[Gyokusuien in Sapporo] Yukimoe Parfait with Deluxe Powdered Green Tea Waffle Cone Mixed Sweetness with Bitterness
August 14th, 2015
Gyokusuien (玉翠園) is a long-established Japanese tea wholesale dealer founded in 1933 in Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and is near Sapporo TV Tower (札幌テレビ塔) at the east end of Odori Park (大通公園). Tamaki Shoten corp. (株式会社 玉木商店) runs it, and Mr. Yasuo Tamaki (玉木 康雄) is a company president. He is on a member of the board of trustees of Japanese Tea Instructor Certification (NPO法人 日本茶インストラクター協会). They have retailed Japamese tea since 1996 at the new headquarter building, and have served Yukimoe Parfait (雪萌パフェ) combined green tea with soft serve ice cream as well as the Japanese tea since 2010. The Yukimoe Parfait has a good reputation, so a lot of people come to the Gyokusuien.
Their tea shop on the 1st floor of the headquarter building is not large, and various types of Japanese tea are displayed, so it has a typical atmosphere of Japanese tea shop. Customers can sample Japanese tea, and can buy Japanese tea directly if they bring a water bottle. Red benches are provided at the shop, so customers can enjoy sweets and drinks.
Odori Park (大通公園) is in the very center of Sapporo city, and is located between Sapporo Station and Susukino. Offices and commercial facilities are built around the park, and it is just at very center of the big city. But 92 types 4,700 trees such as lilac, Japanese elm and cherry tree are planted, and fountains and flower beds are built, so the park is well-known as a place of relief for Sapporo citizens as well as tourists. The park has been chosen as one of The 100 Best Roads in Japan (日本の道100選), Japanese City Park Best 100 (日本の都市公園100選), The 100 Best Townscapes (都市景観100選) and Japan's Top 100 Historical Parks (日本の歴史公園100選), so it is one of the most famous parks in Japan. Article is here
Sapporo TV Tower
Sapporo TV Tower (札幌テレビ塔) is a tower for broadcasting in the east end of Odori Park, Sapporo city, and was built for TV waves of NHK (日本放送協会) adjacent to the Sapporo TV Tower in 1956. Mr. Tachu Naito (内藤多仲) that designed Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) and Nagoya TV Tower designed the tower. Its height is 147.2 m, and it is well-known as the 2nd highest building in Hokkaido after JR Tower. The tower has been famous as a symbol of the Sapporo since a long time ago, and is one of famous school trip spots. About 360,000 tourists come. Article is here
Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Article is here
No matter how you look at the Gyokusuien, it was a tea dealer, but I heard that the Yukimoe Parfait was tasty, so I visited here around 14:00 on a weekday. 9 customers savored their sweets or Japanese tea. It was popular after all. The shop was small, so I completely thought that a tea room was provided at the other place, but it was not so. Customers ordered the Yukimoe Parfait at the shop, and ate it at the shop.
The Yukimoe Parfait was a powdered green tea pafait using a lot of powdered green tea that matured in a storehouse for a long term. Paste containing pieces of azuki beans skin produced in Hokkaido, roasted brown rice and handmade waffle cone using powdered green tea were used, and the parfait reflected an image of Hokkaido's snow, land and a sprouting of fresh green. The Yukimoe Parfait had 2 types of size, regular size and deluxe size, and I ordered the Yukimoe Parfait with deluxe powdered green tea waffle cone (雪萌えパフェのデラックス抹茶コーン) at a cashier. The price was JPY 470.
The deluxe powdered green tea waffle cone was limited to 30 pieces. A sales clerk said "It is always sold out in the forenoon", but I was able to eat the last one on that day. By the way, he baked deluxe powdered green tea waffle cones in the early morning. The waffle cones turned into brown burn mark if he did not use abundant powdered green tea in the waffle cones. It was thanks to powdered green tea used abundantly that the waffle cone was green color. The waffle cone was just right sweetness, and even only this was tasty enough. The main soft serve ice cream was was additive-free, and melted easily. The sweetness of the soft serve ice cream went well with the bitterness of the powdered green tea, and it was very good. After eating it, he served a roasted green tea on the house. Thanks for the tasty pafait!
|Parking lot||Pat parking lot is provided|
|Business hours||Weekday 08:00-18:00, Saturday 08:00-16:00|
|Regular closing day||Sunday and national holiday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 493 823*51|
A page of Sapporo is here