Savor the Finest Matcha Sweets in Shinjuku at Kyo Hayashiya!

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With a history spanning over 270 years, tea specialty shop “Kyo Hayashiya” infuses the essence of a new era into its sweets while preserving the long tradition of tea.

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A Kyo Hayashiya Shinjuku branch exclusive! The “Matcha Parfait”

At Kyo Hayashiya, you can indulge in their authentic “Matcha Parfait” made with matcha from Uji, the renowned tea-growing region in Kyoto.

Among the multiple locations in the Tokyo metropolitan area, the Matcha Parfait, featuring matcha soft-serve ice cream, is exclusively available at the Takashimaya Times Square store in Shinjuku.

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“抹茶パフェ” Matcha Parfait 1,650 JPY (tax included)

The restaurant’s homemade matcha soft-serve ice cream is also made using Uji matcha, providing a delightful balance of bitterness and a refreshing aftertaste.

Moreover, the charm of the Matcha Parfait lies in the varied textures of each ingredient. The shiratama (white rice dumplings) have a wonderfully chewy texture. The agar is both firm and easy to eat, offering a satisfyingly clean bite. As for the milk panna cotta, it’s delightfully smooth. Finally, the sweet red bean paste has a meltingly soft feel on the palate.

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The parfait features familiar sweets like jelly and milk panna cotta, and is likely to be an easy start for first-time visitors to Japan who may be trying matcha-based dishes for the first time.

The use of carefully selected Uji matcha ensures an authentic flavor, making it a special and enjoyable experience.

Just as popular as the Matcha Parfait is the “Anmitsu with Matcha Warabimochi!”

For those who have a bit more veteran experience with matcha dishes, the “Anmitsu with Matcha Warabimochi” is highly recommended. It combines the traditional Japanese sweet warabimochi with Uji matcha.

Anmitsu is a traditional Japanese dessert featuring agar jelly and red bean paste, often enriched with fruits. Warabimochi is a stretchy type of mochi dessert made from bracken starch.

Warabi mochi is a time-consuming delicacy to make, and it has a very short shelf life. This sweet is a unique Japanese treat rarely encountered outside Japan, making it a special experience for those with a taste for matcha-infused delights.

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“抹茶わらび餅あんみつ” Anmitsu with Matcha Warabimochi 1,485 JPY (tax included)

The dish features matcha-flavored warabimochi as the main component in a bowl of anmitsu

In addition to the warabi mochi, it includes matcha jelly, agar, anko sweet red bean paste, shiratama, matcha ice cream, and peaches as toppings. The dish is finished by drizzling kuromitsu (a darkly-colored syrup similar to molasses) over it before eating.

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Kyo Hayashiya is dedicated to handmade craftsmanship, and many of the ingredients used in the anmitsu, such as shiratama, are prepared in-house. The establishment prioritizes quality ingredients, and the matcha warabimochi is free from additives.

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The shiratama, jelly, and agar are all prepared at the store

The main ingredient of the dessert, warabimochi, has a soft and fluffy surface while being chewy inside.

The restaurant uses the renowned brand of Uji matcha called Chiyonoshiro, which imparts a vibrant color and makes it easy to experience the richness and aroma of matcha.

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The “Matcha Kuzuneri Set” captivates with its unique texture!

The vibrant green color of the “Matcha Kuzuneri” is visually stunning, showcasing the skilled craftsmanship of the restaurant’s artisans.

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“抹茶葛ねりセット(お茶セット)” Matcha Kuzuneri (Tea set) 1,650 JPY (tax included)

Kuzuneri is a traditional Japanese dessert made by kneading kuzu starch powder dissolved in water over heat.

However, matcha is sensitive to heat, and creating kuzuneri with matcha requires both knowledge of matcha and expertise in traditional Japanese confectionery techniques.

The delicate control of heat and the meticulous kneading process are skills that only very experienced Japanese confectioners possess.

The matcha kuzuneri at Kyo Hayashiya offers a texture that is neither too firm nor too soft, providing a rich and velvety consistency. Additionally, you can really appreciate the balance between bitterness and umami in the exquisite flavor of Uji matcha.

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Furthermore, when you order the matcha kuzuneri, you can create your own set by choosing two sweets from their selection of six. During our visit, we selected the “Matcha flavored fresh cream chocolate cake.”

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“抹茶千代古齢糖ケーキ,” Matcha flavored fresh cream chocolate cake

It’s a cake with a refreshing sweetness, featuring matcha ganache layered with almond sponge.

Additionally, customers can choose their preferred tea from a selection of over ten different varieties.

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The Shinjuku branch of Kyo Hayashiya has staff members with qualifications as Japanese tea instructors who can guide you on selecting the appropriate tea to complement your menu choices.

All teas offered are meticulously selected by the tea specialty shop, providing a variety of flavors that allow you to experience the depth of tea.

Kyo Hayashiya in Shinjuku also provides a wide range of souvenirs and take-out options

Kyo Hayashiya’s Shinjuku location offers not only a delightful menu for dine-in but also a variety of souvenirs and take-out options.

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The take-out menu features drinks and soft-serve ice cream, allowing you to conveniently enjoy matcha sweets on the go.

If you find something you particularly enjoy from the dine-in menu, consider purchasing it as a souvenir. Not only do they offer matcha, the shop also offers a selection of other teas such as hōjicha (roasted green tea) and sencha (a type of green tea) for sale.

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Bringing back home some authentic matcha as a souvenir is sure to be appreciated, and it’s a great way to reminisce about your travel memories.

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Kyo Hayashiya’s exterior

Information

Store name 京はやしや タカシマヤ タイムズスクエア店 
Kyo Hayashiya Takashimaya Times Square
Address Shinjuku Takashimaya Times Square Main Bldg. 12F, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access Shinjuku Station(SJK) Short walk from Shinjuku Station New South Gate
  • JR Yamanote Line(JY17)
  • JR Saikyō Line(JA11)
  • JR Shōnan Shinjuku Line(JS20)
  • JR Chūō Line Rapid(JC05)
  • JR Chūō Sōbu Line(JB10)
  • Keiō Line(KO01)
  • Keiō New Line(KO01)
  • Odakyū Line(OH01)
  • Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line(M08)
  • Toei Shinjuku Line(S01)
  • Toei Ōedo Line(E27)

Shinjuku-Sanchōme Station Short walk from Shinjuku-Sanchōme Station Exit E8
  • Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line(F13)
  • Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line(M09)
Phone number 03-4531-4173
Reservations Not accepted
Payment
  • Cash
  • Credit cards(American Express・Diners・Discover・JCB・Master・UnionPay・VISA)
  • Transportation-related electronic money(Suica, etc.)
  • Electronic money(iD・Rakuten Edy)
  • QR code payment(Alipay・au PAY・d Payment・J-Coin Pay・LINE Pay・Merpay・PayPay・Rakuten Pay・WeChat Pay)
Service charge/Table charge None
Hours 11:00-22:00(last order 21:00)
Closed No holidays
excluding Shinjuku Takashimaya Times Square holidays
Seating (Indoor seating)29 seats
3 counter seats, 26 table seats
(Outdoor seating)20 table seats
Smoking All seats are non-smoking
Official website https://kyo-hayashiya.jp/shoplist/timessquare/
Other information
  • Menus are available with Japanese and English language only
  • Please ask staff about allergy-friendly menus; no vegan, vegetarian, or halal menus
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Take-out service available; delivery service is not available
  • Luggage storage space is available
  • Wi-Fi is not available
  • Posting of food photos and videos on customers’ personal SNS accounts is allowed
  • Separate billing is allowed; however, it is not allowed during busy times

※Menu contents, prices, store information, etc. are current as of February 2024.