Japan Eats: Gion Tsuijiri, Matcha Desserts
Gion Tsujiri opened in 1860 to manufacture and sell tea. Later, Gion Tsujiri opened its shop locations, which became most popular for its matcha desserts and drinks. Its matcha is sourced from the Uji district of Kyoto, known for their high-quality matcha.
We went to the original shop, also known as Gion Tsujiri Honten, that has been open for over 60 years. There are three different areas of this shop worth noting.
- The front counter offers quick to-go service for tea drinks and desserts, such as matcha and hojicha ice cream cones, iced lattes and hot teas.
- The 2nd level upstairs offers seating for tea flavored foods, such as matcha flavored noodles, matcha parfaits and matcha shaved ice.
- The back section offers a variety of teas and tea flavored biscuits/cookies boxed and ready for gifting.
The matcha ice cream cone had such great matcha flavor while retaining a smooth creamy ice cream texture without chunky ice particles. I highly recommend going to Gion Tsujiri for its tea desserts and drinks.
Cuisine: Matcha Desserts
Price Range: 500 yen- 1000 yen
What to Order: Matcha Ice Cream Cone
Overall Impression: The smooth creamy matcha ice cream is really worth having year-round.
Pro-Tip: Enjoy your to-go desserts and then wander to the back of Gion Tsujiri Honten to check out the tea biscuits/cookies available for sampling.