Located just south of Tokyo, Kanagawa is small but beautiful prefecture that is renowned for providing the perfect weekend escape for Tokyoites, particularly those looking to retreat into nature or reconnect with tradition. From the spa town of Hakone, to the Great Buddha of Kamakura, Kanagawa has a history that stretches back thousands of years.
This month, we are immensely proud to have partnered with the Kanagawa Prefectural Government to bring you sweet and savory snacks only available in this prefecture, located just south of Tokyo. Working with them has given us access to incredible local makers and we can’t wait to share the flavors of this beautiful region with you.
Dive into the culinary delights, history, and sites of Kanagawa with Sakuraco and celebrate the most important holiday in Japanese culture: New Year's.
By Tanaka Hashi (Fukui)
Crafted by Tanaka Hashi, which has been producing quality lacquered chopsticks since 1948. This beautiful set features the classic imagery of cherry blossoms in either red or blue.
By Brooks (Kanagawa)
Made with organically grown green tea, this blend features rich matcha cultivated by Mount Fuji for a rich, but not overly bitter flavor. The New Year's packaging is the perfect touch for celebrating the holidays.
By Yokohama Marine Foods (Kanagawa)
These delicate butter sandwich cookies are infused with rich matcha flavor with a smooth matcha white chocolate filling. Wonderfully crisp, they melt in your mouth and feature the silhouette of a young Japanese lady.
By Seiki Confectionery (Ehime)
These beautifully soft mochi are inspired by the flavor of dried persimmon or hoshigaki, a Japanese tradition made by peeling persimmons, dipping them in hot sake, and then hanging them to dry. Made with glutinous mochi rice flour, they are infused with the delicate flavor of this vibrantly orange fruit that is used as a new year's decoration before being enjoyed.
By Shiino Shokuhin (Kanagawa)
This delicate cocoa butter sablé is in the shape of a Japanese wild boar, or inoshihi. Inoshishi are respected for their courage, but are also a symbol of prosperity and tenacity.
By Kamakurayama Rusk (Kanagawa)
Rusk is a popular tea snack in Japan made from a twice baked baguette with sweet or savory flavoring. This vibrant version features a lovely swirl and the rich buttery flavors of a berry shortcake. Enjoy it with tea or coffee for the perfect afternoon snack.
By Minoya Arare Confectionery (Kanagawa)
These delightful rice snacks are infused with the classic flavor pairing of shiso(Japanese basil) and dried plum. Traditionally, many fruits and vegetables were dried or pickled after the harvest to keep them preserved during the long winter.
By Shiino Shokuhin (Kanagawa)
This milk butter sablé is inspired by the wild boar that live around Hakone, a beloved spa town in Kanagawa. This adorable cookie has a lovely rich butter flavor that is the perfect way to start your morning.
By Morihaku Confectionery (Gifu)
Kuzumochi is a traditional dessert made from fermented wheat starch. This brown sugar version has a gentle sweetness that pairs perfectly with tea and is wrapped in beautiful New Year's packaging.
By Sanyo Confectionery (Kanagawa)
Wonderfully moist and indulgent, this ring cake is made by soaking the dough in caramel sauce for a fragrant and rich flavor.
By Kashihara (Tokyo)
A popular breakfast or afternoon tea cake, this layered German cake is now more prevalent in Japan than its native country. This version is made with fresh cream for a rich flavor and delicate texture.
By Iwasuka Confectionery (Niigata)
Made with fragrant toasted soybeans from Tokachi Plain in Hokkaido. The soybeans are first kneaded into the dough, giving this senbei a soft texture that melts in your mouth. Lightly seasoned with salt, they are the perfect savory snack to pair with a cup of roasted green tea.
By Marui Shokuhin (Kanagawa)
This Sakuraco original jelly ismade with shonan citrus fruit from Kanagawa prefecture. Also known as goldenoranges, this unique citrus has a refreshing and bright flavor.
By Panex (Gifu)
Chestnut is a traditional flavor in Japan enjoyed throughout autumn and winter. This fluffy bread is made with panettone yeast for Italy and slowly fermented for a rich flavor with no preservatives.
By Ohmori Shoten (Kanagawa)
Shirasu are small, juvenile fish that feature heavily in traditional Japanese cuisine and are a local specialty in Kanagawa. This shirasu pie is made with rich buttery pastry that pairs perfectly with the delicate flavor of the fish.
By Amanoya (Tokyo)
Inspired by the grilled rice balls or yakionigiri, this senbei is made with rice cooked over an open flame, and is then toasted and coated in soy sauce for a roasted and fragrant flavor.
By Shonan Chigasakiya (Kanagawa)
Enoshima is a small island off the Shonan coast of Kanagawa that is famous for this fresh seafood. Get a taste of the local delicacies with this octopus rice cracker, inspired by the food stands selling freshly grilled seafood.