Toraya (とらや) is a traditional Japanese confectionery shop with over 500 years history. There are more than 80 shops all around Japan. They put an incredible amount of time and energy into cooking their azuki red beans, and they are really tasty. Toraya Karyo (虎屋菓寮) is a café attached to the Toraya shops. We can taste genuine Japanese sweets here. At lunchtime, they also serve a small lunch, carefully produced by high class Japanese restaurant, Kanetanaka. Customers who order this lunch can choose their favorite sweets after the meal. It’s expensive, but this is definitely a chance to try some of the best sweets for green tea in Japan! Cafes of Toraya Karyo are in Akasaka, Ginza, Yokohama SOGO, Kyoto, and so on.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。