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Discover "Wagashi" and Japanese Style Afternoon Tea

Wagashi

 

Wagashi refers to a Japanese traditional confection. Wagashi can be associated as an art form with a deep meaning expressing seasons, landscapes or life occasions. If you are in Japan, do not miss the opportunity to discover Wagashi. When looking for a place to rest your tired legs or to indulge in sweets, step into a tearoom. Many Japanese tearooms and hotels offer a variety of set menus for afternoon tea with Wagashi. There is nothing better than leisurely experiencing Japanese sweets and tea sanctuaries.

Below are some of top venues for those who want to experience something special.

HIGASHIYA GINZA (Ginza, Tokyo)

Higashiya Ginza is located in the heart of Ginza, Japan's most fascinating world class shopping and cuisine district. This place offers a wide range of Japanese confectioneries and the highest grades of tea. The concept of, a "modern-day Japanese tea salon" offers over 30 kinds of teas, confectioneries and meals with seasonal fresh ingredients. Try the Japanese style afternoon tea set, "Wagashi with Inari-zushi" (fried bean curd stuffed with sushi rice) complimented by two types of the highest grade teas. Another Interesting menu option provides for matching drinks and a confectionery set. Enjoy five different seasonal Wagashi with each one complimented and paired by either sake or tea. Enjoy a harmonious indulgence of sweets and drinks.

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KURIYA KASHI KUROGI (Inside of Hongo campus of The University of Tokyo, Tokyo)

Jun Kurogi is one of Japan’s most famous Chefs and restaurant owners. He opened a unique tearoom offering an artful and evolutionary experience featuring Wagashi. A fantastic atmosphere exists in the building designed by the famous architecture Kengo Kuma depicting wooden slats surrounded by rich nature. To provide the highest quality product the sweets are made to order. The signature dish is Warabi Mochi, one of the most popular traditional sweets in Japan made from an edible wild plant called Warabi. Kurogi only uses 100% pure Warabi powder. Enjoy it with soybean flour and brown sugar syrup. Salted ice cream and Ohagi (rice cake covered with bean jam) is also a very popular dish. If you are a coffee lover, enjoy Wagashi with specialized coffee associated with an Ebisu (Tokyo) based coffee company.

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CAFÉ HASSUI, SUIRAN HOTEL KYOTO (Kyoto)

Enjoy the panoramic views of lush nature from the outdoor terrace. Café Hassui at the Suiran Hotel is located along the pretty Hozu river and in the heart of the world famous Arashiyama in Kyoto. The café is in a traditional house dating back 100 years and surrounded by magnificent views. The Afternoon tea set, which changes seasonally, offers 15 kinds of exceptional western and Japanese small dishes and sweets, along with teas or coffee. Without a doubt, this is the perfect place to drink tea, rest and admire the magic of the seasonal landscape when traveling to Arashiyama.

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Wagashi

 

Take your time to enjoy such appealing delicacies. If you would like to discover more about the art of Wagashi, why not book a workshop to make your own. A Wagashi artisan will give you the instruction and experience along with the fascination that Wagashi holds. This type of workshop is popular across Japan and promises you an unforgettable experience of beauty and sweets.

KAMEYA YOSHINAGA (Kyoto)

Kameya Yoshinaga, known as a distinguished traditional confectionery in Kyoto has over 200 years' history. A workshop is provided and the 70-minute class offers a lesson in how to make three kinds of Wagashi. There is also a demonstration to show the process of making dry sweets, followed by tasting the confectionery with Matcha (an enjoyable powdered green tea). A translator can be provided if you request one in advance.

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KANSYUNDO (Kyoto)

Kansyundo has a distinctive history that dates back to over 150 years ago and to this day is still actively working to communicate the Wagashi culture within and outside of Japan. They offer a 75 minute workshop that explains the process of making four different kinds of Wagashi. With Green tea provided, enjoy the confectioneries you have made.

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There is also a memorable workshop tour in Tokyo, the tour company organizes this with Tokyo’s finest traditional confectioneries. Please visit here for more information.

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