The very delicious and vegetarian-friendly “Demachi Futaba” rice cake, available only in Kyoto.

Demachi Futaba sweets shop in Kyoto was founded in 1899. Their famous rice cake is a sweet dumpling with sweet red beans and cooked black beans wrapped in sheets of ‘rice cake wraps’. It is the most popular rice cake in Kyoto.

2018-09-05 Yuri Suzuki   Food & Drinks, Kyoto,

Rice cake

Demachi Futaba flags

These fresh and tasty rice cakes are only available in Kyoto!

There are many tasty foods in Kyoto; Kyoto Obanzai, Kyo-dsuke, famous Kyoto pickles, Yuba, and many others. I personally love Senmai-dsuke pickles and I buy them every time I go to Kyoto. The rice cake from Demachi Futaba sweets shop is highly recommended and is only a 5 minute walk from Demachi Yanagi station. There will be long lines on weekends and it’s not unusual to wait for 20 to 30 minutes. To avoid the crowds, you can also buy them at malls, Kyoto Isetan, and Kyoto Takashimaya in limited numbers. Nowadays, most local specialties from all over Japan can be purchased through the Internet, but Demachi Futaba’s rice cakes cannot. Made fresh daily, you can only get them in Kyoto!

The rice cake

Simple ingredients create simple taste. It’s also very healthy!

The ingredients they use are; sticky rice (only), potato starch, flour, red beans, adsuki beans, sugar, and salt! So, it’s available to vegetarians and vegans as well. The rice cake is very soft and gooey. The sweet anko beans and the salty rice cake go so well together. The chunky red beans add some extra fun texture in your mouth. It’s not too sweet, so you should try eating it with Japanese tea, rather than coffee. They are not recommended as souvenirs, because they don’t stay fresh very long. That feels even more rare and appreciating. Let’s get some to eat at your hotel, or even down by the Kamogawa River. Please try this amazing Japanese sweet when you come to Kyoto!

Demachi Futaba signage


236 Seiryucho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-city, Kyoto Pref.

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Address 236 Seiryucho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-city, Kyoto Pref.
Hours 8:30~17:30
Price 175 yen per piece.
Close Tuesday and every 4th Wednesday (The following day will be closed if Wednesday is a national holiday)
Access 5 min walk from the Keihan “Demachiyanagi” station’s West Exit.
Phone 075-231-1658