Himeji City is located in the southwestern part of Hyogo Prefecture.
Himeji is famous for Himeji Castle, a World Heritage Site, which attracts many tourists not only from Japan but also from overseas.
There are also many sights around Himeji Castle, such as Kokoen, Himeji Municipal Zoo, and Himeji Municipal Art Museum, so it is recommended to spend a whole day to have a good look around.
If you are staying in Himeji for sightseeing or business trip, you may be wondering what kind of souvenirs you can buy.
On this page, we will introduce recommended souvenirs available in Himeji by the following categories: “Souvenirs Available at Train Stations,” “Famous Japanese Sweets,” “Stylish Sweet Souvenirs,” and “Non-Sweet!
Five classic souvenirs available at Himeji Station
At Himeji Station, you can buy souvenirs at the Souvenir Hall of Piore Himeji and Entre Marche Himeji.
Here are some of the popular souvenirs available at Himeji Station.
Tamatsubaki at Iseya Honten
Tamatsubaki” is a confectionery sold by Iseya Honten, which has been in business for 300 years since the Genroku era (1688-1704).
The pretty pink gyuhi (rice cake flour kneaded with sugar and syrup) is filled with thick yellowish-red bean paste and has a refined taste.
It was once the official confection of the Himeji clan, and in the Showa period (1926-1989) the emperor and empress bought it, so you can feel the weight of history.
The best before date is 8 days.
It can be purchased at Iseya’s direct stores, stores that carry the confectionery, or at “Harimarushie,” a website that introduces local specialties of Himeji and the Harima region.
Iseya’s salt-flavored buns are also popular, so be sure to try them!
Kineya’s Shosha Sennensugi
Kineya was founded in 1911, and its motto is “A store that presents happiness in the form of sweets.
Shosha Sennensugi” is a cake made by Kineya to resemble the cedar trees on the grounds of Enkyoji Temple in Shosha, Himeji City.
When you try it, you can enjoy the crunchy texture of the almonds and the moistness of the baumkuchen.
The shelf life is about 30 days.
Also popular at Kineya is “Oshiro-yaki”, which is a representation of the “five-story keep” of Himeji Castle, a national treasure, in the form of sweets.
The sponge cake and red bean paste go well together and are recommended as an accompaniment to coffee or tea, as well as Japanese tea.
Hakuro Jinya’s Ippuku
Ippuku” by Hakuro Jinya is a cake bun with sweet bean paste wrapped in a moist cake crust.
It is a large cake with a diameter of 7 cm and a thickness of 2 cm. The sweet bean paste and crisp texture are addictive.
The cake has a shelf life of about two weeks and is available at Hakuro Jinya stores (five stores in Himeji and Miki), including Himeji Station.
Gosouhonpo” is a castle-shaped monaka made by Gokou-enaka Honpo.
It is made of hiyokumochi rice from Saga Prefecture and azuki beans from Hokkaido, with chopped chestnuts inside.
You can eat it as is, or pour hot water over it and enjoy it as zenzai, which is also recommended.
Five-layered mochi has an expiration date of about 14 days after production and can be purchased at the Piore Himeji souvenir shop or the main factory.
Ippuku Hangetsuan Daiginjo Yamadanishiki Senbei
Daiginjo Yamadanishiki Rice Crackers sold by Ippuku Senbei Hangetsuan are made from Yamadanishiki, the king of sake rice.
Each individually wrapped rice cracker comes in a package of 30, so it is recommended as a scattered souvenir for the workplace!
The best before date is about 2 months, which is also a good point.
Daiginjo Yamadanishiki Rice Crackers can be purchased at the Piore Himeji Souvenir Center.
3 souvenirs from popular Japanese confectionery stores available in Himeji
Next, we will introduce souvenirs from popular Japanese confectionery stores in Himeji.
Isshikido’s locally famous “Keiranmanju” are buns with white bean paste inside a dough filled with chicken eggs.
It has a traditional, mild flavor and goes well with coffee and tea, as well as Japanese tea.
The shelf life is only about 4 days, so please eat them as soon as possible after purchase.
By the way, you can watch the production process in the shop of Sanyo Department Store.
Ogawa Do Aki kuni no Harima kamon
Harima Kamon” is characterized by the imprint of the family crest of Terumasa Ikeda, who built Himeji Castle, on the surface of the monaka: the “butterfly” and “hollyhock” of Princess Sen.
The large size contains chestnuts, while the small size contains chestnuts mashed into chestnut bean paste, allowing you to enjoy different textures depending on the size.
Harima Iemons can be purchased at the main store, Sanyo Department Store, Umeda Hanshin Department Store, Otemon Chaya, etc.
If you give it to a history buff, why not talk about the family crest on the surface?
Okashitsukasa fukujudo no Senhime-sama no hime poteto
Fukujudo Honten is a Japanese candy store established in 1924 in Himeji.
The store’s signature “Hirohata” confection is also popular, but we often see this “Senhime-sama no Hime Potato” on SNS.
Made from whole Naruto Kintoki sweet potatoes, it is an easy-to-recommend confection for all ages, from young children to the elderly.
Four stylish sweet souvenirs available in Himeji
Next, I will introduce some stylish looking sweets available in Himeji.
JYUJIRO is a select store located in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture.
The store sells processed products, mainly agricultural products born from the blessings of nature and organic farming methods.
The “Ho-SUI” series here are bite-sized O-Hagi (rice balls) with a very cute large intestine shape.
This “Megumi” series is also characterized by the use of glutinous soybeans produced in Sayo.
Since these are fresh confections, they only last a day, but we can confidently recommend both series of Japanese confections as our top choice!
The store is located near Himeji Castle and has a small dining area inside.
If you have a chance to stroll around Himeji Castle, please stop by.
Amaneya’s “Emidama” is a ball-shaped monaka!
Its colorful appearance is very festive, and it is a fashionable and photogenic Japanese confection.
There are six flavors: raspberry, green tea, yuzu, blueberry, ramune, and koshian, and they are sold in packages of 6 or 12.
The best before date is 8 days after production.
They are available at every store in Himeji as well as online, so if there is a product you are interested in, why not order it?
Materia Crepe & Tiramisto Materia’s Tiramisu
Tiramist Materia is a specialty tiramisu shop born in Ehime and the first to open in the Kansai region.
At Tiramist Materia, the tiramisu in a jar, which is sold only for take-out, is recommended as a souvenir.
It is sold frozen and lasts about 90 days.
The packaging is also stylish, making it a great souvenir for girlfriends or mothers.
By the way, the store is located in Yume Town, Himeji.
3 recommended souvenirs other than sweets that can be bought in Himeji
Next, we will introduce recommended souvenirs other than sweets that can be purchased in Himeji.
Mattenloh’s Homemade Almond Butter
Almond butter, now a famous local food in Himeji, was actually created by the master of Matenrou.
It goes perfectly with bread, and once you try it, you cannot get enough of its addictive taste!
You can buy it at the souvenir shop in Piore Himeji at JR Himeji Station, or online at their online store, so even those who live far away can buy it online.
The expiration date is about 2 months from the date of production.
Hatoya’s Aged Kamaboko
Hatoya is a fish cake shop established in 1946 in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture.
These fried kamaboko from Joten are so thick that you will feel full after eating one, and we recommend eating them as a snack.
It has a standard flavor that seems to be popular with everyone, so if you’re unsure of someone’s taste, this would be a good choice for a souvenir that will never fail.
The best before date is about 2 weeks.
If you are looking for non-food souvenirs, we also recommend items featuring Shiromaru-hime, the iconic figure of Himeji City.
By the way, Shiromaruhime’s favorite food is Japanese sweets.
The character’s environment, which is typical of Himeji with its many Japanese confectionery shops, is also very friendly.
Shiromaruhime merchandise can be purchased at the shop next to the entrance gate at the exit of Himeji Castle.
Places to buy souvenirs in Himeji
Souvenirs of Himeji can be purchased at train stations, tourist spots, and department stores.
Please refer to the following for souvenirs available at each spot.
- Himeji Station
- Sanyo Department Store
- Yamato Yamashiki Himeji Store
- Himeji Castle
There are also various souvenir stores around Himeji Castle.
If you would like to find a collection of souvenirs from Himeji, please check here as well.
If you’re looking for something in front of the station, check out the Piore Himeji Souvenir Museum and Entre Marche Himeji!
Inside Piore Himeji, located in front of JR Himeji Station, there is an omiyage-kan (souvenir museum) where you can find a collection of Himeji souvenirs.
If you want to buy some souvenirs before you leave, we recommend that you look for them at the souvenir shops near the station.
As of January 2020, the stores in the souvenir hall are as follows.
- Genroku Iseya Honten
- Hakuro Jinya
- Yamasa Kamaboko
- Yoneho no Ka Ka Hanzuki An
- Kamaboko no Hatoya
- Harima Honpo Himesou
- Sohonke Kangawa
- Himeji’s Famous Sake Yaegaki
The Souvenir Hall is open from 8:30 to 20:00.
The museum is closed on irregular holidays, so if you are thinking of visiting, please check the website in advance.
Entre Marche Himeji also has a selection of souvenirs from Himeji and other parts of the Kansai region.