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5 Recommended Japanese-Style Souvenirs from Kyoto Station

2016.10.13

Writer name : Mayuka Ueno

There are people who have too much fun sightseeing and find themselves without time to shop for souvenirs in the end. Well, these people will then find Kyoto Station as a very convenient place for shopping! Here are five recommended souvenirs that embody the so-called Japanese style.

1. Kuro Shichimi from Hararyoukaku

Shichimi (seven spices) is one of the mixed spice condiments that you can only find in Japan. Using chili pepper as the main ingredient, it is used as a condiment for noodles, hot pot dishes and other food items. Hararyoukaku’s Kuro Shichimi blends white sesame, chili pepper, Japanese pepper, green dried seaweeds, poppy seeds, black sesame and hempseeds. These ingredients are roasted and then carefully blended to produce this seven-spice concoction that possesses the distinct flavors of all its ingredients. The pungent spiciness of the chili pepper and Japanese pepper may stand out, but you will still taste the body and mellowness of the sesame seeds and green dried seaweeds, so it is recommended for sprinkling on meuniere dishes and fried foods to better draw out their natural flavors. You can buy it at Asty Road inside Kyoto Station and at JR Kyoto Isetan.

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1. Kuro Shichimi from Hararyoukaku


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2. Kunkun Incense Series from Shoyeido Kunkun

Incenses that are perfect when relaxing at home are one of the most famous souvenirs from Kyoto that can be easily carried during travels. The Kunkun Series incenses of Shoyeido, a dedicated incense store with a history dating back more than 300 years, are 70mm stick incenses that you can easily use anytime. There are standard incense aromas such as rose and lavender, but of all the variants, the incenses under the Kunkun original lineup is highly recommended. The Kinkaku scent has the refreshing fragrance of sandalwood inspired by Kinkaku-ji Temple that is reflected on Kyokochi pond of Rokuon-ji Temple, while the Kyozakura scent has a sakura (cherry blossom) motif with sandalwood as base, making you feel the authentic Japanese vibe. You can buy these incenses at Asty Road inside Kyoto Station.

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2. Kunkun Incense Series from Shoyeido Kunkun


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3. Konpeito from Ryokujuan-Shimizu

Konpeito is a sugar candy with a pimply surface that was brought to Japan from Portugal. This candy is made by hand, so it requires expert skills. Ryokujuan-Shimizu is Japan’s sole konpeito shop where its craftsmen inherit such specialized techniques. More than anything, this shop is famous for the delicious taste and variety of flavors of its konpeito. It has more than 50 flavors of konpeito available all the time, with customers offered a lineup of flavors that will likely get them torn about what to buy – from the staple flavors such as strawberry and vanilla that are available all throughout the year, to roasted chestnut, sweet potato and other seasonal flavors. Put a candy in your mouth and you will taste a tinge of sweetness and feel the aroma of its flavor rise up to your nose. Konpeito is a high-class candy that is filled with the Kyoto style. Try it! You can buy it at JR Kyoto Isetan.


3. Konpeito from Ryokujuan-Shimizu


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4. Sencha Teabags from Ippodo

Ippodo, which is famous even among the numerous tea stores in Kyoto, is a Japanese tea store that was founded in 1717. Various kinds of fine teas from Kyoto are in store for you here. Out of all its products, though, the Sencha (green tea) Teabags are particularly famous as souvenir. The Sencha Teabags have the tea in teabags, so this item is especially popular among foreign tourists because it lets them savor the taste of authentic green tea any time of the day. With the tea using the leaves and buds of sencha with concentrated flavors, you will enjoy its mellow fragrance and refreshing taste. You’d be happy to know that it has an English explanation on the way to brew or make this tea. Sencha Teabags can be purchased from Kintetsu Mall Miyakomichi that is adjacent to Kyoto Station.

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4. Sencha Teabags from Ippodo


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5. Seiko from Wakuden

Seiko is the extremely famous Japanese dessert made by the long-established Kyoto ryotei (traditional Japanese restaurant) Wakuden. Made of starch extracted from lotus and wasanbon (a type of sugar), seiko is individually wrapped by hand in a bamboo leaf. It is an interesting food item that can be easily swallowed and has a plump texture that is a cross between jelly and mochi (rice cake). You have got to try the just-right sweetness and unique texture of Seiko! It can be bought at JR Kyoto Isetan.


5. Seiko from Wakuden


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There are many souvenir items representing Kyoto that you can easily buy on the go if you don’t have much time. All the items recommended here are not bulky, so if you are curious about any one of them, then you ought to try picking them up and holding them in your hand.

*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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