Locals Can’t Get Enough of This Bakery in Japan
There's no better stamp of approval.
1-9 Kanosakaemachidori, Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture
Open from 6:50 a.m. to 7 p.m.
When local residents flock to a particular establishment, you know that what they offer is worth a try. This is a privilege that Sakae-pan, a bakery in Gifu that offers “delicious bread at an affordable price,” knows firsthand.
Located just across the south exit of JR Gifu train station, Sakae-pan bakes around 60 to 70 kinds of bread on average per day. Everyone--from the neighborhood elders, to mothers carrying their children, down to teenagers going home from school--considers this bakery a favorite.
Back in 1947, however, Sakae-pan was a bread wholesaler for city and fresh markets. It was only when the bubble economy collapsed around 20 years ago that they decided to open a bakery for general consumers.
After opening the bakery in 1992, it got the attention of a local TV station, which gave them an increase in foot traffic. The warmhearted founder’s wife and their consistent quality techniques in baking also earned them a loyal clientele.
These days, the bakery is just as popular as ever. Yoshitsugu Takagi, the store’s third generation owner, usually starts working at four in the morning to produce around 20 kinds of freshly baked bread. The store opens just in time for people going to work or school.
Their best seller is the Anpan-chan (¥120), a bun filled with a kind of bean paste from Hokkaido. Every day, as many as 800 pieces of Anpan-chan are sold. Other best sellers are the Yakisoba-kun (¥170) and Custard-cinnamon-chan (¥170). Aside from these customer favorites, the bakery also introduces at least one new bread variant each month to give their regular patrons something new.
If you’re ever in the area, make sure to drop by. Order any of their freshly baked breads, and enjoy life as a local, even for just a few minutes.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, Tokai Walker™ (11 September 2017)