The Japan’s 3 Best and Most Famous Shichimi Togarashi Shops

Shichimi Togarashi is a traditional Japanese seasoning that consists of coarsely ground red chili pepper and six other aromatic spices.

The Japanese seven spice blend is not only known as a condiment for Soba and Udon noodle soups, but we also commonly sprinkle the spice mix over a variety of foods like Miso soup, Gyudon beef bowl, and Japanese grilled chicken Yakitori (焼き鳥), to spice them up.

In fact, many households in Japan have at least one canned or bottled Shichimi Togarashi, which is available at supermarkets throughout Japan.

Most Japanese supermarkets handle both the Shichimi Togarashi products manufactured by S&B and the ones by House Foods. They are 2 major Japanese food companies well-known for their spice products.

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Although these regular Shichimi Togarashi are being sold even on Amazon.com, what comes to mind when you hear Shichimi Togarashi with a long history?

The Most Famous Shichimi Togarashi Shops with a Long History

When it comes to the history, the origin of Shichimi Togarashi dates back to about 400 years ago. Accordingly, there are several famous Shichimi Togarashi specialty shops with a long history in Japan.

Out of those, today let me introduce 3 long-established shops known as the Japan’s 3 best Shichimi Togarashi shops.

1. Yagenbori (やげん堀)

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Shichimi Togarashi is also referred to as Yagenbori because the name of the shop that created and sold Shichimi Togarashi for the first time is Yagenbori.

The shop known as the birthplace of Shichimi Togarashi was founded in 1625 in present-day Higashi-Nihonbashi Chuo-ku Tokyo, but afterward it was relocated to Asakusa, Tokyo.

The 7 spice blend of Yagenbori features having a good harmony between the spiciness and the smell. Especially, the aroma is characterized by orange peel and Sansho pepper.

The Shichimi Togarashi Ingredients (7 Spices)

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According to the official website of Yagenbori, the 7 spices used in its Shichimi Togarashi are as follows,

  1. Red chili pepper
  2. Roasted red chili pepper
  3. Black sesame seeds
  4. Orange peel
  5. Sansho pepper
  6. Hemp seeds
  7. Poppy seeds

Shop Information : Yagenbori (やげん堀)

  • Address : 1-28-3 Asakusa, Taito-Ku, Tokyo (MAP)
  • Open : 10:00 am to 19:00 pm
  • Open throughout the week

2. Yawataya Isogoro (八幡屋礒五郎)

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Yawataya Isogoro originated from a merchant named Kanemon (勘右衛門), who began selling Shichimi Togarashi in the precincts of Zenkoji temple in 1736. Zenkoji (善光寺) is a nationally famous temple in the city of Nagano.

The 7 spice blend of Yawataya Isogoro features the flavor and aroma of ginger. It is spicy and has a strong smell compared to other Shichimi Togarashi mixes.

The Shichimi Togarashi Ingredients (7 Spices)

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According to the official website of Yawataya Isogoro, the 7 ingredients used in its Shichimi Togarashi are as follows,

  1. Red chili pepper
  2. Ginger
  3. Sansho pepper
  4. Shiso (Perilla) leaves
  5. Black sesame seeds
  6. Orange peel
  7. Hemp seeds
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Shop Information : Yawataya Isogoro (八幡屋礒五郎)

  • Address : 83 Daimon-cho, Nagono, Nagano Pref. (MAP)
  • Open : 9:00 am to 18: 00 pm
  • Open throughout the week

3. Shichimiya Honpo (七味家本舗)

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Shichimiya Honpo, together with Yagenbori and Yawataya Isogoro, is known as one of the Japan’s 3 best and most famous Shichimi Togarashi shops, which is situated in the city of Kyoto, along an approach to Kiyomizu temple (清水寺).

Although the shop originally sold straw sandals and medicines under the name of Kawachiya (河内屋), it changed its name to Shichimiya in 1816. After that, Shichimiya changed into a Shichimi Togarashi specialty shop during the middle of the Meiji period (Meiji : 1868 to 1912).

The 7 spice blend of Shichimiya has a pleasant delicate aroma that comes mainly from Sansho pepper and green Nori seaweed and is not spicy at all.

The Shichimi Togarashi Ingredients (7 Spices)

According to the official website of Shichimiya Honpo, the 7 spices used in its Shichimi Togarashi are as follows,

  1. Red chili pepper
  2. Black sesame seeds
  3. White sesame seeds
  4. Shiso (Perilla) leaves
  5. Hemp seeds
  6. Green Nori (laver) seaweed
  7. Sansho pepper

Shop Information : Shichimiya Honpo (七味家本舗)

  • Address : 2-221 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Pref. (MAP)
  • Open : 8:30 am to 18:00 pm (During the winter season, 9:00 am to 17:00 pm)
  • Open throughout the week

Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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