The Most Spectacular Matcha Green Tea Souvenirs From Kyoto

The Most Spectacular Matcha Green Tea Souvenirs From Kyoto
Trip101 Editorial
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One of the best parts about visiting a tourist spot is looking for souvenirs. Kyoto is famous for the fantastic green tea culture and surely enough, many of the souvenirs there incorporate this great culture. Here are some of the most spectacular Matcha Green Tea sweets you can find in Kyoto.

1. Unique cookies from Kyo Ponto

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Kyo Ponto is a sweets brand in Kyoto whose popularity has recently been rising rapidly. There are wide ranges of souvenirs available at Kyo Ponto and one of them is the Kyo Ekubo, a cookie you cannot enjoy anywhere else.

There are 3 types of flavours for Kyo Ekubo - Matcha, strawberry and Hoji cha (roasted Green Tea). These cookies are designed in cute heart shapes and will melt once placed in your mouth! There are also seasonal flavours such as Sakura during spring, and roasted chestnut during autumn.

京ぽんと Kyo Ponto

Address: 532 Gionmachi Minamigawa Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-city

Access info: 8-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station

Opening hours: 11 am - 7 pm

Fixed holiday: Wednesday

Contact: +81 75-533-7578

Official URL available only in Japanese

2. Koicha no Ochame - white chocolate with Matcha

White chocolate matcha truffles (5182731565)
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Also produced by Kyo Ponto, the Koicha no Ochame is a Manju (traditional Japanese confection made from rice). The skin is made from white chocolate and it is filled with Matcha paste. The fantastic combination between the sweet, chewy skin and bitter-sweet Matcha paste is amazing!

3. Kyomizuki Chocolate: the cookie inspired by a bridge

Kyo Ponto - Kyomizuki Chocolate
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Mizuki Bridge is a bridge located in Fushimi, Kyoto, and is one of the famous bridges across the Uji River. Named after that bridge, the Kyomizuki Chocolate is a cookie from Kyo Ponto that is coated with delicious Uji Matcha. The design of the cookie illustrates water ripples on Uji River and this fantastic cookie is one of those that represent the tradition of Kyoto.

4. Omotenashi - Kyoto hospitality

Kyo Ponto - Omotenashi
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The Omotenashi - hospitality - spirit is one that is treated importantly in Kyoto. Also by Kyo Ponto, their recently released “Omotenashi” is a cube-shaped snack where layers of pie and Matcha cream are sandwiched and finally coated with white chocolate. This is one of the best souvenirs to get to enjoy the fantastic harmony between sweet white chocolate and fragrant Matcha!

5. Chanoka from Malebranche: the best Matcha Lang de Chat

Parfait samples by pinguino in Osaka, Japan
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Malebranche is a café in Kyoto where you can enjoy various sweets such as soft cream and parfaits. There are also numerous souvenirs available there and one of the most famous ones is the Chanoka. Sandwiched between two Matcha-flavoured Lang de Chat is a layer of white-chocolate. The fantastic harmony of bitter biscuit and sweet white chocolate is fantastic! This gift is exclusive to Kyoto and will certainly be loved by your friends. You can purchase it at the 6th floor or B1 of the Isetan department store connected with JR Kyoto Station.

MALEBRANCHE Daimaru Kyoto Branch

Address Daimaru Kyoto Department Store 1F, Takakura, Shijo-dori, Simogyo-ku, Kyoto-city

Access Directly connected from JR Kyoto station

Opening hours10am - 8pm

Official URL

6. Matcha crackers from Aozashikarari

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Aozashikarari is a sweets store located in Kyoto Isetan building, which is connected to the JR Kyoto station. It is most famous for the “Aozashikarari”, a cracker filled with paste. There are various flavours such as curry, Kinako (toasted soy bean) and the acclaimed Matcha flavour. There is also an Aozashikarari branch in Osaka, but this Matcha flavour is exclusive to Kyoto so make sure you get it there!

あおざしからり Aozashikarari Kyoto Station Isetan Branch

Address: Higashishiokōji-chō, Shio-koji-kudaru, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-city

Access info: connected from JR Kyoto Station

Opening hours: 10am - 8pm

Fixed holiday: Irregular

Contact: +81 75-746-4761

Official URL available only in Japanese

7. Kyoto’s exclusive Kit Kat

Kyoto Exclusive Uji Macha Kit Kat
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Kit Kat is a chocolate brand loved by many worldwide and is famous for having various local flavours around different regions in the world. The “Kyoto Exclusive Uji Matcha Kit Kat” is one that you can only purchase in Kyoto. Made using Uji Matcha from Itoh Kyuemon, one of the most renowned Uji Matcha brands in Kyoto with over 180 years of history, the fantastic combination between white chocolate and Matcha can be enjoyed with this souvenir.

Kit Kat Chocolatory Daimaru Kyoto Branch

Address:Daimaru Kyoto B1

Access info: Directly connected from JR Kyoto station

Opening hours: 10am - 8pm

Contact: +81 75-211-8111

Official URL available only in Japanese

8. A Matcha, Kaki no Tane collaboration

 Uji Macha Chocolate Kaki Tane
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Kaki no Tane is a famous Japanese snack - it is a peanut snack coated with soy sauce, which looks like persimmon seeds and hence its name (Kaki refers to Persimmon while Tane means seed in Japanese). The Uji Matcha Chocolate Kaki Tane is a unique souvenir exclusive to the Kansai region (where Kyoto is located in). Bittersweet Matcha-Chocolate coats the spicy Kaki no Tane, creating a fantastic harmony of taste which will get you addicted.

9. Kyoto’s local Pocky flavour: Glico Giant Pocky Uji Matcha

Glico Giant Pocky Uji Macha flavour
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Pocky is another snack that many around the world are familiar with. This fantastic snack produced by Glico is a stick-cookie with chocolate coatings or different flavours. Exclusive to Kyoto is the Glico Giant Pocky Uji Matcha flavour, which was made in collaboration with Tsujiri - a Green Tea shop which has been satisfying customers since 1860. This is another fantastic souvenir which showcases the Matcha tradition in Kyoto!

10. Perfect harmony between Caramel and Matcha

Morinaga Caramel Macha flavour
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Morinaga is one of the greatest snacks brand in Japan and one of its famous products is the Morinaga Caramel. Available in Kyoto is the Matcha flavoured Caramel which is exclusive to the Kansai region. The blend between mouth-watering caramel and bitter Matcha is amazing!

11. Kyoto-exclusive chocolate pie from Lotte

Lotte Chocopie Kyomi
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Lotte is also one of the famous snacks brand in Japan and exclusive to Kyoto is the Lotte Chocopie Kyomi - Kyomi means Kyoto flavour in Japanese. The soft yet crunchy pie is filled with Uji Matcha and Black Beans fillings, creating a fantastic “Kyoto flavour”.

12. Hannari Café: the ultimate Matcha candy

Hannari Café - Midori no Kiwami~ Koime

Hannari Café is a café that specialises in Matcha sweets. It was originally a candy store and one of the best products there is the Midori no Kiwami~ Koime. This is perhaps the most luxurious candy box for a souvenir - concentrated Matcha candy is coated with Matcha powder. Housed in the grand-looking box that can be used even after the candies are finished, this is also a fantastic Kyoto souvenir.

はんなりカフェ Hannari Café

Address: Kyoto, Uji-city, Uji lotus 5-6 (Omotesando Byodo),

Access info: 10-minute walk from JR Uji Station, 5-minute walk from Keihan Uji Station

Opening hours: Weekdays 11 am - 5:30 pm / Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10:30 am - 6 pm

Fixed holiday: New Year’s day

Contact: +81 774-23-0050

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Exclusively Kyoto

Different regions in Japan have their own local specialties and the Matcha Green Tea is certainly one that represents Kyoto. Make sure you include these gifts in your must-buy list when travelling to Kyoto!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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