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#17 of 553 Dessert in Kyoto
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Japanese
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Nishijin District
0.2 miles from Kyoto Imperial Palace
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Reviewed 29 May 2019 via mobile

Excellent place to rest and relax close to Kyoto Imperial Palace. The tea set is about 1200-1400¥ (depending on which sweet you select) and includes excellent quality sencha green tea. Before you order they will bring cold barley tea (mugi-cha). The Toraya brand is well...known throughout Japan for being one of the best wagashi makers. The outside seats have a great view of a beautiful garden. It was really quiet (we felt the need to whisper so as not to disrupt others). The bathrooms are really nice- overall very relaxing place to stop and enjoy. TIP: if you finish your hot water for tea you can ask for more hot water (oyu onegaishimasu). You can borrow their books and read at your table. You can request they cut the dessert in half (for easier eating and sharing) , say “hambun kirimasu” when you order.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 27 April 2019 via mobile

Great place for a tea in a relaxing environment. Service is just perfect, food is surprising and tasty. We first experienced it in their second tearoom in Paris where it’s really busy. Here it’s not. Just enjoy the moment

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 March 2019

This is a review of the "tearoom," if I may call it that, not the retail shop. The tearoom is located about 50 meters (or yards) behind the shop. A small sign in Japanese marks the direction, but it's at ground level and is easy...overlooked. Just walk west from Karasuma, on the street that runs alongside the shop (Ichijo), and you'll find the restaurant. In summertime, I go for the Uji Kintoki, shaved ice with matcha syrup. I suggested ordering the version that comes with condensed milk. Other seasons: matcha with wagashi (Japanese sweets). The setting is modern but timeless, and the garden is lovely. The tearoom also has a nice selection of books and magazines about cultural matters. Exhibitions are held in the gallery in the same building from time to time. All in all, it's a fine place to find refreshment.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

Easy location from the palace gardens with a wide selection of sweets and cake on offer. The tea room is up the side street behind the shop. Lovely garden and sophisticated setting. Try a few and see what you like - the chestnut cake was...ok and tea ok too. Reasonably priced (we think it’s quoted by the kilo but not sure)More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Toraya is one of Japan's very old and best known retailers of high-end "wagashi" (Japanese sweets), which differ by season, and are often very artistic achievements in and of themselves. The Kyoto store on Ichijo-dori has a wonderful balcony overlooking an outside garden, so at...the right time of year it is a great place to order tea or macha along with delicious sweets. We like this store because they allow teddy bears (see photo), and the service is very good. A bit on the pricey side compared to a "plain ol' coffee shop," though.More

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

The cafe with very nice view and atmosphere. This place has japanese traditional architecture but it also gives you modern feeling. I got the matcha and azuki beans kakigori. It was so delicious and refreshed me from outside's high temperature

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful place! Green tea and beancurd sweets. Perfect escape from the heat. Service from the staff was typical Japanese - faultless.

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

I had some great afternoon visiting different afternoon tea places, this place is famous for there cakes. I tried there Agar agar red bean cake, and it was really good. it was a really nice atmosphere there , very professional service, if the weather is...good they have beautiful outside seatings, would return if coming back to Kyoto.More

Date of visit: March 2016
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Reviewed 13 March 2016

I love this place, everything about it. It is the quintessential Kyoto ~ masterful in the traditional art of tea, in a comfortable modern decor. In the afternoons you will be surrounded by older Kyoto gentile while sipping on your matcha (green tea). The large...airy room holds the nuance of understated sophistication, with a flood of light from floor to ceiling windows on either side. The staff are professional and you can stay here for hours with a friend or alone, flipping through their beautiful art books.More

Date of visit: March 2016
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Reviewed 24 August 2015 via mobile

Lovely place to rest and have green tea. I had matcha (green tea) shaved ice. The garden is relaxing. Recommended.

Date of visit: August 2015
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Reviewed 17 June 2015 via mobile

This particular wagashi tea room has amazing ambiance and is a unique cultural experience. We had been wanting to try wagashi because it was so special in Japan. While it wasn't something we were drooling over, it was worth trying! When arriving we were seated...outside on a covered pavilion facing a beautiful garden. The staff gave us two wagashi to try (green tea and a brown sugar one) along with a darker cold tea. There were many different types of wagashi to try but my husband and I each ordered a seasonal wagashi and an iced green tea for roughly 1100¥.More

Date of visit: June 2015
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Reviewed 28 April 2015

It is a place where every guide here in Kyoto will recommend that you eat even for just a mild snack. One is paying for the experience of eating at the exclusively dessert restaurant of Toraya. The food/ desserts and simply too sweet and the...Yakon which is priced like 5x more than the tourist airport price is something to ponder but a well kept Shinto Graden and Water basin can make your feeling much better. Unfortunately, there is no soda and worst , there is no coffee to come with the sweets. They serve great tasting teas but coffee drinkers, this is a one time shot just for bragging right s at eating at the high end dessert shop of Kyoto if not the whole JapanMore

Date of visit: April 2015
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5