In Yamanashi Prefecture, there are 7 branches of a well-known sweets shop called "Say Gets".
At Say Gets, the sweets are not mass-produced. Instead, everything is made by hand with specially selected ingredients.
I'd like to tell you about what I ate there, a sweet called "Koshu Ichiryo Monaka".
Hakone is a hot spring town in southwestern Kanagawa Prefecture with easy access to the city.
It is home to many ryokan (Japanese inns), and it is a popular location thanks to the wealth of sightseeing spots around as well.
I picked up some Gora Manju from souvenir shop “Nakamuraya” in front of Gora Station, so that’s what I’ll be introducing this time.
The Whole Apple Pie "Kini Naru Ringo" is an apple pie using one whole apple of the Fuji variety from Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan.
For over 40 years, Shiroi Koibito (meaning "white lover" in Japanese) has been loved as a souvenir from Hokkaido.
With a tablet of white chocolate sandwiched between two langue de chat cookies, it's a really tasty treat!
Shiroi Koibito is nationally recognized as one of the highest-ranked sweet souvenirs of Japan. Every year, it competes against many other strong rivals in the Hokkaido souvenir market.
The Kumamoto PR mascot character, “Kumamon,” is a super-popular icon of Kumamoto.
These “Kumamoto Butter & Chocolate Cookies” have become a popular Kumamoto souvenir thanks to its adorable Kumamon shape!
Not only inside Japan, but also overseas, "Black Thunder" is an extremely popular chocolate crunch bar.
The Hokkaido limited-edition "White Black Thunder", using white chocolate, also enjoys great popularity!
Unagi (eel) is known across Japan as a specialty of Shizuoka Prefecture. A unique item made with that unagi is this “Unagi Pie.”
Unagi Pie is made by making a cookie out of powdered unagi, baking it, and finishing it off with a sauce like that used on grilled unagi.
This snack has been made by hand by craftsmen since 1961, and surprisingly enough it is said that they make 200,000 pies per day.
First appearing in 2009, "Curry Curry Mada Aru?" is a new type of curry rice cracker (sembei in Japanese) created by Sapporo Curry Yoshimi, a local restaurant famous for its soup curry.
Now it's such a popular product that souvenir shops can't survive without it!