Only Cute Things! Five Select Gifts From Yokohama in Kanagawa to Post on Social Media
Gifts are difficult to choose, precisely because you want the recipient to be pleased. Here are some outstanding gifts that are cute, stylish, and even taste good! We've picked up a variety of thoughtful and photogenic gifts from around Yokohama, Kanagawa, that you'll want to post on social media. These cute gifts are sure to make your heart flutter!
【Yokohama Chinatown】Jukei Hanten's Kikkasu and Pifus
The Kikkasu (216 JPY) that looks like a white chrysanthemum and the Pifus (216 JPY) that is wrapped in peach-colored petals are both cute flower-like sweets made by Jukei Hanten. Both consist of flaky pie pastry with a sweet bean paste filling. These intricately designed sweets are made by artisan pastry chefs. Look closely and you'll find that the shape of each petal is slightly different! You'll be entranced by these colorful and delicate sweets.
Hours: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
(Fridays, Saturday) 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
(Sundays, Public Holidays) 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Days Closed: Open all year
Parking: Validation (Yokohama Chukagai Parking, which is 30 minutes free if you spend at least 5,000 JPY)
Access: 3 minutes on foot from Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minatomirai Line subway
【Yamate, Yokohama】The Rose Love Letter From Enoki-tei
Bara (Rose) no Love Letter (216 JPY for 1, 1,404 JPY for 6) is a pretty madeleine in the shape of a rose, which is Enoki-tei's iron plate motif. The batter is made with rosehip jam and honey. It has a luxurious flavor, with plenty of butter and a hint of honey. Since roses represent love, boxes of Bara no Love Letter come with a "love letter" leaflet with the words "To my dearest". The letter begins by asking how the recipient has been and closes with the words "With love from Yokohama". The letters are included in hopes that "they make people who receive the sweets smile". This is a perfect romantic gift.
Phone: 045-623-2288 (Enoki-tei Main Store)
Hours: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM (last orders 6:00 PM)
Days Closed: Year End and New Year's
Seating: 51 (tea room) *smoking only allowed on the terrace
Parking: 3 spots (free)
Access: 15 minutes on foot from Exit 4 of Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minatomirai Line subway
【Motomachi, Yokohama】Hana Motomachi by Kouro-an
Hana Motomachi (864 JPY for 6) are cute spherical sweets in a variety of colors. They are monaka sweets created in the image of the buoys floating in Yokohama Harbor. There are six different colors. Just looking at them lined up in the box will make you feel happy. Each one has a different flavored filling: Tsubuan (rough sweet bean paste, brown), unripe plum (red), apricot (yellow), yomogi brown sugar (green), sesami (white) and koshian (smooth sweet bean paste, dark brown). They are bite-size, so they're perfect for anyone who wants just a little.
Hours: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
*(Tea Room) 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (last orders 4:30 PM)
*(Tea Room, Weekends) 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM (last orders 5:00 PM)
Days Closed: Open unless otherwise specified
Seating: 34 *non-smoking (tea room)
Access: 3 minutes on foot from Exit 5 of Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minatomirai Line subway
【Kamakura】Kamakura Beniya's KURUMICCO Petite Gift Box
The KURUMICCO Petite Gift Box (560 JPY for 2) is convenient as a wedding favor or small gift. There are two KURUMICCO in what looks like a jewelry box. The fact that the box can be used afterwards to store small items makes it an even better gift. Of course, the best part is the popular KURUMICCO sweets themselves!
Phone: (Shop) 0467-22-3492
Hours: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
(Weekends, Public Holidays) 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Days closed: Open all year
Access: 7 minutes on foot from the East Exit of JR Kamakura Station
【Shonan, Hiratsuka】Conditorei Bachmann's Rose Petals
The Rose Petals (918 JPY) are made with edible roses. It is a jam made by stewing Shinshu apples and edible flowers (roses). When you put it in your mouth, you'll experience a delicate balance between the sweetness of the apples and the slight bitterness of the flower petals. It can be enjoyed in tea, on toast, or mixed with yogurt. Roses are said to have beauty benefits, so give it a try f you're curious.
Something that is tasty, cute to look at, and a bit unique... Choosing a gift can be quite difficult. When you want to select a gift that'll be appreciated, go to one of these recommended stores!
Hours: 9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Closed: Tuesday (first or second Tuesday of every month)
Parking: 1 spot (free)
Access: 5 minutes on foot from South Exit of JR Hiratsuka Station
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 08.15.2017]
*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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