1. Hato Sabure (Toshimaya)
One of the classic gifts from Kamakura is no doubt Hato Sabure. Hato means dove or pigeon in Japanese. It’s very delicious and has a fresh buttery flavor. Also, its yellow package has a retro image that’s very cute! A package of 5 Hato Sabure costs just 540 yen, and you can even find them in a cute can. In homes in the Shonan/Kamakura area, many people use the can to store small things. In the Toshimaya flagship store, you can buy keychains in the shape of Hato Sabure as well.
HP: www.hato.co.jp/index.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 2-11-19 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
2. Kurumi-Ko (Kamakura Beniya)
Kamakura Beniya is a shop located near Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. Kurumi-Ko is is one of their most recommended treats, and it’s a butter cookie made with caramel and lots of walnuts. Three pieces of Kurumi-Ko costs 420 yen. In the summer, they also offer Kurumi-Ko ice cream for 430 yen.
HP: www.beniya-ajisai.co.jp/shop/products/list.php?category_id=12 (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-12-4 Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kamakura (Google Map)
3. Hikage Daifuku (Hikage Chaya)
Hikage Daifuku is anko from Hokkaido wrapped in mochi, and is a specialty of Hikage Chaya. At only 172 yen, you can easily buy one, but make sure to eat it the day you buy it since it doesn’t keep well.
HP: www.chaya.co.jp/kashiho/kashiho_news.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 2-2-26 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
4. Daibutsu Towel (Iori)
Iori is a shop specializing in Imabari Towels located on Komachi Street. Imabari Towel is a famous Japanese towel brand that produces super-absorbent towels. The Daibutsu-san towel, for 756 yen, is one of their most popular items. You can also enjoy fresh mandarin orange juice and ice cream from Ehime prefecture, an area famous for mandarins, at the 10xStand shop located in front.
HP: www.i-ori.jp/user_data/iori_kamakura.php (Japanese Only)
Address: 2-2-18 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
5. Tsukemono (Mikura)
Tsukemono are Japanese pickles, and Mikura is a shop specializing in them. You can sample various kinds of tsukemono. Mikura’s tsukemono contain less salt than those offered at other shops, and they use almost no preservatives or artificial coloring. You can find your favorite flavor! Prices range from 300 to 600 yen. There are two kinds of tsukemono, one that can be kept at room temperature and one that must be refrigerated, so check before you purchase.
HP: www.tsukemono-mikura.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 2-8-36 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
6. Mamegashi (Mameya)
Mameya has a variety of mamegashi, different flavored snacks made with beans. You can enjoy samplling all of them until you find your favorite. Every month they offer a limited flavor. Mamegashi lasts a long time and 1 pack only costs 216 yen, so they’re definitely an ideal gift item.
HP: www.mame-mame.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-5-38 Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
7. Oil Blotting Sheets (Kamakura Yohira)
Oil blotting sheets are very popular gifts. These packages have scenes of Kamakura on them, and they cost 400 yen for 20 sheets. Other popular items from this store are facial masks and konjac sponges for face washing. The store’s name, yohira, means “four flower petals.” It’s also a name for hydrangeas, which is more popularly called ajisai.
HP: www.yohira.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-15-16 Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kamakura (Google Map)
8. Chikaramochi (Chikaramochi-ya)
Chikaramochi-ya is a well-established Japanese-style confectionery shop near Hase Station that has been in business for over 300 years. There are two types of chikaramochi, one that must be eaten that day, and one made with rice flour that can keep for up to 3 days. You can enjoy the chikaramochi while strolling around Kamakura and keep the rice flour ones for gifts. They’re 95 yen a piece.
Address: 18-18 Sakanoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
9. Warabimochi (Kosuzu)amespiphoto/Flickr
Warabimochi is a gelatin-like dumpling covered in kinako powder, and in this case it’s made by a soba shop! Its chewy and unique firmness and its melt-in-your-mouth texture is adicting. They only use homemade bracken starch, kinako, and kuromitsu (black sugar syrup). A small pack of 9 pieces costs 756 yen. It’s sold as take-out at Ekisuto Kamakura inside the Kamakura Station building, but you can eat it inside the shops in Wakamiya Ohji and Yuigahama. Warabimochi lasts 3 days refrigerated.
HP: www.kamakuratoday.com/meiten/kosuzu.html (Japanese Only)
Address: Inside Ekisuto Kamakura, 1-1-1 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
10. Daibutsu Gummies (Dagashiya@Hase)
Hase is known for the Great Buddha. When you walk towards the Buddha from Hase Station, you’ll come across Dagashiya@Hase on the right side of the street. It’s a small-time candy store where they sell Daibutsu gummies as well as other old-time candies and Buddha items such as tape and superballs. The Daibutsu gummies cost 200 yen. They also have Shonan gummies that are shaped like the Enoden railway train.
HP: dagasiya.afz.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 2-14-20 Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
11. Enoden Monaka (Ohgiya)
Ohgiya is a Japanese-style confectionery shop that’s famous for the Enoden Line train care displayed in front of the shop. Its best seller, Enoden Monaka, has five different flavors: sesame, plum, yuzu, smooth anko, and textured anko. You can get them for 130 yen each. The Enoden line packaging is so cute! And since the Enoden line runs right along the street, you can watch it up close!
HP: tabelog.com/kanagawa/A1404/A140403/14015849/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-6-7 Katase Kaigan, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
12. Tatamiiwashi (Takasei)http://www.takasei.com/
Takasei is a dried fish shop that has been in business for 200 years. Tatamiiwashi is sun-dried baby anchovies made into a thin shape that resembles tatami flooring. It’s full of calcium and is deliciously crispy if you toast it lightly before eating. 8 pieces costs 1296 yen, and you can find it in their Enoshima flagship shop, Kamakura shop, and Fujisawa shop.
HP: www.takasei.com/ka002.htm (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-5-2 Katase Kaigan, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
13. Enoden Sabure (La Plage Miami)
Enoden Sabure is a shortbread cookie in the shape of the Enoden train that’s sold at La Plage Miami, a long-estblished Western confectionery shop. It comes in three flavors: butter, cheese, and cocoa. 3 cookies will run you 367 yen. You can find these Enoden Sabure at many souvenir shops around the Shonan area, but its flagship store is located near Enoshima Station.
HP: www.maiami.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 3-16-8 Katase, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
14. Enoshima Lighthouse (Lighthouse Keeper)lighthousekeeper.ocnk.net
Lighthouse Keeper, on Subana Street in Enoshima, is the one and only lighthouse specialty store in Japan. They have lighthouse replicas from around the world as well as marine goods. They make the replicas themselves, and they now have models of the old and new Enoshima Lighthouses side by side for 3800 yen. You should definitely buy it when you go up Enoshima Lighthouse, also known as the Sea Candle. They also have triangular pennants with the symbol of both lighthouses for 990 yen.
HP: http://www.geocities.jp/lighthouse_lovers/(Japanese Only)
Address: 1-12-23Katase Kaigan, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
15. Enoden goods
You can buy a variety of Enoden goods at Kamakura Station, Enoshima Station, and Fujisawa Station. They sell items such as model railroads, candy, sweets, stationery, and bags. Some recommended items are the rice crackers in an Enoden can for 1028 or a hand towel for 1080.
HP: http://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/enoden-goods/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-15 Onarimachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
16. Ganso Nori Youkan (Nakamuraya Youkanten)
Ganso Nori Youkan is a popular Japanese confectionery that was first introduced in 1902 and is considered a representative of Enoshima. There’s nori seaweed inside the sweet bean jelly, and you might think that sounds like a mismatch, but actually the subtle saltiness of the ocean combined with the high-quality white bean paste gives it a refined flavor. One bar costs 430 yen. You can enjoy the ocean view from the tea room in Nakamuraya that’s located on the street heading towards Iwaya Cave from Enoshima Tenbo Lighthouse.
HP: www.noriyoukan.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 2-5-25 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
17. Tako or Kurage Senbei (Asahi)
Asahi, a shop on the road approaching Enoshima Shrine, is famous for their maruyaki tako senbei. It’s a rice cracker that has a whole roasted octopus inside of it. You can watch them press the octopus using 185°C heat right in front of you! Maruyaki tako senbei costs 350 yen. They’ve also started making kurage senbei which uses a whole jellyfish!
HP: www.murasaki-imo.com/contents/about/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-4-10 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
18. Ofuna Kannon Monaka (Ryugetsu)
Ryugetsu is a Japanese confectionery that has been in business since 1957 and is located inside the Ofuna shopping district. Their best-selling item is the Ofuna Kannon Monaka for 150 yen a piece. They’re anko-filled wafers in the shape of the Ofuna Kannon Goddess of Mercy. They only used locally sourced ingredients and homemade anko and rice flour.
Address: 1-15 Ofuna, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
19. Kamakura Shirt (Maker’s Shirt Kamakura)blog.shirt.co.jp
Maker’s Shirt Kamakura was created in Kamakura in 1991 but has now expanded to 26 stores both in Japan and internationally. Most of their very fine, high-quality shirts costs 5400 yen. Since you’ve managed to make it all the way to Kamakura, why not look for your favorite shirt at their flagship store in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu?
Address: 3-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
20. Nigirifuku (Honkakuji)
Honkakuji is a Nichiren Buddhist temple that worships the Kamakura Seven Deities of Good Fortune and the Ebisu, the God of Wealth. You can get a nigirifuku, a small charm made of clay, for 500 yen, and it’s said to bring you benefits if you squeeze it in your hand. There are five kinds: love, health, wealth, education, and fortune. Each one has a different facial expression, so it might be fun to pick the one you like.
Address: 1-12-12 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
21. Tenugui (nugoo)
Nugoo is a hand towel, called tenugui, specialty brand that has 2 stores in Wakamiyaouji. They have a collection of soft tenugui with over 300 different designs, and you can find designs such as the Great Buddha of Kamakura or various temples. Tenugui can be used as tapestries, table runners, box covers, and so on. The Great Buddha tenugui is 1080 and is highly recommended as a souvenir. They also have a paper fan with a Buddha design on it as well.
Address: 2-12-32 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
22. Senbei (Kamakura Ichibanya)
Kamakura Ichibanya is a senbei shop on Komachi Street. Senbei are rice crackers that are often grilled and flavored with salt or soy sauce. They have over 100 kinds of senbei and you can buy them 1 for 60 yen. They grill the senbei by hand in the store using Binchotan charcoal, so you can enjoy freshly-made senbei while you stroll down the street.
Address: 2-7-36 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
23. Kamakura Custard (Kamakura New German)
Kamakura Custard has been very popular since its introduction in 1982. Its fluffy egg-flavored sponge cake contains honey and fresh cream. There are five flavors at all times: custard, chocolate, and 3 seasonal flavors. They’re also tasty after refrigeration. You can get one for 119 yen that will last you four days. The shop right in front of Kamakura Station opens at 8:30 AM.
HP: www.yougashi.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-5-2 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
24. Raisinwich (Kamakura Ogawaken)
The raisinwich is a rum raisin sandwich cookie that uses melt-in-your-mouth buttercream inside. It tastes great post-refrigeration as well. You can get 10 pieces for 1296 yen. Kamakura Ogawaken on Onari Street has a cafe inside as well.
HP: www.ogawaken.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 8-1 Onarimachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
25. Jam (Romi-yunie・confiture)
Shiroimi Igara is a confectionery expert and patissier who runs a very cute jam shop in Kamakura. She makes over 40 kinds of seasonal jam. You can get 80g of homemade fruit jam for just 700 yen.
HP: www.romi-unie.jp/confiture/shop (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-13-1 Ohgigayatsu, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
26. Daiougusoku-mushi (Enoshima Aquarium)
Daiougusoku-mushi is a kind of giant isopod that lives in the Pacific Ocean. This stuffed toy is very popular! It’s creepy-cute and comes in various sizes and prices. The shop inside the aquarium sells a variety of cute marine animal products, such as daiougusoku-mushi goods, towels, beanbags, and socks.
Address: 2-19-1 Katase Kaigan, Fujisawa-shi, Kamakura (Google Map)
27. Kamakurabori Chopsticks (Waraku)www.k-waraku.com
Waraku is a chopsticks specialty shop that carries over 800 kinds of chopsticks traditionally crafted all over Japan. They have chopsticks for every day use, matching chopsticks for couples, high-end chopsticks, and even locally crafted Kamakurabori chopsticks. Kamakurabori chopsticks are usually very simple as they were original crafted by samurai families. They also have cute chopstick rests. You can have your chopsticks engraved free of charge!
HP: www.k-waraku.com/index.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-6-28 Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kamakura (Google Map)
28. Baika Hanpen (Inoue Kamaboko-ten)
This cute flower-shaped kamaboko fishcake, 135 yen a piece, is made by a well-established shop. Its flavor is genuine without any preservatives, MSG, or additives. It has to be stored in the fridge, so you can enjoy it with a drink when you get back to your hotel. The shop located in front of Kamakura Station has a restaurant space on the 2nd floor where you can enjoy a set meal using kamaboko and sweets.
HP: www.inouekamaboko.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-4-4 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
29. Curry (Callaway)
Callaway is the top of the list of curry places in Kamakura. It’s so popular that there is always a long line, but if you buy take-out, then there’s almost no wait. Since take-out curry is already frozen, it’d be a great gift for those traveling with you if you’re staying in a place with a kitchen. It’s good for 2 weeks in a freezer. Both the beef and cheese curries are very popular, and each are only 480 yen.
HP: tabelog.com/kanagawa/A1404/A140402/14000589/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 2-12-20 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
Please discover all the cute things and tasty food that Kamakura has to offer! You can find many items not on this list by asking for the shopkeepers’ recommendations as well.