Local GoodsHimeji Foods
In the late Edo period (1603-1868), a culture of sweets production flourished in Himeji as the successive heads of the Sakai clan, the feudal lords of the domain, had a fondness for tea ceremony. When Tadazane Sakai became feudal lord, he ordered Sunno Kawai, the Sakai retainer, to conduct financial reforms and bring products from across the land to the castle. During that time, Kawai, who was also a tea master, encouraged the production of traditional Japanese sweets as a part of his efforts to promote local industry, and sent craftsmen as far as Edo (modern Tokyo), Kyoto, and Nagasaki to learn confectionary-making techniques. As the practice of tea ceremony spread, the popularity of these traditional sweets swept all across the region, and its fried sweets became known across Japan as Banshu Area Sweets, famed for their quality ingredients.
Heart of Harima Sweets Houkitsu, Houkitsu Hon-ten Shop
Located in southeastern Himeji City's Shirahama-cho neighborhood, which is famous for the Nada-no-Kenka Festival, this store is Heart of Harima Sweets…See detail
Edo-ya Japanese Sweets Tadera Shop
In 1984, Edo-ya opened this second store in Tadera. Edo-ya offers a variety of creatively-constructed…See detail
Harima Watanabe is constantly striving to develop new products to meet the needs of our customers while maintaining the tradition…See detail
Amaneya North Station Shop
The Amaneya North Station Shop is located about 200 meters from Himeji Station toward Himeji Castle (on the north side)…See detail
Jujiro is a select Japanese sweets shop located a 5-minute walk from Himeji Castle…See detail
Himeji faces the Harima Sea, a rich fishing ground within the calm waters of the Seto Inland Sea. Because of the ease of access to fresh seafood here, the production of kamaboko fish cakes has long flourished in the area.
Hatoya Kamaboko Fish Cakes
In 1946, soon after the end of World War II, Hattoya was founded by its founder, a chef, to take advantage of the abundance of fish…See detail