Shichimi Togarashi Spice from Yawataya Isogoro in Nagano

I live in Niigata adjoining Nagano Prefecture, so some supermarkets in my city are handling specialty foods of Nagano.

In fact, the other day when I went shopping at a supermarket near my house, I found that kind of product from Nagano.

Specifically, when I was looking for a canned Shichimi Togarashi (a spice mix of ground red chili pepper and other 6 aromatic spices) in the seasoning and condiment section, I found refill bags for a famous Shichimi Togarashi from Nagano.

Since I had an empty Shichimi Togarashi can for the refill bag at home, I decided to buy that.

Shichimi Togarashi Spice Mix from Yawataya Isogoro

Yawataya Isogoro Shichimi Togarashi

Both the Shichimi Togarashi can I possess at home and the refill bag I purchased this time are from “Yawataya Isogoro (八幡屋礒五郎)”.

As I wrote about it in the past article, Yawataya Isogoro is a long-established spice shop located in the city of Nagano and is famous nationwide for its Shichimi Togarashi spice mix.

Actually, the Shichimi Togarashi specialty shop originated from a merchant named “Kanemon (勘右衛門)”, who began selling the 7 spice blend in the precincts of Zenkoji temple in 1736.

“Zenkoji (善光寺)” is a nationally famous Buddhist temple in the city of Nagano.
Yawataya Isogoro Shichimi Togarashi Spice Mix
The Shichimi Togarashi produced and sold by Yawataya Isogoro is characterized by its pronounced ginger flavor. What is more, the 7 spice blend is spicier and has a stronger aroma than many others.

7 Ingredients (Spices)

Yawataya Isogoro Shichimi Togarashi Ingredients

According to the ingredient list on the back of the red refill bag, the 7 spices used in the Shichimi Togarashi blended by Yawataya Isogoro are as follows.

  1. Red chili pepper
  2. Ginger
  3. Sansho pepper
  4. Shiso (Perilla)
  5. Sesame seeds
  6. Dried citrus peel
  7. Hemp seeds

Shichimi Togarahi Can

The Yawataya Isogoro’s Shichimi Togarashi can that I have used for a long time consists of 2 parts, a can body and a can lid, and each part has a small hole.

Therefore, when you match the positions of the 2 holes, you can sprinkle the spice mix over food. If you are curious about the uses of Shichimi Togarashi, this article will help.

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

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

(Reference Page : Wikipedia 八幡屋磯五郎 )


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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