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Many ancient buildings from the Edo period still stand in the old town of Takayama city, which is also chosen as Japan's important preservation district for historic buildings. Because there are many restaurants or traditional crafts shops in this area, it is a great place to eat and shop around. Teahouse Onoya is a café serving traditional sweets in the ancient merchant house built about 100 years prior, in this old town. You can relax and enjoy Japan's traditional sweets, such as zenzai, or traditional drinks, such as matcha tea, in this café. There is an English menu as well!
- 29 Kami-sanmachi, Takayama-shi, Gifu
- Contact No.
- 10-min walk from Takayama station on JR Takayama main line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:30-16:00 Closed on Wednesday
- Official Website
- Other Information
- *Average price （per person）: from 999 yen*Menu: Shiratama zenzai 750 yen, Matcha zenzai 750 yen, Homemade sweet sake 600 yen*Menu in English available
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Charming Japanese-style building is unforgettable!
Teahouse Onoya is a café serving sweets inside the merchant house built about 100 years ago. As a result, you can see the lattice window frames, called "Takayama lattice" and white noren shop curtain made of hemp. On top of that, there are still hearths inside the café. It is therefore a great place to see how people used to live during the Edo period.
Chewy shiratama dumplings are very popular!
The most popular dish on the menu is "Shiratama zenzai" （750 yen） made of shiratama dumplings made of rice flour from Niigata and red beans from Hokkaido. The chewy shiratama dumplings match so well with slightly sweet red beans. Since shiratama dumplings are very popular in this café, it stops serving desserts when there is no dumplings left. If you wish to try this, I recommend you to come here early!
Great combination between bitter and sweet tastes!
"Matcha zenzai" （750 yen） contains red bean paste, sweetened chestnut and freshly cooked mochi （rice cakes） inside matcha tea. Each matcha tea has a mildly bitter taste. In fact, it is made after an order has been made! The bitterness of matcha goes so well with the mildly sweet red beans and sweetened chestnut. You can't get enough of it once you try!