The Best 10 Must-Buy Souvenirs in Kobe, Hyogo

Being a port city, all sorts of cultures can be seen at Kobe, which makes it a very popular tourist site. Kobe is also well-known as a town with delicious gourmet foods. From snacks to the world-famous Kobe beef, there are too many things to choose from! In this article we picked out the top 10 recommendations to help you narrow it down.


1. Magical Jar Pudding

1. Magical Jar Pudding
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Very popular in Kobe, the town of gourmet foods, is “Kobe Frantz’s Magical Jar Pudding”. The harmony of the heavy cream and pudding is such that it tastes magically delicious. The moment it enters your mouth, it seems to melt! In 2015 it was awarded gold prize of the Monde Selection.

You can also buy in online on the internet. Every day they sell up to 25000 of these jar puddings! You can even say that this is the treat that represents Kobe. If you buy it as a gift for someone, that someone is sure to be extremely happy!

■Information
Name: Magical Jar Pudding (Mahou no Tsubo Purin)
Shop: Kobe Frantz, Rokkou shop
Address: 1-1-17, Kamimaecho, Nada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Open Hours: 10:00 am ~ 7:00 pm
Access: 7 minute walk from Rokkou station

2. Black Butaman

2. Black Butaman
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Being a port city, Kobe has a Chinese Town that is just as good as the one in Yokohama, and there you can buy the popular “Butaman” (steamed bun with minced pork filling). As for the Black Butaman that you can buy at Daidoko, they mix squid ink with the outer skin, making it not only tastier but more fun to look at.

Unlike the way it looks, the inside is extremely delicious, with the juicy pork and cabbage. Those who see the Black Butaman will not only be satisfied with the taste but also buy the interesting way it looks. When you come to Kobe, please give it a try! You won’t be disappointed.

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■Information
Name: Black Butaman
Shop: Nankin-machi, Daidoko
Address: 1-3-13, Sakae-machi Dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Access: 5 minute walk from Motomachi station

3. Akashi Whiskey

3. Akashi Whiskey
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We would definitely like to recommend this popular gift to all alcohol lovers out there. “Akashi Whiskey” is a whiskey that is made using the techniques of making Akashi sake, and they use American Oak Sherry barrels or Bourbon barrels to make the whiskey mature.

The thick taste of the whiskey is becoming more and more popular. You can take it home and save it for special occasions, and you can enjoy the deliciousness of Kobe for quite some time, so it’s also popular as a gift. You can buy it for your friends or family that love drinking. It’s sure to make them happy!

■Information
Name: Akashi Whiskey
Shop: Eigashima Shuzo Company
Address: 919, Nishi-jima, Ookubo-cho, Akashi-city, Hyogo
Access: 7 minute walk from Nishi Eigashima station

4. Eskoyama’s Koyama Roll

4. Eskoyama’s Koyama Roll
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Esukoyama’s Koyama Roll requires a little walk from Kobe, but it’s worth it; they use plenty on honey and eggs in this roll cake, creating a fluffy sponge. Mixed in the whipped cream in the sweet taste of chestnuts, and many people all over Japan have heard about this roll cake.

In the Eskoyama shop are not only the popular Koyama Roll, but also chocolate and macaron shops, a bakery, and a baumkuchen shop. There are all sorts of popular shops lining up in Eskoyama, so you’re sure to find something you like here!

■Information
Name: Koyoma Roll
Shop: Eskoyama
Address: 5-32-1, Yurinoki-dai, Sannda-city, Hyogo
Access: 20 minute walk from Woody Town Chuo station

5. Kobe beef

5. Kobe beef

When you think of Kobe, Kobe beef is one of the first things to pop up in everyone’s heads. It is one of the most famous Japanese beef brands in the world. At Ooi-nikuten, where they sell Kobe beef, they refuse to compromise on quality. We definitely recommend this shop if you want to buy Kobe beef.

The taste of Kobe beef is too delicious to even describe, and if you buy it as a gift than that lucky friend or family of yours is sure to be extremely happy with you. Or, of course, you can take it home and have a delicious steak dinner at your house! It’s perfect for special occasions.

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■Information
Name: Kobe beef
Shop: Ooi-nikuten
Address: 7-2-5, Monomachidori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Open Hours:
[Mondays to Saturdays]: 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
[Sundays]: 10:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
Access: 5 minute walk from Kobe station

 
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6. Original Blend Coffee from Nishimura

6. Original Blend Coffee from Nishimura
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Kobe is one of the fastest places in Japan to bring in and accept foreign cultures, so there are many places where you drink delicious coffee in Kobe. The coffee shop we recommend is old and has been loved for a very long time, and you can even buy the coffee beans as a gift.

At Kobe Nishimura Coffee shop, they mix and blend 6 different kind of coffee beans, and you can enjoy the fantastic smells and tastes of their “Original Blend Coffee”.

Currently in Japan there is a “café boom”, and you can join in by trying out the coffee at Nishimura! The deep, rich taste will make you want to buy some for not only yourself but for your friends too!

■Information
Name: Original Blend Coffee
Shop: Kobe Nishimura Coffee shop
Address: 2-1-20, Yamamotodori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Open Hours: 10:00 am ~ 10:00 pm
Access: 10 minute walk from Sannonimiya station

7. Denmark Cheesecake

7. Denmark Cheesecake
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Another extremely popular gift you can buy at JR Shin Kobe station is Kannonya’s “Denmark Cheesecake”. We recommend you to warm it up when you eat it. Yes, that’s right, a hot cheesecake! The rich Denmark cheese used in the cake seems to melt, making it as though you’re eating a cheese fondue!

With its’ rich, delicious taste, it is one of the most popular things to buy in Kobe. It is definitely not your everyday cheesecake. If you have the chance to stop by Shin Kobe station, why not give it a try?

■Information
Name: Denmark Cheesecake
Shop: Kannnonya, JR Shin Kobe station, Entrée Marche shop
Address: 1 cho-me, Kanocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Open Hours: 9:00 am ~ 9:30 pm
Access: Get off the train at Shin Kobe station

8. Patisserie Gregory Collet’s Chocolate

8. Patisserie Gregory Collet’s Chocolate
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Using chocolate that isn’t too sweet, Patisserie Gregory Collet is loved by everyone from children to adults, and of course, is another popular treat you can buy at Kobe. The chocolate we recommend the most is the Bon Bon Chocolate. Original chocolate ganache covered with the finest Courveture chocolate…this chocolate is definitely worth a try.

You can choose packs of 5 to 15, which is another reason why everyone loves buying some of these tasty chocolates to bring home with them. Of course there are a lot of other kinds of chocolates too, so you can enjoy picking one out for yourself!

■Information
Name: Chocolate
Shop: Patisserie Gregory Collet
Address: 3-4-7, Motomachidori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Open Hours: 10:30 am ~ 7:30 pm
Access: 4 minute walk from Motomachi station

9. Gaufre

9. Gaufre
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Kobe Fugetsudo’s “Gaufres” are extremely famous Kobe gifts. Maybe you’ve heard of it too? Built in the 2nd year of the Showa era, gaufre is a snack that has been loved by everyone for a long time. In between the crispy outer parts is a layer of sweet, delicious cream.

There are all sorts of creams too; vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and so on. You can eat all you want without getting bored of the taste. Many people buy this as a gift to take to their office and share with everyone. We recommend you to give it a try, too!

■Information
Name: Gaufre
Shop: Kobe Fugetsudo
Address 3-3-10, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Open Hours: 10:00 am ~ 7:00 pm
Access: 4 minute walk from Motomachi station

10. Kobe Pudding

10. Kobe Pudding
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Kobe Pudding is such a famous treat that it is introduced on TV shows in Japan every so often. Everyone knows it as one of the best gifts to buy in Kobe.

The rich taste of the eggs and heavy cream make such a soft, smooth pudding that everyone that tries it just can’t get enough. Japanese pudding is famous overseas too, but we definitely would like you to try Kobe Pudding.

Kobe Pudding has also been given a gold prize for the Monde Selection. It’s easy to buy and carry around, it’s delicious –what not to love about it? You can buy it at JR Shin Kobe station.

■Information
Name: Kobe Pudding
Shop: Toraku JR Shin Kobe station, Entrée Marche shop
Address: 1 cho-me, Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Open Stores: 6:20 am ~ 9:30 pm
Access: Get off the train at Shin Kobe station

Let’s buy something at the town of gourmet, Kobe!

Kobe has everything, from old traditional snacks to new, elegant treats. It is great for not only a souvenir or a treat for yourself or your work office, but also perfect to send to that special person of yours. You might have a hard time picking out the perfect one to buy, so we hope this article helps you!

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