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【Top Selection】Four Cafes in Arashiyama, Kyoto, for Matcha Desserts

Higashiyama is full of popular tourist destinations, such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Yasaka Shrine, and Kodai-ji Temple. You can also get a variety of matcha (powdered green tea) desserts here, ranging from classics made by long-established stores, to innovative creations. Enjoy strolling around this popular area while tasting these sweets! <*This information is from Kansai Walker (issued May 8, 2018)>

Flaky Waffle Bars With Plenty of Matcha

kyocafe chacha is a cafe that’s popular for its new style of waffles that are easy to eat. Their flaky waffles are made on site using matcha from Yamamasa Koyamaen, which is a tea seller in Uji, Kyoto, that was established in 1861. Their Geffle Matcha (600 JPY), which combines their waffles with homemade gelato flavored with Kyoto tastes, is also gaining popularity.

Their waffles, made with a batter that has matcha mixed in, is further coated with plenty of matcha powder. They also have Waffle Matcha (400 JPY; back), which is coated with matcha-flavored chocolate. Available to eat in or take out.

The second floor has a counter and serves foods like Cha-soba (1,000 JPY).

■kyocafe chacha
<Address: 559-9 Yugyomae-cho, Gojo-bashi Otani-mae Kita-iru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto; Phone: 075-741-7568; Hours: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm; Holidays: None; Seating: 20; Smoking: No; Access: 10-minute walk from Kiyomizu-gojo Station on the Keihan Line>

kyocafe chacha

559-9 Yugyomae-cho, Gojo-bashi Otani-mae Kita-iru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Luxurious Sweets on Artisan Plates

Japanese Cafe & Gift Shop TEN is a quiet cafe that you can relax in, despite it being on the busy street leading up to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Their desserts made with Ippodo matcha are delicately arranged on plates crafted by ceramic artists. Their marbled no-bake cheesecake is so pretty that you'll want to preserve it in a photograph.

Their signature no-bake cheesecake is made with Ippodo matcha. It is served with black sesame seeds, which go great with both the cheese and matcha. Available only if you eat in.

If you want to really savor the taste of matcha, go with their terrine, which is packed full of flavor. Finish it up with their matcha ice cream for a fresh aftertaste. Available only if you eat in.

Goods made at their workshop, such as ceramics and cloth bags, are sold near the entrance.

■Japanese Cafe & Gift Shop TEN
<Address: 2-208-10 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto; Phone: 075-533-6252; Hours: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm *May change depending on the season; Holidays: Irregular; Seating: Approx. 30; Smoking: Separated; Access: 15-minute walk from Kiyomizu-gojo Station on the Keihan Line>

Japanese Cafe & Gift Shop TEN

2-208-10 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Only in Kyoto! Yatsuhashi Cream Puffs

Kiyomizu Kyoami is famous for its cream puffs made with Japanese cinnamon to give them a flavor reminiscent of Yatsuhashi, which is a Japanese sweet that Kyoto is famous for. These cream puffs – made with uniquely flavored, aromatic puff pastry and filled with a variety of creams, such as matcha-flavored cream – go perfectly with the coffee poured by their baristas. Take note of the beautiful latte art as well!

The Japanese cinnamon-flavored pastry is filled to the brim with a rich, homemade cream. Available to eat in or take out.

This soft serve has the gentle flavor of matcha. The cute, plump appearance is a hit on social media. Available to eat in and take out.

They are so packed with cream that the staff recommend not to eat them while walking!

■Kiyomizu Kyoami
<Address: 1-262-2 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto; Phone: 075-531-6956; Hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Holidays: Irregular; Seating: 80; Smoking: Separated; Access: 20-minute walk from Kiyomizu-gojo Station on the Keihan Line>

Kiyomizu Kyoami

1-262-2 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

A Coffee Shop With A Great Dessert Selection

SLOW JET COFFEE Kodai-ji is located within the grounds of Kodai-ji Temple. From the terrace, you’ll get fantastic views of everything from the Yasaka Pagoda to Kyoto Tower. Their dessert menu was renewed this spring, and dishes such as their matcha parfait with brown sugar syrup, seasonal parfaits, and homemade coffee jelly are popular.

Their homemade matcha flan and Gyokuro matcha butter cake are voluminous. Their matcha soft serve even has strawberries inside! Available only if you eat in.

Enjoy drinks like Cafe Latte (600 JPY) while viewing the beautiful, fresh verdure.

■SLOW JET COFFEE Kodai-ji
<Address: On the grounds of Kodai-ji Temple, 526 Shimokawara-cho, Kodaiji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto; Phone: 075-533-7480; Hours: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm (L.O.) *May change depending on the season; Holidays: None; Seating: 82; Smoking: No; Access: 16-minute walk from Gion-shijo Station on the Keihan Line>

SLOW JET COFFEE Kodai-ji

On the grounds of Kodai-ji Temple, 526 Shimokawara-cho, Kodaiji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 05.16.2018]

*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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