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Desserts: Japanese Sweets

Otabe Honkan

Otabe Honkan Overview


35-2 Nishikujō Takahatachō, Minami Ward, Kyoto 601-8446


+81 (0) 75-681-8284


10 minute walk from Jujo Station (Kintetsu Line)

Operating Hours

Sun: 10:00AM-6:00PM
Mon: 10:00AM-6:00PM
Tue: 10:00AM-6:00PM
Wed: 10:00AM-6:00PM
Thur: 10:00AM-6:00PM
Fri: 10:00AM-6:00PM
Sat: 10:00AM-6:00PM

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Otabe Honkan Description

Located in Kyoto, Otabe Honkan is a charming restaurant that specializes in traditional Japanese confectionery, known as wagashi. This establishment stands out from other dining establishments with its exquisite selection of wagashi and its dedication to preserving the art of Japanese sweets.

As you step into Otabe Honkan, you will 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 nature of the wagashi. The attention to detail is evident in every aspect, from the beautifully arranged displays to the meticulous craftsmanship of each sweet.

The menu at Otabe Honkan features a wide variety of wagashi, each one a work of art in its own right. From delicate mochi filled with sweet red bean paste to intricately designed seasonal sweets, every bite is a delight for the senses. The flavors are subtle yet complex, showcasing the skill and expertise of the chefs. Whether you are a connoisseur of wagashi or new to this culinary tradition, Otabe Honkan offers a truly unforgettable dining experience.

In conclusion, Otabe Honkan is a hidden gem in Kyoto, offering a unique and authentic taste of Japanese confectionery. With its exquisite selection of wagashi, elegant ambiance, and dedication to preserving tradition, this restaurant is a must-visit for anyone seeking a truly memorable dining experience.

Restaurant Features

Take-out Available

Wheelchair Accessible



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Great place to buy Kyoto souvenirs - small snacks. They also offer free coffee and tea. 5 mins walk from Kyoto Brewery.


Fun workshop for only 600 yen! You are taken on a brief tour of the factory (Japanese only) and then into a workshop room where you are given the opportunity to make 3 yatsuhashi (cinnamon, matcha, and purple yam) on your own! There are pictures and it is easy enough to follow along if you don't understand Japanese. Tip- book online ahead of time to reserve a spot


I came with my school to Japan from the United States. We are all in year two of Japanese or above, myself being one of the yoingest. As such, we speak a fair amount of Japanese. Even so, we found it difficult to understand the lady leading the class. Thankfully, my teacher was able to translate the lady's words as we went, so we could follow her instructions during the class. There was also a set on instructions printed in English on our tables, which were very helpful. All in all, it was a great experience that my teacher is like to take part in with the next school trip to Japan. I enjoyed it, as well, and I will gladly say that the creations of this establishment are absolutely delicious.


Translated from Japanese:

After lunch, I stopped by Otabe Honkan and bought a Honkan Roll before heading home. The dough was fluffy, the cream was light, and it went well with the black beans and was really delicious. Unfortunately, this ``Main Building Roll'' and ``Tsukikasa (Chi...


Translated from Japanese:

The final dessert was ``Mizu Manju'' and ``Warabi Mochi'' that I bought at the main branch of ``Otabe''. Until now, when I thought of ``Otabe'', I only had images of ``Yatsuhashi'' and ``Kyoto Baum,'' so I stayed away from it, but this fall, ``Otabe'' will open next to the main building.


Translated from Japanese:

I like Western-style raw Yatsuhashi red bean paste, so I'm quite satisfied with regular raw Yatsuhashi, but I was curious about this newly released one and bought it. The orange box is cute ♡ The caramel wrapped in raw Yatsuhashi is too sweet...

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