2 Dagashiya Candy Shops around Tokyo that are worth a visit
When you think of classic Japanese snacks and candies, what does that remind you of?For many Japanese including me, that reminds us of “Dagashi (駄菓子)“.
As I wrote about it many times in my past articles, Dagashi is the generic name for cheap and relatively small Japanese snacks and candies, and the Japanese snack genre has a long history. Dagashi are especially popular with children since they can buy those snacks and candies with small pocket money.
As for where to buy Dagashi, there were many Dagashi specialty shops “Dagashiya (駄菓子屋)” in Japan a few decades ago, but the circumstances surrounding the shops changed and most of them went out of business.
However, you can still find some Dagashi specialty shops in large cities in Japan, if you have a chance to come to Japan for sightseeing and want to visit the candy shop that makes many Japanese feel nostalgic.
2 Dagashiya in and around Tokyo that are worth a visit
For people who are interested in those “Dagashiya (駄菓子屋)” that specialize in classic and cheap Japanese snacks and candies, today I want to introduce 2 Dagashi specialty shops in and around Tokyo that are worth a visit.
KamiKawaguchiYa (上川口屋) in Tokyo : The Dagashiya with the longest history in Japan
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KamiKawaguchiYa (上川口屋) is the oldest extant Dagashiya located in the precincts of a Buddhist temple “Kishimojindo (鬼子母神堂)”, Zoshigaya, Tokyo. This Dagashi shop was opened in 1781 and has been loved by Japanese since that time. The Dagashiya that appears in a studio ghibli film “Omohide Poro Poro (おもひでぽろぽろ : Only Yesterday)” was modeled after KamiKawaguchiYa.
Shop Information : Kami-Kawaguchi Ya (上川口屋)
Address : 3-15-20 Zoshigaya, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (MAP)
Open : 10:00 to 17:00 (when the weather isn’t bad)
Yuyake Shoten (夕焼け商店) in Yokohama : The Dagashiya in Shinyokohama Ramen Museum
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Yuyake Shoten (夕焼け商店) is a retro Dagashi shop in Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, Yokohama. This Dagashiya reproduces the ambiance of good-old Japanese Dagashi shops. Yuyake Shoten handles a wide range of Dagashi snacks and candies, and also sells classic toys that make Japanese feel nostalgic. What is better, you can enjoy various ramen noodle soups that represent each region of Japan in the museum.
Shop Information : Yuyake Shoten (夕焼け商店)
Address : 2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture (MAP)
Open : 11:00 to 21:30 (Monday to Saturday) 10:30 to 21:30 (Sunday)