Kyoto’s Vegan Friendly Traditional Cake: Demachi Futaba

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.

2019-07-11 Yuri Suzuki   Food & Drinks, Kyoto,

Rice cake

A traditional delicacy only available in Kyoto

Demachi Futaba flags

There are many tasty foods in Kyoto originating from Kyoto, but the rice cake from Demachi Futaba wagashi (Japanese sweets) shop is one of our favorites. The shop is only a 5 minute walk from Demachi Yanagi station, but it’s loved by locals and visitors so if you are visiting on a weekend. be prepared 20 to 30 minutes before being served! To avoid the crowds, you can also buy them at malls such as 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 are still an exception. Made fresh daily, you can only get them in Kyoto!

Simple ingredients, genuine taste

The rice cake

The ingredients to make the cakes are: sticky rice, potato starch, flour, azuki beans (red sweet beans), sugar, and salt! It’s completely vegan friendly. The rice cake is very soft and the sweet beans paste 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, and you’ll probably appreciate them better with some Japanese green tea than coffee. They are not recommended as souvenirs, because they don’t stay fresh very long. Grab some and eat them down by the famous Kamogawa River for a real Kyoto moment!


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