2 Dagashiya Snack Shops around Tokyo Worth a Visit
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 unique) Japanese snacks and candies, which include Umaibo, Morinaga Ramune Soda Candy, Marukawa Fusen Gum, and Toril Chocolate.
The Japanese snack genre Dagashi has a long history and is especially popular with children as they can buy various kinds of Dagashi treats even with their small pocket money. When I was small, there were many small snack shops that specialized in Dagashi around the country, called “Dagashiya (駄菓子屋)”, but the circumstances that surrounded the shops changed and most of them went out of business.
2 Dagashiya in and around Tokyo that are worth a visit
However, you can still find some Dagashiya in large cities. If you are interested in Dagashi snacks and have a plan to come to Japan for sightseeing, why not visit the old-fashioned candy shop that makes many of us Japanese feel nostalgic? For those who want to see how the Japanese snack shop is, here I will introduce 2 Dagashiya shops in and around Tokyo that are worth a visit.
KamiKawaguchiYa (上川口屋) in Tokyo: Dagashiya with the longest history
“KamiKawaguchiYa (上川口屋)” is the oldest extant Dagashiya that is located in the precincts of the Buddhist temple “Kishimojindo (鬼子母神堂)” in Zoshigaya, Tokyo. This Dagashi shop was opened in 1781 and since then has been paid frequent visits by many snack lovers. By the way, the Dagashiya that appears in the 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 (unless the weather is bad)
Yuyake Shoten (夕焼け商店) in Yokohama: Dagashiya in Shinyokohama Ramen Museum
“Yuyake Shoten (夕焼け商店)” is a Dagashiya in Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, Yokohama, with a retro feel recreating the ambiance of good-old Dagashiya. In addition to having a wide range of Dagashi treats on offer, Yuyake Shoten also sells various classic toys that bring back memories of our childhood. What is better, since, in the same facility, there is a number of ramen restaurants that represent each region of Japan, you can enjoy their delicious ramen noodles too.
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)