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Kamakura's Most Popular Souvenir: Toshimaya's Hato Sable

Kamakura's Most Popular Souvenir: Toshimaya's Hato Sable

Translated by MATCHA_En

Written by Akiko Matsubara

Kanagawa 2015.09.07 Bookmark

The most famous souvenir from Kamakura, the hato sable butter cookie, comes from Toshimaya, and is a treat that you won't be able to forget - and one only costs 98 yen!


Toshimaya's Hato Sable is one of the classic souvenirs from Kamakura. If you've ever had a chance to visit Kamaukura, the image of a white dove on yellow package must have caught your eye.

Hato Sable is a dove-shaped, palm-sized butter cookie. Compared to a standard biscuit, they use more butter to make the sable, and they have a crunchier texture to them. Its simple taste comes from its basic ingredients of only flour, butter, eggs, and sugar; no artificial flavors or preservatives are used in these cookies. These cookies are also quite big compared to other souvenirs, which makes them a filling treat too.
They have a fairly long shelf life, and at just 98  yen per cookie, they are quite the bargain and a souvenir that any visitor to Kamakura is sure to pick up.
There are two Toshimaya shops in Kamakura: one is located in front of Kamakura Station, and the other in front of Kita-kamakura Station, but both shops are easy to access.

Toshimaya's Main Store in Kamakura

豊島屋 本店

If you have time, please visit the main store that is located on the front sando (path) to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine. In addition to the Hato Sable, Toshimaya also makes traditional Japanese sweets associated with seasons and famous spots in Kamakura.


Seasonal Limited Japanese Sweets


Fresh wagashi confectionery are made in limited varieties every month and to match the ever-changing seasons. In this photo, you can see some of their June sweets. Unfortunately, most wagashi have a very short shelf life, which makes them an ideal treat to enjoy fresh, but not something that you can easily take home with you to share.

Enjoy Wagashi at Toshimaya's Own Cafe: Hatokoji


The Japanese sweet cafe, Hatokoji, run by Toshimaya is located very close to its main store. In addition to fresh Japanese sweets, you can also enjoy shaved ice, anmitsu (a traditional dessert), red bean soup, and sticky rice dumplings with Japanese teas (matcha, sencha, and houjicha).


They have a full picture menu, so even those who cannot speak a word of Japanese can easily order a treat or small dessert to try.


June is the rainy season in Japan and the season of the hydrangea. Because appreciating the aesthetics of the seasons is essential for Japanese sweets, the seasonal Japanese sweets for the rainy season are made in the shape of hydrangea.


Here you can see hydrangea shaped jellies served on soft mochi rice cakes and a green tea pudding, another of this cafe's season-limited desserts.

Seasonal Aesthetics and Japanese Sweets

People enjoy traditional Japanese sweets not only for their taste but also for their appearance. The constantly changing Japanese aesthetics and senses of the seasons are fully displayed and shown in a playful way via these traditional confections.

If you have a chance to visit Kamakura, please try the staple souvenir of Kamakura, the Hato Sable and Japanese sweets that are only available in certain seasons in Japan.


Kamakura Toshimaya Main Store
Address:2-11-19 Komachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Hours: 9:00–19:00
Closed: Wednesdays (open if a national holiday)
Nearest Station: JR Kamakura Station
Access: 5 minute walk from the east exit of JR Kamakura Station
Phone: +81(0)467-25-0810
Official Website:TOSHIMAYA Kamakura Main Store (Japanese)

Address:2-9-20 Komachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Hours: 11:00–17:00 (*varies by season)
Closed: Wednesdays (opened if a national holiday)
Nearest Station: JR Kamakura Station
Access: 5 minute walk from the east exit of JR Kamakura Station
Phone: +81(0)467-25-0810
Official Website: TOSHIMAYA Hatokoji (Japanese)

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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