June 27, 2019
This is the Amazing Japanese Sweets in Kanazawa! The 10 Most Popular Sweets Shops!
Kanazawa is the castle town of Kaga Hyakumangoku, in Ishikawa prefecture. In Kanazawa, where tea ceremony flourished since the time of Toshiie, the founder of the domain, who was the pupil of Sen no Rikyu, the culture of Japanese confectionery has developed. It brings the strong background as the famous place for Japanese confectionery to Kanazawa. There are a plenty of not only Japanese sweets shops, but also Western style ones. Let’s walk through outstanding must-have sweets including seasonal Japanese sweets, tarts, cakes, in Kanazawa!
Summer Sweets to Cool down! Kuzukiri made from Hon-kuzu in Kanagazawa at Tsubomi
“Tsubomi” is a Japanese cafe along Tsutsumi Canal. It offers Kuzukiri made from valuable hon-kuzu produced in Japan with clear sprung water from mountains. Kuzukiri is noodle-like sweets, made from kudzu powder and water. Blend kudzu powder and water, form, heat, reform it like a bar, then cut thinly like noodles.
It takes about six months to make Kuzukiri, which surely assure natural tastes with flavors of ingredients. It looks cool and elegant, and goes smoothly down. It goes great with delicate taste of Kuromitsu (dark molasses). You can also enjoy Warabi-mochi made from hon-warabi. Must-visit place in Kanazawa.
Address: 3-1 Kakinokibatake, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa
Access: 7 minutes drive from Nomachi station
Map: map to Tsubomi
Sweet and Sour! Popular Sweets in Kanazawa, Anzu Mochi! Takagiya
“Anzu Mochi” is one of must-have sweets for your visit or sightseeing in Kanazawa. Anzu Mochi is a rice cake wrapping apricot inside. It has a vivid orange color and a cute round shape, which is popular especially among female customers! Anzu Mochi served at “Takagiya” is made with a whole apricot pickled in a syrup, which delivers sweet, sour and fruity scent.
It is perfect enough to have it at room temperature, but it is actually more than that to have it chilled, which goes down cool and fresh. Recommended for souvenir or gift! Do not miss it!
Address: 1-3-9 Hondamachi, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa
Access: 3 minutes walk from Shiankyo bus stop
Map: map to Takagiya
Very Popular in Kanazawa! Lightly Sweetened Sweets, Blueberry Tart at Kabuto
What kind of cake do you crave for? Very sweet one for sure! A cake is always popular both for yourself and for a gift to someone. “Kabuto” is a very famous cake shop, where everyone in Kanazawa is familiar. It looks really simple, but the taste is delicate, which is created by fluffy cream.
The most popular cake here is a blueberry tart. Sour non-bake cheesecake is covered with a full of blueberries on a crispy pie sheet. Too delicious to stop eating!
Address: 2-3-10 Izumigaoka, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa
Access: 8 minutes drive from Nomachi station
Map: map to Kabuto
Experience the Craftsmanship from Jonamagashi! Famous Confectionery in Kanazawa at Yoshihashi Kashi
“Yoshihashi Kashi” is a very famous shop in Kanazawa. It offers confectionery by reservation only, which is quite unusual. Yet, it is always busy with reservations by people appreciating tea. Jonamagashi, the kind of Japanese confectionery, represents each season by its shape and colors. It is almost like an artwork.
The ingredients of each sweets are carefully selected. You can enjoy the delicate and well-made taste. Better to arrange a date first to reserve in advance. Worth visiting!
Name: Yoshihashi Kashi
Address: 2-2-2 Higashiyama, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa
Access: 9 minutes drive from Kanazawa station
Map: map to Yoshihashi Kashi
Its Sweetness Comforts you! Enjoy the Sweetness of Kanazawa! Amanatto Kawamura
“Amanatto Kawamura” is a very popular Japanese sweets shop, which is one of the must-go spots. Amanatto offered here has gained reputations as “a gift for Chaya-machi (tea house district)”, which was purchased by Geiko, a female professional entertainer, for their regular guests.
Amanatto is made with clean and delicious water purified by Binchotan charcoal and carefully-selected beans. It has hot and flaky texture. Too good to stop having it. You must be surprised at the different taste of Amanatto! Recommended for a gift or a souvenir.
Name: Amanatto Kawamura
Address: 2-24-7 Nomachi, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa
Time: (Monday – Saturday) 9:30～18:00(Sundays and Holidays) 9:30〜17:00
Close: 1st Tuesday of the Month
Access: 6 minutes walk from Nomachi station
Map: map to Amanatto Kawamura
Preserved Taste for 270 years since the Establishment! Taste the Traditional Ankoro Mochi at Empachi
“Empachi” is a famous Japanese confectionery shop in Ishikawa with a long history since the middle of the Edo period. It has been offering Ankoro Mochi, which is a rice cake wrapping originally-made sweet red beans paste, which has been familiar with ordinary people in Japan.
“Empachi” makes its Anko (sweet red beans paste) from red beans produced in Hokkaido taking 3 days. It uses only glutinous rice produced in Kanazawa for a rice cake. Deep scent of red beans and delicate sweetness deliver perfect Anko! This is the must-have sweets as the local gourmet in Kanazawa. Do not miss it!
Address: 1-1 Kinoshimbomachi, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa
Access: Directly connected to Kanazawa station
Map: map to Empachi
Enjoy the Popular Waguri Chestnut Cream Cake at Patisserie Hosoya!
This is the place where you can enjoy an outstanding sweets in Kanazawa! The very popular sweets, which is often sold out, is a Waguri chestnut cream cake, called “Mont Blanc” in Japan. This cake is limitedly offered in autumn. Cannot be missed when you visit Kanazawa in autumn!
It is made with rich amount of Waguri (Japanese chestnut), which brings deep flavors. So many people has been addicted to its exceptional quality. This is the must-have sweets of autumn in Kanazawa! Not only chestnut cream cake, but also cream sponge cake with seasonal fruits like fig and white peach are also delicious and popular. Highly recommended!
Name: Patisserie Hosoya
Address: 1-7-4 Togashi, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa
Access: 9 minutes drive from Nomachi station
Map: map to Patisserie Hosoya
Nostalgic Taste of Candy! Shop with a Long History in Kanazawa, Tawaraya Ame
The appearance of the shop was municipally designated to the Preserved Buildings in Kanazawa city, which shows its history. “Tawaraya Ame” is the oldest candy shop in Kanazawa. It was established in 1830 by starting making a candy as a substitute of mother’s milk with rich nutrition. It is worth visiting here to see its appearance as the traditional building.
Ingredients of candy here is carefully-selected rice produced in Japan, barley and clean underground water. It takes 3 days to make candy. It is rich sweets, which brings natural sweetness of crops. You can enjoy the candy as it is, but also you can use it as seasoning for cooking!
Name: Tawaraya Ame
Address: 2-4 Kobashimachi, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa
Access: 20 minutes walk from Kanazawa station
Map: map to Tawaraya Ame
Born in Kanazawa! The World’s 2nd Best Freshly Baked Melon-pan Ice Cream
Do you know “Melon-pan Ice Cream” popular across Japan? It gathered attentions that it has recently opened the branch in Harajuku, Tokyo! Melon-pan Ice Cream has been popular in Japan, but it was actually born in Kanazawa!
Melon-pan Ice Cream has the perfect blend of crunchy texture of freshly baked Melon-pan (melon-flavored bread) and cold vanilla ice cream, which spreads into a mouth. You must get addicted to its taste! Eat it up before it melts! Do not miss the original taste at the birthplace!
Name: World’s Second Best Freshly Baked Melon-pan Ice Cream
Address: 1-1-53 Hirosaka, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa
Time: (Weekdays) 7:00～19:00(Weekends and Holidays) 9:00～19:00
Access: 9 minutes drive from Nomachi station
Map: map to World’s Second Best Freshly Baked Melon-pan Ice Cream
Orage Daifuku with Juicy Onshu Mikan, Nakagoshi
“Nakagoshi” is located in 15 minutes drive from Kanazawa station. The signature menu here is “Marugoto Mikan Daifuku (Daifuku rice cake with a whole orange)”, which was introduced in Japanese TV programs and is very popular. It is Daifuku rice cake using a whole Onshu Mikan orange. Rice cake beautifully colored in orange with orange flesh wraps lightly sweetened shiro-an paste.
This “Marugoto Mikan Daifuku” is slightly sweet, so it is light to eat up. Sweet and sour juice of an orange spreads into your mouth. There are many people claiming Mikan (orange) is better than Ichigo (strawberry) for Daifuku. This is the sweets for orange-lovers.
Address: 2-218 Unedahigashi, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa
Access: 15 minutes drive from Kanazawa station
Map: map to Nakagoshi
From Japanese to Western, Enjoy Delicious and Beautiful Confectionery in Kanazawa!
Here is the 10 must-have amazing sweets in Kanazawa. Any of them are beautiful and delicious! There are many sweets representing the history of Kaga Hyakumangoku. When you visit Kanazawa, enjoy fully the Kanazawa confectionery!