Japan’s 3 Best and Most Famous Shichimi Togarashi Shops

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

Shichimi Togarashi

The Japanese seven-spice blend is not just an essential condiment for Soba and Udon noodle soups, but at meals, we often sprinkle the chili pepper mix on a variety of foods, like Miso soup, Gyudon beef bowl, or Yakitori grilled chicken skewers, to spice them up.

In fact, many Japanese households have at least one canned or bottled Shichimi Togarashi, and those products are available at most grocery stores around the country.

The majority of supermarkets in Japan carry both the Shichimi Togarashi from S&B and House Foods, which are actually 2 major Japanese food companies well-known for their spice products.

The 3 Best Shichimi Togarashi Spice Shops with a Long History

S&B and House Foods are modern companies, but since the origin of Shichimi Togarashi dates back to about 400 years ago, in Japan, some long-established spice shops have become famous especially for their Shichimi Togarashi.

Out of those, this time let me introduce 3 establishments that are generally known as Japan’s 3 Best Shichimi Togarashi Shops.

1. Yagenbori (やげん堀)

Yagenbori AsakusaImage: tabelog.com

Shichimi Togarashi has another name Yagenbori because the name of the shop that first created and sold Shichimi Togarashi is Yagenbori.

The spice shop known as the birthplace of Shichimi Togarashi, Yagenbori was founded in 1625 in present-day Higashi-Nihonbashi Chuo-ku Tokyo, but today, it is located in Asakusa, Tokyo.

The 7 spice blend of Yagenbori is well-balanced in taste and smell and is especially characterized by the pleasant aromas that come from dried orange peel called “Chinpi (陳皮)” and Sansho pepper.

Ingredients (7 Spices)

Yagenbori Shichimi Togarashi

According to the official website of Yagenbori, the 7 spices used in their Shichimi Togarashi are

  1. Red chili pepper
  2. Roasted red chili pepper
  3. Black sesame seeds
  4. Dried 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 to sell Shichimi Togarashi in 1736 in the precincts of “Zenkoji (善光寺)”, a nationally famous Buddhist temple located in the city of Nagano.

The 7 spice blend of Yawataya Isogoro is somewhat hotter than other traditional Shichimi Togarashi and has a strong smell, especially from ginger.

Ingredients (7 Spices)

Yawataya Isogoro Shichimi Togarashi

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

  1. Red chili pepper
  2. Ginger
  3. Sansho pepper
  4. Shiso (perilla) leaves
  5. Black sesame seeds
  6. Dried orange peel
  7. Hemp seeds

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

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

3. Shichimiya Honpo (七味家本舗)

Shichimiya Honpo KyotoImage: small-life.com

Located along the approach to the Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto, Shichimiya Honpo, together with Yagenbori and Yawataya Isogoro, is known as one of Japan’s 3 Best Shichimi Togarashi Shops.

The shop originally sold straw sandals and medicines by the name of “Kawachiya (河内屋)” but changed its name to Shichimiya in 1816. After that, around the middle of the Meiji period (Meiji: 1868 to 1912), Shichimiya began to sell Shichimi Togarashi and became the spice’s specialty shop.

The 7 spice blend of Shichimiya is not spicy at all and features its nice delicate aroma, especially from Sansho pepper and Ao-Nori green seaweed.

Ingredients (7 Spices)

Shichimiya Honpo Shichimi Togarashi

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

  1. Red chili pepper
  2. Black sesame seeds
  3. White sesame seeds
  4. Shiso (perilla) leaves
  5. Hemp seeds
  6. Ao-Nori green 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 wintertime, 9:00 am to 17:00 pm)
  • Open throughout the week


Tomo

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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