June 10, 2019
Classic souvenirs from Ibaraki prefecture! Recommended 10 popular specialties that you must get!
Mt. Tsukuba, waterfalls of Fukuroda, and the state-owned Hitachi Beach Park and so on … There are many famous places in Ibaraki prefecture. If you plan to go to Ibaraki prefecture, you must read this article! We introduce 10 recommended souvenirs from Ibaraki prefecture. It may be late you check the souvenir list after going to the Ibaraki… What souvenirs are popular? If you check in advance which special products will be popular, souvenir selection will proceed smoothly. Souvenir is just souvenir, but it can be a special thing. Make your fun trip even more enjoyable. Let’s choose special items while imagining the delighted faces of loved ones.
1. Speaking of the famous products of Ibaraki, this is it! [Tengu Natto] appropriate for a souvenir
Speaking of specialty products of Ibaraki prefecture, “Natto” which is indispensable to Japanese food! Its unique taste and sticky texture only exist in Japanese natto in all over the world. There is various local natto in natto’s famous production area Ibaraki. Among Ibaraki-made natto, Ibaraki professionals recommend “Tengu Natto”.
It is a popular product that squeezes at the top of Mito’s popular souvenirs, and the yellow package has a retro and unique taste. This Teng Natto’s characteristics are its natural taste and a texture that melts in the mouth. Of course, it goes well with rice. This souvenir will be pleased especially to natto lovers!
Name: Natto in the circle cup
2. A cute souvenir in the shape of a plum! A new standard of Ibaraki souvenier! [Mito Ume Komachi]
“Mito Ume Komachi” is the souvenir I would like to recommend to those who want to buy souvenirs that can be surprised. The characteristic of this souvenir is its shape. It is a lovely confectionery that looks like a real plum.
This “Mito Ume Komachi” is a masterpiece using a lot of plum meat and paste-like plum locally produced in Mito, Ibaraki. This is plum of 100% produced in Ibaraki! If you eat a bite you will become addictive and you will surely not able to stop eating it. How about purchasing this hand made product produced in Ibaraki Prefecture as a souvenir on your sightseeing trip? I’m sure this souvenir will be pleased!
Name: Mitoume Komachi
3. The sweet having a solid taste of natto [Ibaraki Specialty Nato Flavor Snack] for the souvenir
“Ibaraki Specialty Nato Flavor Snack” is a sweet with plenty of Ibaraki’s specialty natto. This “Nato Flavor Snack” is a sweet using real natto-processed powder. I’m surprised because it pulls the thread from natto! The vitality of natto bacteria is amazing … Of course, the taste also has a unique flavor like real natto. If you are not good at natto, you may be able to eat snacks!
There are mustard mayonnaise taste and plum taste, but mustard mayonnaise taste seems more popular. Souvenirs purchased at the time of sightseeing in Ibaraki must be this.
Name: Ibaraki Specialty Nato Flavor Snack mustard mayonnaise taste
4. Popular at the local gourmet in Ibaraki [Lotus Root Sable]
Do you know i “Lotus Root Sable”? Ibaraki prefecture is famous for natto, but it is also one of Japan’s leading producers of lotus root. It is said that half of Japan’s total amount of lotus root harvest is produced here in Ibaraki. Tsuchiura’s famous confectionery “Lotus Root Sable” is one of the popular souvenirs of Ibaraki.
This Lotus Root Sable imitates the lotus root of Ibaraki and it looks like a real one! And that’s not all. Lotus root powder is used for Sable. Does it taste really like lotus root… Please try it to confirm it. It is packaged individually and the package is cute. It is perfect for souvenirs.
Name: Lotus Root Sable
5. A souvenir representing Ibaraki! [Melon Balm]
“Melon Balm” is an item can’t be removed when introducing souvenirs of Ibaraki. “Melon Balm” is a local sweet that has received the highest award at the 1st Ibaragi Omiyage Contest, and is featured on television. To be surprised, the Producer is melon farmhouse! By the way, Ibaraki is also Japan’s largest producer of melon!
“Melon Balm” has a high-level taste as it has won several other awards. The melon’s rich scent and less sweet, fluffy and light taste are enjoyable! When you visit Ibaraki for thesightseeing, this souvenir is the one you should buy. Please try!
Name: Melon Balm
6. The sweetness of chestnuts makes you addictive! Ibaraki’s unique souvenir! [Satsumaron]
“Satsumaron” is a Japanese sweet made from Kasama chestnuts, wrapped in sweet potatoes made in Ibaraki. The combination of moist sweet potato and chestnut is exquisite! The flavor is great. In the souvenir’s general election held in Japan, this popular souvenir has won the first place.
By the way, Ibaraki Prefecture is Japan’s largest producer of chestnuts! In fact, this is a souvenir unique to Ibaraki prefecture where agricultural products are famous! This “Satsumaron” is a limited edition of Tobu SA Up Line of Tokiwa-do. This is a rare souvenir that cannot be purchased elsewhere, so please make sure to purchase it if you pass there!
7. Popular with women! Plum wine characterized by deep sweetness [Full plum wine 100-Years Plum Wine]
Don’t forget this when you go out to Ibaraki! It is plum wine that I recommend you to drink in Ibaraki. Among the many liquors, plum liquor is particularly popular with women. Among such plum wines, “100-Years Plum Wine”, which is said to be the best in Japan, is a very easy-to-drink plum wine with a sweetness of honey on a brandy base.
It is recommended to drink just with ice to taste its sweetness fully. It just looks delicious and I guess you will finish in a second! The feeling that your tiredness gets removed and your heart gets healed must be great. When you come to Ibaraki, please try Japanese No. 1 plum wine as a souvenir!
Name: Full plum wine 100-Years Plum Wine
8. Traditional sweets of Ibaraki as a souvenir [Yoshiwara Denchu]
“Yoshiwara Denchu” is a sweet with plenty of roasted soybean flour sprinkled around a rice stick. This is a characteristic of this sweet that the ingredients are very simple such as flour and sugar, starch syrup and rice bran only. The birth of this “Yoshihara Denchu”, traditional confectionery from Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, is said to be in the Edo period.
The appearance looks like Gokaboh of Saitama fine confectionery, but Yoshiwara Denchu is softer than Gokaboh. Its good melting and modest sweetness are ideal for children’s snacks. Please note that if you keep it in a cold place, it will harden quickly because it uses a starch syrup as a raw material. If you went to Mito, Ibaraki, please try it!
Name: Yoshiwara Denchu
9. The hot high-quality pudding of Ibaraki! [Omitama Pudding]
Speaking of popular food from a wide range of generations, from children to the elderly, this must be a pudding with an outstanding moisturizing texture. Here in Ibaraki Prefecture, the most popular pudding “Omitama Pudding” is a high-class pudding of a thick taste with a rich flavor of maple sugar.
The major feature is that it is divided into a cream and pudding layers. You must feel to like to buy it so many times because of its natural and delicious taste. An egg from chicken grown in a good environment and non-homo milk are used and there is no additives or preservatives. So it is very healthy for the body. This is a souvenir from Ibaraki that has been introduced in media such as Japanese television and magazines.
Name: Omitama Pudding
10. For skin trouble! [Jinchu Oil (Gama Oil)] as a souvenir loved in Ibaraki from a long time ago.
Food is not only famous as a souvenir of Ibaraki! This Jinchu Oil is also a staple souvenir of Ibaraki. Jinchu Oil refers to the one that inherited the oil of the famous frog of Mt. Tsukuba. Gama means a toad, but the secretion of toads is called Senso, and it seems to have strong medicinal effects.
Senso is not used in the Jinchu Oil, but it is said that it contains active ingredients such as vaseline and squalane and has a beautiful skin effect! In fact, it has also been familiar to people since the Edo period. If you are interested, please visit the Mt. Tsukuba in Ibaraki for sightseeing and purchase this product.
Name: Jinchu Oil (Gama oil)
Let’s buy souvenirs in Ibaraki that are pleased by your family and friends!
What did you think? This time, we introduced the 10 recommended souvenirs that you must purchase when visiting Ibaraki Prefecture. From the natto of the Ibaraki specialty to the excellent sweets, there were a lot of gourmets that made use of the strength of the Ibaraki. Everything looks delicious. Which souvenirs were you interested in? Please come to Ibaraki Prefecture, which also has popular tourist attractions!