Kobe City is also the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and has the largest population in the prefecture.
It is a port city surrounded by the sea and mountains, and has many tourist attractions such as Harborland, Mt. Rokko, and Arima Hot Springs.
If you are in Kobe for sightseeing or on a business trip, you may be wondering what kind of souvenirs to buy or where to buy them.
In this page, we will introduce recommended souvenirs available in Kobe by [Souvenirs Available at Train Stations and Airports], [Famous Confectioneries], [Sightseeing Spots], and [Writer’s Recommendation], so please take a look!
Four classic souvenirs available at airports and train stations in Kobe.
Let’s start with the classic souvenirs available at Kobe’s airports and train stations.
First, I would like to introduce Kobe pudding.
This is a classic souvenir chosen by so many people that it is not an exaggeration to say that it is a must when buying Kobe souvenirs.
The plump texture is exquisite, not too soft and not too hard, and you feel as if you are eating a freshly made pudding.
There are many different flavors to choose from, including premium vanilla, green tea, and adult Kobe, but the orthodox Kobe is recommended for first-time buyers.
The expiration date is 120 days, which is also a good thing.
It is sold at train stations, airports, tourist attractions, and many other places, so be sure to check it out when you visit Kobe!
Kobe Franz Kobe Magic Pot Pudding.
Kobe Franz is a confectionery company founded in 2003 in Kobe Rokko.
One of its signature products, Kobe Magic Pot Pudding, comes in a pot-shaped container with an anchor mark, which is typical of the port city of Kobe.
One bite of the pudding will fill your mouth with the sweetness of the thick, smooth cream and make you say, “Mmmm! You can’t help but groan.
The expiration date is only two days after purchase, but once you try it, you’ll be hooked!
Kobe Molly Mama’s magic box of rusk waves.
The Kobe Molly Mama rusk introduced next is one of Kobe’s classic souvenirs, often found in Kobe’s tourist attractions, service areas, and shopping malls.
The dough is soaked in maple syrup and baked in a savory way, giving it a deep but light flavor without being too sweet.
The shelf life is about 30 days.
Since they are individually wrapped, they are recommended as a tea snack to be taken with coffee or tea.
Conditry Kobe French toast langue d’ocha.
Conditry Kobe’s French Toast Langdosha is a popular treat, selling 40,000 a day.
It tastes like French toast with a very nice maple flavor, and the toast-like Langdosha cookies are sandwiched between white chocolate.
They are not too sweet and have a refreshing aftertaste, so you can eat as many as you like.
The best before date is about six months.
In addition to the Conditry Kobe shops, Shin-Kobe Station and Kobe Airport, they are also sold at Shin-Osaka Station and Itami Airport, so look for them at souvenir shops.
7 recommended souvenirs from famous confectioneries in Kobe
There are many confectionery shops in Kobe that sell delicious sweets.
Among them, we have collected a few that are also available in department stores across the country!
Morozoff’s Custard Pudding
Morozoff is a pastry shop that opened in 1931 as a chocolate shop.
The pudding is made with only carefully selected milk, eggs, sugar and a little vanilla flavoring, and is slowly steamed and baked to set using only eggs.
It has a shelf life of 3 days.
It is the most popular item in the store, so if you are not sure what to buy, choose the pudding, you won’t go wrong!
Also popular at Morozoff’s is the Danish Cream Cheese Cake.
One bite of this cake will fill your mouth with the rich, thick taste of cheese and the tang of lemon, and it will be so addictive that you will not be able to stop eating it.
It has a short shelf life of only 3 days, so please eat it as soon as possible after purchase.
Kobe Fugetsudo’s Gaufres
Kobe Fugetsudo is a traditional confectionery shop founded in 1897.
Gaufres are known as the store’s signature confection.
You may see similar baked sweets here and there, but “Gaufres” is actually a registered trademark of Kobe Fugetsudo.
They come in three flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry.
They last for about 6 months, so they make great souvenirs.
Goncharov’s Kobe View Spot
Goncharov is known as “a long-established shop of high-end chocolates from Kobe” and has many shops in department stores across the country.
Kobe View Spot is a collaboration of Goncharov’s famous chocolate confections and famous sightseeing spots in Kobe.
The package is designed to be a great souvenir, and it is also delicious to eat, so it is truly a “two birds with one stone” souvenir.
Another nice point is that the product has a shelf life of about 100 days.
Since the product is only sold in the region, if you want to purchase it, it is recommended that you check in advance to see if the product is available at the store in Kobe.
Uheim is a German confectionery company with its main store in Kobe City.
Founded in 1909, the company has a history of more than 100 years and currently has 250 stores in Japan and abroad.
The name synonymous with Uheim is Baumkuchen, a traditional German pastry.
The moist dough has a natural flavor that brings out the best in the ingredients, and the white chocolate coating on the side adds sweetness and richness, making it a satisfying treat.
It has a long shelf life of 60 days.
Why not choose this as a standard gift for any recipient?
Königskrone Honey Altena
Königskrone is a candy store founded in 1977 and located in Mikage, Kobe.
A cute bear wearing a crown is the mascot character, and it is a famous store in Kobe that is loved by tourists and locals alike.
At King’s Crown, honey altena is one of the most popular signature products along with crown.
Since Honey Altena is also available in wooden boxes, cups and jars, you can change the container depending on the recipient.
Shelf life is 14 days (from April to the end of November) or 24 days (from December to the end of March) from the date of production and processing.
Patti’s Treaty Toothless Toothless Koubbeh Sablé 3
PATISSERIR TOOTH TOOTH is a confectionery shop established in Kobe in 1986.
These Tooth Kohbe Sablé 3 contain three types of bite-sized, slightly thick sablé.
Accented with coconut and chocolate chips, the sablé is a perfect souvenir to accompany coffee or tea.
The shelf life is about 2 weeks.
5 Kobe souvenirs you can buy at tourist spots
Next, I will introduce souvenirs sold at tourist spots in Kobe.
Weathercock Cheesecake from Kobe Weathercock Honpo
Kobe Weathercock Honpo is a shop located mainly in Kitano Ijinkan-gai.
One of the most popular items is the “Kazami-dori Cheesecake,” a rich, full-bodied cheesecake made with lots of camembert and cream cheese.
The cheesecake has a same-day shelf life when stored at room temperature, but can be refrigerated for three days or frozen for a month.
Individually wrapped sweets such as Kazamidori Kinpurin and Chocolate Mousse also make great souvenirs.
In addition to the store in Kitano Ijinkan, they are also available at Shin-Kobe Station, so if you forget to buy some, why not look for them at the station?
Capybara Cookie at Kobe Animal Kingdom
Kobe Animal Kingdom is a tourist attraction located on an artificial island called “Port Island” where Kobe Airport, the air gateway to Kobe, is located.
Capybaras are very popular at Animal Kingdom, and visitors can feed and even touch them as they roam freely.
These cookies are souvenirs that cutely depict the capybaras’ leisurely movements and blurry expressions.
Not only do they look cute, but they have a long shelf life of about 150 days and are individually wrapped, making them a great souvenir to give away at work or to friends.
Anpanman sponge cake baked at Kobe Anpanman Children’s Museum & Mall
Kobe Anpanman Children’s Museum & Mall is an Anpanman theme park located in Harborland, an 8-minute walk from JR Kobe Station.
These sponge cake baked goods are packaged in a cute trunk case that can be used after eating as a case for storing small items that are easily scattered, such as a toy set or doll care set.
The four pieces are packaged in four bags, and the shelf life is approximately 40 days before opening, so you can enjoy one bag at a time.
It also makes a great gift for children as a keepsake for a play date.
Rokkosan Ranch Baked Cheesecake
Rokkosan Ranch, located at the top of Mt. Rokko, is a popular tourist spot for both young children and adults.
At Rokkosan Ranch, we recommend the baked cheese cake made with Camembert cheese, which is made with fresh milk from cows raised at Rokkosan Ranch.
A bite of this baked cheese cake is soft and moist, and the rich cheese flavor fills your mouth.
It should be eaten as soon as possible after opening the package, but if it is not opened, it will keep for 40 days at room temperature, which is a nice point as a souvenir.
Arima soda crackers from Arima Onsen
Arima Onsen, a famous hot spring resort in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, is famous for its “Arima no Soda Senbei,” which is made from the carbon dioxide in Arima’s hot water.
When placed in the mouth, the crackers seem to melt rather than be chewed, and the very simple ingredients give them a very simple and gentle flavor that fills the mouth.
The taste is not that strong, but somehow it is addictive…you will end up eating many pieces.
The shelf life is about 90 days.
In addition to Arima Onsen, it can also be purchased at Kobe Airport, Kobe Station, Sannomiya Station, Kobe Harbor Land, and Kitano Ijinkan-gai.
4 souvenirs only available in Kobe for those in the know
Finally, I would like to introduce some Kobe souvenirs recommended by our souvenir writers.
These souvenirs are only available in Kobe, so if you want to add a story about your visit to Kobe to your souvenirs, this is the place to go!
Mangetsudo, which produces Housuke Manju, is a Japanese confectionery company established in 1882 in Awakawa, Kita-ku, Kobe City.
It is so famous and popular that local residents have heard the name Toyosuke-manju at least once.
The shelf life is about 2 to 3 days.
The texture of the melt-in-your-mouth sweet bean paste and the light texture of the ultra-thin skin accentuate the deliciousness of the buns.
By the way, the price is only 60 yen per piece (excluding tax)!
Toyosuke-manju is usually sold only at Mangetsudo stores, but it is sometimes sold at department store events.
Nadasin’s rice cake o-hagi
Nadashin no Mochi, with its headquarters in Nada-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, is famous for its rice cake sweets, especially in Hyogo Prefecture.
Nadashin no Mochi mainly produces standard Japanese sweets such as Daifuku, Abekawa Mochi, and Ohagi.
The most appealing of all is the simplicity of o-hagi, which consists of sticky rice cake and sweet red bean paste.
The sweetness of the bean paste is not too sweet, and the size is just right, so you can eat as many o-hagi as you like!
The expiration date is the same day, so it is recommended to eat it before it gets hard.
They are available at the main store, Konan store, Hankyu Rokko store, Nishinomiya Hankyu store, and Entre Marche Sannomiya store (south side of the central exit gates of Sannomiya Station) in Nada-ku, Kobe City.
Cassaredo Square Cheesecake
Patisserie Cassalade is a specialty cheesecake shop in Sumiyoshi, Kobe.
The square cheesecake here has a cookie dough mixed with roasted walnuts that has a crunchy texture, while the rich cheese is smooth to the touch.
With each bite, the mellow aroma of the cheese and the savory flavor of the walnuts spread, making it an irresistibly happy treat.
The square cheesecakes can be refrigerated for up to five days, so you can buy them in advance if you plan to have guests over for a home party.
They go well with coffee, tea and wine, so why not try them as a dessert with your dinner?
Kannon-ya’s Danish Cheesecake
Kannon-ya is a famous cheesecake shop in Kobe, established in 1975.
One of the most popular items is the Danish Cheesecake, which is made with an original blend of fresh cheese imported directly from Denmark and fused with sponge, allowing you to enjoy the original flavor of the ingredients.
The cheese covers the sponge like a blanket and intertwines with the sweet sponge, making it very easy to eat and tastes great with tea or coffee.
Since no preservatives are used, the shelf life is 5 days.
Which cheap souvenirs can I buy in Kobe?
When distributing souvenirs to many people, you may sometimes think, “I want inexpensive souvenirs if possible,” because expensive ones cost a lot of money.
In such cases, we recommend Mont Loire’s Leaf Memory chocolates.
Mont Loire was established in 1988 in front of Okamoto Station on the Hankyu Line in Higashinada-ku, Kobe.
Since then, the number of shops has increased, department stores have begun to carry its products, and it is now loved by many people as a typical chocolate confectionery in Kobe.
The “Leaf Memory” is one of its most popular products because it is small and easy to eat, with three different flavors of chocolate in one package, making it easy to eat anywhere.
The size of the chocolate and the amount of chocolate that can be “snacked” while drinking tea make it a good choice for tea time or with drinks.
The individually packaged chocolates are easy to distribute, and the price is 1,080 yen for a package of 15 chocolates, or 72 yen per piece.
That’s 72 yen per piece.
Although the amount of chocolate in each package is small, I think it is just the right amount of candy if you are buying gifts for a large group of people.
The shelf life is about 6 months.
About Souvenirs of Sundries Available in Kobe
Corbear is a cute, casual character born in Kobe.
There is a wide variety of goods available, including dolls, key chains, mugs, stationery, and candy, so it is a good idea to change the type of souvenir depending on the person you are sending it to.
Corbear merchandise can be purchased at Shin-Kobe Station, Kobe Airport, and Kobe Loft near Sannomiya Station.
Kobe Tartan by STUDIO KIiCHI
The Kobe Tartan is inspired by the streets of Kobe, Japan.
The blue tartan pattern is elegant and very cute.
Since there are goods such as handkerchiefs, ties, bags and sweets, I think they are easy to give as gifts to people of all ages.
Where to buy souvenirs in Kobe?
Souvenirs of Kobe can be purchased at train stations, airports, tourist spots, and department stores.
Please see below for souvenirs available at each location.
- Shin-Kobe Station
- Sannomiya station
- Kobe Station
- Kobe Airport
- Kobe Hankyu
- Daimaru Kobe
- Daimaru Suma
- Hanshin Mikage
- Kobe Harbor Land
- Kobe Port Tower
- Kobe Nankinmachi
- Kitano Ijinkan-gai
- Kitano Workshop Town
- Rokko Farm
- Kobe Oji Zoo
- Kobe Animal Kingdom
- Kobe Anpanman Children’s Museum & Mall
- Kobe Suma Seaside Aquarium
By the way, if you want to find a collection of Kobe souvenirs, we recommend checking out Shin-Kobe Station, Kobe Airport, and department stores.