Japan’s 3 Best and Most Famous Shichimi Togarashi Shops

“Shichimi Togarashi (七味唐辛子)” is a traditional Japanese seasoning consisting of coarsely ground red chili pepper as its first ingredient and six other aromatic spices that vary according to the producer.

The Japanese seven spice blend is not only known as an essential 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 are available at most grocery stores around the country.

The majority of supermarkets in Japan stock both the Shichimi Togarashi products manufactured by S&B and the ones by House Foods. S&B and House 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 think of 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, today there are several famous Shichimi Togarashi specialty shops with a long history in Japan.

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

1. Yagenbori (やげん堀)

Yagenbori AsakusaImage : tabelog.com

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

The shop known as the birthplace of Shichimi Togarashi, Yagenbori 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 a nice harmony between the spiciness and the smell. Especially, the aroma is characterized by orange peel called “Chinpi (陳皮)” and Sansho pepper.

The Shichimi Togarashi Ingredients (7 Spices)

Yagenbori Shichimi Togarashi

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)

Yawataya Isogoro NaganoImage : sanada-tabi.com

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 Buddhist temple in the city of Nagano.

The 7 spice blend of Yawataya Isogoro is especially characterized by 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)

Yawataya Isogoro Shichimi Togarashi

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

Shop Information : Yawataya Isogoro (八幡屋礒五郎)

  • Address : 83 Daimon-cho, Nagono City, 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 Japan’s 3 best and most famous Shichimi Togarashi shops, which is located in the city of Kyoto, along an approach to Kiyomizu temple.

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

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)

Shichimiya Honpo Shichimi Togarashi

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 City, 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 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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