Ryukakusan Herbal Drops : The Japan’s Best-Selling Cough Drops

As I wrote about it in my past article, a major Japanese food company “Kanro (カンロ)” is especially famous for its sweet soy-sauce-flavored hard candy “Kanro Ame (カンロ飴)“.

In addition to those candies, in Japan, Kanro is also well-known for its herbal drops for sore throat such as “Kenko Nodo Ame“. In fact, the company had the top share for a long time in the Japan’s cough drops market.

However, at present the Japan’s top cough drops brand is “Ryukakusan (龍角散)”.

Ryukakusan is a Japanese pharmaceutical company specializing mainly in the medicine for sore throat and cough, and the maker is especially famous for its herbal drops for sore throat.

Ryukakusan is not only familiar to us Japanese, but it is also tremendously popular in China, where the product is famous as a “miracle medicine (神薬)”.

Ryukakusan Nodo Sukkiri Ame

Ryukakusan no Nodo Sukkiri Ame

Ryukakusan introduced the above herbal hard candy “Nodo Sukkiri Ame (のどすっきり飴)” (Amazon.com) into Japan’s market several years ago, and now the throat lozenge has the largest share in the Japan’s cough drops market.


The Ryukakusan herbal drops is made from 19 different kinds of herb extracts in addition to herb powder consisting primarily of chamomile extract and Chinese quince extract. Besides, all the herbs for the cough drops are grown in Japan.

Other than the 19 herb extracts and the Ryukakusan’s herb powder, the throat lozenge includes sugar, starch syrup, flavorings, acidifiers, and colors such as caramel and chlorophyll.

The Ryukakusan’s herbal drops has a fabulous reputation in Japan

Ryukakusan Herbal Drops

When it comes to the benefit, these Ryukakusan’s herbal drops work so well that it has a fabulous reputation in Japan.

For example, the throat lozenge has gotten a bunch of high ratings from Amazon Japan customers and even on Amazon.com.

As you can see from the reviews, the Ryukakusan cough drops soothes the throat very well.

This is why I will highly recommend the Japanese herbal drops if you have a sore throat or a scratchy throat.

Ryukakusan Nodo Sukkiri Ame Herbal Drops


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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