Aomori is popular for ferry boats as it is considered a port town at the northernmost part of Honshu. It is also known for Nebuta Matsuri, one of the largest Japanese festivals held in summer. The place is perfect if you’d like to indulge in abundant nature and ancient atmosphere. Besides scenic landscapes, it also boasts hot springs, museums, gardens, and parks. However, your visit to the place will not be complete without buying these three popular souvenirs in the area. These items are unique local products which you can buy for your family and friends back home.
Kininaru Ringo is an apple pie pastry which is really crispy on the outside. It is made from real apple that has been drilled from the inside then marinated in sugar syrup for months. Once the apple becomes soft and sweet, it is then pulled out and its inside is breaded with fillings. It is wrapped with layers of dough and baked until it becomes crispy and yummy. Each apple is packed individually in a cute little box which is ideal if you’d like to give it as a gift to your loved ones. It is said that even people who are not big fans of apple pies seem to love this food item.
Since Aomori is the biggest producer of apples in Japan, it is very common to find apple-based souvenirs such as the ever-popular Apple Snack. Apple Snack is a by-product of turning a juicy and delicious apple into tastier chips. It is not only popular as a souvenir but also a highly sought product during the holiday seasons.
Apple Snack comes in different packaging colors: red, green, and orange. The red bag (Jonagold) is a standard sweet and sour flavor which everyone can enjoy, the green bag (Orin) comes in a slightly salty taste, while the orange bag (Fuji) is just a little bit of sweet and sour taste. One pack costs 370 yen. This is the perfect souvenir for those who love eating apples and chips.
Asa no Hakkoda is a cheesecake made from fresh eggs in Aomori. It has a very creamy and smooth taste and is loaded with cheesy goodness. It is light and fluffy, yet moist and satisfying. It has an airy softness which is delightful to eat.
Asa no Hakkoda comes in several flavors such as Tsugaru apple, green tea, and plain. Best preserved in a freezer, the serving suggestion is to take it out and thaw it at room temperature for an hour. This dessert souvenir can only be found in Aomori so you better take the chance of buying it when you visit the place.
If you come across souvenir shops in Aomori, you will see bunches of apple-based products you can buy. It can be quite troublesome to choose which is best so don’t forget to try the three souvenirs I’ve introduced in this article.