About Hyogo Prefecture
Hyogo Prefecture is bordered by the Sea of Japan to the north and the Seto Inland Sea to the south.
Awaji Island, which is famous for its onions, is also located in Hyogo Prefecture, and Hyogo Prefecture is very large and has many specialties.
There are many famous sweets, including Western-style sweets, that can be considered national specialties, and there are many kinds of souvenirs.
A souvenir writer living in Hyogo Prefecture has selected some of the best souvenirs from among the many available.
On this page, we will introduce the famous souvenirs of Hyogo Prefecture by [Specialty Souvenirs], [Confectionery], [By Region], and [By Establishment]!
(The sales locations in the article are current as of March 2018.)
Five famous souvenirs from Hyogo Prefecture
When buying souvenirs in Hyogo Prefecture, you may be wondering which are the specialties.
From the standpoint of a resident of Hyogo Prefecture, we have compiled a list of specialty souvenirs for your reference when sightseeing or on a business trip.
One of the typical souvenirs of Hyogo Prefecture is Kobe’s kawara senbei (kawara rice cracker).
It is a local confectionery with a long history.
This is Kameido Honke’s Kawara Senbei.
According to Kameido Honke, it was first introduced by Kukai, a famous monk of the Heian period (794-1185), when he returned from China.
This is another souvenir from Kobe.
It is a gaufre from Fugetsudo, which has been in business for 120 years.
Gaufres is actually a registered trademark of Fugetsudo.
It is a good topic of conversation when you give gaufres as a souvenir.
When asked, “What do you think of Kobe’s western-style confectionery? I am sure there are people who would mention Uheim’s Baumkuchen first when asked “What do you think of Kobe’s confectionery?
Uheim is famous for being the first company in Japan to bake and sell pyramid cakes.
Nowadays, there are many types of Baumkuchen, such as conveniently cut Baumkuchen for souvenirs, chocolate-covered Baumkuchen, and green tea-flavored Baumkuchen.
You can’t go wrong with this product as a souvenir.
A famous souvenir of Ako, located in the western part of Hyogo Prefecture, is the “salty bun”.
It is made and sold by several manufacturers, all of which are excellent!
The manju is made with a skin similar to that of a rakugan and filled with red bean paste, making it a perfect snack for tea.
It makes a great gift for the elderly!
One of the souvenirs from Arima Onsen in Kobe, one of the three oldest hot springs in Japan, is soda rice crackers.
They have a simple and gentle taste that makes you want to eat them.
They are a must-have souvenir, so don’t forget to get some when you travel to Arima Onsen!
Recommended Confectionery in Hyogo Prefecture
Hyogo Prefecture is famous for its many delicious confectionery shops, including Kobe.
We have collected five of the most popular confectionaries as souvenirs from among these!
[Ashiya City]Henri Charpentier Financier
This is a financier from Henri Charpentier, a confectioner in Ashiya City, Hyogo Prefecture.
The financier is so popular that the number of pieces sold has been certified as a Guinness World Record.
The moist and delicious financier is a souvenir that will be especially appreciated by women.
[Kobe City]Patti’s Treat Tooth Tooth Tooth Tooth Koubbeh Sablé 3
PATISSERIR TOOTH TOOTH operates five stores in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture.
The cookies in the photo are “Tooth Kohbe Sablé 3.
The cookies come in three varieties: coconut, chocolate, and hazelnut.
Some stores have a space where you can spend tea time or lunch time, so it is a good idea to use them when you stop by on a trip or business trip.
[Nishinomiya City] Tsumagari Koyoen Yokosam
Tsumagari is a famous confectionery shop between Osaka and Kobe.
If you visit Hyogo, you should try one of their sweets at least once!
Yoko-san in Koyoen” is a popular cake that has been popular for many years since Tsumagari was established.
It is named after the place in Koyoen, Nishinomiya City, where Tsumagari’s main store is located.
The dough, made only with almond flour, not wheat flour, is exquisite!
Although not available at train stations or airports, you can purchase them at the Daimaru Kobe store in Hyogo Prefecture.
[Kobe City] Goncharov Kobe View Spot Chocolate
Chocolates made by Goncharov, a traditional chocolate maker that originated in Kobe.
The design features famous sights such as the Kobe Port Tower, Ijinkan (foreign residences), and the ropeway, making it a perfect souvenir.
It will be a souvenir that will give you a picture of the city of Kobe!
[Kobe City] Mont Loire Chocolates
Kobe is a fierce battleground with several delicious confectionery shops.
Among them, Monroir, whose main store is located in Okamoto, Higashinada-ku, Kobe, is famous for its chocolates.
It is said that when people in Kobe think of chocolate, they think of Monroir.
The design and taste are both excellent, making it a perfect choice as a souvenir!
Recommended souvenirs by region in Hyogo Prefecture[Himeji], [Akashi], [Sanda]
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, Hyogo Prefecture covers a very large area.
You may be wondering, “What is the specialty of each area?” I picked up the famous souvenirs of three cities!
Here are some of the local specialties of three cities!
Souvenirs of Himeji City
Himeji City, home of the World Heritage Site Himeji Castle, comes to mind when one hears the name “Hyogo Prefecture” in addition to Kobe.
Here are three famous and popular souvenirs from Himeji!
All of them are available at the Piore Souvenir Hall in Himeji Station.
Kineya, which has been in business for more than 100 years, produces ojo-yaki, sponge cake buns with the motif of Himeji Castle.
You can enjoy freshly made ojo-yaki at Kineya’s store in front of the Otemon Gate of Himeji Castle.
We recommend that you stop by when you visit Himeji Castle!
Gyuhi sweets made by Iseya Honten, which has been in business for 300 years.
The bright pink gyuhi is filled with rich yolk bean paste.
Although small in size, it is very heavy and satisfying to eat.
This is a Japanese confectionery with a long history, and was once used as an official confectionery of a feudal clan.
It may be used as a souvenir for your loved ones or superiors.
Himeji City and Ako City are located in western Hyogo Prefecture.
This is a baumkuchen made to look like a cedar tree on the grounds of Enkyoji Temple in Shosha, Himeji City.
Sliced almonds and cocoa are used to create the shape of the cedar, making this a very elaborate confection.
It is popular as a historic Himeji souvenir!
Souvenirs of Akashi City
Next, we will introduce some souvenirs from Akashi.
Akashi is famous for Akashi octopus. At the fish shelf market where many tourists visit, Akashi’s specialty, tamago-yaki, which contains octopus, is very popular.
You can also find octopus in sweets as souvenirs.
Eirakudo Akashi Takosen
Akashi Dako Sen (octopus cracker) from Eirakudo, which is located mainly in Akashi City.
These crackers are tangy, spicy, and addictive, and are made with Akashi octopus.
The company has stores near Akashi Station and Nishi Akashi Station, so it is a good idea to stop by to pick up a souvenir on your way home from a sightseeing trip!
Souvenirs of Sanda City
Escoyama Macarons Standard Selection
Escoyama is a confectionery shop located in Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture.
The owner, Mr. Koyama, is a famous pastry chef in Japan who has been featured on television and in magazines.
The macaroons created by Mr. Koyama are popular for their cute, colorful, colon-like appearance.
There are six flavors, from left to right in the photo: chocolate, vanilla, café au lait, yuzu, black currant, and pistachio.
If you ever visit Hyogo Prefecture by car, why not stop by the store in Sanda City?
Perfect for a small souvenir! Souvenirs available at service areas, airports and train stations
If you are in a hurry, you may use the souvenir corners at airports or train stations.
We have collected popular souvenirs that are relatively easy to find and purchase here and there.
Kobe Franz Kobe Ichigo Truffle
These Kobe Franz chocolates feature an anchor mark and red packaging.
The solid construction of the box makes you want to give it as a gift.
They are freeze-dried strawberries covered in white chocolate.
They can be purchased at Kobe Airport and Sannomiya Station.
KOBE Morrymama rusk
Rusk has been recognized as a quality product of Kobe for nine consecutive years in the Kobe Selection.
The sweet aroma of maple syrup is delicious and everyone loves the taste.
There are many places that sell these rusks, so why not add them to your list of souvenirs to buy?
Conditry Kobe French toast Langdosha
The souvenirs are so popular that the number of pieces sold exceeds 40,000 per day (information as of January 2018).
There is a wide variety in the number of pieces, from 6 pieces to 45 pieces, and many people use them as souvenirs for their workplaces.
They can be found at airports, train stations, and service areas, making them an easy souvenir to purchase.
Popular for its light, crispy texture, ecorse is a typical confectionery of Hon Takasagaya.
They come in a variety of shapes, including triangular, strip, and round.
Some locals say, “If I have a hard time choosing a souvenir, I’ll choose Ecorse.
Even though the pudding keeps for a long time, according to the writer who tasted it, it tastes so good that “you even feel as if you are eating a freshly made pudding.
It is sold here and there, and there are many varieties, so why not buy some if you are not sure what to buy as a souvenir?
Extra: Specialty souvenirs recommended by those in the know in Hyogo Prefecture
Finally, here are some souvenirs that are known only to those in the know.
Here are five unexpected souvenirs and famous confections from long-established local shops!
Gran Mahoroba Kobe King’s Cashmere Shokupan
“What, bread as a souvenir from Kobe?” You might be surprised.
Gran Mahoroba bread is a popular souvenir at Kobe Airport and Shin-Kobe Station.
The bread is characterized by its firm, chewy texture and the aroma of wheat.
Although the image of Kobe as a souvenir is often associated with Western-style confectionery, this easy-to-eat bread is also a good choice as a souvenir!
Kannon-ya Danish Cheesecake
Danish cheesecake from Kobe’s Kannon-ya cheesecake shop.
As the name suggests, it is made with Danish cheese.
It has been featured in numerous media outlets and is so popular that when people think of cheesecake, they think of cakes from Kannon-ya.
It is also available at Kobe Airport, so you can buy it on your way home from a vacation or business trip.
Kinsendo Kinsen yaki
Arima Onsen in Kobe is known as the hot spring where Hideyoshi Toyotomi bathed.
It is famous for its dark brown, iron-rich water called kinsen.
The rice cake sweets associated with Kinsen are the “Kinsen-yaki” shown in the photo.
It is a popular souvenir along with soda rice crackers, a specialty of Arima Onsen!
They are available at the Arima Onsen Station, so it is a good idea to buy some at the end of your trip.
Fujieya Bundai Medetai Monaka
Founded in 1818, Fujieya Bundai has its main store in Honmachi, Akashi City.
The photo shows a monaka made in the shape of a sea bream, a specialty of Akashi. It is a perfect souvenir of Akashi as well as for celebratory occasions.
It is also recommended to buy it together with Fujieya Bunkai’s representative confectionery, “Choujo-Yokan”.
Fujieya Bunkai’s store is also located at “Piore Akashi” in Akashi Station.
Manzukido Toyosuke Manju
Finally, we would like to introduce you to Toyosuke Manju of Mangetsudo, who has a store in Kita-ku, Kobe City.
The store is always crowded with customers, whether on weekdays or holidays.
The signature product, Housuke Manju, is priced at 57 yen (excluding tax) per piece.
Not only is it easily affordable, but it also tastes great. Some people even remember it by the name of the manju rather than the name of the shop.
If you come to Hyogo Prefecture, please visit the store!
Toyosuke Manju is one of the only ones available in Hyogo Prefecture.
A wide variety of souvenirs from Hyogo, with Kobe at the top of the list
Souvenirs from Hyogo Prefecture are characterized by their regional flavor.
Kobe has western-style confectionery, while Himeji and Ako in the west have traditional Japanese confectionery.
There is a wide variety of souvenirs, from traditional to new.
In addition to the above, there are many other delicious and classic souvenirs. Please try to find something you like!