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    Simple yet delicious and filling mochi made using traditional method

    Nakamuraken was established in 1883 in front of the Katsura Imperial Villa.  Customers arrive continuously despite the shop’s location being out of town.  Mugitemochi is one of their most famous sweets made with carefully selected domestic ingredients.  Azuki red bean paste cooked over the slow heat of Okudosan (traditional kitchen oven) are wrapped in a freshly made rice cake and dusted with soybean powder.  Lightly sweetened Mugitemochi is simple and delicious.  Since it was originally prepared as a farmer’s snack, it is also made to be filling.  The quality ingredients such as azuki red bean from Hokkaido and white beans from Okayama are cooked over the traditional oven using Sawtooth oak for the wood fire.  The sweet shop is lined with displays of sweet dumplings made with flour and red bean paste and rice dumplings on skewers and also has a café space next door.  Many kinds of traditional Japanese sweets can be enjoyed such as Anmitsu (agar jelly cubes, syrup and red bean paste) and Kakigori (shaved ice) for spring and summer, Zenzai (thick sweet red bean soup), Oshiruko (sweet red bean soup) and Ozoni (soup with mocha rice cake) for autumn and winter.  Enjoy their Mugitemochi and other traditional sweets along with a cup of green tea.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC., introduced in “Oishii Kyoto 137” magazine, Fujin-gaho, July issue, 2010 and “Kyoto Aji Miyage” magazine, Fujin-gaho, July issue, 2011


    Name Nakamuraken
    Address 61 Katsura Asahara-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075−381−2650
    Hours 7:30-18:00; Tea shop: 9:30-17:45
    Closed Wed. (open if Wed. is a national holiday)
    URL http://www.nakamuraken.co.jp/
    Recommended Mugite-mochi: 290 yen, Kuzu-sakura: 220 yen, Uji Kintoki: 900 yen, and more.