Located in Ishikawa Prefecture, the city of Kanazawa is one on the three places in Japan which is known as a sweet tooth’s haven (the other two cities being Kyoto and Matsue). While some call Kanazawa “little Kyoto” locals of the city refused to be given such a nickname because the city prides itself on its own traditions – especially desserts.
They say that sweets are very important in enhancing the flavor of matcha green tea, thus, the city of Kanazawa has painstakingly labored through time to develop such confections of high quality. From the 16th century until the 19th century, it is said that the city was governed by the Maeda family, the head of which was Maeda Toshiie. According to the history of the tea ceremony, the family who also took control of the region, which was known before as Kaga, was very adept in the tea ceremony. Throughout their reign, the family, particularly Mr. Maeda Toshiie, promoted the practice of the tea ceremony around his territory. Today, Kanazawa is still known to produce only the best sweets in Japan.
Thanks to the Hokuriku Shinkansen line which connects Tokyo to Kanazawa, tourists with a sweet tooth can now reach the city in just about two and a half hours to grab as many sweets as they please. When in Kanazawa city, make sure to get a taste of these three delectable sweets that are filled with tradition but also have a modern twist.
Dorayaki is a red bean pancake that can be found all throughout the country. However, Sakakobo Taro, a dorayaki shop near the residence of an old samurai warrior in Kanazawa, offers these pancake patties which are made with rice powder. You know it’s authentic Sakakobo Taro dorayaki when there is the image of an umbrella on the pancake. The shop is relatively young (it just opened in 2005) compared to other established dorayaki shops in the city. But, it offers a cheap price of 130 yen per piece for its dorayaki.
It is no denying that the best-selling kami-fusen sweets (or literally “paper balloons” in English) is still at Kasho Takagiya. The shop was founded in 1925 and it offers these ball-shaped wafers filled with jelly of various flavors. Some of the most popular flavors include lemon, grape, white wine, and brown sugar. Kami-fusen is often given to guests at weddings and to women during Valentine’s Day. A package of this delectable confection which contains 16 pieces of ball-shaped wafers costs 572 yen for a box of 4.
This cute little rabbit-shaped steamed manju called fuku-usagi is one of Kanazawa sweets that many women splurge on. A box of ten cute steamed rabit manju ranging in different pastel colors could cost around 1404 yen.
Do these sweets make you want to go to Kanazawa? Which one looks the best?