There are many sweets stores in Kamakura, a tourist destination popular among people of all ages. Here are four Kamakura specialty sweets that are perfect to take home.
1. Kamakura New German's Kamakura Custar
This is the best seller at Kamakura New German, a famous pastry shop that opened in 1968! The Kamakura Custar is made of soft cream enveloped in a fluffy egg-flavored sponge cake.
A total of more than 20 flavors are sold in a year, including the standard custard cream and chocolate, as well as seasonal flavors such as black tea, green, tea, lemon, and mango. The sponge cake recipe and amount of honey used is altered slightly depending on the season and the type of cream. Kamakura New German has continued to preserve its outstanding tastes for more than 30 years by such efforts and dedication to quality.
Price range: 140 JPY (incl. tax) for one custard flavor
2. Toshimaya's Hato Sable
The Hato Sable is a cookie that is so popular people equate it with Kamakura. It is a product that continues to be loved today, more than 100 years since it was introduced in 1894.
With its simple, buttery flavor and a crisp texture, the Hato Sable has a taste one never tires of. The cute design based on a dove (hato) has long been popular among the Japanese, and there are many "hato good," such as stationery, available for purchase. The main store has a goods corner on the first floor and the sweets shop and a gallery laying out the products' history on the second floor, so take a look!
Price range: 864 JPY (incl. tax) for a box of 7
3. Kamakura Beniya's Kurumi-ko
This is a popular shop that was established in 1954. The main store is in front of a major tourist destination, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, and there are also three branches in Kamakura and one in Yokohama.
Their specialty is the Kurumi-ko, made by sandwiching lots of walnuts (kurumi) and store-made caramel between butter cookies. It was recognized as the best sweet from Kanagawa in a contest held by the prefecture. Each bite of these crisp, bite-size sweets releases the rich flavors of walnuts and the delicate sweetness of the fresh caramel. The cute packaging with squirrels is also a reason behind their popularity.
Price range: 702 JPY (incl. tax) for a box of 5
4. Patisserie Yukinoshita's Macaron
These are the signature macarons from the famous patisserie, Patisserie Yukinoshita. The patisserie is located on Komachi-dori, between the east exit of Kamakura Station and Tsuruoka Hachimangu, and its colorful macarons are popular, especially among women.
Almonds from Sicily are used in the batter. The filling is a light butter cream with accents of store-made preserves and chocolate ganache. The flavors include pistachio, caramel spice, framboise, and milk chocolate, as well as Japanese flavors such as yuzu citrus and azuki beans. The shop has an eat-in space, so stop by for a bite!
Price range: 1,550 JPY (incl. tax) for 5
These are both long-established stores that have been popular for years as well as relatively new shops. Please try their flavors when visiting Kamakura.
*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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