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[Facility] Shichijo Kanshundo confectioners

[Hours] Classroom: 10:00 -・11:00-・13:00-・14:00-・15:00-(Group Customer:Plese see at Home Page団体はHP参照
[Hols] Classroom: Late Dec-Early Jan (25 Dec to 5 Jan)
[Reservation] Must book 2 days in advance

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Shichijo Kanshundo confectioners

Shichijo Kanshundo confectioners

This is a long-established confectionary in Kyoto that is said to have earned the praise of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The Shichijo Kanshundo was established in 1865, and has been open for business ever since, across the way from Sanjusangendo Temple. Adjoining the confectionary is the Shaza-kissa, or Shasa Tearoom, where freshly made confectionaries can be enjoyed. In Zen terms "shaza-kissa" means "hey, sit down, enjoy some tea", which is exactly what visitors can do as there is a selection of some 100 sweets on display just to the right of the entrance. These tasty delights are varied to suit the seasons, and the "ocha-cha-mochi" is adored by many for sweetly off-setting the bitterness of green tea. This particular sweet is popular whatever the season and it can be purchased in gift form too. Moreover, at Shichijo Kanshundo, visitors can do more than just "buy" and "taste" the treats, they also can make them. Because, if bookings are made in advance, visitors can participate in Japanese confectionary class. In the classroom, participants get to use authentic confectionary tools as they follow the instructions of staff, to make two sweets of one type (out of a choice of three types). The participants then get to enjoy one of their creations along with some green tea.
The unisex western-style toilet is on the ground floor (1Fl) down some steps on the garden side in the Shaza-kissa. One connectionist works with several participants in the classroom, so if visually impaired people wish to participate, they should be accompanied by helpers.
(Month checked: 2011.Oct, )

Location Shichijo-dori Yamatooji-kado Higashiyama-ku,Kyoto, 605-0981
Tel 075-541-3771
Fax 075-525-1566
Homepage http:/www.7jyo-kansyundo.co.jp/
Access City Bus Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae Alight and short walk, Keihan Shichijo Sta.: Alight and 5-min walk
Charges [Charge] Japanese sweets classroom, General public: ¥2100, School groups: ¥1680 (includes tea for everyone)
Remarks
[Booking method]Phone, Fax or E-mail
[Required time]1hr to 1.5hrs
[Participant numbers]2 to 40 people (alas, wheelchair users cannot participate because of stairs)
[Parking] 2 cars
[Wheelchair marked parking] None
[Wheelchair friendly toilet] None
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Entrance

EntrancePass through the entrance gate, the machiya house on the left is a classroom for making Japanese sweets. Walk across the flagstones to the lobby. To the side of the gate is a line of entrances to the selling area.

Lobby

LobbyBoth customers going to the Shagikissa teahouse and students going to the sweets classroom use the same lobby. Enter the lobby and you will see a shoe rack on your right. Put your shoes here. There are a couple of steps (20 and 30 centimeters) to go up before you get into a tatami mat room. The cashier's counter is near here, so if you are not sure what to do, ask at the counter.

Steps

StepsBeing old, this building has low lintels on both floors, so watch your head. Go straight ahead passed the paper sliding doors at the tatami room to the stairs. There is one large step at the bottom and then you turn right to go up 12 steep steps equipped with a handrail on the left.

Classroom

ClassroomWatch your head up on the second floor, as the lintels are only 171 centimeters high off of the ground. Here there are two tatami mat rooms. On the right is a tearoom (foreground of photo) and on the left is the confectionary classroom (rear of photo). The partition between the rooms is also low, so watch your head.

Japanese confectionary classroom

Japanese confectionary classroomTwo types of anko sweets (sweet bean paste based) and one type of kinton (sweet potato and chestnut) as well as a different namagashi (unbaked sweet) each month can be made in the classroom. Just a few tools are used to create these delicious wonders, so why not try your hand.

Teahouse

TeahouseBelow the classroom, on the ground floor (1Fl), there is the Shagikissa teahouse (photo), offering the joys of powdered green tea and sweets in a Japanese tatami mat room. Apart from the teahouse, there are places to sit and enjoy tea at the sales counter and inner garden. Also, when the classroom is not in use, the second floor terrace provides seating for eight. Wheelchair users should head passed the sales counter to the inner garden to enjoy tea as there are spaces and tables. The door opening between the sales area and inner garden is about 70 centimeters wide.

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