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Five Premium Nagoya Souvenirs You’ll Want For Yourself!

Here are five premium products from among many items available at popular souvenir stores in Nagoya that you'll want to get as a treat! There are seasonal items and slightly luxurious items, all of which are so special that you may want to keep them for yourself.

A Leading Nagoya Patisserie, CAFE TANAKA Main Store

The main store of CAFE TANAKA is popular for their macarons and cakes, which are made by a female pastry chef. It is an established cafe that opened in 1963 as a coffee shop that roasts its own coffee beans, and is beloved by people of all ages. Today, in addition to the main store, it has branches in Jazz Dream Nagashima, JR Nagoya Takashimaya, and Daimaru Matsuzakaya Nagoya. It is famous as a pastry shop that’s representative of Nagoya.

A Luxurious Assortment, REGAL DE CHIHIRO

REGAL DE CHIHIRO (4,104 JPY) is an assortment of seven types of cookies. REGAL refers to a treat in French, and each cookie – painstakingly developed by the chef – is carefully made by hand with love and care. They are only sold online because they are not mass-produced, so there is a limited amount available. They are so popular that they sell out within 10 to 15 minutes of going on-sale. The cookie can design that takes on the image of a book is handcrafted by a craftsperson, which adds to the overall sense of specialness.

Phone: 052-912-6664
Hours: (Cafe) 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM (last order 6:30 PM)
(Weekends, Public Holidays) 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM (last order 7:00 PM)
(Cake Shop) 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Days Closed: None
Seating: 66 *Separate smoking area
Parking: 25 spots (free)
Access: 3 minutes on foot from Kami-ida Station on the Meieki Subway Line


2-11-2 Kami-ida Nishi-machi, Kita-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi

Cafe Gentiane of Piyorin Fame

This is a cafe famous for the chick-shaped flan, Piyorin, which is made with Nagoya Cochin chicken eggs. It is a cafe that primarily serves cakes, and it is full throughout the day with homemakers and businessmen enjoying sweets.

A Uniquely Nagoya Miso Roll Cake, Nagoyaka Roll

The Nagoyaka Roll (470 JPY/piece, 1,030 JPY/roll) is a Japanese-style roll cake. It is a dish where fresh cream and hatcho (soybean miso) are mixed together, black soybeans are sprinkled in, and then the whole mixture is rolled into a caramel-flavored cake. It has a sophisticated sweet flavor from the mix of miso and fresh cream, and goes well not only with coffee, but also with Japanese tea. The sweetness and saltiness fills the mouth the moment you take a bite, making it an outstanding product that many people come back for. It can be purchased as a piece or as a whole roll cake.

Phone: 052-533-6001
Hours: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM (last order 9:30 PM)
Days Closed: None
Seating: 40 *Separate smoking area
Parking: None
Access: Right by Nagoya Station on various lines

Cafe Gentiane

JR Nagoya Station Nagoya Chuo-dori, 1-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi

Aoyagi Sohonke, Familiar For That Nostalgic TV Commercial

“Shiro (white), kuro (black), matcha (green tea), agari (azuki beans), coffee, yuzu (citrus), sakura (cherry blossoms)...” Every Nagoya native will have hummed this commercial’s tune at one point. Aoyagi Sohonke – a sweets store with more than 130 years of history since its establishment in 1879 (12th year of Meiji) – began running this TV commercial in 1969 (44th year of Showa). It had a catchy tune that remained in people's minds, and the commercial is still often mentioned as a nostalgic TV commercial that remains familiar to Nagoya natives.

Hitokuchi Nama Uiro, Casually Enjoy Uiro

The Hitokuchi Nama Uiro (from 130 JPY/each), which are only available in some of Aoyagi Sohonke’s branches, are bite-size uiro (sweet rice jelly) developed with the desire to have "locals enjoy uiro more casually". They are beautiful to look at, and the most popular flavor is Uji Shigure (141 JPY), consisting of two layers of white and matcha green tea uiro with a large heap of azuki beans on top. There are other flavors such as potato (141 JPY), cherry blossom (141 JPY), and smooth sweet bean paste (141 JPY), so you can experiment to discover your favorite flavor!

Phone: 052-433-8112
Hours: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM (last order 10:30 PM)
(Weekends, Public Holidays) 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM (last order 7:30 PM)
Days Closed: None
Seating: 6 *Non-smoking
Parking: Approximately 370 spots (JP Tower Nagoya Parking is 320 JPY/30 minutes, with 30 minutes free for spending 3,000 JPY or more)
Access: Directly connected to Nagoya Station on various lines

Aoyagi Sohonke KITTE Nagoya Store

JP Tower Nagoya 1F, 1-1-1 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi

Nagoya's Most Popular Souvenirs From Bankaku Sohonpo, With Origins in a Fishing Village

Bankaku Sohonpo has specialized in shrimp crackers since its establishment in 1889 (22nd year of Meiji). That year, its founder, Jiro Bankaku, turned shrimp cakes into shrimp crackers, which can be stored longer. Since then, the store has evolved with its shrimp crackers.

Bankaku Sandaime Go-ho With a Concentration of the Umami Flavors of Five Types of Seafood

Bankaku Sandaime Go-ho (starts from 777 JPY for 8) was introduced in June 2016, and although it is not quite as famous as the standard Yukari crackers, it has undergone intense development to become a quality product. The quality of the ingredients used is amazing. Each cracker has a concentration of the umami flavors of local shrimp, squid, sweet shrimp, scallops, and sakura shrimp. The Ebi Yoseage has a deep umami flavor that comes from shrimp, and the rich taste of squid is made into a smooth flavor in Ika Yoseage. Enjoy the light texture achieved by frying them in local rice oil, and savor the rich flavors from five different types of seafood.

Phone: 052-932-0261
Hours: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
(Weekends, Public Holidays) 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Days Closed: July 16, August 21, August 22, January 1 - 3
Seating: None
Parking: Approximately 370 spots (JP Tower Nagoya Parking is 320 JPY/30 minutes, with 30 minutes free for spending 3,000 JPY or more)
Access: 3 minutes on foot from Senshu Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line and JR Chuo Line

Bankaku Sohonpo

Bankaku Aoi Bldg. 1F, 3-18-15 Aoi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi

Nagoya's Oldest Souvenir Shop, Ryoguchi Korekiyo

Ryoguchi Korekiyo is an established sweets shop with a history of over 380 years. It started when its founder, Saburoemon Saruya, came from Osaka in Settsu Province to search for new land, and began making manju buns that are now steeped in history and tradition.

Fresh Sweets to Enjoy With All Five Senses

The seasonal namagashi (fresh sweets) (from 313 JPY) are recommended as souvenirs for yourself! There are always five different types, with the selection changing every half year. Although the selection generally changes every year, Araiso (334 JPY) is an exception. It is a standard offering in the summer that many people specifically come for. Araiso is a kuzu sweet made with brown sugar from Okinawa that represents the black surface of reef-like rocks in the dynamic spray of waves. Unlike western sweets, it is difficult to express seasonality with fruits in Japanese sweets, so they are made to be enjoyed with all five senses, with names and appearances that represent coolness in the hot summer.

Phone: 052-249-5666
Hours: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
(Cafe and Gallery) 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Days Closed: New Year's Day
Seating: 24 *Non-smoking
Access: 1 minute on foot from No. 13 Exit of Sakae Station on the subway

Ryoguchi Korekiyo Sakae Branch

Hisaya Park Bldg. 1F, 4-14-2 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 08.04.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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