2 Must-Visit Dagashiya Candy Shops in and around Tokyo
When you think of classic Japanese snacks and candies, what comes to mind? As for me, that reminds me of “Dagashi (駄菓子)“.
As I wrote about it many times in the past articles, Dagashi is the generic name for cheap and relatively small Japanese snacks and candies.
The Japanese snack genre has a long history and is especially popular with children as they can buy various kinds of the snacks and candies with small pocket money.
When I was small, there were many candy shops that specialize in Dagashi, called “Dagashiya (駄菓子屋)”, but the circumstances that surrounded the shops changed and most of them went out of business.
However, you can still find some Dagashiya in large cities. If you are interested in the Dagashi and have a plan to come to Japan for sightseeing, why not visit the candy shop that makes many Japanese feel nostalgic?
2 Dagashiya in and around Tokyo that are worth a visit
For those who are interested in the shops that specialize in classic cheap Japanese snacks and candies, here are 2 Dagashiya candy 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, which is 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 many Japanese since that time.
The Dagashiya that appears in a Studio Ghibli’s anime 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 Dagashiya with a retro feel in Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, Yokohama. This candy shop recreates the ambiance of good-old Dagashiya.
In addition to having a wide range of Dagashi snacks and candies on offer, Yuyake Shoten sells various classic toys that make Japanese feel nostalgic.
What is better, in the same facility, you can also enjoy a variety of ramen noodles that represent each region of Japan.
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)