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Desserts: Japanese Sweets

Kansendo Description

Located in the heart of Kyoto, Kansendo is a charming Japanese confectionery and dessert shop that has been selected as one of the top 100 restaurants in the West region for 2023. Specializing in traditional Japanese sweets, Kansendo offers a delightful array of wagashi, or traditional Japanese confections, that are meticulously crafted with the finest ingredients and attention to detail.

Step into Kansendo and be transported to a world of elegance and tranquility. The interior is tastefully decorated with traditional Japanese elements, creating a serene atmosphere that complements the delicate flavors of the sweets. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are always ready to assist and guide you through the menu, ensuring a memorable dining experience.

One of the highlights of Kansendo is their exquisite selection of wagashi. From delicate yokan, a sweet bean jelly, to beautifully crafted dorayaki, a pancake filled with sweet red bean paste, each confection is a work of art. The flavors are subtle yet rich, showcasing the essence of Japanese cuisine. For those looking for a unique experience, Kansendo also offers seasonal specials that incorporate local ingredients, providing a taste of Kyoto's culinary heritage.

Kansendo sets itself apart from other dining establishments with its dedication to preserving the traditions of Japanese confectionery while also embracing innovation. The combination of traditional craftsmanship and creative flavors makes Kansendo a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an authentic taste of Kyoto's culinary delights.

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Kansendo Overview


344-6 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto 605-0073


+81 (0) 75-561-2133


5 minute walk from Gion Shijo Station.

Operating Hours

Sun: Closed
Mon: 10:30AM-7:00PM
Tue: 10:30AM-7:00PM
Wed: 10:30AM-7:00PM
Thur: 10:30AM-7:00PM
Fri: 10:30AM-7:00PM
Sat: 10:30AM-7:00PM

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When you enter the narrow side street of Yojiya Gion Main Store, which sells oil-absorbing paper, you will find an old Kyoto town that is different from the main street.
Chestnut steamed yokan was not available during Shikunshi Monaka since October, so I had mizu yokan.
The slightly impatient husband presses the buzzer and asks, "Do you have water yokan?" and replies, "One?"
I said, ``I'll wrap it for you,'' and went to the back, and after making me wait for a while, I put it in a carrier bag.
2,000 yen without consumption tax, I'm a little worried about the invoice system.
Invoice, what's better than our yokan? (That seems to be said)
The mizuyokan was more delicious than the invoice.
The world of Kyoto's back alleys, where cost performance, customer service, and storefronts are unrelated (but still reminiscent of many things).


If you enter north from Gion's Shijo-dori street at Rooji, which is closed to cars, you'll find that it looks like Kyoto. I like the monaka, but I especially love the mizu yokan here. It has a drippy texture and goes down easily when chilled. All Japanese sweets in Kyoto are not overly sweet. This mizu yokan has a light flavor with a faint aroma of bean paste that hits your nose, so you can have as many slices as you like.


When I go to Kyoto from autumn to early spring, I always buy the chestnut steamed yokan (1,800 yen) here. When you cut into the yokan wrapped in bamboo skin, you'll find lots of beautiful chestnuts. Chestnuts are of course delicious, but the steamed yokan is incredibly delicious. It has a slightly sticky and gentle texture, and the sweetness and flavor of the bean paste are outstanding. It's located in a hard-to-find location down a narrow alley from Shijo-dori, but please look for it. The mizu yokan in summer is also famous. Some people have written that the customer service is not good, but I've never felt that way in the many times I've shopped there, and it's just normal.

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