Karuizawa 8 Popular Tasting and Unique Souvenirs
Due to its high altitude, Karuizawa is cool all year round. The region has an extremely cold winter, but during summer the weather is comfortably cool and refreshing, and thus is a very popular summer resort tourist destination for Japanese adults, as well as attracting visitors from abroad. Coming from a different angle, Karuizawa is also known as the birthplace of Japanese jam culture!
Below we will introduce 8 special souvenirs including delicious jams, and stylishly created sweets, candles and other miscellaneous goods that can be purchased in Karuizawa.
Minori Petit Gift（Nagakuraya）
Minori Petit Gift
Located in the Naka Karuizawa area, "Nagakuraya" creates their own original products, and our recommendation is a unique souvenir known as the "Minori Petit Gift". It’s a delicious confection which is basically sweet walnuts encased in a milky caramel coating, and the combination of the two is definitely a winner.
You can choose either a black or white ribbon to wrap your package of goodies in; making it ideal for wedding gifts and such, and it’s sold at a reasonable price of only around 300 yen per bag of nuts.
Bear Icing Jelly（Nagakuraya）
Bear Icing Jelly
Also sold at Nagakuraya, these are very cute, green, bear-faced sweets which are essentially gummies on a stick. They look so adorably cute that you won’t be able to walk past without buying one, and they’re very popular with children not only for their appearance but also for their Muscat flavor.
They are sold for around 300 yen each, and definitely make a great souvenir for small children (and child-like adults too!).
Lemon Honey Butter (Ginray Food)
Lemon Honey Butter
Karuizawa is an area known as the birthplace of Japan’s jam culture and is a place where many delicious jams are produced.
Ginray’s "Lemon Honey Butter” jam uses a rare honey called "Hyakkamitsu” (Hundred Flower Honey), honey which comes from bees that have gathered nectar from a range of flowers. The jam has a mellow lemon and butter flavor that is perfect for toast and scones, and a jar can be purchased from around 700 yen. In addition, the shop has many other products that use lemon.
・ Glossary Court Cerfeuil Kyukaruizawa Ginza
・ Herbal & Natural Atelier in Karuizawa
Pudding jam (Cerfeuil Karuizawa)
A signboard product of Nagano’s ”Cerfeuil Karuizawa" store, at first glance "Pudding Jam" looks just like a pudding!
In fact, it’s actually a sweet and rich jam made from almost the same ingredients as a pudding. It’s a Karuizawa specialty that can be purchased for around 600 yen per jar, and is a unique, cute jam that everyone will love, so bring a jar home to give to your friends or take one home as a souvenir for yourself!
[Reseller] Glossary Court Cerfeuil Kyu Karuizawa Ginza
Mendiant (Schokoladen burg Karuizawa Chocolate Hall)
Distinguishable by its red brick outer wall, "Karuizawa Chocolate Hall" is a shop which is which sits along the road from Karuizawa Station to Kyu Karuizawa Ginza Street. As the chocolate hall name suggests, the store is home to a range of stylish chocolates.
The mendiants sold here are large, tear-shaped, brooch-like nutty chocolate delights, and are excellent eating popular with both children and adults. There are two types, bitter and milk, which can be purchased for around 300 yen each, making them perfect as small gifts for you and your chocolate loving friends!
[Shop] Karuizawa Chocolate Hall
THE Karuizawa Beer Premium Clear Dark (Karuizawa Brewery)
THE Karuizawa Beer Premium Clear Dark
If you like beer then you should head for the Karuizawa Brewery!
As the name suggests, the Brewery's "THE Karuizawa Beer Premium Clear Dark" is a high-class, tasty beer. This beer is made from the cool water of Mount Asama in Karuizawa, and has a clear, fresh aftertaste, and is so delicious that you'll probably be having a few cans of it!
A can be purchased from around 300 yen, and it also has a unique nature-themed label design which makes it perfect as a souvenir for beer and alcohol lovers.
Farm curry (HAVEST NAGAI FARM)
Farm curry is a collaboration product between Nagano’s Nagai Farm and a well-established curry restaurant called Petit Restaurant Bengal, and is an onion and garlic based retort package curry that gives you the chance to enjoy the taste of restaurant-like curry in your own home.
The design of the retro packaging is stylish and has so much character that you can use it as a kitchen decoration until you decide to eat it!
You can purchase a package for around 500 yen at Harunire Terrace in the Karuizawa Hoshino area.
[Reseller] HARVEST NAGAI FARM Karuizawa
If you’re looking for a unique souvenir, a candle might just be what you’re after.
Located in a relatively secret spot in Karuizawa, "Candle Secret" is actually near Naka Karuizawa Station, and there you can find a range of beautiful candles created by candle artists. Aroma candles and botanical candles can be purchased for 600-3000 yen.
You can also try your own hand at making candles. The candle making experience is open from 11:00 to 15:00 (reservation not required) and the candle making takes about 20 minutes. Be aware that it takes a couple hours for the wax to set, so it’s best to enjoy some sightseeing after making your candle and come back and collect it when ready. So, why not give making your own candle a go for a truly one-of-a-kind souvenir, and you can then enjoy the burning flame from your own special creation!
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