No shortage of traditional snacks at Kyoto’s Marun store!

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Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, houses a lot of traditional elements of the country's culture. Stepping into the city and walking around can feel like emerging from a time machine, and the same goes for the country's sweets scene.


One of the finest stores to visit while stopping by the city is Marun, which offers up a wide variety of classically minded treats. With five locations spread out across the city, you should be within a short train ride wherever you find yourself in the historic city. To help guide you from there, mogmog wants to spotlight some of the unique treats on sale at each spot.

photo via Maisendo


Maybe the best place to start is with Marun's most popular offerings. The cutest option of all is a sugar candy sporting an adorable drawing of a baby bird on it, making for a snack that seems too pretty to eat.

Next down the list are a collection of lightly fried cookies that comes in various eye-grabbing colors. If you needed a pastel snack to chow down on, here you go.

Color plays an integral role in the snacks Marun cooks up, so you shouldn't be too surprised to learn that this bird-themed basket of sugar sweets comes in many shades.

The "hana komado," meanwhile, gathers several sugar-based candies that are shaped like different flowers into a cute box that allows you to samples a little of each.

Marun's go-to treat, however, is small candies shaped like various things, ranging from cherry blossom leaves to strawberries. Each boasts hints of whatever it is themed after -- so a ramune treat will taste much different than a green tea one -- but all look extremely cute, especially the mini-pinwheel variety. Make sure to clear a little extra space in your bag to put in a few extra packs.

Strawberry bonbon

Sakura Kompeito

Green tea candy

Star shape ramune

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Thin string temari

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Melon soda candy

Maybe the most visually impressive, however, are the candy bento boxes Marun also sells. Coming in two types -- a classic "homemade" style and a sushi one -- these small sets replicate every detail of the classic lunch box, except every addition is made out of candy. Another one to add to the "too impressive to eat, at least for a second" category.




Keeping with the traditional bend, Marun also sells a lot of good boasting a green-tea flavor. Alongside simple (but very delicious) eats such as a green tea roll and green tea sugar candies, they also go further with the retro vibe via old-school snacks such as senbei and green-tea-coated azuki beans








Matcha roll (Green tea roll)              Matcha candy                 








Matcha senbei                    Matcha okoshi                

Finally, the five stores also make extremely cute cookies in the shape of various animals, ranging from birds to cats to frogs to fish. And at only ¥200 a pop, it's easy to stock up on every critter available. Make sure to save some time on your next Kyoto trip to swing by Marun.

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