Kyoto, a historical city where traditional and cultural sites are located, is also known as the city with the highest bread consumption per person. Kyoto has the highest butter consumption per person as well, which further strengthens the fact that many of the residents love bread. In fact, many Kyotoites have bread for breakfast instead of rice, and many prefer to have coffee instead of tea, which, again, is reflected by statistics showing that Kyoto has the highest coffee consumption per person.
Many local bakeries have been providing delicious loaves of bread to local bread lovers. Kyoto's Shinshindo was founded in Sakyo District in 1913. One of the founders, Hitoshi Tsuzuki, traveled to Europe to learn the theories and skills concerning bread, opened the first French cafe in Kyoto, and sold Japan's first packaged bread. Shinshindo's bread is fresh and rich in variety. The new "Our Daily Bread hana" is soft in mouthfeel and rich in flavor, and it is truly recommended.
Tamaki-tei in Ōbaku, Uji, provides bread that is truly fresh and only available at the main store. Bread of high quality is made by carefully checking each and every stage in the production process, which involves skills and techniques that are founded, inherited, and respected by the pioneers. The ingredients are high in quality as well, as bread is made of domestically made "Manitoba flour," expensive yet good in quality, along with other foreign-made ingredients as well.
Both bakeries provide takeout bread, and if you would like to enjoy the delicious tastes at home, we recommend you Tadafusa's Bread Knife that allows you to smoothly cut the bread without crushing them. Please, by all means, experience the wonderful taste of Kyoto's high-quality bread.
Tadafusa's Bread Knife