Top 4 best Japanese sweets souvenirs

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Friday, March 03, 2017 at 21:00

What are the best choices as a souvenir for your friends?

Tokyo Banana
Tokyo Banana
The Japanese government is putting many efforts on inviting tourists from foreign countries. It is a boom to invite foreigners to Japan due to the Olympic games held in Tokyo on 2020.
Hotels are making a lot of efforts to host more and more guests. And the Japanese government is thinking of lifting bans on the services to renting private homes and rooms such as Airbnb.

And souvenir making companies are also doing their best to make better products that sell for foreign people.
If you visit Narita airport, you will see that there are many souvenirs being sold and foreign people are keep buying them.

In this article, I would like to introduce some top 4 best Japanese sweets souvenirs!

Azabu Karinto / 麻布かりんと at Diamaru Department store, Tokyo station

Azabu Karinto
Azabu Karinto
Azabu Karinto is soft Karinto
Azabu Karinto is soft Karinto
Azabu Karinto is, as the name shows, it is a kind of Karinto sweets.
According to Wikipedia, Karinto is...
Karinto (花林糖 karintō?, (ateji)) is a traditional Japanese snack food. Sweet and deep-fried, it is made primarily of flour, yeast, and brown sugar. It has a deep brown and pitted appearance, and takes the form of a "bite-sized" pillow or short cylinder. Although traditional karinto is coated with brown sugar, recently other variations appear in the market, such as white sugar, sesame seeds, miso, or peanuts.
Source: Wikipedia
Usually, Karinto is a hard and stiff sweets.
However, this Azabu Karinto is a soft Karinto unlike ordinary ones.

Brown sugar flavor is my recommendation!
Inside Azabu Karinto
Inside Azabu Karinto

Shiroi Koibito / 白い恋人 at Hokkaido or any airports

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Shiroi Koibito
Shiroi Koibito
Shiroi Koibito 2
Shiroi Koibito 2
Source: raku-da.jp
Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人?, literally "white lover") is a European-style cookie manufactured and sold by Japanese confectionery maker Ishiya Co., Ltd. in Sapporo, Hokkaido. It consists of chocolate sandwiched between langue de chat. There are two main types: Shiroi Koibito White with white chocolate in the centre and Shiroi Koibito Black with milk chocolate in the centre. The package design has a white and light blue base with a picture of Rishiri Island's Mount Rishiri arranged in the centre.
Source: Wikipedia
Shiroi Koibito is pretty famous souvenir of Hokkaido.
The taste is very simple cookie and chocolate. However, I am sure that you will be addicted to this taste and finish entire box of this in a day longest.

There are white chocolate flavor and black chocolate flavor.
You can buy them at Haneda and Narita airport.
白いクッキーのまわりにきれいな焼き色をつけたラングドシャークッキー。オーブンの細かな温度調節で、あの焼き色とサクサクのクッキーが焼き上がります。

そして、熱々のラングドシャーではさむホワイトチョコレートは、白い恋人用にブレンドしたオリジナルのもの。クッキーとよく合う甘さとなめらかさのチョコレートがサンドされ、40年以上も愛され続けている「白い恋人」が出来上がります。

Fukusaya Cube Castella / 福砂屋のキューブカステラ

Cube Castella package
Cube Castella package
Source: sotetsu.net
Fukusaya is such a famous castella maker in Japan.
Fukusaya was founded in 1624 at Nagasaki prefecture. Since then Fukusaya has been the leading frontier of castella market.
Authentic Fukusaya's castella is like this.
Authentic castella by Fukusaya
Authentic castella by Fukusaya
Source: i.ytimg.com
However, Fukusaya released new type of castella named cube castella.
Cube castella looks like a cube, as the name shows. And suitable for eating one by one.
If you unbox authentic castella, you have to eat it as fast as you can so as not to let them go dry.
Cube castella solved this problem. And moreover, it looks cute.
After release, cube castella instantly became famous.

I super recommend this as a gift to gourmet friends of yours!
Cube Castella
Cube Castella
Source: c-r.gnst.jp

Tokyo Banana / 東京ばな奈

Tokyo Banana package
Tokyo Banana package
Tokyo Banana
Tokyo Banana
Flavors of Tokyo Banana
Flavors of Tokyo Banana
Tokyo Banana is such an authentic and famous souvenir of Japan. However, I still think this is the best souvenir of Japan.
Simply taste good and its taste has potential to be popular with various people.
Sweet sponge and banana flavored cream make best match.

I gave Tokyo Banana to many people to foreigners from various countries, and everybody seriously liked it. One of them bought a lot of these by himself when he visited Japan.
And one more good thing is you can buy it anywhere such as Haneda and Narita Airport, shopping malls and souvenir shops.

There are various flavors for Tokyo banana. Every flavors taste good, but my recommendation is still the original flavor.
Our delicious confections are finished with Japanese delicacy and precision by “Tokyo Banana,” a highly popular brand. Please take these mouth-watering mementos of your trip to Japan home with you!

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