聖護院八ッ橋 (Shogoin Yatsuhashi) Kit Kats (Kyoto)

This is a bold statement to make, but I do believe these may be the best EVER Japanese Kit Kats.

聖護院八ッ橋 (Shogoin Yatsuhashi) Kit Kats (Kyoto)

If you’ve ever been to Kyoto, I’m sure you will have come across Kyoto’s most popular souvenir – Yatsuhashi (八ッ橋). Yatsuhashi comes in two types – nama (raw) and baked. Personally, I prefer the raw ones, with their mochi stretchiness and sweet fillings, but the baked ones are really good too.

Baked & Raw Yatsuhashi

Baked & Raw Yatsuhashi

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Yatsuhashi, named after a Japanese musician called Kengyo Yatsuhashi in 1689, used to be sold on the approach to a temple called Shogoin, and got the nickname ‘Shogoin Yatsuhashi’. Yatsuhashi has a cinnamon flavour, and it’s that which really comes through in these Kit Kats. When I described these Kit Kats to my mum, before she had even tried one, she said the flavour sounded like a chai latte, and she was spot on. The Kit Kats actually seem to have little tiny bits of crushed up Yatsuhashi in them, which I think is the key to making them utterly delicious.

聖護院八ッ橋 (Shogoin Yatsuhashi) Kit Kats (Kyoto)

聖護院八ッ橋 (Shogoin Yatsuhashi) Kit Kats (Kyoto)

聖護院八ッ橋 (Shogoin Yatsuhashi) Kit Kats (Kyoto)

聖護院八ッ橋 (Shogoin Yatsuhashi) Kit Kats (Kyoto)

I love most Japanese Kit Kats, but these taste so authentically Japanese they even trump the matcha (green tea) flavoured ones!

ぜひ!食べてみてください!Please try them if you get the chance! :D


2 Comments on “聖護院八ッ橋 (Shogoin Yatsuhashi) Kit Kats (Kyoto)”

  1. This is my favorite of all, too! I finally ate my last one.

  2. lulumorina says:

    Mochi stretchy-ness….my mouth is watering….that sounds so wonderfully delicious!


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