Uji City is located in the southern part of Kyoto Prefecture.
It is also known as the setting for the world’s oldest full-length love story, “The Tale of Genji: Uji 10 Chronicles”.
It is also a popular tourist destination with many historical and cultural heritage sites, including the Byodoin Phoenix Hall and the Ujigami Shrine, both of which are World Heritage Sites.
It is also famous as the production center of Uji tea, and tea sweets made of Uji tea are sold in many shops here and there.
This page introduces recommended souvenirs from the Uji area.
Five classic and popular souvenirs from the Uji area
We have compiled a list of recommended souvenirs in Uji City.
- Tsujiri “Kyo-cha Rusk”
- Ito Kyuemon “Matcha Daifuku”
- Nakamura Tokichi Honten “Dark green tea chocolate”
- Kyo Sendo “Chanoha Sembei” (tea leaf rice cracker)”
- Kyoto Uji Shikibugo “Chocolat Arare Koihifune (matcha)”
Tsujiri “Kyo-cha Rusk”
Tsujiri is a well-known, long-established tea shop in Uji.
The “Kyo-cha Rusk” is a chocolate-covered rusk made with Uji Matcha green tea.
The sweetness of the chocolate and the bitterness of the matcha are exquisite.
No matter where you eat it, you can enjoy the rich flavor of matcha.
Not only matcha, but also “Kyo-cha Rusk Houjicha” is available, so it is good to compare the two types of rusk.
This is a perfect choice if you are looking for a souvenir that is unique to Uji.
- Main Seller: Tsujiri
- Address of main store: 156 Myoraku, Uji, Uji City
Ito Kyuemon “Matcha Daifuku”
Ito Kyuemon is a tea shop founded in Tempo 3 that produces a wide range of matcha sweets using Uji green tea.
The “Matcha Daifuku” is characterized by its matcha bean paste made from freshly ground Uji green tea.
The rich matcha bean paste stands out from the soft and fluffy rice cake.
It is a perfect match with Uji green tea, making it a perfect tea cake.
It has a short shelf life, so it is recommended as a souvenir for yourself or someone you can give it to immediately.
- Main Seller: Kyuemon Ito
- Address of main store: 19-3 Aramaki, Suido, Uji City, Uji Prefecture
Nakamura Tokichi Honten “Dark green tea chocolate”
Nakamura Tokichi Honten is a long-established shop founded in Ansei 1. It offers not only tea, but also sweets made with Uji Matcha green tea.
The “Dark Matcha Chocolate” is an authentic chocolate made with rich matcha green tea.
The moment you eat it, the rich taste of matcha will fill your mouth.
If you want to try something other than matcha, we also recommend the darker hojicha chocolate.
There is also a dark chocolate assortment that allows you to enjoy both flavors and makes a great gift.
- Main dealer: Nakamura Tokichi Honten
- Address of main store: 1-10 Uji, Uji-shi, Uji
Kyo Sendo “Chanoha Sembei” (tea leaf rice cracker)”
Kyo Sendo was founded in 1926. The shop produces rice crackers, wagashi (Japanese confectionery) and Japanese sweets.
Chanoha Sembei” is a thin rice cracker kneaded with Uji green tea.
The surface is studded with Gyokuro, and the flavor of the tea can be enjoyed from every part of the rice cracker.
Each bag contains two pieces of rice crackers, so it is recommended to give them out in small quantities as a souvenir.
Since they last a long time, they are easy to give away as souvenirs.
- Main distributor: Kyosen-do Co.
- Head office address: 23-5 Nakagawara, Makijima-cho, Uji City
Kyoto Uji Shikibugo “Chocolat Arare Koihifune (matcha)”
Kyoto Uji-Shikibugo is a specialty shop in Uji City, Kyoto. They produce a variety of arare (rice crackers) that express the world of the Tale of Genji.
The “Chocolat Arare Koihifune (Maccha)” is a soy sauce flavored arare in the shape of a small boat covered with maccha chocolate.
The taste of the matcha has an astringent flavor, making it easy to eat even for those who do not like sweets.
The Chocolat Arare series also comes in other flavors such as milk, white, and strawberry.
The sachets make them easy to give away as souvenirs.
- Main Dealer: Kyoto Uji Shikibugo
- Address of main store: 38-6, Suramaki, Uji-shi, Uji
Souvenirs other than sweets available in the Uji area
In addition to sweets, Uji City also offers other great souvenirs.
- Uji Ito Kyuemon’s matcha green tea soba
- Matcha Narino from Horii Nanamyoen
- Genji Monogatari sencha from Sanseien Kamibayashi San’iru Honten
- Gyokuro at Matsusakaya Kahachi Honten
- Uji matcha cappuccino from Masuda Chaho
You can also find a wide variety of authentic Uji tea.
If you have trouble choosing a souvenir, check out the specialties available only in Uji.
Where to buy souvenirs in Uji
Uji souvenirs can be purchased at the following places.
- Kyuemon Ito
- Nakamura Tokichi Honten
- Kyo Sen-do
- Kyoto Uji Shikibugo
- Notofu Inabusa Yasukane
- Uji Marukyu Koyamaen
- Sohonke Ochaman
- Takumi Uji Saina
- Uji Surugaya
- Iwai Confectionery
- Kyo Meicha Chayudo
- Kyoto Tatsumi An
- Ujigawa Mochi Honten
- Kyoto Kine-jyun Creative Confectionery
- Chez Agata
- Patisserie Yuji
There are plenty of souvenir shops, so there is no shortage of places to shop.