January 3, 2018
The 10 Best Must-Buy Souvenirs in Kyushu, Japan
Shopping is one of the enjoyable things of trip. You can find something typical to local. Because you had it and tasted great, so you want to buy for your family, or someone who always take care of you. It is hard to choose something that makes them happy. So today, we would like to introduce what you buy in Kyushu.
1. Spicy Pollack roe, Tsubudashi
Spicy Pollack roe is typical souvenir from Hakata. There are lots of chances to eat at like restaurants or hotels. Lots of people may think to buy for your family or friends.
But if you buy a box, it is pain to carry, so we suggest one with tube. It is very useful as you can pull out as much as you want if it is tube.
There are lots of brands but our suggestion is “Spicy pollack roe, Tsubudashi”by Chikae. You can use it for rice ball, bread with butter, pasta or potato salad. You can buy it at Chikae honpo, Hakata station or Fukuoka airport so you can stop by on your way home.
Name: Hakata Ryotei Chikae
Address: 2-2-17 Daimyo, Chuo, Fukuoka
Time: 11:00~22:00 (lunch: 11:00~14:00)
Close: New Years and obon
2. Abekku ramen
Ramen became national food nowadays but ramen in Kyushu has each qualities. Kumamoto ramen is very popular for tourists. But what do they eat when they want to eat at home?
“Abekku ramen” is what you can make easily that is made by Itsuki foods that was opened 130 years ago. Abekku means couple. Since it is for 2 people, it was named Abekku. You can find it any local supermarkets. Please buy for souvenir.
Place to get: supermarket in Kumamoto
3. Kagoshima Kurobuta Miso
What do you think when you hear black pork meat meal in Kagoshima? You may think it is hard to take it home. You may eat for lunch or dinner but there aren’t many things that you can take it home. So our suggestion is Butamiso.
If you eat with rice, it tastes great. Other than rice, it matches with cucumber or cabbage. You will be able to eat lots of vegetable sticks too. Please buy it as souvenir from Kagoshima!
Place to get: gift shops in Kagoshima
4. Kenjogosanyaki Castella
Castella is a typical souvenir from Nagasaki. It is said it was brought by Portuguese more than 400 years ago. If you walk in the city, you will see lots of stores. It is said there are more than 100 stores of Castella.
Most of them let you taste so you can choose which one you want after trying them. Shokando is brand that we want to suggest. They don’t use any food additives, it takes time and put lots of work.
The Castella is called Kenjogosanyaki Castella. They use more yolk than white that makes it tastier. They have box and wrapped one each. It may be a little too expensive if you buy it for yourself but if it is for someone special, this is the best to buy. Please stop by!
Place to get: Shokando
Address: 7-24 Uonomachi, Nagasaki
Close: New Years
5. Yumeyume dori no hiyashi karaage
In Hakata, chicken or chicken skin is popular. Hiyashi karaage is what they use chicken. It is not just cold fried chicken. Yumeyumedori is the company that makes hiyashi karaage, they searched again and again to make original fried chicken.
They fry high and put flavor, then cool down in minus 25 degrees fridge. Don’t warm it up when you eat. You have to eat when it is cold. Please try!
Place to get: Yumeyumedori Hakata maingu 1F
Address: Hakata maingu 1F, 1-1 Hakata station Chuogai, hakata, Fukuoka
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Manbo is restaurant on the ocean that people in Saga go. They always have line, if you want to eat squid, people in Saga go this place. No 1 menu is “Ikashumai”.
Of course you can eat at the restaurant but also good for souvenir. You can buy at other places but our suggestion is this restaurant.
If the restaurant is too busy, there is other store in the city. You can see the ocean from terrace table. You can eat and buy souvenir there so please stop by!
Place to get: Yobuko Manbo (Kaigandori)
Address: 3079 Yobuko, Yobuko, Karatsu, Saga
How about buying Obiten if you are not sure what to buy for souvenir when you trip to Miyazaki? Lots of people visit Miyazaki where you can feel Edo period through the year.
Obiten is tempura that is fish and tofu that is made by soy from miyazaki, black sugar and miso. We would like you to stop at Kyodoryori Obitenjyaya or Kyodoryori Obitenzo. If you can’t, you can still buy at Miyazaki airport. So please try!
Place to get: Ganso Obiten honpo
Address: Miyazaki airport building 2F, Akae, Miyazaki
8. Yuzu kosho
Yuzu kosho is said to be born in Oita. You can use for noodle like Udon and Soba, nabe, Yakitori and row fish. But it has been only 50 years since it was born. Kosho means pepper but Yuzukosho doesn’t have pepper in it.
In Oita, people call something spicy like red pepper Kosho. There is a store that we would like you to stop by at Yufuin that is most famous hot spring area in Oita. It is called Kagiya.
They sell 2 types of Yuzu kosho, red and blue. If you go sightseeing to Yufuin, please stop by!
Place to get: Yufuin
Address: 2633-1 Kawakami, Yufuin, Oita
9. Citrus grandis jam
Do you know Citrus grandis? It is citrus that is made in South East Asia like Malaysia. They have big seed, the biggest can be 25cm wide, 4 kg weight.
Kumamoto makes 90% of citrus gradis, and it is said it is difficult to grow in any other places. Since it is big, it is hard to take it home as souvenir. So we would like to suggest jam. At Fukuda farm, Citrus grandis jam is popular.
It is sweet and sour. It is more for adults but of course kids can eat too. They sell juice and dressing that are made by fruits that were grown in their farm. There is a hot spring nearby too. Please visit! Sunset from shore is beautiful.
Place to get: Yunoko Spain village Fukuda farm.
Address: Yunoko daichi, Minamata, Kumamoto
10. Kayanoya dashi
People know “Kayanoya dashi”. They order online. It is a pack that chef of Kayanoya restaurant made. It is hard to get at home, so if you buy it as souvenir, people would be happy.
You can use it for Miso soup, Udon or soba of course, you can also use as spice. People who use it once would want to use it again and again. You should get it for yourself too.
Restaurant Kayanoya does not have good access but popular place. You can eat course and also light meal like curry and dessert. If you have time, please stop by!
Place to get: Hisaharasouhonten
Address: 2527 Hisahara, Hisayama, Fukuoka
Close: January 1st and 2nd
Let’s buy something that people will like!
If you buy souvenir when you go on a trip, you want to buy something that they will like, won’t you? It is good to shop thinking what they will like but if you have ideas to get, you can save your time. You can you use that time for sightseeing or activities and you can enjoy your trip more. Please try things we introduced today!