I know what I'm going to do in Kyoto!

Good morning everyone,

It was just starting to rain on my way home last night, so luckily I didn't get soaked. However, I won't be able to say the same thing on the way to work this morning. The rain is expected to last through the morning and into the afternoon. I guess it will have stopped by the time I'm heading home tonight. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with sunny periods and then from Sunday through the middle of next week, it'll be mostly sunny but cold. Highs all week will be around 8C and lows will be around 0C.


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The Kit Kat Chocolatery has been such a success so far that they’ve just opened their fourth shop in Japan, this time in Kyoto. And what’s even better, this Kit Kat Chocolatery comes with a cafe attached! Plus, they’ve released some new Chocolatery products as well!

Kit Kat shop pic

The Kit Kat Chocolatery features items produced by renowned pastry chef Yasumasa Takagi, and his special creations exclusively for the Chocolatery were certain to attract attention, particularly as Kit Kats have always been popular in Japan. But just how successful has the Kit Kat Chocolatery been since its launch a year ago?

Well, according to Nestle Japan’s recent press release, the two Chocolatery shops in Tokyo (the Seibu Ikebukuro and Daimaru Tokyo stores) and the third shop in Nagoya (the Matsuzakaya Nagoya store) so far have welcomed over 400,000 customers and generated roughly 900 million yen (approx. US$7.6 million) in sales. No wonder they decided to open a fourth shop! And the historic city of Kyoto, which attracts a huge number of tourists from both within Japan and abroad, certainly seems an excellent choice of location.

As a matter of fact, Kit Kat actually already has ties with Kyoto, as one of its products, the “Kit Kat Matcha Green Tea for Grown-ups (Kit Kat Otonano Amasa Matcha),” has been designated a “PR Partner” by the Prefecture of Kyoto for promoting the Uji Matcha green tea, which Kyoto is known for.

▼Here’s an image of what the new shop in Kyoto looks like. It just recently opened on January 28 on the B1 floor of the Daimaru Kyoto Department Store.

This is the first Chocolatery shop with an eat-in cafe, and their menu definitely sounds tempting. On offer at the cafe are: the “Kit Kat Sablé” and “Kit Kat Sablé Matcha Flavor” cookies, both baked with rich dough containing crushed Kit Kat crumbs (350 yen a piece); the “Kit Kat Parfait” consisting of chocolate flavored soft serve ice cream made with chef Takagi’s original chocolate topped with Kit Kats (600 yen); the “Café Affogato (Affogato al Caffè) Chocolat” made with NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Espresso poured over chef Takagi’s original soft serve chocolate ice cream (300 yen); and the “Café Mélange,” a beverage consisting of NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®’s Lungo regular blend coffee topped with whipped cream (350 yen]). Just introducing the menu makes us seriously crave sweets and coffee! And if you just want something simpler, they also have regular NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®’s line of Lungo coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino, Tea Latte and Uji Matcha Green Tea Latte available for approximately 300 to 400 yen.

And now, let’s take a look at the new Chocolatery items that have just recently been released.

● The “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Plum (Ume)” (400 yen/4 pieces)16330077725_22d2d2e4ce_z

The slightly sour flavor of plum makes a refreshing combination with the sweetness of chocolate in these KitKats. They’re currently available only at the Kyoto Daimaru store but will be sold at the rest of the Chocolatery shops too from February 2.

●The “Kit Kat Sublime White” (300 yen/piece)KK 3

These Kit Kats made with quality white couverture chocolate are rich, yet not too sweet. They’re now available at all Chocolatery shops, but only 300 are sold each day, and each customer is limited to a purchase of three pieces.

I know what you're thinking. But Jerry! You are going to Kyoto! It has the most temples and shrines crowded in to one city in Japan! The whole city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Surely you are going to visit some temples? RIght?! And to that, my answer would be...ahhh...nope! I've seen enough temples to last me a lifetime! Ha ha! Besides, the running course goes right past many of them, so I'll get to see them during my race. A Kit Kat chocolatery though? It'll probably never make it to Hiroshima...ha ha!

Have a great day!

PS If you're like me and prefer chocolate to temples, here are the hours of the Kit Kat Chocolatery in Kyoto.

[Details for Kit Kat Chocolatery Daimaru Kyoto Shop]
Business Hours: 10am to 8pm
(Closed when Daimaru Kyoto is closed)

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