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A Public Bath Turned Café with Specialty Sweets! Five Retro Shops in Historic Kyoto Nishijin

The Nishijin area in Kyoto is famous as the birthplace of Nishijin-ori fabric, which is recognized as a traditional craft by the Japanese government. With public baths and nagaya-style townhouses from the Taisho Period lining the narrow streets, this is a place where you can encounter nostalgic scenes from times past. Here, we introduce the highlights of Nishijin, with its retro coffee shops and famous Japanese sweets stores that will make you want to take a stroll!

Enjoy Ichimonjiya Wasuke's Roasted Mochi on the Temple Path!

Ichimonjiya Wasuke is a long-established shop on the path leading up to the 1000-year-old Imamiya Shrine. Its specialty "Aburimochi" (500 JPY) is a fortuitous item said to bring about sound health.


Take a little break after visiting Imamiya Shrine. Enjoy Ichimonjiya Wasuke's specialty aburimochi as a snack on the path to the eastern gate. It is comforting just to look at the coal fire on which the mochi is grilled.


The specialty "Aburimochi" (500 JPY). Takeout available from three servings.

Ichimonjiya

69 Murasakinoimamiya-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

A Shrine Famous as a Kyoto Power Spot

Imamiya Shrine was built in 994 (the 4th year of Shoryaku) as a shrine to pray for safety from an epidemic, on a ground where the god of pestilence was worshiped from before the Heian capital was established. It is popular among women who wish to marry up, as Keishoin, who rose to the highest ranks of the inner chamber of the palace of the Edo shogunate, was instrumental in its restoration.


【Pray to the patron god of Nishijin for a fabulous match!?】The shrine has large premises with 11 minor shrines in addition to the main shrine, where three deities, including Okuninushi, are enshrined. Try looking for the "Ahokashisan" rock, which is said to make your wishes come true.


"Tamanokoshi" charm (800 JPY). Since Keishoin came from a greengrocer in Nishijin, Kyo yasai vegetables are embroidered on it. "Goshuin Hanagasa" (500 JPY).

Imamiya Shrine

21 Murasakinoimamiya-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Cute and Full of Nostalgia! A Magical Space With Wide Appeal

Cafe Sarasa is a cafe in a renovated 80-year-old public bath, Fujinomori Onsen. Inside the cafe, the beautiful Japanese Majorca tiles that fill the walls will catch your eyes. The space full of nostalgia that purposely retains much of the visages of its history as a public bath is so comfortable you'll want to visit every day.


Full of rare tiles that were produced in Japan from the Taisho Period until the start of the Second World War. The cafe was used as a location for a popular movie.


Perhaps you've seen the magnificent karahafu roof in an animated movie!?

Cute and Full of Nostalgia! A Magical Space With Wide Appeal

11-1 Murasakinohigashifujinomori-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto


The "cake set" (950 JPY), with a choice from a selection of seven cakes, including caramel cheesecake, and a selection of six drinks.

Cafe Sarasa

11-1 Murasakinohigashifujinomori-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Enjoy a New Type of Japanese-Western Sweets in a Machiya Style Townhouse

Umezono Sabo is a teahouse that Aoi Nishikawa, the third-generation owner of the teahouse Umezono, famous for its mitarashi dango, opened to "share the appeal of wagashi Japanese sweets and anko bean paste." It became popular for the beauty of its "Kazarikan," a new type of sweet made by mixing anko sweet bean paste and warabi bracken powder with kanten agar!


"Kazarikan" (320 JPY and up). The lemon flavor (320 JPY, back left) has lemon juice added to the filling and the burnt sugar (370 JPY, back right) has the slightly bitter taste of caramel. Available for take out.

Umezono Sabo

Enjoy a New Type of Japanese-Western Sweets in a Machiya Style Townhouse

11-1 Murasakinohigashifujinomori-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Creating New Flavors While Cherishing Showa Modern

Shizuka started as a small shop in the 12th year of Showa (1937) by a geisha named Shizuka, and was renovated into a full-fledged tearoom the next year when the first owner, Ryoichi Miyamoto, took over. The seats designed to resemble seating in the national railway (now JR) cars of the time, the lighting, and interior design are as they were at the time. It retains the Showa Modern atmosphere to this day.


Travel back in time to a tearoom at the beginning of the Showa Period. Its new menu item, the "Fruit Sandwich" (450 JPY) is recommended (add 200 JPY to make it a set with coffee).


The blended coffee (brewed with a siphon) is 400 JPY. The drawing is of the second owner.


Take a stroll to Kitano Tenmangu, popular as a shrine of learning.

Shizuka started

164 Imadegawa-dori senbonnishi-iru, Minamijouzenji-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Heal Your Throat with the Nishijin Specialty, Tankiriame

Tankiriame Hompo is a long-standing sweets maker that was established in the 8th year of Meiji (1875). Among the more than 20 different types of ame candies in the storefront, the tankiriame, in the shop's name, is the most popular. This ame, made with a secret recipe that incorporates ginger root, was created 142 years ago. It is ordered from around the country by those who desire its unchanging taste.


Tankiriame comes in two flavors, sweet and spicy, and are available in three sizes: 1100 JPY for large, 550 JPY for medium, and 350 JPY for small.


A variety of sweets from times past, in addition to the ame candies, can be found / Tankiriame Honpo 【KansaiWalker】

Tankiriame Hompo

107 Omiya-dori teranouchi-kudaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

*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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