Japanese Teahouse restaurants in Kyoto
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One of Kyoto's oldest and best-known okashi-ya (sweet shops) sells a variety of traditional sweets and has a peaceful tearoom in back where you can sample cold kuzukiri (transparent arrowroot noodles), served with a kuro-mitsu (sweet black sugar) dipping sauce. It's in a traditional machiya up a flight of stone steps.
At Kasagi-ya, on the Ninen-zaka slope near Kiyomizu-dera, this funky old wooden shop has atmosphere to boot and friendly staff. It's a great place for a cup of green tea and a Japanese sweet to power you through a day of sightseeing in Higashiyama. Matcha tea with a sweet costs ¥700. It's hard to spot; you may have to ask someone in the area to point it out.