After the sister and I departed Tokyo, we headed towards Kyoto, Japan's capital once upon a time. I will blog about what we have been up to in Kyoto but for now, I am buzzing with excitement about one of the few things that you MUST do whilst in Japan - celebrate their matcha culture.
Tea is definitely a big part of Japanese culture just like how coffee is so important to us here in Australia. There are various types of teas available, be it green or brown, roasted or fresh - it is an experience itself.
Today's blog post is dedicated to all the matcha dessert outlets I have visited whilst in Kyoto. There are so many different brands to choose from but sadly, we could only squeeze a few into our agenda although, there's always a next time, right?:)
Conveniently located towards the end of Gion's main street, this place is famous for its ameya (Japanese candy) and also for its kokutomitsu (black sugar) syrup. Testers are available at the front counter and the lady boss was kind enough to give us a couple of rose flavoured candy on our way out - which tasted amazing and its far better than a boring hard factory manufactured candy.
The sister and I managed to sneak some time to visit Uji aka Japan's tea capital. Walk across away from the JR train station and across the river and thou shall be rewarded by the green tea gods.
With an outlet just above the Kyoto JR station, we managed to grab a bite here after returning from Uji. There is an outlet in Uji and in case you missed out, there's also a branch in Osaka and Sapporo. Lucky Hongkies get a shop as well.
The queue was insane for the JR station branch and we waited for a good 20 minutes before getting a table.
Shops along the way
Throughout Kyoto, you will be greeted by a crazy number of green tea shops, all selling good quality green tea snacks and souvenirs to take home. We did try bits and pieces from a few of the shops but after indulging ourselves in Uji, it was difficult to make a comparison. That and the fact that we are usually stuffed to the brim and are a bit more picky when that happens :p
Were we lucky to have passed by this place else would have missed it. At this stage, the sister had reached her quota of desserts and could only settle for small treats.
More on Kyoto in subsequent posts! Stay tuned