3:00 PM – Traditional Japanese Sweets at Toraya Kobo
Take the Hakone Tozan Bus (Route L) from the Miyanoshita (OH54) bus stop for 30 minutes, exit in front of the Former Higashiyama Kishi Residence (561) and walk for 3 minutes.
Toraya is a 500-year-old wagashi shop founded in Kyoto. Toraya opened Toraya Kobo in 2007, which focuses on traditional and classical wagashi.
Toraya Kobo is a place where you can enjoy wagashi and amazake in the middle of nature. Ingredients necessary for wagashi, such as the eggs in dorayaki (sweet pancakes) or ningyoyaki (doll cakes), green tea, and more are locally sourced as much as possible. The shop sells a limited amount of sweets per day as all their products are handmade, offering a taste that can only be found here.
In addition to classic wagashi such as daifuku (mochi rice cakes) and dorayaki, they also serve light seasonal snacks like shaved ice and sweet red bean soup. Their dorayaki is made with eggs from domestic chickens, giving the batter a depth and you can clearly taste the flavorful red beans (280 yen per dorayaki including tax).
You can watch as the artisans make sweets behind glass from the sales area. Aromatic tea is made at the counter. Toraya Kobo is one of the few places where you directly see the sweets being created.