When I visited Kyoto in 2016, I met great Japanese confectionery named “Kohaku-Nagashi”. My friend recommended this sweets that time, and I found it was so tasty and beautiful as he said. So, I eat kohaku-nagashi without fail when I visit Kyoto since then.
Kohaku-Nagashi can be eaten at Kanmidokoro (=Japanese confectionery cafe) named Seien (栖園) in Karasuma-Oike area. SEIEN is in Japanese confectionery store named Daigokuden Honpo (大極殿本舗).
There are many wagashi in the shop.
They have some closest stations. So, you can use the most useful means.
12 syrups month by month
Kohaku-Nagashi have seasonal syrup. It change month by month. So if you want to eat all syrups, you have to visit there every month. I want to do so, but it’s far from my home to Kyoto.
Jan. – White miso
Feb. – Cocoa
Mar. – Amazake
Apr. – Cherry blossoms
May. – Matcha and azuki (red beans)
Jun. – Plum liquor
Jul. – Pepper mint
Aug. – Hiyashi-ame (= Kansai local drink)
Sep. – Grape
Oct. – Chestnuts
Nov. – Persimmon
Dec. – Black beans
There’s a sample at the entrance. Sample has changed every month, too.
I think Seien don’t have English menus. But don’t worry. They don’t have much foods.
Vertical writing. Tax-included.
1.Kuri Zenzai (Zenzai with chestnut) 1,080 yen
2.Zenzai 870 yen
3.Fuku Kaburi 870 yen
4.Sencha (= Green tea) and Japanese unbaked sweets 760 yen
5.Matcha and Japanese unbaked sweets 760 yen
6.Warabimochi 660 yen
7.Kohaku-Nagashi 660 yen
9.Matcha milk (drink) 550 yen
And Set menu.
1.Kohaku-Nagashi and Small zenzai 1,200 yen
2.Kohaku-Nagashi and Small warabimochi 1,050 yen
3.Matcha and Small Zenzai 950 yen
4.Small Zenzai and Zmall warabi-mochi 950 yen
5.Matcha and Small warabimochi 760 yen
6.Sencha (= Green tea) and dried Japanese confectionery 470 yen
7.Matcha and dried Japanese confectionery 470 yen
Yummy foods that I had
Kohaku-Nagashi in April
April syrup is cherry blossom. It tasted and flavored like sakuramochi ! It’s the taste of Spring ! Look at this photo ! So cute.
The jelly is like Kuzumochi and kuzukiri. If you visit Kyoto in April, you can enjoy cherry blossoms with eyes and sense of tastes.
Kohaku nagashi and small zenzai set
When I felt hungry, I ordered kohaku-nagashi and small zenzai set (琥珀流しと小碗ぜんざい). It had such a small zenzai (red bean soup).
Though it’s delicious, I don’t recommend this set if you don’t like sweet food so much. Kohaku nagashi is sweet and zenzai is sweet, too. Double sweet.
Kohaku nagashi and small warabimochi set
I think kohaku-nagashi and small warabimochi set (琥珀流しとミニわらび餅) is better.
This is a photo when I had kohaku-nagashi with persimmon syrup last time in November. The persimmon syrup was awesome, too. It have sliced persimmon. Warabimochi had springy texture.
About the shop
Name in English / Seien
Name in Japanese / 栖園
Address / 120 Horinouecho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Open / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed / Wednesdays
Reservation / Unavailable
Credit card / Unavailable
Website / Instagram