What to Buy in Fukushima in 2019: 10 Local Sweets Perfect for Souvenirs

  • Fukushima Prefecture has a lot of popular food souvenirs such as cake, manju, pie, etc. Here are 10 delicious treats that you should buy and bring back home when you visit Fukushima!

    1. mamador (ままどおる)

    mamador is a mini cake that is a classic souvenir from Fukushima. It tastes like milk and butter and has a soft texture. It is sweet and yummy! It is also individually packed so you can easily distribute it to your friends.

    mamador Website *Japanese only

    2. Ecusson Pie (エキソンパイ)

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    From the same company as mamador, Ecusson Pie is a walnut and bean paste pie. The combination of pie crust, walnut, and bean paste is unique, and the taste will definitely exceed your expectation!

    Ecusson Pie Website *Japanese only

    3. Kashiwaya Usukawa Manju (柏屋薄皮饅頭)

    Kashiwaya Usukawa Manju is a manju with a sweet bean paste. The beans used in making the paste are from Hokkaido, which is famous for producing the best red beans in the country. There are two types of bean paste – koshian (こしあん) and tsubuan (つぶあん).

    Kashiwaya Usukawa Manju Website *Japanese only

    4. Cheese Tart “Remo” (れも)

    Remo is a mini cheese tart made by Kashiwaya, a sweets company that makes both Japanese-style and Western-style sweets. This cheese tart has the perfect lemon sour taste, and its white and yellow packaging is simple but cute!

    Remo Website *Japanese only

    5. Kaden Yubeshi (家伝ゆべし)

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    Kaden Yubeshi is a sweet, yuzu-flavored steamed dumpling filled with bean paste. While most yubeshi in the Tohoku region are square-shaped, the ones Fukushima is known for are triangular.

    Kaden Yubeshi Website *Japanese only

    6. Aizu no Tenshin Sama (会津の天神さま)

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    Aizu no Tenshin Sama is a local sweet with a cream cheese filling from the Aizu region of Fukushima. Limited flavors are also made for each season. “Aizu no Tenshin” is the name of a traditional good luck doll in the Aizu region.

    Aizu no Tenshin Sama Website *Japanese only

    7. Shimiten (しみてん)

    Shimiten is a deep-fried sweet that looks like a donut. It’s a Japanese-style and Western-style mixed snack, filled with mugwort rice cake called “shimi-mochi (凍もち).” It is sold by Kinohata (木乃幡) whose factory was located in Fukushima, but after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, moved to Miyagi Prefecture.

    Shimiten Website *Japanese only

    8. Awa Manju (あわまんじゅう)

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    Awa Manju is steamed manju wrapped around koshian. The manju is made from mochi rice and chestnut paste, and are individually handmade. Manju is one of the traditional Japanese sweets, so trying Awa Manju is a must if you want to enjoy authentic Japanese taste! You can find it in a store in Aizu.

    Awa Manju Website *Japanese only

    9. Kurumi Yubeshi Mochizuri (くるみゆべし もちずり)

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    Mochizuri is deep-steamed yubeshi made from rice and walnut. Sold by Kashiwaya (柏屋), it has a slight soy sauce taste and a nice fragrance. It is a delicious treat and its Japanese-style packaging is beautiful. The most popular one is the Walnut Yubeshi.

    Kurumi Yubeshi Mochizuri Website *Japanese only

    10. Tamashimaya “Tama Youkan” (玉嶋屋の玉羊羹)

    Yokan is a Japanese dessert made of sugar, agar, and red bean paste. “Tama” means “round” in Japanese, and “Tama Youkan” is a yokan inside a balloon which gives it its round shape. You pop the balloon with a toothpick or something sharp, the balloon comes off, and you can easily eat the yokan.

    Tamashimaya Website *Japanese only

    Now that you know these popular and yummy souvenirs from Fukushima, you won’t have a difficult time choosing what to bring back home. Fukushima also has a lot of great sightseeing spots that you should not miss!

    Fukushima Prefecture Tourism Website