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KAGETSU (Yushima/Ueno-hirokouji)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 08.2012 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
花月 outside
Karintoh (Fried dough cookies) are more popular to older people since its a traditional down to earth Japanese sweet. Even when I was growing up, whenever my mother bought some at the near by supermarket, I would never touch them. But when her friend brought karintoh from KAGETSU at Yushima as an omiyage (gift when visiting someones house), they were totally different.

花月 かりんとう
Usually, karintoh are much thinner and darker since its coated with brown sugar syrup, but Kagetsu's it bigger in size and coated with regular sugar syrup.

花月 かりんとうの断面
It is lighter inside as well, which makes it less oily than normal karintoh. It goes great with green tea (hot or cold) and its a great afternoon snack.

花月 can
Packed and offered in a can with a classical Japanese design,

花月 包装
or they will wrap it up for you in a beautiful cloth, both for an extra fee.

花月 かりんとうパック
But if you are just eating it at home, you can purchase it in a regular plastic bag for 780 yen.

花月 さざれ
They also have various flavored fried rice crackers like SAZARE,

花月 iwamoto
and IWAMOTO. They are great as well, but if you are only purchasing one item that would be karintoh, nothing else.

花月 inside
They last for about a month or so if you don't open it, and once you do about a week or so. If you are a tourist visiting from another country it will be a great present to bring back home. There are 3 famous karintoh shops in Tokyo, Tachibana at Ginza, Kozakura at Asakusa, but by far Kagetsu is my favorite. You can get to Kagetsu from Yushima, Ueno-Hirokouji, Okachimachi, and Ueno station as well.

KAGETSU (in Japanese, 花月)
Address: 3-39-6 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都文京区湯島3-39-6)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Yushima (3 min walk) or Ueno-hirokouji (2 min walk)
JR Okachimachi (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3831-9762
Reservations: Yes
Website: http://www.karintou-kagetsu.com/index.html (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 9:30am-6pm
Closed: Sunday & Holiday

Prices: Karintoh from 780 yen
Other items from 390 yen

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