Enjoy Kyoto confectionery long supported by the people
Text: Keiko Kimura
If you are to visit Sanjusangendo, a famous temple for having 1001 statues of Kannon, I recommend you go a bit further and search for a traditional Kyoto confectionery Shichijokanshundo's main shop. They have been loved the people since 1865.
They are in a classic machiya (traditional Kyoto-style house) with 'bengara-koshi (red color lattice)' and 'mushiko-mado (window with an ultra-fine lattice)'. They are popular among both the locals and travelers.
They also have a cafe 'Shazakissa', Buddhist meaning of offering someone some light tea and rest. They serve the sweets on a kaiseki-style (traditional multi-style dinner that serves many dishes in small portion) plate in a tatami floor space. You can experience THE Japanese style here.
Shazakissa also have workshops in making Japanese sweets. Participants will make 4 sweets, make one's own green tea and enjoy how the sweetness of the confectionery and bitterness of the green tea match.
Among the seasonal sweets, their autumn recommendation is Momiji-kasane, an award winning piece at the Kyoto Mono Contest (Kyoto Product Contest). A sweet beans paste is charmingly colored by the leaves representing the season.
Some of their popular items are Kyotosui, tofu made from red beans and pure water with gentle sweetness and elastic texture, and Yasai-senbei, a vegetable rice cracker.
Shijijokanshundo is a fulfilling Japanese confectionery shop.
★Next TRAVEL IDEA spot of ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto - Visiting shops in Machiya' is ‘RAAK Main Store’.
★TRAVEL IDEA ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto'
① Visiting Temples and Shrines
② Buying souvenirs
③ Visiting Arashiyama・Sagano
④ Having Kyo-ryori
⑤ Wearing Kimono
⑥ Having Japanese tea
⑦ Having seafood
⑧ Visiting shops in Machiya
⑨ Being exposed to a traditional culture
⑩ Feeling nature