If you come across a chance to visit Kamakura in Kanagawa prefecture, that would be great news for you. Anyone knows numerous well-preserved remnants of temples and shrines are worth visiting in the historical city.
In fact, a Kamakura journey is more than just sightseeing because it is also a gourmet paradise for you to explore.
In particular, matcha (specially grown and processed green tea powder) dessert is one of the most popular and signature delicacies in Kamakura.
Not only local Japanese but visitors from overseas are attracted to such a palatable Japanese sweet which is presented in various forms and ingredient combinations.
Wanna know exactly where to savor those delicious matcha sweets? Let’s take a look at the best recommendations in Kamakura.
Discover the best 10 matcha sweets in the gourmet paradise, Kamakura 2017
1. Uji Matcha Tiramisu from “Momiji Cha-ya”
Tiramisu is such a popular classic dessert originated from Europe. Whereas Japanese people are so clever to add its local ingredient matcha into tiramisu, which becomes an incredibly amazing sweets unique to Kamakura, called Uji matcha tiramisu.
Visit “Momiji Chaya” (Momiji tea house), which is always covered in local media and bustled with many customers. Don’t miss the classic dessert set, Uji matcha tiramisu comes with a cup of green tea. The Matcha tiramisu is presented in a square wooden box which looks so tempting and dainty.
Thanks to its high-quality matcha from “Morihan” (a long established and famous shop from Kyoto), the tiramisu tastes so rich and creamy, not too sweet but just perfect! Meanwhile, enjoy a cup of authentic sencha (green tea) which is an excellent companion with the tiramisu. Isn’t the classic tea set in the famed tea house a great option for your itinerary of Kamakura?
Name: Momiji Chaya Kamakura-komachidoori
Address: 1-4-26, Yukinoka, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Time: 10:00-18:00 (last order 17:00) *opening time is subject to change depends on different periods.
Price: 700 yen Ujimatcha tiramisu tea set
2. Matcha premium soft cream from “Kamakura Chacha”
We all love ice-cream. Perhaps you might have seen Matcha-tasted ice cream everywhere. However, the Matcha soft cream (an alternative name for Japanese to describe ice cream) will definitely impress you far from those ordinary ice cream you have tried.
Head to “Kamakura Chacha” and have one matcha premium soft cream. It is made of expensive matcha costed around 100 yen per gram and has obtained a famous award “nourinsuisandaijinsyou”.
Once you try, you won’t be able to forget the rich matcha flavor, as well as the creamy and silky texture. Is the soft cream not enough? Order another excellent menu there, Matcha Gelato which is extraordinarily rich in matcha flavor and absolutely an excellent choice in summer!
Name: Kamakura Chacha
Address: 1-6-8, Yukinoka, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Irregular day off
Price: 600 yen Matcha soft cream
3. Ujishiratama Cream Anmitsu from “Sabou-kirara”
Nothing can challenge the fame and popularity of Japanese confectionery in Kamakura. The shop “Sabou-kirara” is a sound evidence. Every day, a long queue of customers wait for the shop to open, hoping to savor the lustrous delicacy, Uhishiratama cream anmitsu.
The dessert is a traditional Japanese dumpling made of rice flour and filled with sweet red beans. The most outstanding part is the matcha jam and bean jams topped on the dumplings. Unlike other shops which prepare dumplings in advance, the shop owner insists to freshly make every meal upon customers’ order. That’s why the shop is a hit place and gains customers’ applause all year around.
Address: 16-7, Onarimachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Opening hours: (Monday to Friday) 11:00 – 18:00
(Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday) 10:30-18:00
*Last order 16:00
Price: 850yen Uhishiratama cream anmitsu
4. Extra rich matcha zen special from “Chakama”
Want an ideal place to chill out and enjoy traditional Japanese matcha dessert in summer? Head to “Chakama” and pick the “extra rich matcha zen special”.
“Matcha kakigori” would be your first choice. It is a large-sized cone of shaved ice, topped with rich Matcha ice cream, sweet mini dumplings and fresh matcha syrup. Who can resist such a temptation in hot summer?
Besides, don’t miss other excellent menus namely “nugoo cafe’s plate” which includes typical matcha sweets and a cup of genuine matcha to ensure you a quality time in Kamakura.
Address: Komachi2-10-12, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Opening hour: 11:00 -18:30 (Last order 18:00)
Irregular day off
Price: 1350 yen Extra rich matcha zen special
5. Matcha & sweet potato jar parfait from “Oimo Cafe Kanaria”
Matcha and sweet potato are two typical specialities of Japan. While combing them into a confectionery has a magical result which becomes an excellent dessert in “Oimo Cafe Kanaria” of Kamakura.
Try the matcha & sweet potato parfait. From a dainty mini jar, you can savor various typical sweets in both matcha and sweet potato flavors, which includes ice cream, warabi mochi (bracken-starch dumpling), youkan (sweet bean paste jelly) and shiratama (sweet rice dumpling). These green, purple and white colored sweets mixing in the parfait just makes everyone love it and can’t say no!
Name: Oimo Cafe Kanaria
Address: Dai 4 enokimoto Bld.1F, Komachi 2-10-10, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Opening hour: 10:00 – 19:00 (last order 18:00)
Closed on Wednesday (Also closed on Friday if Wednesday is a public holiday)
Price: 980yen Matcha and sweet potato parfait
6. Seppyo matcha from “Azukya Koden”
Don’t you find seppyo (shaved ice dessert) everywhere in Japan during summer? In Kamakura, come to “Azukya Koden” and enjoy the matcha seppyo to cheer the summer. The shaved ice is well-made and its texture is so silky and excellent, while the matcha power serves as a perfect topping to enhance the sweet and fresh taste. Plus, you can enjoy a side-dish of home-made sweet red beans together with the seppyo. A perfect choice for you to chill out in hot summer.
Name: Azukya Koden
Address: 1-11-9, Honcho, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa
Opening hours: 11:00- 17:00 (last order 16:30)
ONLY open on Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays
*Due to the shop’s events, opening hours may be changed in summer period. Please check the shop’s Facebook for details.
Price: 500 yen Seppyo matcha in small size
7. Japanese-styled matcha french toast from “Roomlax Cafe”
French toast is such a classic cuisine. But the chef of “Roomlax Cafe” in Kamakura can skillfully create a speciality by adding matcha ingredient into the french toast with Japanese shiratama dumpling and azuki (red beans). Everything just goes perfectly and tastes excellent.
Don’t miss their menus like “Kamakura jyukusei french toast” or other kinds of french toast. It would be a great idea to order a few ones and enjoy together with your beloved friends.
Name: Roomlax Cafe
Address: 2F, 1-4-26, Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Opening hours: 8:00 – 20:00
Open every day
Price: 1500yen Japanese-styled matcha french toast
8. Hiyashi matcha shiruko from “Yamasato Dankazura-ten”
You might have seen numerous matcha desserts but the “Hiyashi Matcha shiruko” from “Yamasato Dankazura-ten” should be one-of-a-kind in Japan.
Strolling around many sightseeing spots is exhausting. Head to ““Yamasato Dankazura-ten” and have a break. Quench your thirst by the iced matcha filled with sweet shiratama (sweet rice dumplings). The long established restaurant since Showa still preserves the Japanese old style ambiance. A perfect place for your to chill out in Kamakura.
Name: Yamasato Dankazura-ten
Address: Ninotorii Bld.1F, 2-10-18, Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Opening hour: 11:00 – 18:00 (in summer period, open until 18:30)
Open every day (Shop may be closed due to occasional events. Recommend a call inquiry before the visit.)
Price: 760 yen Hiyashi matcha shiruko
9. Matcha pancake with vanilla ice cream from “Cafe Sakanoshita”
Pancake and matcha can be mixed in harmony as a great cuisine. Together with smooth fresh cream, vanilla ice cream and dark molasses, the matcha pancake is a must-try in Kamakura.
Visit “Cafe Sakanoshita” to savor the delicious matcha pancake. Other pancakes in their menus are also popular and highly recommended. Enjoy the old style cafe which can remind you Kamakura as a historical town.
Name: Cafe Sakanoshita
Address: Sakanosita 21-15, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Opening hour: 10:00- 16:00 (until 17:30 in case of public holiday)
Closed on Monday & Tuesday
Price: 950yen Matcha pancake topped with vanilla ice cream
10. Matcha kakigoori from “Amadokoro Akane”
It is merely a simple local sweet, “kakigoori” (shaved ice). However, every Japanese just loves it!
Come to “Amadokoro Akane” and savor an authentic matcha kakigoori. Every little bite is just amazing and too delicious to stop. On top of this, you will be surprised a plenty of tasty red beans are hidden in the ice cone which is a great bonus. Despite the limited seats, the shop is so cozy and absolutely an excellent place for you to relax in Kamakura.
Name: Amadokoro Akane
Address: 2-10-10 Komachi TI Bld.1F, Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Opening hour: From 13:00 (Saturday, Sunday & Public holidays open from 12:00); last order 16:30
Closed on Thursday (shop open if Thursday is the public holiday)
Price: 800yen Matcha kakigoori
Dessert is such a magic thing that make everyone delighted and keep smiling, isn’t it? In your next trip to Kamakura, pick a few of the above recommendations and enjoy the local popular authentic matcha sweets. It will definitely ensure your journey more pleasant and wonderful. Have fun in Kamakura!