3月 27, 2019
The 10 Best Must-Buy Souvenirs in Aomori, Japan
The Aomori prefecture is the northernmost prefecture in the Honshu region in Japan. It has the vast nature and is full of famous products. Also there are many sightseeing spots, the Hachinohe and the Aomori cities which are symbolized by Mt. Hakkoda. I’m introducing the 10 recommended souvenirs in ranking, which I’d like you to buy, when you visit Aomori on your holiday! Please put them in your mind.
1. The standard souvenir, using the famous product from Aomori, apples! [Patissier apple Stick]
Aomori is famous as the place for apple production, isn’t it? This [Patissier Apple Stick] is a stick-pie where the dynamically cut Fuji-apple produced in the Aomori prefecture is wrapped in the pie-dough together with the moist sponge dough and baked.
The compatibility of the butter used a lot in the pie-dough with the soaked apple in the syrup is superb. It is a luxurious speciality from which you can enjoy the cinnamon flavour of the apple-pie, keeping the crispness of an apple. It is tasty even if you eat it as it is, but the flavour will be enriched by slightly searing it in the toaster. It is the standard souvenir from Aomori.
Patissier Apple Stick
Price: ¥620 for 4 sticks / ¥775 for 5 sticks / ¥1,240 for 8 sticks / ¥1,860 for 12 sticks
2. The souvenir, using one whole apple produced in the Aomori prefecture [Ki-ni-naru Ringo (apple)]
This is a souvenir, using the Fuji-apple which is a famous product in the Aomori prefecture. It is a luxurious item where one whole apple is wrapped with the pie-dough. You can fully taste the original sweetness of an apple.
The sweet apple produced in the Aomori prefecture was soaked into the syrup, keeping its crispness. You can enjoy the original sweetness of an apple, the texture and the fragrance with your eyes, tongue and nose. It is a souvenir for yourself as well as for your family to enjoy. Please buy some when you visit the Aomori prefecture.
Price: ¥700 for 1 / ¥1,400 for 2 / ¥2,100 for 3
3. The souvenir, using plentiful ingredients from local Aomori [Asa-no-Hakkoda]
This [Asa-no-Hakkoda] was created under the image of a morning of Hakkoda in Aomori with clear air, refreshing wind and surrounded by Mother Nature. This rich and creamy cheese-cake which has become a popular topic of conversation nationwide is a proud product and 350,000 were sold in 4 days.
Using plentiful fresh eggs produced in the Aomori prefecture, they make good use of the profound richness of the cheese and the smoothness of the eggs into the cheese-cake. The flavour of the rich cheese will spread in your mouth. They have prepared them from a pack of 5 to a pack of 30. So, they will suit your colleagues at your working place.
Price: ¥1,080 for a pack of 5 / ¥1,944 for a pack of 10 / ¥2,808 for a pack of 15 / ¥4,860 for a pack of 30
4. The drink, using the apples produced 100% in the Aomori prefecture [Shiny Sparkling Apple]
The popular carbonated drink, [Shiny Sparkling Apple] was awarded a gold prize by the Monde Selection and is one of the people’s favourite souvenirs from the Aomori prefecture. It is a light without unfavourable taste soda drink, using the apples coming 100% from the Aomori prefecture. As it doesn’t contain any alcohol, small children can drink it safely too.
The appearance of this drink is cloudy because the apples are used 100% and the taste is fruity because the presence of apple has been shown to a maximum. It is suitable for a home party instead of any alcoholic drinks for people who don’t like alcoholic drinks, minors and children.
Price: ¥130 per bottle
5. The homely-taste in the Aomori prefecture! The flavour of apples and garlic stimulates your appetite. [Stamina Gentare]
The [Stamina Gentare] is the major dipping sauce for the grilled beef at home in the Aomori prefecture. It is so popular that each household in the Aomori prefecture always has at least 1 bottle at the ready. This dipping sauce contains plenty of apples and garlic, so its flavour and richness are condensed and it is an all-purpose seasoning for all types of cooking including the grilled-beef.
As the various different tastes have been lined up as well as the standard one, it would be an attraction that you can choose the suitable one for the person to whom you are giving. Please buy one and use it when you have grilled-beef at home.
Stamina Gentare (standard)
Price: ¥450 per bottle
6. To tell you the truth, the production quantity is the highest in Japan! The souvenir where the garlic produced in the Aomori prefecture is used [Aomori-no-ninniku-senbei]
How about the senbei (rice cracker), using the garlic produced in the Aomori prefecture where the production quantity is the highest in Japan. Among all the garlics in the Aomori prefecture, the one which was harvested in the Takkomachi is used. They are relatively big and the flavour is firm.
The Ebisen, using plenty of this delicious garlic is so tasty that you will be addictive to it when you have it just once. They are good as snacks as well as the nibbles for your father when he drinks. Why don’t you buy some as a souvenir for a family or friends who like drinking?
Price: ¥540 per pack
7. They look like wild strawberries! The Aomori local dish as a souvenir [Ichigo-ni]
As long as you look at this product, you might imagine that it is the red sweet fruit, strawberry, but you are actually wrong. This [Ichigo-ni] is one of the local dishes in Hachinohe in the Aomori prefecture and it is the boiled sea-urchin and abalone in the soup. When it is served in a bowl, the sea-urchin submerged in the milky-white soup looks like the [wild strawberry which is hazy in the morning mist], so that it was named like that.
From its appearance, there is no doubt that it will play an important role to colour a table. This is a little different type of souvenir among others, but it could be good for more elderly people.
Price: ¥1,200 per tin (415g)
8. The layered pie dough and the sweet and sour taste of an apple matches very well! [Tawawa]
The [Tawawa] using the Kogyoku-apple produced in the Aomori prefecture is a Japanese sweet. The brand, Kogyoku is especially suitable when baking cakes because of its sweet and sour flavour among many brand apples in the Aomori prefecture. For making [Tawawa], firstly, make the mellow apple- glace, using the Kogyoku which has the moderate sourness and sweetness, insert it into the pie-dough in layers and finally bake it. The compatibility of the moist pie-dough in layers with the apple-glace is superb. Please take this product which both adults and children can enjoy!
Price: ¥195 for 1 / ¥2,160 per pack for 10 / ¥3,111 per pack for 15 / ¥4,158 per pack for 20
9. A scallop full of flavour produced in the Aomori prefecture could be a souvenir! [Soft Scallop Ligament]
The scallop is one of the representative products of the Aomori prefecture. The scallop caught in the Aomori home waters containing plentiful minerals which are carried along by the rivers brought by Mother Nature is the top-class product. Its springy texture and profound flavour are very popular nationwide!
This [Soft Scallop Ligament] is a luxurious product, using only its ligament. The soft texture and the special flavour of it are characteristic and only the scallop produced in the Aomori prefecture can produce this taste. The more you chew it, the more the flavour spreads out in your mouth. It was chosen as a recommended product in the Aomori prefecture! Please buy some when you visit Aomori.
Soft Hotate Kaibashira
Price: ¥1,000 for a pack of 10 (M-size) / ¥1,800 for a pack of 10 (L-size)
10. Using the sweet corn for a luxurious effect Everyone’s favourite! [Dakekimi Pudding]
Do you know the novelty pudding made from the corn which is harvested in the Dake highland which spreads out at the foot of Mt. Iwaki? The representative souvenir of the Aomori prefecture is this [Dake pudding]. The corn which is used in this pudding has been grown at a high altitude atmosphere.
This corn has a chewy texture and a high sugar content.
The [Dakekimi Pudding] is made, making good use of the original quality of the ingredient which is the corn’s special flavour and melting texture. In Japan, pudding has been loved as a snack for children since a long time ago. Please buy some as souvenirs from Aomori.
Price: ¥2,500 for a set of 6
Let’s buy souvenirs in Aomori which will please your recipients!
Have you enjoyed this article? I’ve introduced the 10 recommended souvenirs which I’d like you to buy when you visit the Aomori prefecture on your holiday or sightseeing trip. When you go on a trip, there are many situations where you can buy some souvenirs on your way home, aren’t there? Haven’t you often been confused as to what you should buy? In such a case, please refer to this article and choose some items which you think might make the recipients happy and smile!