【2018 Edition】10 Delicious Souvenirs to Purchase at Kansai International Airport
When travelling overseas, people often are lost on choosing which souvenirs to buy, or they simply don’t have enough time. To solve this, here are 10 souvenirs that you can buy at the Kansai International Airport! If you have idle time before boarding, you’ll be able to efficiently shop for souvenirs with this guide!
Nagasakido has been making castella (a type of sponge cake that is made with eggs, flour, sugar, and sugar syrup) using traditional techniques and expertise for nearly 100 years. Castella rusk is a version of this sweet that’s slowly baked in an oven. Made with a secret manufacturing method that involves a baking a blend of ingredients like the shop’s original wheat flour and fresh eggs, it has a mild sweetness and melts in the mouth. Choose between the Plain Castella that will let you taste the original flavor of castella and the Matcha Castella, which has green tea added to the mix. You can purchase it at the Applause 2nd Floor Shop on the second floor of Terminal 1, the Kukou Senmon Daiten Gourmet and Gift Shop on the 3rd floor, and the Applause Terminal 2 Gate Shop in Terminal 2.
Sample price: 648 JPY (incl. tax) for a set of 7 pieces
Another recommended souvenir is the Milk Manju Tsukigesho made by Aoki Shofuan, which has stores in Osaka and Wakayama. It is so popular that one piece is sold every three seconds! Enjoy the robust flavor of Western sweets with the elegance of Japanese sweets through this confection, which is made by wrapping milk-flavored bean paste in a soft bun. This homemade bean paste is created by adding smooth butter and condensed milk to white bean paste, which consists of two types of kidney beans. People love its creamy, mild, and light taste. You can purchase it at ANAFESTA in the international gate area of Terminal 1.
Sample price: 1,296 JPY (incl. tax) for a set of 10 pieces
The roll cakes from Mon cher, a patisserie from Osaka, are also popular. The cream that fills these roll cakes was made in hopes that “even people who do not like cream will like it”. It is loved for its fluffy and soft texture that feels like it’s melting in your mouth, as well as for its mild sweetness. The Dojima Blanc Roll – made by adding white chocolate from Callebaut in Belgium to the cream – is only available at Kansai International Airport and Osaka International (Itami) Airport. The cakes are frozen when they are sold, but if you buy an insulation bag, you will be able to carry it around for a long time. You can purchase this cake at Applause on the 3rd floor of Terminal 1.
Sample price: 1,780 yen
If you’re looking for a more traditional taste, why not purchase the Iwa Okoshi and Awa Okoshi from Amidaike Daikoku – a well-established shop that was founded in 1805? Okoshi is a dried confection that is made by heating and drying grains like rice and millet, mixing in melted sugar and starch syrup, and then pouring and drying the mixture in a mold. It is said to be the sweet with the longest history in Japan. Iwa Okoshi has fresh ginger added to it, as the spiciness draws out the rich sweetness of the brown sugar. With the Awa Okoshi, sesame seeds are added to rice that has been roasted until it turns into millet, resulting in a unique aroma and crunchy texture. You can purchase these sweets at KAB Plaza and Applause on the 1st floor of Terminal 1.
Sample price: 756 JPY (incl. tax) for a set of 10 pieces
Those that want to purchase and bring home high-quality sweets should try the Kyo Baum, which is a Baumkuchen made with matcha (green tea). Three layers of sponge cake – made by incorporating soy milk from Kyoto that carries a strong soybean flavor, matcha, and sencha (medium-grade green tea) into dough – are stacked on top of each other, and then coated with matcha fondant (sugar coating) to create this confection. Matcha from Uji in Kyoto – one of the most famous tea producing areas in Japan – is used for this sweet, which has a strong aroma and vibrant deep green color. You can purchase it at the Airport Senmon Daiten on the 3rd floor of Terminal 1.
Sample price: From 1,166 JPY (incl. tax)
※Photo shows sliced Kyo Baum
Those who want a souvenir that really represents Kyoto should purchase the Kyo-Machiya Cake, which uses nama-yatsuhashi※ from Bijuu – a store that’s famous for otabe (azuki bean paste wrapped in nama-yatsuhashi). There are two kinds to choose from: the Uji Matcha, which sandwiches matcha sponge cake and matcha chocolate with black bean paste filling in-between matcha-flavored nama-yatsuhashi, and the Kokuto Kinako – in which kinako (roasted soybean flour) sponge cake and kinako chocolate with brown sugar bean paste filling is sandwiched in-between brown sugar-flavored nama-yatsuhashi. It has a unique fluffy and springy texture! You can purchase it at the BLUE SKY Open Cafeteria on the 3rd floor of Terminal 1.
Sample price: 821 JPY (incl. tax) for 4 pieces and 1,166 JPY (incl. tax) for 6 pieces
※ A Kyoto delicacy that is made from rice flour, sugar, and nikki (an ingredient with a cinnamon-like taste).
※The Kyo-Machiya Cake does not use nikki.
The Tako Patie is perfect for those who are in search for a unique treat. It is takoyaki (※) – the specialty dish of Osaka – that has been transformed into an actual confection by adding walnuts and caramel syrup to the ingredients lineup, which normally includes sauce, nori (dried seaweed), and bonito flakes. It tastes like takoyaki when you first bite into it, but at the end, it’ll taste strangely like a sweet pastry. You can purchase it at the Applause 2nd Floor Shop and KAB Plaza on the 2nd floor of Terminal 1.
Sample price: 540 JPY (incl. tax) for a set of 12 pieces
※A dish that is made by putting octopus bits and seasonings into batter made with melted flour, and then cooking the batter into spherical shapes. It is generally eaten with sauce.
Another recommended treat is the Osaka Petite Banana, which was created by Shinichi Makino – a famous pastry chef in the Kansai region. It is a shortcake-inspired sponge cake filled with custard cream, bananas, and passionfruit. The inside is moist, and it gives off a really strong aroma. You can purchase it at Applause and KAB Plaza on the 2nd floor of Terminal 1.
Sample price: 648 JPY (incl. tax) for a set of 6 pieces
Another specialty dish of Osaka is the Buta-man (pork bun) from 551 Horai – a Chinese restaurant that has many branches all over the Kansai region. It is an incredibly popular product that sells as many as 150,000 pieces per day. The main star of this treat is the filling that is made with juicy pork and sweet onions. The mild sweetness of the chewy bun enhances the deliciousness of the entire thing. These chilled pork buns last a long time, making them perfect souvenirs. If you use an insulation bag, you can carry them for five hours. These pork buns can stay fresh for five days when refrigerated. You can purchase them at 551 Horai, Applause and KAB Plaza on the 2nd floor of Terminal 1.
Sample price: 680 JPY (incl. tax) for 4 chilled pieces
The last recommended souvenir is Matcha Pudding from Fukujuen – a long-established shop in Kyoto with a history of over 220 years. The flavor of tea is the star of this confection, which is why matcha and gyokuro (high-class tea with a distinct sweetness and flavor) are incorporated into it. People love the strong tea taste, as well as its smoothness that makes it feel like you’re eating mousse. It comes with matcha powder, which you can sprinkle it on top before you eat. You can purchase it at Fukujuen on the 3rd floor of Terminal 1.
Sample price: 1,664 JPY (incl. tax) for a box with 4 pieces inside
※Photo is for illustration purposes
There are a lot of sweets and dishes available at the airport that are perfect as souvenirs. If you find it difficult to choose, then please use this article as a reference! ※Some of the items in this list may be available in shops other than the ones listed above.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.