Konpeito: Kyoto’s Traditional Sweet that is Popular with Kids

As you know, traditional Japanese sweets are referred to as “Wagashi (和菓子)” in Japanese, which comes in many different varieties.

Representative types of such Wagashi include “Manju (饅頭)“, “Yokan (羊羹)“, and “Dorayaki (どら焼き)“, all of which are made with sweetened Azuki red bean paste called “Anko (餡子)”.

With a black color, the sweet red bean paste Anko is known as an essential ingredient for Wagashi confections, while Wagashi is actually available in colorful colors, whose quintessential example includes “Konpeito (金平糖)”.

Konpeito (金平糖)

Konpeito sugar candy 

Konpeito is a traditional, tiny Japanese sugar candy with about 400 years of history which comes in beautiful bright colors. In Japan, the sweet treat is especially popular with children thanks to the eye-catching colorful appearance with tiny bulges.

Traditionally, making Konpeito requires much time and labor. It is said that forming the unique shape of the sweets takes about 1 to 2 weeks, and in modern times, the sugar candy comes in many varieties and flavors.

Ryokujuan Shimizu in Kyoto

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When it comes to the producer, “Ryokujuan Shimizu (緑寿庵清水)”, founded in 1847 in Kyoto, is the sole confectionery shop in Japan that specializes in the sweet Konpeito.

So if you have a plan to do some sightseeing in the city Kyoto and are interested in the traditional Wagashi confection, Ryokujuan Shimizu is a must-visit. I think their Konpeito candies are an ideal souvenir representative of Kyoto.

Shop Information: Ryokujuan Shimizu (緑寿庵清水)

  • Address: 38-2 Yoshida-Izumidono-Cho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture (MAP)
  • Open: 10:00 to 17:00
  • Closed: Wednesdays

How to Enjoy

Konpeito sugar candy and coffeeImage: rouman-show.blog.so-net

Although Konpeito is usually eaten as it is, the Japanese candy can also be used as a substitute for sugar, since it is essentially a kind of sugar.

Besides, unlike usual normal sugar particles, Konpeito is beautiful to the eye, so some Japanese like to serve black tea or coffee with the sugar candies when they have guests.

(Reference Page: Wikipedia 金平糖 )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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