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Demachi Futaba

#1 of 131 Dessert in Kyoto
#20 of 11,918 Places to Eat in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Center
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236 Seiryucho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0822, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-231-1658
Wed 08:30 - 17:30
Fri - Mon 08:30 - 17:30
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Berlin, Deutschland
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

I first came in the afternoon, but I had to come again very early in the morning to get their limited autumn mochi with Japanese chestnut. But the 30-minute waiting was paid off. I can recommend this shop for those who want to try real good mochi in Kyoto.

Thank kumako777
Hong Kong, China
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142 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

I was attracted by the long queue in front of this shop when I firstly passed by. Demachi Futaba has been established for more than 120 years and they make very traditional mochi with some seasonal specialties. For example, they have yuzi flavour mocha during summer time and large chestnut mochi with red paste in autumn. The signature piece is... More 

Thank MokeyMok
Porvoo, Finland
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

After 40 minutes of waiting in line, it was worth it. Never had so good mochi in my life. Even if you don't know much japanese or speak it at all you won't have any problems. The staff knows little bit of english. Or use sign language.

Thank soppu
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 November 2016

We were definitely the only non-Japanese people in line which means you know it's going to be good but also presents some challenges. We got by with just pointing and holding up the number of fingers we wanted of each "flavor" which means we guessed on what we were getting it. Between their "main" one, matcha, and cinnamon mochi, the... More 

Thank Katie N
San Francisco, California
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

It was so good! I'm screwed now! Cinnamon mochi! Gah! I rode my bike back in the am the next day to get it one more time before living, but it was closed! So sad!

1 Thank Frogslide
Kyoto, Japan
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81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

Here you can find the best mamemochi in town (and beyond). There's almost always a line but it's worth the wait. Professor Yukawa, the first Japanese Nobel prize, used to love this shop. If you feel like something sweet and you are in Demachiyanagi area this is the place to go.

3 Thank loteoc
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202 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

In this Mochi-based sweets store is no eat-in space, but you should take the Mochis away and try these at the river side in a sunny day. Best hit is Mame-Mochi( Mochi containing read bean paste and cooked black bean), which all the Japanese customers are standing in line for. Location is close to Demachiyanagi Keihan Railway Station, next to... More 

Thank ylft
Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2015

The mochi at Demachi Futaba are legendary, and rightly so. The staff package up the delicious morsels at a frenzied pace behind the counter but still the place will be evident by the queue stretching down the street. These mochi are extremely substantial and not over sweet. Grab a few and take them to eat at the riverbank near Demachiyanagi... More 

Thank prettyshake
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58 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2015

Visited around 2PM on a weekday, there was no line but I think that the stock for that day is running out soon. Ordered their famous mamemochi, and even though I don't like red bean, this was exceptional. The mochi was very very soft, and the red beans were perfect for it. The outside was a bit salty, but the... More 

Thank cfaa
George Town, Malaysia
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2014 via mobile

We walked from our Ryokan and locate this store as recommended by Tripadvisor. Worth to give a try as the whole item is full of red bean. Red bean lover, you should give a try.

1 Thank Ryan7711

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:30 - 17:30
08:30 - 17:30
08:30 - 17:30
08:30 - 17:30
08:30 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 236 Seiryucho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0822, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighbourhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-231-1658

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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