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Tsuruya Yoshinobu - A Confectionery Shop in Nishijin, Kyoto

This video, titled "JAPANESE CANDY ART Incredible WAGASHI Traditional Sweets Tokyo Japan," was created by "Travel Thirsty."

The video shows the traditional preparation process of fresh confectionaries by the long-established confectionary shop "Tsuruya Yoshinobu" in Nishijin, Kyoto at their Tokyo branch.
"Namagashi," which are made by wrapping red bean paste and shaping it into seasonal flowers and fruit shapes, are highly regarded for their beautiful appearance.

Recommended Products of Yoshinobu Tsuruya Introduced in the Video

The confectionaries of Tsuruya Yoshinobu, a long-established Japanese confectionary shop established in 1803, are filled with the Japanese spirit of hospitality.
Tsuruya Yoshinobu's "Yu-Mochi" is made of Gyuhi (a kind of rice cake made from glutinous rice flour) and has a Yuzu fruit flavor.
It won the prize in the Gift Packaging Award at the Japan Packaging Contest held by the Japan Packaging Institute.
Fukuhauchi is a confectionary made of Momoyama dough wrapped with white bean paste, and is said that it was purchased by Empress Shoken at the end of the Meiji Period (around 1867).

Other popular items include Yokan, Kohakuto, shaved ice, Kyokanze, and arrowroot-flavored Ogura Zenzai.
In addition to Tsuruya Yoshinobu's Tokyo branch shown in the video, they also have their flagship store in Kyoto that sells sweets that can only be tasted in Kyoto, so be sure to keep an eye out for them if you're visiting the Kyoto branch.

The Tsuruya Yoshinobu Main Shop

The Tsuruya Yoshinobu main shop was built in 1992 in the style of a traditional Kyoto "Machiya" (townhouse).
The building is characterized by a traditional Japanese Sukiya-style architecture.
At the entrance of the main shop, there is a large signboard with the symbolic Kyoto specialty "Yu-Mochi," and in the entrance window, there's an Omotenashi display for welcoming customers.

There are a lot to enjoy.
There is also a tea room, a tea garden, a tea house, a resting place, a tea room called "Kayu-Jaya," a resting place, a tearoom called "Yu-shin," and a cedar door painting called "Tancho-tsuru" (丹頂鶴, "Red-crowned Crane") by Atsushi Uemura.
At the "Kayu-jaya" demonstration counter, the artisans themselves will demonstrate how wagashi are made.

This video shows demonstrations of Wagashi making, such as chestnut confectioneries at 0:18 and beautiful confectioneries that look like cherry blossoms at 7:04.
All of them look so beautiful that it's hard to even eat them.

Buying Confectioneries From Tsuruya Yoshinobu in Tokyo

In 2015, the Tsuruya Yoshinobu IRODORI shop opened at Kyoto Station, Hachijoguchi.
In this shop, they offer a "to-go" option for some of the products.
This is perfect if you're traveling on the Shinkansen.

Thanks to their Tokyo branch shown in the video you can buy the famous confectioneries from Nishijin, Kyoto, in Tokyo.
There's even a Japanese confectionery café in Nihonbashi (日本橋), so consider stopping by if you're looking for a place to take a break.

Summary of Tsuruya Yoshinobu

The wagashi featured in the video are beautiful and taste amazing.
They also look great on Instagram!
Be sure to check out the video if you still haven't yet, as you can see the awesome skills of the chefs as the make traditional Japanese confectionaries.

◆Tsuruya Yoshinobu Tokyo Branch|General Information◆
【Address】1-5-5, Nihonbashi Muromachi-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-0022
【Access】Directly connected to the underground station of Mitsukoshimae Station via the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon and Ginza Lines (Exit A6).
【Hours】First Floor Shop 9:00-18:00; Second Floor Kayu-jaya / Rest Area 9:30-18:00 (last order 17:30)
【Closures】First Floor shop: Closed on New Year's Day / some Wednesdays ※Closed every Wednesday from September to November
Second Floor Kayu-jaya / Rest Area: Closed every Wednesday (Open on national holidays)

※The hours of operation may have changed, so please check before you visit.

【Official Website】Kyo-Kasho Tsuruya Yoshinobu Official Online store

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Last Updated : Feb. 6, 2022
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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