Let’s Enjoy Popular Sweets In Japan! The Top 8 Selected Sweets

There are a wide variety of sweets in each city and prefecture, and some of them have been featured on media. Although you might be able to get them at an antenna shop, meaning a store that specialises in local products from other cities, the best thing to do is to visit the actual place to try them out! I will introduce the best 8 sweets that you must try in different prefectures!


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Ranked in a first place as a souvenir, “Omocchease” was awarded Hokkaido Governor’s Award in 2011. As its name, it has a soft and chewy texture like Mochi (rice cake), but it actually has a rich taste of cheese. Although it tastes great when you have it as it is, you can also put it onto the fruits, vegetables, breads or crackers.

The most popular one is the original. Other than that, they have a range of flavours such as strawberry, chocolate or even Yubari melon. If you have a chance to visit Hokkaido, why not try one?

Name: Sweet Orchestra Warakudo
Address: 7-6-32, Sakaedori, Shiraishi Ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Phone: +81-120-11-3126
Time: 10:00-18:00
Close: Wed / Thu (except for public holidays)
Website: http://www.warakudo.co.jp/
Map: map to Sweet Orchestra Warakudo

Kininaru Ringo

Kininaru Ringo
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This sweets “Kininaru Ringo” that the whole apple is used, is one of the most popular items for souvenirs from Aomori. It is basically an apple pie – made of apples dipped in a syrup.

There are 2 types of apples – one is Kogyoku, which tastes a little sour, and the other is Fuji, which has a good balance of sourness and sweetness. Although it is an apple pie, it lasts for about 45 days since the production date. If you are planning to visit Aomori for sightseeing, enjoy this sweets first!

Name: Ragunoo Sasaki
Address: 9 Hyakkoku Town, Hirosaki City, Aomori
Phone: +81-172-35-0353
Map: map to Ragunoo Sasaki

Ume Gracé

Ume Gracé
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“Ume Gracé”, made of Nanko Ume pickled in honey and sugar for 6 months, is a well-known sweets. “Fumiko Farm Ume Gracé” was once awarded the best taste award by International Taste Institute in 2011.

Not only eating it as it is, but also making it toasted or a dip is great! Or, if you love drinking, try it with alcohol. It is totally up to you how you eat it. When you have a chance to visit Wakayama, try this sweets however you like!

Name: Fumiko Farm
Address: 594-1, Noda, Aritagawa Town, Arita Gun, Wakayama
Phone: +81-50-3802-8840
Map: map to Fumiko Farm

Yellow Pumpkin

Yellow Pumpkin
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“Yellow Pumpkin”, located in Nisshin City of Aichi, is a pastry shop which has a range of seasonal sweets. As its name, the ones made with pumpkins are the popular items here. Of all, “Pumpkin Pudding” that the whole small pumpkin from Hokkaido is strongly recommended!

You can actually eat the skins as well and is quite big! One piece is enough for 3-4 people, so it is basically to share with your friends or family. If you have a chance to visit Aichi in the Tokai region, try this sweets out!

Name: Yellow Pumpkin
Address: 77-1, One, Sanbongi Town, Nisshin City, Aichi
Phone: +81-561-74-0345
Website: http://www.yellowpumpkin.co.jp/
Map: map to Yellow Pumpkin


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This rich local yogurt called “Yasuda Yogurt” is what you can find at the supermarkets and convenience stores in Nigata. Strawberry and apple flavours are to be found only in the stores directly operated by Yasuda Yogurt Shop in Nigata.

Not only the yogurt, but also soft serves, ice cream puffs, and gelato are the popular items here. If you are planning to visit the areas along the Sea of Japan, try this yogurt in Nigata!

Name: Yasuda Yogurt Shop
Address: CoCoLo Nagaoka Level 1, 1-611-1, Jonai Town, Nagaoka City, Nigata
Phone: +81-258-31-7561
Time: 10:00-20:00
Website: http://www.yasuda-yogurt.co.jp/shop/
Map: map to Yasuda Yogurt Shop


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If you are in Osaka, why not try this sweets which have been loved by the locals for quite a while? “Deiribashi Kintsuba”, operated for 70 years since its opening, offers the beautiful “Kintsuba”. Using plentiful soybeans, it tastes rich but simple!

It feels nostalgic to have this popular confectionery in Osaka! If you have something not too sweet, this is the best one! If you have a chance to visit Osaka, try this out!

Name: Deiribashi Kintsuba
Address: 3-4-10, Dojima, Kita Ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Phone: +81-6-6451-3819
Access: Walk 5 mins from Kitashinchi Station

Map: map to Deiribashi Kintsuba

Hanashio Pudding

Hanashio Pudding
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Kyushu is one of the regions which has a lot of the local gourmets. Of all cities, Fukuoka is one of the biggest ones. “Mataichi no Shio”, located in Itoshima City, produces “Hanashio Pudding” made with the natural salt produced by the company itself. The caramel contains the natural salt, and it tastes nice.

Salt makes it even more sweet, and contains minerals too! If you are keen on the making process of the salt, there is a factory tour with explanations, so this is a great plan for families too!

Name: Factory Tottan
Address: 3757, Keya, Shima, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
Phone: +81-92-330-8732
Website: http://mataichi.info/tottan/
Map: map to Factory Tottan


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“Festivalo” in Kanoya City of Kagoshima is a pastry shop specialising in sweet potatoes. Of all items, “Sweet Potato Rare Cake Lovely” is the most popular sweets. Using sweet potatoes, this cake lets you enjoy the natural sweetness.

The cake sells frozen, so you can have it as it is, or make it unfrozen – try to find your favourite way to have it! They proudly offer a wide variety of items in addition to Lovely, so everyone must love this place!

Name: Festivalo
Address: 1-1, Gofuku Town, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima
Phone: +81-99-239-1333
Time: 9:00-20:00
Close: 1st Jan
Website: http://www.festivalo.co.jp/
Map: map to Festivalo

Enjoy The Popular Sweets In Japan!

How was it? In this article, I have introduced the top 8 sweets and shops in Japan. Each prefecture or city has a different local confectionery which uses the local ingredients. Why not find your favourite sweets when you go on a trip?

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