo Station>

Salon de KANBAYASHI

Inside Akagane Resort, 400-1 Kin'en-cho, Shimogawara-dori Kodaiji-tonomae-agaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Thick Tiramisu in a Wooden Box

Its tiramisu made with Uji matcha has garnered an explosive amount of popularity on social media. Now, MACCHA House, whose outlet in Kawaramachi in Kyoto enjoys constant long lines of customers, has opened its fourth shop in Japan – MACCHA HOUSE Namba Walk in Osaka. This shop has become a popular branch that can create long lines outside its doors, too. With its robust matcha taste thanks to the use of matcha from Kyoto’s long-established Uji tea store Morihan, and a texture that you won’t find anywhere else, this shop’s tiramisu is definitely worth waiting in line for!

This is the Uji Matcha no Tiramisu (594 JPY). Savor the taste of this tiramisu that is made by putting a layer of homemade cream on sponge cake soaked in matcha sauce and then finishing it with powdered matcha on top. With a drink, it costs 918 JPY.

■ MACCHA HOUSE Namba Walk <Address: Namba Walk Second Avenue, 1-3-12 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka/Phone: 06-6214-5635/Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm (9:30 pm last order)/Closed: According to the schedule of the facility/Parking space: None/Access: Directly linked to subways’s Namba Station>

MACCHA HOUSE Namba Walk

Namba Walk Second Avenue, 1-3-12 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 1.25.2018]

*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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