Cute and Tasty! 5 Best Food Suvenirs From Katsuyama

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Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture is home to many tourist attractions, including the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, one of the world's three largest dinosaur museums, and is visited by 2 million tourists a year. Souvenirs for friends and workplaces are essential when traveling. Katsuyama City has...

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Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture, is visited by 2 million tourists every year. We have selected souvenirs that you should definitely get when you visit Katsuyama City. There are many wonderful souvenirs such as traditional sweets and cute dinosaur sweets. Please use this article as a reference when choosing a gift, while imagining the happy face of the recipient. Of course, don't forget to bring your own souvenirs.

① “Habutae Kurumi”, a souvenir representing Fukui Prefecture

Habutae Mochi is a popular confectionery in Fukui that was created with the motif of Fukui's famous silk fabric, Habutae. Habutae Habutae Kurumi is a new sweet that is a further evolution of Habutae mochi. It is a famous Fukui confectionery that won the Prime Minister's Award at the National Confectionery Exhibition and has many fans not only among the prefecture's residents but also outside the prefecture.

Habutae Kurumi are made by Kinkado Hayagawa , a long-established confectionery shop in Katsuyama City.

This is a sweet made by kneading homemade sweet boiled Japanese walnuts into habutae mochi and sandwiching it between choux pastry. It is Hayakawa's original signature product, and is so popular that it is recommended as a recommended souvenir by Fukui prefecture residents. Therefore, they are often sold out.

The softness of the habutae mochi is accented with Japanese walnuts, and the elegant sweetness spreads in your mouth. Once you taste it, you won't forget the exquisite harmony of habutae mochi and walnuts. These sweets can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from children to adults.

1 piece ¥125 (tax included) 10 pieces ¥1250 (tax included) 30 pieces ¥3750 (tax included) *Also available in 15 pieces, 20 pieces, 50 pieces, etc.

●Where you can purchase

Roadside Station "Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama" Business hours: 9:00-17:00 Closed: 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month

Konkado Hayagawa Daibutsu-mae store (main store) Business hours 9:00-18:30 Closed on Tuesdays *No fixed holidays during the year-end and New Year holidays

Konkado Hayagawa Prism Fukui store business hours 8:30-19:30 Closed every day

②Katsuyama Oyaki, a hidden sweet filled with love from Katsuyama citizens

Katsuyama citizens' favorite snack is `` Katsuyama Oyaki .''

This is a Japanese confectionery made by wrapping red bean paste in rice cake kneaded with fragrant mugwort and baking it until golden brown. Oyaki in Katsuyama has a season, and the best time to enjoy it is from autumn to spring (November to April). Also, the expiration date is usually 2-3 days, so it doesn't last long. For this reason, it is not widely known as a souvenir, and has been loved as a snack exclusively for Katsuyama citizens.

Katsuyama Oyaki has ancient roots, and was created by the owner of Nakamura Goichi Shoten, a mochi confectionery store founded in the Meiji era, who got an idea from baking grass dumplings while traveling. Today, it has a 100-year tradition and is sold at 11 Japanese sweets shops in Katsuyama City. Each store has its own unique flavor, and you can enjoy a variety of flavors, so it's fun to try and compare.

If you would like to purchase Katsuyama oyaki from multiple stores at once, `` Roadside Station "Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama" '' is selling oyaki from various Japanese sweets shops for a limited time.

1 piece ¥110 (tax included) ~ ¥150 (tax included)

▼List of Katsuyama Oyaki stores

③ Have fun digging while eating! "Dinosaur excavation model Nuki Baum"

A limited edition product sold at the Katsuyama City Geoterminal in front of the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.

The fluffy white fabric has a ``dinosaur fossil'' drawn on it, and the stratum-like Baum has cut lines, so you can enjoy cutting it out along the silhouette while eating. If you continue cutting the mold without breaking it, it will feel like excavating a fossil. It is a sweet that is full of playfulness.

A gentle sweet salted caramel flavor with a hint of salt added to the aromatic caramel. The dough is carefully baked one by one, making it moist and fluffy. There are 4 types of fossil patterns in total, and it's fun to see what kind of fossils are inside until you open it. Some people end up buying a lot of them just for the fossil pattern they are looking for.

This is an original limited edition product, so be sure to purchase it when you come to the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.

1 piece ¥650 (tax included)

●Where you can purchase

Raptor Souvenir Shop in Katsuyama City Geo Terminal Business Hours: 9:30-17:00 Closed: 2nd and 4th Wednesday *Same as Dinosaur Museum *Due to the temporary closure of the Dinosaur Museum, we will be closed until this summer.

Roadside Station "Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama" Business hours: 9:00-17:00 Closed: 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month

④ “Inui Soba” makes delicious soba from Katsuyama easy to bring to your home

Echizen Oroshisoba is a representative local dish of Fukui Prefecture with a history of over 400 years.

This cold soba topped with grated radish, chopped green onions, and dried bonito flakes is so delicious that it goes down easily and you can even drink the soup.

And there is something even more particular about the neighborhood near Katsuyama City. Katsuyama Oroshi Soba is made with buckwheat flour grown in Katsuyama 's rich land and clear water.

This product is supervised by Teuchi Soba Hachisuke , a popular soba restaurant in Katsuyama City that often has long lines. They originally operated a flour mill, and there are many soba masters who trust Hachisuke's flour milling techniques.

Salt is often added to dry soba, but this dry soba does not use salt, and is particular about the original taste and texture of soba. Unlike raw noodles, it lasts for a long time, making it the perfect souvenir from Katsuyama.

1 piece ¥650 (tax included)

●Where you can purchase

Roadside Station "Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama" Business hours: 9:00-17:00 Closed: 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month

Handmade soba Hachisuke Business hours: 11:00-14:00 (*Until supplies last) Closed: Thursdays, Fridays

⑤ Becomes endearing. Cute bun in the shape of a dinosaur “Kyouryu-ko”

" Kyouryu-ko " is a cute dinosaur-shaped steamed bun that looks so cute that you can't help but eat it.

It won the gold medal at the National Confectionery Exhibition and is recommended as an excellent tourist souvenir from Fukui Prefecture.

``Kyouryu-ko'' is made by the Japanese confectionery shop ``Kakashi Tsukasa Owada,'' located about 5 minutes by car from the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum in Katsuyama City. The owner's passion is to make each piece with care, and each one is filled with homemade bean paste made from Hokkaido-produced beans.

It is characterized by a moist dough that is kneaded with cocoa as a secret ingredient, making it a sweet that goes well with coffee as well as tea.

They are also on sale at the geoterminal in front of the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, and are so popular that they sell out as early as the morning.

We recommend purchasing early.

6 pieces for ¥1,800 (tax included) 8 pieces for ¥2,350 (tax included) *Other quantities, please inquire.

●Where you can purchase

Sweets Tsukasa Owada Business hours 7:30-19:15 Closed Irregular holidays

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum Souvenir Shop Raptor Business hours: 9:30-17:00 Closed: 2nd and 4th Wednesday *Same as Dinosaur Museum

Roadside Station "Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama" Business hours: 9:00-17:00 Closed: 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month

This time we introduced five recommended souvenirs from Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture.

I hope you find a souvenir you like after reading this article.

When you come to Katsuyama City, be sure to check out the souvenirs we introduced this time.

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Katsuyama City is located in the northeastern part of Fukui Prefecture. The city is located on a river terrace formed along the course of the Kuzuryu River, and is a rural city rich in water and greenery, with commerce and industry based on the local textile industry since the Meiji period, and agriculture and forestry having been thriving since ancient times. Our company is a DMO (tourism region development organization) that works with local communities to develop tourist areas. Katsuyama City is a treasure trove of attractive tourist content, including the Dinosaur Museum and Heisenji Temple! We provide detailed services to customers visiting Katsuyama , such as guided tours that allow many people to experience Katsuyama , the Geo Terminal in the parking lot of the Dinosaur Museum, and the operation of the "Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama" Roadside Station , which opened in June 2020. We are also actively challenging ourselves to create new businesses centered around tourism, aiming to revitalize the town of Katsuyama.

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