If you are traveling in Osaka, there is one dessert shop that you must stop by. The shop is called “Gokan” meaning the five senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch) in Japanese. Gokan has incorporated Japanese rice into western desserts which has now become pretty common. All the beautiful desserts in the shop are not just delicious but also made from high quality ingredients.
Where is it located?
The easiest way to get to the Gokan shop is to get off the train at the “Kitahama” station which is about 15 minutes from the “Umeda” station. Take Midosuji Line from the Umeda station and get off at the “Yodoyabashi” station which is just one station away from Umeda. Then transfer to Keihan Line and get off at the “Kitahama” station which is also just one station away from Yodoyabashi. The express train also stops at the Kitahama station. Once you get to the Kitahama station, take the Exit 2 and just walk straight along the main street. You will see the shop on your right after a minute or two.
In the Edo period, “Yodoya-Komeichi”, which was said to be the first rice exchange in Japan, was located in the Yodoyabashi/Kitahama area. The shop is in one of the historical, retro-looking buildings which reminds you of the period when rice trading was active in the area.
The beautiful flower decoration welcome the people who enter the shop.
What can you buy in the shop?
In the shop, you can buy fresh western sweets such as fresh cakes, cakes baked with fresh ingredients, etc. Everything in the shop is handmade and look very sophisticated.
Can you eat inside Café?
Yes, you can have a little break inside the shop and enjoy delicious desserts! Not every dessert uses rice in it so you can clarify with a waitress or waiter your preference. In the wintertime, you will see more desserts that use strawberries. You can also purchase packaged baked sweets as souvenirs in the shop.
One of my favorite souvenirs that I always buy in the shop is “Japanese chestnut pie” which includes Japanese chestnut and azuki bean paste made from Hokkaido beans in a little pie.