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KYOTO TOWER SANDO – a new place in Kyoto that just opened in April 2017 – is a treasure trove of matcha green tea sweets. Below are some of the top best-sellers that were sampled by Mori from Kansai Walker’s Editorial Team!<※This information is from Kansai Walker (issued on September 5, 2017)>

This commercial building is comprised of three floors with their own themes: Gourmet Food, Souvenirs, and Experience.

There Are Many Fine Items That Epitomize Kyoto, and Shops That Sell Hot Souvenirs!

This is the Ochobo Mini Matcha (550 JPY for a set of 10 pieces) by UCHU wagashi. Inside the box are pieces of rakugan (hard candy) – a traditional Japanese confectionery – that are made with refined Japanese sugar that will quickly melt in your mouth. These candies are characterized by their matcha flavor and refined sweetness.

“The candies are flavored with finely ground tea leaves, so you can enjoy the taste of the tea leaves. They look so cute!”

This is the Koicha Temari (dark matcha-flavored candy that resembles a handwoven handball called “temari”) (345 JPY) from Cro Chet Kyoto. From a collection of more than 20 types of beautiful candies that look like gems, you will be able to taste the moderate bitterness hidden amongst the sweetness.

“The perfect circle shape of the candies is adorable. There is sweetness, but that is accented by the bitterness, so these candies taste refreshing.”

This is the Yakitate Kyo-Baum (freshly baked Kyoto-style Baumkuchen) (540 JPY) from Kyo Baum. Enjoy its rich and refined taste that comes from layers of Uji matcha and soy milk dough. This is the only place where you will get to taste freshly baked Kyo-Baum!

“The dough of this treat that is baked 2 to 3 times a day is surprisingly soft and fluffy. It offers a sensation that is a little bit different from the Kyo-Baum in a box.”

These are the Uji Matcha (600 JPY) and Matcha Coconut Milk (500 JPY) ice candies from Kyoto Honkuzu POPs. They are ice candies that do not use dairy products, and are hardened using Yoshino Honkuzu (a kind of starch). There are two types of matcha-flavored ice candies in a set of six flavors.

“These ice candies use organic Uji matcha green tea from Kyoto, so you will be able to taste the bitterness of the matcha. Meanwhile, the Matcha Coconut Milk has a gentle kind of sweetness.”

Available Only at KYOTO TOWER SANDO! The Must-Try Raw Tea Ice Cream Bar

KYOTO TOWER SANDO is also home to the famous Kyoto confectionery shop, Kyoto Kitayama Malebranche. Here, you can buy the Namacha no Ka Ice Bar (250 JPY per piece), which is a new kind of ice cream bar that is dipped into exceptionally dark green tea after an order is placed.

Namacha no Ka Ice Bar (250 JPY per piece)

■ KYOTO TOWER SANDO
Phone: 075-746-5830
Hours:
1st and 2nd floors: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
B1: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
※May vary depending on the shop
※Phone reception: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Closed: None
Access: Directly linked to JR Kyoto Station underground

KYOTO TOWER SANDO

721-1 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shichijo-sagaru, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 09.17.2017]

*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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