Gion is perhaps my favourite place in Kyoto and I would only like to complain that there’s too much to see. there are not just a lot of places to visit but also a whole lot of places to eat at! other than my Jouvencelle, I visited the famous Kinana which were reviewed by many Korean bloggers. I have a friend whom had passed me their card and tell me that I must go there when I go back to Kyoto.

it’s some health ice cream I heard.

so how to get there?

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first, get to Hanami-koji! literally mean place to see flowers. I guess it’s a metaphor for a place to see Geishas hahaha.

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okay now when you walk in, you should walk for a while and turn right into the next small street. it’s on that row. just keep walking around until you find it.

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I kind of got lost since I went there looking at a map. oh well.

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here’s how the alley look like! Kinana look pretty normal and it doesn’t stand out (at all!) so you should learn how to read Japanese. I am not kidding hahaha. it’s written “(something)(something)きなな” simple yes? just remember the double hiragana at the end.

*something something because I can’t read Kanji T_T.

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Kinana had an array of desserts but I went right after some filling lunch at Izuju so I opted for something lighter. it looked like Kinana was known for their parfaits as well but oh well, there’s always a next time (and the parfait costs double! pfft.)

so how did it taste? I’d say, it tastes HEAVENLY. definitely a one of a kind ice cream shop as they have flavours barely sold anywhere else. I couldn’t remember any of the names of the ice cream by now but I had black sesame (my favourite of Japanese ice cream!) with some honey flavoured one. it was so light and fragrant I could have 2 more portions all by myself. it’s that type of ice cream which is soooo good you’d HATE to share.

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we also ordered a bowl of Honey shaved ice. the beautiful honey paste resting on top of the finely shaved ice sure look desirable but if I was given another chance, I’d order the green tea. I like honey. but I didn’t like this one as much. the red bean and plain ice cream was good though.

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oh hello =D.

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although Kinana only has 6 flavours to choose from, it’s already a lot. the 6 flavours are Matcha (green tea), Kurogoma (black sesame), Azuki red beans, plain, Kuromitsu (black honey, says google translate), Yomogi (mugwort). there is another set where you can choose 3 ice creams and if you’re going with a friend I’d recommend to ORDER ALL THE FLAVOURS!!! =3. those mochi was good but the ice cream was amazing.

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you can also buy a tub of ice cream  BUT you can only eat it inside. like, standing. because you’re not supposed to eat on the streets of Hanami-koji. and they’d not allow you to bring it out. so I guess that’s for when the place is really packed or you’re on a tighter budget =X.

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remember those writings on the cloth because they are your only clue! there are no pictures or anything outside so..

here’s the website : http://www.kyo-kinana.com

pricing : expensive but affordable. around 700yen to over 1000yen per person. the tubs were 360yen. not cheap but if you’re in Japan already, don’t skimp!

8 thoughts on “[Kyoto: Hanamidori] The Famous Kinana Ice Cream, Gion

  1. Himiko says:

    I want to go to Kinana, too.
    You know more about Kyoto than Japanese people (^o^)

    「Gion Kinana」 (TV program)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv5XOn14NHs

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    Jamie Liew Reply:

    haha thanks! keep reading!

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  2. Hayley says:

    Looks good! Interesting, they don’t allow you to bring the tube of ice cream out of the shop. Hmmm

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    Jamie Liew Reply:

    yeah I find that weird but it is true that there was nobody eating at the streets.

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  3. clarissa says:

    hi, where did u get to hire the kimono in kyoto? thanks !

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    Jamie Liew Reply:

    if you are referring to the Yukata I wore in this post, I actually bought it since renting it only costs around 50% less. Kimono’s are much more expensive so during my last trip there on winter, I rented it from Yumeyakata. you can try googling for it!

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  4. Synne says:

    Are you ging back to korea soon?

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    Synne Reply:

    going*
    haha, missed the letter 😛

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