Here’s Where You Can Buy Traditional Japanese Wagashi in Fukuoka
Their cute packaging makes them the perfect pasalubong!
Sampling Japan’s traditional delicacies is a great way of immersing yourself in their culture. In Fukuoka, you can find many wagashi (Japanese traditional sweets) stores that serve these traditional Japanese sweets in cute and creative packaging.
Below, we feature six wagashi stores you can visit on your next trip to Japan.
Ohana no Ohagi (bottom, ¥140 each), Kushi Dango (left, from ¥110), and Anko no Shizuku (top, ¥1,100). The Ohana no Ohagi utilizes piping techniques common in making western confectionery, while the Anko no Shizuku consists of nine different flavors.
Established in 1950, Kikutaro is popular for their attractive sweets. Aside from using western techniques, the shop also adds ingredients, which are not commonly found in Japanese traditional sweets, to their products. These ingredients include pistachios. Even their standard menu items, like kibidango (millet dumplings), are made with rare ingredients, making their products one-of-a-kind.
Nama Dorayaki (from ¥280)
Lunch meals with salads are also served at the cafe.
Kikutaro is located at 11-11 Kamisoneshinmachi, Kokuraminami District, Kitakyushu City and is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (schedules may vary). You may contact them at +81-93-474-6006.
Both Aki Kitashi, which uses dried persimmons, and Hokkori, which has a cinnamon accent (both ¥250), have eye-catching shapes.
Tokinose is a Japanese confectionery store located on the grounds of Umi Hachimangu Shrine. (Fun fact: This shrine is mostly visited by those who are praying for safe childbirth.) The store has been making traditional wagashi for generations already. They have also collaborated with other creators to keep up with the new trends. Their latest collaboration is with a stationery brand called Hightide.
TABI-MONAKA (¥1,200) was made in collaboration with Hightide.
Taiyaki is also sold beside the store.
Tokinose is located at 1-1-24 Umi, Umimachi, Kasuya District, Fukuoka and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (schedules may vary). You may contact them at +81-92-410-3824.
From left to right: Kinako Cookie (¥300 for a 6-piece pack), Mametan (¥140 per piece), and Zakkoku Ohagi (¥690 for a 5-piece pack)
Wagashi Budouya is a store found in the corner of Budou no Tane. Their main product is Mametan, a western and Japanese confection made up of caramel monaka (wafers), gyuhi (similar to Turkish delight), and azuki beans.
Interior of Wagashi Budouya
Wagashi Budouya entrance
Wagashi Budouya is located at Budou no Tane, 334 Nagarekawa, Ukihamachi, Ukiha City, Fukuoka and is open from 10 a.m. to around 6:30 p.m. daily except Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-943-77-5930.
From left to right: Unmori Youkan (white) (¥740), Undora (¥600 for a 4-piece pack), and Itsunoyomo (¥1,300)
Hakata Unmori believes in the old saying that eating vegetables with the letter “n” in their names will bring good luck. Undora is dorayaki with vegetable paste. The features of the vegetables in the paste are kept intact, like the crispy texture of the lotus roots.
Interior of Hakata Unmori
Exterior of Hakata Unmori
Hakata Unmori is located at 12-31 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata District, Fukuoka and is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily except Sundays and holidays. You may contact them at +81-92-282-0017.
Kyoto Gion Anon (Hakata Daimaru Shop)
From left to right: Kyoto Gion Koicha Manju Kyo Hannari (¥150 per piece), Anpo-ne (¥1,600 for a 5-piece pack), and Anpo-ne Zenzai (Yame Matcha) (¥500)
Anon is a famous store in Kyoto that mainly sells anko (red bean paste). They opened their second store last May. Aside from this, the store also specializes in a western-Japanese style confection that combines Tokachi red beans with mascarpone cheese.
A mix of western and Japanese traditional style sweets fill the display at the store.
Kyoto Gion Anon (Hakata Daimaru Shop)
Kyoto Gion Anon (Hakata Daimaru Shop) is located at B2/F Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin Shop Main Bldg., 1-4-1 Tenjin, Chuo District, Fukuoka and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (schedules may vary). You may contact them at +81-92-724-3498.
Budou Daifuku (¥250 tax included), Kuri Mushiyoukan (¥250 tax included), Kuri Parfait (¥630 tax included)
The owner of Wagashi Konowa is a skilled craftsman who was involved in the product development of the famous long-standing Japanese sweets shop, Suzukake. Their products are completely handmade and every detail of the ingredients’ flavor is taken into consideration. The ingredients are also purchased from trusted manufacturers visited by the owner regularly.
Interior of Wagashi Konowa
Wagashi Konowa facade
Wagashi Konowa is located at 1-4-31 Saburomaru, Munakata City, Fukuoka and is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except Sundays. You may contact them at +81-940-22-8136.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (11 November 2019)