Hiyoko Manju: One of the Best-Known Tokyo Sweets

As you may already know, Japan has eased restrictions on foreign tourists since yesterday, and individual trips are now possible. 

Without a doubt, Tokyo is one of the most popular destinations for those travelers, but what is the best souvenir there? 

I understand the answer varies depending on personal preferences, but if you are a sweet tooth, one of my recommendations is Hiyoko Manju (ひよ子饅頭).

Hiyoko Manju (ひよ子饅頭)

Hiyoko Manju Chocolat

Coincidentally, a friend got me the edible Tokyo souvenir Hiyoko Manju yesterday at JR Tokyo Station on his way back, and today, I enjoyed it.

For the unfamiliar, Hiyoko (ひよ子: meaning chick) is a chick-shaped baked Manju created in 1912 by Hiyoko Honpo Yoshinodo (ひよ子本舗吉野堂) based in Fukuoka.

Hiyoko Manju Tokyo Limited Chocolate Cake

Today, the confectionery maker has related companies in Tokyo, and this Hiyoko is a Tokyo limited special edition. So the gift box looks luxurious and stylish,

Hiyoko Manju Chocolat Inside

and the filling has a two-layer structure consisting of chocolate-mixed Shiro-an (made from kidney beans) and thick chocolate cream.

Hiyoko Manju Chocolat Cake

This Hiyoko has the same appearance as the original but differs in the filling. The Manju usually comes with Shiro-an mixed with egg yolk, and this one is like a chocolate cake rather than a Wagashi.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Hiyoko Manju Chocolat Ingredients Nutrition Facts

Shiro-an, Wheat flour, Sugar, Chocolate-based food, Cream, Egg, Starch syrup, Chocolate, Reduced starch syrup, Dextrose, Cacao mass, Sorbitol, Trehalose, Leavening agent, Emulsifier, Flavoring (Partially including Wheat, Egg, Milk component, Almond, and Soybean)

Nutritional Values

Nutritional Values per Piece (35 Grams)
Calories 127 kcal
Protein 2.4 g
Fat 2.6 g
Carbohydrates 23.5 g
Salt equivalents 0.1 g


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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