Translated by Shinji Takaramura
The Best Tottori Souvenirs - From Detective Conan Goods To Sweets
Tottori boasts a wide variety of charms such as the Tottori Sand Dunes, delicious seafood and anime-related spots. This article introduces the best souvenirs from Tottori, from delicious treats to anime-related goods.
Written by MATCHA-PR
There are various souvenir shops in Tottori Prefecture, such as the airport shops at Tottori Sakyu Conan Airport and Yonago Kitaro Airport, along with shops located near famous sightseeing spots like Akagawara 1 in the Shirakabe Storehouses at Kurayoshi City, and Sakyu Kaikan in the area of the Tottori Sand Dunes.
Unique souvenirs can be purchased at Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory, where visitors can enjoy the world of Detective Conan, and Mizuki Shigeru Road, which is filled with characters from the anime GeGeGe no Kitaro.
Read on to learn more about the best souvenirs of Tottori Prefecture.
Souvenirs for Your Family and Group of Friends
Yakikani Senbei - Made from Tottori's Delicious Crab
Photo courtesy of Takara Seika Co.
Matsuba crab is the quintessential winter food of Tottori, known for its sweet, delicate taste. Crab meat is kneaded into the Yakikani Senbei (rice cracker), adding a deep flavor to this crispy rice cracker. The fourteen-piece set is priced at 540 yen, and the thirty-piece set is 1080 yen. Both prices include tax.
Nijisseiki Nashi Sweet Sandwich - An Acerbic yet Sweet Taste
Nijisseiki nashi, an Asian pear which has a slightly acerbic taste with a crispy texture, is a special product of Tottori prefecture, along with the Matsuba crab.
Nijisseiki Nashi Sweet Sandwich (wafers with cream made from Nijisseiki nashi) has a fresh, sweet taste. The fourteen-piece set is priced at 648 yen, and the 24-piece set is 1080 yen. Both prices include tax.
There are other great sweets too, such as the Nijisseiki Nashi Jelly, sold at souvenir shops in Tottori.
The Perfect Souvenirs for Fans of GeGeGe no Kitaro and Detective Conan
Medama no Baum - Sold Only on the Mizuki Shigeru Road
Photo courtesy of Mizuki Production
There are many souvenir shops handling GeGeGe no Kitaro items at Mizuki Shigeru Road in Sakaiminato.
Medama no Baum is a Baumkuchen (German cake) sold only at Yokado. The design is based on Medama Oyaji ("Eyeball Father"), one of the characters from GeGeGe no Kitaro.
The hollow circle at the center is like an eyeball, surrounded by raspberry and plain flavored cake. A small cake is priced at 993 yen, and the large is 1296 yen. Both prices include tax.
Yokai Manju (small cakes with sweet bean jam filling), designed in the likenesses of various characters from GeGeGe no Kitaro, are also sold at the shops in Tottori.
Detective Conan T-shirt - A Special Camel Version
Photo courtesy of ©Gosho Aoyama／Shogakukan
Hokuei-cho in central Tottori is the birthplace of Mr. Gosho Aoyama, author of Detective Conan. Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory is located at Hokuei-cho, and Conan Tanteisha (detective agency), a souvenir shop inside the museum, handles various Conan-related items.
An original T-shirt with Conan riding a camel in the Tottori Sand Dunes is especially popular with visitors from abroad. It is priced at 2592 yen, including tax. There are Conan cookies and stationery items as well.
Conan Hyakkaten (department store), another souvenir shop, is also located near the museum.
Traditional Handicrafts of Tottori
Tottori Takumi Craft Store
Photo courtesy of Tottori Prefecture
In the middle of the 1900s, a folk art movement aiming to discover the beauty of various handicrafts occurred in Tottori. The movement influenced the production of pottery and Japanese paper in the prefecture.
Tottori Takumi Craft Store, located near JR Tottori Station and easy to access, handles a wide variety of handicrafts created by local artisans. These items are sure to make a wonderful souvenir of your trip to Tottori.
Staple Items: Tottori Sweets
Inaba no Shiro Usagi
Inaba no Shiro Usagi is a hare-shaped manju (small cakes with sweet bean jam filling), based on a legend called "The Hare of Inaba" (*1) It is a popular confectionery, produced in Tottori for more than forty years.
The dough made from Tottori milk-based butter has a soft texture, and the jam made from egg yolk tastes elegant. The six-piece set is 810 yen including tax.
*1 Hare of Inaba: A mythical tale of a white hare who was skinned by a shark, and rescued by Okuninushi no Okami, a deity enshrined at Izumo Taisha. This story, which is found in Kojiki, the oldest extant Japanese chronicle edited in the eighth century, is said to have taken place in what is now the eastern part of Tottori prefecture.
Utsubuki Koen Dango - World-Renowned Confectionery
Utsubuki Koen Dango (dumpling) is made from locally produced glutinous rice flour, which is kneaded after adding sugar and malt syrup.
This confectionery is renowned worldwide, as it was served at the tea ceremony of the Japan Festival held in USA and France. The price of the five-piece set is 520 yen, including tax.
Preservatives are not used, and it keeps well for only three days, so the dumplings should be eaten as soon as possible.
Oburoshiki - Sweets Made with Nijisseiki Nashi Syrup
Oburoshiki, a rice cake sprinkled with soybean flour, comes with a syrup made from Nijisseiki nashi, a special product of Tottori. This confectionery comes in separate packages, covered in a furoshiki (*2) decorated with an arabesque design, so it can be handed out to friends easily. The six-piece set is priced at 648 yen, including tax.
*2 Furoshiki: A wrapping cloth used in Japan to carry various items.
For more information please check the official website of Tottori Prefecture: https://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/
Please also check out our articles in the Tottori section.
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** All the prices listed in the article are as of 2017.
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