Wagashi: What is Tamago Manju?

Wagashi (和菓子) is the word for traditional Japanese confections, and Manju (饅頭) is one of the staple sweets in the category whose origin can be traced back to the 14th century.

The wagashi type typically consists of sweet red bean paste stuffed in a steamed bun made from wheat flour, Kokuto (黒糖) brown raw sugar, and baking soda.

But it today comes in various variants, and this Tamago Manju (たまご饅頭) is one of the modern ones, together with Cheese Manju and Choco-Man

Tamago Manju (たまご饅頭)

Wagashi Sweet Tamago Manju

I didn’t know about Tamago Manju until recently, and I thought I wanted to know its background when I went shopping at a supermarket and came across it.

And here it is.

Baked Tamago Egg Manju

As you may know, Tamago (たまご) means egg in Japanese, and this Manju cake uses a hen’s egg. 

Tamago Manju seems to be also called Keiran Manju (鶏卵饅頭: meaning Hen’s Egg Manju), and its name comes from generously using hen’s eggs or the shape similar to a hen’s egg.

Waguri no Sato Tamago Manju Ingredients Nutrition Facts Calories Label

According to the ingredients listed on the back of the package, this Egg Manju mainly consists of sugar, navy beans, wheat flour, hen’s egg, reduced starch syrup, dairy products, wheat protein, trehalose, and a leavening agent.

While the outer dough is wheat-based and baked, the yellow Anko (餡子) filling inside appears to be made with white navy beans and egg yolk.

Tamago Manju


Based on what I got from my research, Keiran Manju or Tamago Manju can be seen in various regions of Japan, including onsen resorts like Kusatsu. 

It also comes steamed, and some use a real boiled egg as the filling. 

Steamed Tamago Manju with Anko Sweet Red Bean Paste

Incidentally, the article 鶏卵饅頭 on Japanese Wikipedia introduces,

  • the Keiran Manju of Isshodo (一笑堂) (Google Map), a Wagashi confectionery shop founded in 1790 in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture
  • the one of Keirando (鶏卵堂) (Google Map), a Wagashi shop based in Masuda City, Shimane
  • the one of Isshikido (一色堂) (Google Map), a Wagashi shop located on the first basement floor of the Sanyo Department Store in Himeji, Hyogo



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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: