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Desserts: Japanese Sweets




Rakushan Description

Rakushan is a charming Japanese confectionery and dessert shop located in Kyoto. This hidden gem has been selected as one of the top 100 dessert shops in the prestigious West Best 2023 ranking. With a rating of 3.84 and over 200 reviews on Tabelog, it is clear that Rakushan has captured the hearts and taste buds of locals and visitors alike.

What sets Rakushan apart is its dedication to traditional Japanese sweets, known as wagashi. These delicate and artfully crafted confections are made using time-honored techniques and high-quality ingredients. From the moment you step into Rakushan, you will be transported to a world of elegance and tranquility. The interior is beautifully decorated with traditional Japanese motifs, creating a serene atmosphere that complements the exquisite sweets on offer.

The menu at Rakushan features a wide variety of wagashi, each with its own unique flavor and texture. Indulge in the melt-in-your-mouth dorayaki, a sweet pancake filled with red bean paste, or savor the delicate matcha-flavored mochi. For those looking for a refreshing treat, the seasonal fruit parfaits are a must-try. Each parfait is carefully layered with fresh fruits, creamy ice cream, and sweet syrup, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

Whether you are a connoisseur of Japanese sweets or simply looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, Rakushan is the perfect destination. Immerse yourself in the world of wagashi and experience the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into each delectable creation.

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Rakushan Overview


22 Shichiku Shimoshibamotochō, Kita Ward, Kyoto 603-8424


+81 (0) 75-494-2551


15 minute walk from Kitaōji Station (Exit 1) on the subway.

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:30AM-5:00PM
Mon: 11:30AM-5:00PM
Tue: 11:30AM-5:00PM
Wed: 11:30AM-5:00PM
Thur: 11:30AM-5:00PM
Fri: 11:30AM-5:00PM
Sat: 11:30AM-5:00PM

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Rakushan Reviews

Rakushan Google Average Rating



The closest one is Kitaoji, but it takes more than 15 minutes to walk from Kitaoji.
Maybe there's a good bus stop. Another trick is to ride the rental cycle loop from the Aeon entrance on Kitaoji.

A warabi mochi shop that requires reservations.
Reservations by the day before are required. Even if you call the day before, it may be sold out.
On this day, I called the day before and was told that there were only two slots left and that I would not be able to pick it up until after 4:30 pm, so I made a reservation and arrived around 4:30 pm.

Purchased 2 packs of 8 pieces.
It doesn't come with toothpicks, so be careful if you're planning on taking it out and eating it on the banks of the Kamogawa River.

Warabi mochi is purun purun no bion bion.
Each one is large, so when you lift it up, it becomes heavy.
It's covered in lots of kinako, so if you try to eat it in one bite, you might die. Calmly cut it into small pieces with chopsticks before eating.

Kinako is naturally sweet.
The melty texture of the warabi mochi was very impressive.


I called a week in advance to make a reservation and received it.
I received it right away, but
It was so melty that I couldn't pick it up, so I had it with a spoon 🤤
This is the most delicious warabi mochi ever! ! ! !

The lady who answered the phone was polite and told me in advance to bring my own cold bag, so I was able to bring it home from Kyoto in delicious condition!

Since I had come from far away to buy something, the owner saw me off outside the store and said, ``Please be careful when returning home.''

The location of the store was difficult to find, so I drove around several times.

This is a shop that I want to take care of yourself and continue to operate for a long time.I will visit you again!


I made a reservation and bought it. I don't think you can buy it without a reservation.
It doesn't have the overly sweet taste that I felt with other wabimochi, and has a simple taste. Kinako is not sweet but has a good flavor. There is no black sugar syrup, and it feels like the ingredients are competitive.

It's melty, but just barely sticky. However, the throat is smooth.

If you're looking for a simple warabi mochi, this might be the best.

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