【2020 Edition】7 Must-Buy Souvenirs in Nagoya
Nagoya has many specialty food items, such as “Anko” (sweet red bean paste), “Uiro” (rice flour and sugar cake), chicken wings, and miso stew, and has many souvenirs related to those items which are worth checking out.
In this article we have selected some popular souvenirs that you can buy at Nagoya station.
The souvenirs we’ve chosen to highlight are priced within the 100 to around 1000 yen range, and your one stop shop for most of these souvenirs is the “Grand Kiosk Nagoya” at Nagoya station, which is open from 6:15 to 22:00.
If shopping outside those hours, a visit to a convenience store should also meet your Nagoya souvenir shopping needs.
Yoikotopan and Yoitsubuan,Yoikoshian (Yoikotopan）
“Yoikotopan” is a popular specialty bread shop in Nagoya, with the main store near Fukiage Station and a takeout shop at the Meitetsu Nagoya Station.
The name of the store roughly translates to “Good Bread” in English, which is quite relevant as the bread is made with health in mind i.e. made without egg, milk, sugar, shortening and butter.
A trip to the store will put you on the right track towards making your own Nagoya specialty “sweet red bean paste toast” at home, as along with bread Yoikotopan also sells additive-free red bean pastes, “Yoitsubuan (mashed sweet red bean paste)” and “Yoikoshian (smooth sweet red bean paste)”; both can be purchased for around 500 yen each.
All you need to make the toast complete is butter!
Yoikotopan and Yoitsubuan,Yoikoshian
Uiro bar (Osu Uiro)
Famous in Nagoya, Uiro is a traditional Japanese sweet made from rice flour.
The “Uiro Bar” is small and cute with a popsicle-like appearance that makes it perfect as a souvenir, especially for children.
They come in five flavors: plain, brown sugar, sweet red bean paste, cherry leaves, and matcha.
A box of 5 bars costs 600 yen or so, which makes them a cheap and appealing Japanese sweet souvenir.
Kaeru Manju (AOYAGI SOHONKE))
“Kaeru Manju” (or Frog Bun) is a bun with a frog motif that is based on the maker’s logo, Aoyagi Sohonke, a well-established Uiro company.
The frog's eyes and mouth are individually detailed by the delicate hands of bakers.
They are deliciously filling as the buns are loaded with generous amounts of smooth and sweet red bean paste, and they also come with different fillings depending on the season. They are available in packages of 6 for around 600 yen.
“Nagoya France” is a Nagoya-style sweet that mixes Japanese and Western elements; a Bouchée (pastry) containing mochi and a flavored cream.
The sweets come in two types, green tea cream and chocolate cream, and both are sold together in an eye-catching blue box containing 10 pieces for around 1200 yen.
Ogura Butter（Kojima Food）
Ogura butter is a jam made from the combination of sweet red bean paste and butter.
Ogura toast (sweet red bean paste toast) was originally a local delicacy in Nagoya, but it gradually spread to other areas of Japan.
Normally the toast requires using red bean paste and butter separately, but Kojima’s solution was to combine the two into one convenient product.
Even though it’s known as butter, Ogura butter has enough red beans in the mix to allow the red bean sensation to permeate.
You can buy a jar of the butter to use at home for around 600 yen.
Champagne Kangori（Kasho Hanakikyo）
Hanakikyo's “Champagne Kangori” is a perfect souvenir for the summer season.
Kangori is an adorable traditional confectionery made by melting and solidifying agar and sugar, and then setting the mix using a special drying technique.
The kangori here have plenty of champagne added as part of their recipe, and eating the kangori results in a champagne flavored, refreshing, icy sensation in your mouth.
You can purchase them for around 1500 yen per box.
Instant Japanese Curry（Oriental Curry）
Oriental Curry’s instant Japanese curry features red packaging with funky retro illustrations. It’s basically a powder that you can use to make your own Japanese curry at home, and it can be used for other dishes also. One pack will set you back a mere 140 yen.
Instant Japanese Curry