5 Souvenirs To Buy at JR Kyoto Isetan, Conveniently Connected to JR Kyoto Station
Don't you think the process of choosing souvenirs is one of the pleasures of traveling? Here are some souvenirs you can get at JR Kyoto Isetan, which is conveniently connected to the train station.
1. Malebranche (Okoicha Langue de Chat, Cha no Ka)
The Okoicha Langue de Chat, Cha no Ka (10 pieces for 1,360 JPY (incl. tax)) from the pastry shop Malebranche, which is loved by many in Kyoto, are recommended. The milky white chocolate sandwiched by the bittersweet tea cake is a popular product of this store. Select blended tea leaves from Shirakawa in Uji are used in this original product. Careful attention is paid to the color, taste, and aroma of the tea leaves during the roasting process, and the langue de chat white chocolate works wonders in bringing these elements together.
2. Ryokujuan-Shimizu (Konpeito)
Ryokujuan-Shimizu is the only store in Japan specializing in konpeito. Depending on the day's weather and temperature, adjustments are made, and this is an art that only skilled workers are able to do in order to bring out the authentic taste of konpeito. Ryokujuan-Shimizu adheres to traditions, taking great pains to make each and every ball of konpeito. Careful attention is paid to the color, shape, and taste in order to make the best konpeito. There are over 50 flavors ranging from a fruity assortment to spices such as cinnamon and ginger, and they are popular among adults as a snack to go together with alcohol. The house special, Estrela Koicha Konpeito (1,260 JPY (excl. tax)), which is made using only the finest ingredients and skills, is recommended. Konpeito, with its strong tea aroma, is a sweet that best represents the Japanese flavor.
3. Hayashi Manshodo (Amaguri)
Hayashi Manshodo is an amaguri (boiled sweet chestnuts) store with a long history. The proprietor of this store personally handpicks the chestnuts and the high-quality, sweet and nutritious chestnuts used in production is a special characteristic of this store. Workers skilled and knowledgeable about amaguri production put in the effort to make amaguri with just the right texture and sweetness. As you take a bite, the deep and exquisite taste of the amaguri lingers in your mouth. Hayashi Manshodo's policy is that they do not sell amaguri left overnight, so you can rest assured knowing whatever stock you see (and potentially purchase) in the store were made fresh on the day itself. A bag of amaguri sells for 600 JPY (incl. tax).
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4. Nakamura Tokichi Honten (Namacha Jelly)
Nakamura Tokichi Honten is an established name in the tea industry. Its Namacha Jelly's pleasant taste and texture are what makes it so popular. The jellies are available in 2 flavors, the rich and flavorful matcha, or the hojicha that leaves a pleasant and refreshing aftertaste. The most fitting souvenir you could get is probably the Matcha-Sencha Fujiyoshi Assortment (3,930 JPY (incl. tax)). The matcha-flavored jelly contains sencha tea leaves, creating a taste that Nakamura Tokichi Honten has been proud of.
5. Mangetsu (Ajari Mochi)
Mangetsu was established in 1856, and their ajari mochi is sold in packs of 10 (1,188 JPY (incl. tax)). It is a very popular Japanese sweet, and often given as a gift. Ajari mochi is made by boiling red beans together with sugar, wrapping it with glutinous rice-based flour, and semi-baking it. The moist exterior and the simple, not-so-sweet taste of the filling blend together in perfect harmony. Mangetsu's policy is that they "only use 1 type of filling to make 1 type of confection," and currently they are only selling 4 types. While the selection might be very limited, you can be sure of the quality of Mangetsu's products.
As all of the above mentioned are delicious, they are recommended as gifts for friends and loved ones. They are sure to be delighted! Be sure to buy some for yourself to try!
*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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