Popular wagashi shops in mainland Japan
Kyoufune – Misawa
Kyoufune is widely known for its chestnuts sweets. Taste the popular Michinoku Maron, a whole chestnut wrapped in dough and white bean paste.
Open: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: 3-7-20 Chuo-cho, Misawa City (4-minute walk from “Chuo Sanchome” bus stop)
For more information: call 0176-53-8111 (Japanese).
Aoyagi – Nishiazabu
Aoyagi offers homemade wagashi. Nishiazabu Manju for 147 yen is a popular wafer because of its aroma, crispy outside and wonderful flavor. Kokon, a sweet chestnut wrapped with black sweet bean paste, is also popular.
Location: 2-14-4 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku (10 minute walk from Roppongi Station of Hibiya-line)
For more information: call 03-3400-4598.
Tachikawa Iseya – Tachikawa
Founded in 1956, Tachikawa Iseya has caught the attention of a wide-range of people with a sweet tooth. Daifuku Mika, Mame-Daifuku and Kuri-Daifuku are customer favorites.
Open: 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: 3-17-1 takamatsucho, Tachikawa City (An 8-minute walk from JR Tachikawa Station)
For more information: call 042-522-3793.
Kikuhodo – Zama
Since its establishment in 1928, Kikuhodo has offered wagashi made using tasty mineral water and ingredients from Zama City. Odako Monaka and Sake Manju are the most popular items.
Open: Wed – Mon, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: 1-3003-2 Zama, Zama City (10-minute walk from JR Sobudai-shita Station)
For more information: call 046-251-0139.
Yamaguchiya – Atsugi
Since its opening in 1937, Yamaguchiya has focused on producing tasty sweet bean paste. The popular Renzan Monaka, a wafer filled with sweet bean paste is a must.
Open: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: 3-30-9 Nakashinden, Ebina City (5-minute walk from JR Atsugi Station)
For more information: call 046-231-0471.
Aizawa Kashiho – Yokosuka
Aizawa’s most popular item is shikimando, a crispy wafer filled with coarse sweet bean. Another popular sweet, kaki-no-sato, is a dried persimmon with white bean that is only available between October and February.
Location: 1-51 Higashi Hemi, Yokosuka City (4-minute walk from Hemi Station of Keikyu-line)
Open: 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
For more information: call 046-824-4147.
Iwamiya – Iwakuni
Iwamiya is known for its popular iwami-manju, or steamed buns. They are often sold out by early afternoon, so place an order by phone and then pick it up
Open: Mon – Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: 1-7-22 Imadu-cho, Iwakuni City (7-minute walk from JR Iwakuni Station’s west exit)
For more information: call 0827-22-0235 (Japanese)
Shogetsudo – Sasebo
Since its foundation in 1905, this shop has offered kasutera famous for its plentiful egg yolk and lam sugar.
Open: 9:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Location: 5-6 Kamikyo-cho, Sasebo City (3-minute walk from JR Sasebo Station)
For more information: call 0956-22-4458