These Fruit Sandwiches in Japan Are So Popular, They’re Sold Out by Noon
Find out where you can try them in Aichi Prefecture.
You’ll find many articles online sharing popular stores that draw crowds. These stores although never without a queue at the entrance become even more popular. In this feature, we talk about the fruit sandwiches that are Instagram-worthy especially when you see its vivid colors. Check out these fresh sandwiches made with handpicked fruits.
Daiwa Supermarket has been loved by the community for 48 years. The brainchild of a young CEO in his 20s who took over the store in the summer of 2018, the fruit sandwiches have become a hit, following the shaved ice phenomenon. The waiting time until the purchase of the fruit sandwiches is about 45 minutes, so it is surprising how popular it is. In addition, the service that all the staff welcomes you at the beginning of the opening hours and fresh-cut fruits provided while in line are just some of the reasons why the store is so popular.
From left, Shirakawa Hakuho (¥627, depending on market prices), Miyazaki Mango (¥1,491, depending on market prices ), Shine Muscat (¥659, depending on market prices), Suzuakane Ichigo (¥594, depending on market prices)
The CEO who has an eye to pick the ingredients inherited from his grandfather carefully selects the seasonal fruits used in the fruit sandwich. The popular fruit sandwich lineups are abundant. Shirakawa Hakuo (¥627, depending on market prices) uses 1/2 of juicy Shirakawa Hakuo peach, known for its high sugar content. Miyazaki Mango (¥1,491, depending on market prices) is luxuriously made with the highest grade A rank Miyazaki mango. Shine Muscat (¥659, depending on market prices) has a gorgeous and elegant fragrance and plump texture. Suzuakane Ichigo (¥594, depending on market prices) is made with strawberry from Hokkaido that’s in season during summer. Depending on the purchase status of the fruit, the types and prices are changed daily, and a purchase is limited to five per person.
About 250 customers line in front of the store on weekends and 30 to 35 people enter the store at once. They offer ice packs to keep sandwiches you bought safe.
Note that lining up is only allowed 60 minutes before the start of sales!
Daiwa Supermarket is located at 37-4 Yamanokami, Utocho, Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily except Mondays. The fruit sandwiches are sold from 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays. They close as soon as the sandwiches are sold out. You may contact them at +81-564-31-3295.
Yaojin is popular for its fruits and vegetables, fresh fish corners that can be enjoyed like a market, and delicatessen that tastes like nostalgia.
This store is a long-established store that has been active for 120 years, but is also active in new initiatives such as fruit sandwiches and fruit bottles. The products in this store are Instagram-worthy and have gone viral online.
This fruit sandwich’s cross-section reveals a super cute pattern.
Customers come from Kanto and Kansai areas in search of a cute looking fruit sandwich, and the waiting time can go up to two hours! In particular, the Dera! Series such as Dera! MIX su (¥626, depending on market prices) with fruit on the side is a hot topic. Usually it is limited to 60 to 70 per day, so visit early.
The sandwich lineup includes Natsu Ichigo Suzuakane (¥486, depending on market prices) that has whipped cream with condensed milk matches the sourness of Hokkaido strawberries, and Honey Glow (¥486, depending on market prices) using Philippine pineapples that have been thoroughly ripened over three times the normal time.
Invented original cutting techniques such as heart-shaped strawberries
Yaojin is located at 4-5-21 Aokicho, Takahama City, Aichi Prefecture and is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on 1st, 2nd, and 4th Sundays). Closed on 3rd and 5th Sundays. Fruit sandwiches are sold from 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays and they close as soon as the sandwiches are sold out. You may contact them at +81-566-53-0740.
Zenmeiya has a reputation for being able to get fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits at reasonable prices. Collaborating with a long-established Michelin-laden restaurant general, a fruit sandwich with the desire to convey the charm of fruit was born. It’s so popular that it is almost sold out by noon.
Taiyo no Tamago (¥1,296, depending on market prices, right) and Suzuakane (¥594, depending on market prices, left)
For the fruit sandwiches, only the fruits that are ready to eat and selected by the owner who visits the market every morning are available. The understated sweetness of the cream goes well with the sweetness of the fruit. The Taiyo no Tamago (¥1,296, depending on market prices) using precious ripe mango from Miyazaki Prefecture, which is characterized by rich sweetness and the Suzuakane (¥594, depending on market prices), which has plenty of sweet and sour Hokkaido summer strawberries, are popular.
Cream enhances the fruits that are ready to eat.
Zenmeiya is located at 1-18-11 Meiko, Minato District, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Wednesdays and Sundays. The fruit sandwiches are sold from 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays and they close as soon as the sandwiches sold out. You may contact them at +81-52-652-1093.
The owner who was an Italian chef succeeded the supermarket of his family and was renewed three years ago to put up Ichigoya Ichie. They are increasing contracted farmers and focusing on handmade deli, bread, and fruit sandwich to deliver farmer’s thoughts.
Greengrocer's Fruit Sandwich Shine Muscat (¥735, depending on market prices, right) Mix (¥430, depending on market prices, left)
Fruit sandwiches are a favorite because you get a piece of fruit in every bite. The chef's unique visuals of cutting and flavors make the most of the fruit potential.
Sticking to the way of cutting
Ichigoya Ichie is located at 67-3 Sakaida, Shimojicho, Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Sundays and January 1. It closes as soon as the sandwiches are sold out. You may contact them at +81-532-52-9657.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokai Walker™ (2 September 2019)