Kagizen Yoshifusa

Top choice teahouse

in Southern Higashiyama

This Gion institution is one of Kyoto’s oldest and best-known okashi-ya (sweet shops). It sells a variety of traditional sweets and has a lovely tearoom out the back where you can sample cold kuzukiri (transparent arrowroot noodles) served with a kuro-mitsu (sweet black sugar) dipping sauce, or just a nice cup of matcha and a sweet.

All in all, this is one of the best spots in Gion for a rest. Look for the sweets in the window.