8 Must Buy Dinosaur Goods and Souvenirs at Katsuyama, Fukui! Sweets, Toys, Apparels and More!

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Fukui Prefecture is known as a dinosaur kingdom, and you can see dinosaurs everywhere, such as the large dinosaur mural on the station building and the life-size moving dinosaur monument at Fukui Station, which is just outside the entrance! There are many souvenirs related to dinosaurs in the dinosa...

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Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture, boasts the highest number of dinosaur fossil excavations in Japan and is a sacred place for dinosaurs, home to the world's three largest dinosaur museums.

Inside the Katsuyama City Geoterminal, located right in front of the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, is Souvenir Shop Raptor, which boasts one of the world's largest selections of dinosaur goods. From over 1000 products, we will introduce recommended dinosaur souvenirs and popular dinosaur goods that can only be purchased here.

1. Most Popular Sweet "Kyouryu-ko"!

Dinosaur-shaped steamed buns called " Kyouryu-ko " are the most popular item at the souvenir shop Raptor, which is made at the Japanese confectionery shop "Kakashi Tsukasa Owada", located about 5 minutes by car from the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. It's a sweet. This cute looking Kyouryu-ko won a gold medal at the National Confectionery Expo and is recommended as an excellent tourist souvenir from Fukui Prefecture!

The generous amount of homemade bean paste is made using large-sized beans grown in Hokkaido, and the secret ingredient is ``cocoa'', so it goes perfectly with not only tea but also coffee. The shop owner carefully makes each piece one by one, so there are a limited number of them, but if you can't decide on a souvenir, this is definitely the one to buy!

6 pieces ¥1800 (tax included)

8 pieces ¥2350 (tax included)

2. Delicious Dinosaur Baumkuchen

If you come to the dinosaur museum, you must try the "Dinosaur excavation type Nuki Baum", which is perfect as a snack. Baumkuchen with an illustration of a dinosaur fossil printed on it!

Baum is made of moist dough that has been baked in many layers like geological formations, and you can enjoy eating it while cutting out the printed dinosaur fossil parts as if excavating fossils! It has a salted caramel flavor with a gentle sweetness made by adding a touch of salt to the aromatic caramel, and I think it will be loved by both children and adults.

There are 4 types of fossils in total, and it's exciting not knowing which dinosaur fossil is in there! There are many ways to eat it, but I like to gently remove it from the surroundings and eat it a little at a time (lol).

1 piece ¥650 (tax included)

3. "Gyaopon" A Handmade Cookie Inside the Colorful Dinosaur Eggs

Gyaopon is an additive-free handmade cookie made with rare grains and nuts harvested in Katsuyama City Prefecture, where dinosaur fossils are excavated. When you open the dinosaur egg in the package, a cute Babysaurus, a handmade butter cookie containing 6 types of grains, will be born.

There are a total of 6 flavors (green soybean grains and powder, Japanese gurumi, red malt and perilla, Kaya seed, millet flour and mochi millet, black rice grains and peanuts), and they are made with locally harvested rare grains and nuts. using. No two dinosaur eggs on the package have the same pattern, and each one is handmade. After you finish eating, you can use it as a accessory case, a tumbler, or as an interior decoration.

Dinosaurs are lurking everywhere in Fukui Prefecture, so be sure to grab an egg and take a photo with them!

Gyaopon! BIG (18 pieces/6 types x 3 pieces) ¥2160 (tax included)

Gyaopon! (8 pieces) Various ¥1080 (tax included)

4. Color Your Dinosaur! "Favorite Fukui Mini Model Set"

Favorite Fukui Mini Model Set is a product that allows you to create your own original dinosaur figure using the included six colors of paint and brushes.

It was supervised by the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, one of the world's three largest dinosaur museums, and the prototype was created by Kazunari Araki, a leading dinosaur sculptor.

The product includes 5 types of new dinosaur figures discovered in Fukui Prefecture, and is a white figure set made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) that is small but realistically reproduced.

You can recreate your own dinosaur in your favorite colors using the included paints and brushes. Create your own dinosaur world with your own hands while thinking back to the dinosaur era!

¥2420 (tax included)

5. Original Dinosaur T-shirt 

I'm sure many people choose T-shirts for themselves or as souvenirs.

Souvenir Shop Raptor's original T-shirt is a T-shirt with a print of Fukuiraptor, a particularly popular carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture.

There are two designs: one with a large print on the front for an impressive look, and the other with a small print on the chest that is easy to wear on a daily basis.

Available in 4 colors: white, black, navy, and gray. There are many sizes from S to XL, so you can choose your favorite color and size. Of course, children's sizes are also available, so we recommend matching outfits for parents and children!

¥2,600 (tax included)

6. Dinosaur Accessories

Fukui Prefecture is also world-famous as a ``eyeglass production center'' with a share of over 90% of domestically produced eyeglass frames.

The items made at mamas, a glasses material workshop in Fukui Prefecture, are made using cellulose acetate, a cotton-derived glasses material that is gentle on the skin and the earth, and is created through the same process that craftsmen use to make real glasses. Masu.

These cute dinosaur-shaped accessories are carefully hand-polished and made to look very cute.

Each one has a different pattern, so I'm having a hard time deciding which one to choose.

In addition to accessories, we also have miscellaneous goods such as key chains and magnets that are perfect as souvenirs, so please choose your favorite color and pattern and enjoy the soft material of your glasses.

Earrings:¥2420 (tax included)

Keychain: ¥1,650 (tax included)

Magnet: ¥1,650 (tax included)

7. Stylish Tote Bag 

This is a limited original tote bag created in collaboration between illustrator/designer "keeta" and SOUVENIR SHOP RAPTOR! There are two types: one with a playful pattern depicting 100 dinosaurs, and the other with three botanical-style dinosaurs (Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, and Mosasaurus).

Although it is a stylish bag, it is large enough to hold a lot of space. The fabric is sturdy, so this is a convenient large-capacity bag that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as commuting to work, school, a mother's bag, etc.

Size: [Width] Approximately 47.5cm [Height] Approximately 40.7cm [Gusset] Approximately 14.5cm

¥3300 (tax included)

8. Baby Tableware 

How about cutlery with dinosaur illustrations for baby tableware from around 7 months?

With cute dinosaur illustrations, non-slip material and easy-to-use shape, this tableware is perfect for babies to use on their own for the first time.

It can also be sterilized with boiling water or chemical solutions, so it will be a great support for your child's tableware debut from around 7 months old.

Easy-to-scoop baby bowl ¥1,155 (tax included)

Baby two-handed mug ¥770 (tax included)

Baby spoon ¥363 (tax included)

Baby fork ¥363 (tax included)

Capsule Toy "Gachapon"

Souvenir Shop Raptor sells cool items with realistic dinosaur figurines, items based on Fukui's mascot character ``Jurassic'' that would make great souvenirs, and items that you might be in trouble if you don't know how to use them.

There are 12 different types of dinosaur gashapons (24 types)!

With so many, you'll be confused as to which one to turn!

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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 flow of the Kuzuryu River, and is surrounded by commerce and industry, with the textile industry as the core industry, which has been a local industry since the Meiji era, as well as rural areas rich in water and greenery, where agriculture and forestry have been active since ancient times. It's a city. In spring, you can enjoy the Benten cherry blossoms in full bloom with the snow-capped mountains in the background, and spectators get excited as the relay teams compete at the Hashiryanko event, which has been designated as an intangible folk cultural property by the city. In the summer, the fireworks of Katsuyama Natsu Monogatari are beautifully displayed in the night sky. The Umaimon Festival is filled with smiling faces as people savor the nostalgic flavors unique to Katsuyama. It has been said that ``the only thing Katsuyama Minoichi doesn't have is horse horns.'' At the 2017 market, you can buy handmade products such as woodwork and folk crafts while enjoying conversation, and the market opens early in the morning. It is crowded with many people. There are also many other traditional events that remain in each district, such as festivals and dances. These have been established as places of people's lives and communication, and as a result of their passion, they have created a unique charm that can only be found in Katsuyama.

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