These Colorful Japanese Sweets Are Almost Too Cute to Eat
Wait until you try them!
Sweets inspired by landscapes and seasons are becoming increasingly popular in Japan. In the Tokai area, we found five shops selling sweets that are a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds. Have a look at the beautiful and kawaii treats below!
Okashi Tsuchiya - Tawaramachi Main Branch
39 Tawara Town, Ogaki City, Gifu Prefecture
Open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except on New Year.
Okashi Tsuchiya was established in 1755 and has a total of 12 stores around the Gifu Prefecture. There, you'll find products such as Kakiyoukan (red bean paste and persimmon jelly) (¥972) and other sweets that make use of locally produced persimmon from Gifu's Mino District.
The shop also prides itself for its Mizu no Iro, which looks similar to water drops and consists of dried kingyoku made from agar and sugar. All five of its colors are produced by making use of herbs.
Mizu no Iro (¥1,296)
Make sure that you make reservations for the product at least 12 days before you pick it up since it gets easily sold out at the store.
103 Miyuki Town, Handa City, Aichi Prefecture
Open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except on Wednesdays, the 3rd Tuesday of the month, and on New Year.
Shokadokashiho inherited the tradition of easy and safe confectionery-making from the late Edo era. In March 2017, the Japanese café Shokado Tea House was established as a place where customers can enjoy freshly made sweets.
Among the most popular items sold at the shop is the Handa Kohaku Renga, which is named after the registered national cultural property and solder red brick building in Handa City. It is a beautiful Japanese sweet with a crisp texture made from dried kingyoku.
Handa Kohaku Renga (¥650)
Naraya - Main Branch
18 Imakomachi, Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture
Open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily except on Sundays, the 3rd Saturday of the month, and on New Year.
Naraya Main Branch is supervised by its sixth generation owner who has been preserving the products' traditional taste since 1830.
One of its main products, Yukitaruma & Miyako Dori, was first made in 1886 and is a meringue confection created from sugar and egg white. Each piece is carefully shaped and hand-squeezed to produce cute bird-like shapes.
Yukitaruma & Miyako Dori (¥1,296 for 12 pieces)
Besides this, the Kagarisho Ayu (¥97), which was inspired by Nagara River's ayu fish, is also quite popular.
Wa Café Dining Waran
13/F JR Gate Tower Plaza Restaurant Town, 1-1-3 Mei Eki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Wa Café Dining Waran is a café produced by the long-standing confectionery shop called Ryoguchiya Korekiyo. It is not only the perfect space to have tea, but also functions as a place for meals and a nightcap with friends.
Some of the highlights of their menu include the Matcha no Kahori (a sweet made with plenty of matcha), matcha ice cream, cake rolls, and matcha jelly with sugar syrup.
Matcha no Kahori (¥1,944)
1-20 Shioji Town, Mizuho Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except on New Year.
Kasho Hanakikyo is known for creating new and unique Japanese sweets. Seasonal fruit mochi like the Ichigo Mochi (¥270, available from mid-November to April), and Champagne Kangori (boiled agar and sugar cooled down to a shape)(¥1,512) are among the locals' favorites at this shop. Other items worth trying at the store are the beautiful autumn-colored sweets, such as the Sweet Potato and Chestnut and Wasanbon Raspberry Cookie.
The chewy and flavorful Sweet Potato and Chestnut consists of sweetened potatoes and chestnuts.
Sweet Potato & Chestnut (¥1,512)
On the other hand, the Wasanbon (Japanese sugar produced through a traditional refining process) Raspberry Cookie is a walnut cookie that has a refreshing sourness and a gentle sweetness.
Wasanbon Raspberry Cookie (¥756)
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokai Walker™ (22 August 2018)