The most atmospheric little tea house in Kyoto, we never pass this way without stopping in for a hot cup of matcha tea and a sweet.
On your left a few steps after starting down from the top of Sannen-zaka, Kasagiya is very easy to miss. It’s a tiny shop with a weathered façade and the sign is only in Japanese. The best bet is to get yourself in the general vicinity and then ask a local shopkeeper to point you in the right direction.
There’s a good picture menu with some English on it. In winter, hot tea and an azuki-bean sweet is the way to go; in summer, nothing hits the spot like an Uji-kintoki (a mountain of shaved ice covered with sweetened green tea).
For more Kyoto Japanese Tea and sweet shop choices, see our Best Japanese Tea and Sweet Shops in Kyoto page.
349 Masuya cho, Kodai-ji, Higashiyama-ku
Non-smoking area: Yes
10min walk from Higashiyama Yasui Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 206 from Kyoto Station
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