Nama yatsuhashi is one of the most popular souvenirs from Kyoto that a majority of tourists buy when they visit. It is a Japanese sweet, sweet bean paste sandwiched in soft dough into a triangular shape.
Yatsuhashi is a typical Kyoto souvenir made from rice flour, sugar and cinnamon. The rectangular shape is said to represent the koto (a traditional string instrument of Japan) or a bridge. It has a refined and elegant taste.
Japanese Green Tea
Kyoto's Uji area is known as an area where high quality teas like sencha, gyokuro, tencha, and matcha are produced. It's said that the modern ways of tea cultivation and production that have spread out to all parts of Japan were mostly developed in Uji.
Matcha (Green Tea) Sweets
It is impossible to separate Kyoto and matcha. One of the best parts of traveling to Kyoto has to be that you get to eat delicious matcha sweets. There are so many places in Kyoto offering great matcha sweets that it can sometimes be hard to decide where to go to.
Kit Kat / Ito Kyuemon Green Tea Flavor
There are varieties of "local kit kat" that are only available in certain areas of Japan. Ito Kyuemon is an old tea shop with a history of over 180 years.
These round striped candies resembling “temari” balls, or colorful balls made with kimono fabric, have been enjoyed in Kyoto for many years.
Kyoto Tsukemono Pickles
As the national classification, Tsukemono is based on vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, seaweeds. Tukemono has two classifications which is one night or shorter term pickled or short to long term pickled.
Local Hello Kitty
There are many “local” limited goods only available in certain areas of Japan. In Kyoto, some Hello Kitties look like Maiko (an apprentice Geiko), some are dressed in kimono and others look like fox, which is known as protective god of Fushimi Inari Shrine. Or, some Kitties are wearing Yatsuhashi on her heads and some look like Kyoto Vegetables (Kyoto specialty).
Tenugui refers to thin cotton cloths, and they have been essential part of Japanese lifestyle for a long time. They are useful in varieties of ways including drying wet hands and bodies just like towels or handkerchiefs, decorating a room as an interior, and wrapping and carrying around gifts -without using a wrapping paper.
Oil Blotting paper by "Yojiya"
Abura Tori-gami (oil blotting paper) are thin papers that remove excessive oil from skin. It is one of essential items for many Japanese women to take care of their appearances. Since they can be used even with make-up on, they are really useful especially when fixing make-up. Among many, it is not too much to say that abura tori-gami by Yojiya is the most famous one in Japan.
Japanese knives are popular among foreign tourists thanks to their sharpness and their beauty. Japanese knives are made the same way as Japanese swords. It's said that ingredients that are cut with a well-sharpened Japanese knives have stiff angles and the cut ends are glazed.
There are a lot of handmade ceramics, fabric items and other souvenirs in Kyoto. At the Kyoto Handicraft Center, one will find superb traditional crafts, such as Kyoto Inlay goods, woodblock prints, and Japanese dolls made by local craftsmen.
Kyoto Ramen Street
Kyoto Ramen Koji is in effect a noodle “theme park”, where you can find eight shops selling eight different regional varieties of ramen, ranging from Hokkaido in the far north of Japan, to Kyushu in the south. On the 10th floor of the station Kyoto building/Open from 11:00am-10:00pm
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