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Toji Mochi

東寺餅
Area South
Category food / Wagashi

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Near Toji Temple is the Japanese confectionery Toji Mochi. As you can tell from the name of the store, their main product is none other than Toji Mochi.
The mochi are simple, made of smooth koshian(*1) wrapped in soft gyuhi(*2), but their humble flavor remains popular to this day.
On the day we stopped by, visitors to the Temple lined up one after another to buy mochi.
Some came inside to eat their mochi, some didn't. :)

(*1)Koshian - "Anko" that has been passed through a sieve to remove bean skins
(*2)Gyuhi -  it is made from glutinous rice flour, used for a form of wagashi.

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This shop, also the chosen provider of thier sweets to Toji Temple, is famous yet surprisingly modest. It's a rather rustic place.

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Here are the famous Toji Mochi. They are slightly bigger than the size of ping pong balls.
Snow-white and beautiful, they are just as soft as they look.

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The inside is stuffed with silky smooth koshian.
It has an elegant taste and just the right amount of sweetness.

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Here is the very popular Minadzuki. It's a traditional sweet made of "Uiro"(*3) and topped with red bean.
Minadzuki (lit. "no rain month") is another name for the month of June. In Kyoto, people have the unique custom of eating these sweets on June 30th each year. Thus, they are seasonal and sold at many sweets shops around the city.

(*3)Uiro -  it is a traditional Japanese steamed cake made of rice flour and sugar.

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They also sell many other traditional Japanese sweets here.

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Customers stop by around the clock, so the sweets sell like hot cakes!

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After you see the five-storied pagoda at the temple, do drop by!

Address 88 Tojihigashimonzencho, Minami-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
京都府京都市南区東寺東門前町88
Tel 075-671-7639
Open 7:00a.m. - 8:00p.m.
Closed on the 6th, 16th and 26th day of every month
Access 15 minute walk from JR Kyoto Station
10 minute walk from Kintetsu To-ji Station
City Bus Stop To-ji Higashi-Mon-Mae
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