Kobe - A City of Western Sweets

Elevating Culinary Culture from the West

Kobe, a city where mountains meet the sea, is also a unique blend of Eastern and Western influences. This is evident in its architecture, ranging from the traditional Ikuta Shrine to the Western-style buildings of the Kitano district. The city's openness to foreign cultures extends to its culinary scene, making it a haven for Western sweets, or "yogashi."

Kobe's reputation for yogashi stems from its history as a bustling port city. As early as the 19th century, foreign influences began shaping the city's sweets. For example, Morozoff, a renowned chocolate maker, was founded by a Russian emigre who aimed to create European-style chocolate suitable for Japanese tastes. Similarly, Juchheim, another famous establishment, introduced baumkuchen, a German layered cake, to Japan after its founder, a German prisoner of war, settled in Kobe. These and other establishments have not only enriched the city's culinary landscape but also played a role in spreading Western cultural practices throughout Japan.

Every Taste and Story, All in One Box

Open the box and discover what you'll find!
A selection of quality products and the stories of where they came from, carefully chosen and curated for you!

By Kameido-Honke (since 1873)

Kawara Senbei Crunchy Chocolate

This product is made by crushing Kameido-Honke's Gawasenbei and turning it into chocolate crunch. The crunchy texture of Gawasenbei and the slightly bitter chocolate complement each other perfectly. Be sure to also take note of the playful packaging design.


Allergens: wheat, egg, milk, soy
Made in a factory that uses: shrimp, crab, buckwheat, peanuts

By Arima Hokodo (Since 1912)

Saku-Saku Matcha Soybeans

Arima Hokodo manufactures various flavors of soybean snacks. This one is made by wrapping crispy soybeans in roasted soybean flour and Uji matcha. The faint sweetness of the roasted soybean flour and the bitter flavor of the matcha will blend together in your mouth.


Allergens: wheat, milk, soy
Made in a factory that uses: peanuts, eggs, shrimp, crab



AZUMAYA has a store in the "Motomachi-Shotengai (Shopping Street)," Kobe's largest shotengai. It was established in 1949. Stepping into the store makes you feel like you've traveled back in time 75 years. This Ganseki (rock) lives up to its name with its rugged appearance and hardness.


Allergens: wheat, soy
Labels: Vegetarian, Additive free, Low-fat

By Arima Hokodo (Since 1912)

Saku-Saku Kinako Soybeans

Arima Hokodo was founded in Kobe in 1912. The founder, Arima Yoshika, was involved in the import control of beans at Kobe's customs office, which led him to start making bean confections at his own shop. Their "Saku-Saku Kinako Soybeans" features Japanese-grown soybeans coated in sweet kinako powder, delivering a crisp texture as suggested by its name, "saku-saku".


Allergens: soy, wheat
Made in a factory that uses: peanuts, milk, eggs, shrimp, crab



At AZUMAYA, various types of rice crackers are sold, all of which are meticulously baked over charcoal by artisans. "Take" (pronounced "taw-kay") means bamboo in Japanese. The distinctive feature of this rice cracker is its long and slender shape resembling a bamboo stalk. It allows you to enjoy the sweetness of rice and the aroma of soy sauce.


Allergens: wheat, soy

Labels: Vegetarian, Additive, freeLow-fat


Kobe Pudding

The port city of Kobe is famous as the "city of Western sweets." Among them, Kobe pudding boasts outstanding popularity and is one of the most famous souvenirs of Kobe. It shines with its smooth texture, elegant sweetness, and refreshing aftertaste of fruit wine. Drizzle on the caramel sauce for an even deeper flavor.


Allergens: egg, milk



"Sanshoku" means "three colors" in Japanese, and true to its name, this rice cracker allows you to enjoy three flavors in one bag: shrimp, seaweed, and soy sauce. The light hues of red, white, and green evoke the beauty of Japanese nature.


Allergens: wheat, soy, chicken, shrimp

Labels: Low-fat

By Kobe Nuts Yui

Black Sesame Almonds

Kobe Nuts Yui is a small specialty nut shop located in the bustling area of Sannomiya in Kobe. They sell almonds in large bags in various flavors, and they are popular among foreigners. Despite their appearance resembling dinosaur eggs, these black sesame-flavored chocolate almonds have a gentle yet delightful taste.


Allergens: milk, sesame, almonds
May contain: wheat, peanuts, walnuts

By Naruto Chidori Hompo

Kobe Beef Steak Corn Puffed Sticks

When you hear "Kobe City", you probably think of Kobe beef. While we can't deliver you a sizzling steak, we can offer you a taste of Kobe beef with this beef-flavored snack! Kobe beef powder is sprinkled onto Japanese corn puffs. Maybe eating these will make you feel like you're in Kobe!


Allergens: sesame, wheat, soy, beef
Made in a factory that uses: milk

By Kameido-Honke (since 1873)

Sight of Kobe Senbei

Kawara senbei is a type of senbei (Japanese rice cracker) made from wheat flour, eggs, and sugar, shaped like roof tiles and baked. It is said to have been introduced to Japan during the Tang Dynasty and became popular in various regions, with Kobe being considered its place of origin. Kameido-Honke's senbei features famous landmarks of Kobe.


Allergens: wheat, egg
Made in a factory that uses: peanuts, milk, sesame

By Kobe Nuts Yui

Yamagata Green Soybeans

A green soybean refers to a type of soybean that remains green even when it has matured. It can only be grown in the Tohoku region and in Hokkaido in Japan. Green soybeans have lower fat content compared to regular soybeans and are rich in vitamins C and E, as well as iron, making them beneficial for beauty and skincare.


Allergens: soy
May contain: wheat, milk, peanuts, walnuts, cashews, almonds
Labels: Vegetarian, Additve free, Low-sodium

By Hoshi no Kajitsu-en

Awajishima Strawberry Salt Cookies

These cookies are an original product developed with love exclusively for Shotengai. The workers at Hoshi no Kajitsu-en create sweets that utilize locally sourced ingredients from Awaji Island. They grow strawberries in their own orchard, pick them in the morning and use them to make cookies the same day.


Allergens: wheat, eggs, milk, almonds, lemon
Labels: Additive free, No artificial coloring, Vegetarian

By Arima Hokodo (Since 1912)

Non-fried High-Quality Nuts

These "High-Quality Nuts" are not deep-fried in oil but are lightly dusted with the renowned Ako salt, known for its high quality. Since they are not fried in oil and are lightly seasoned with salt, you can enjoy the nutritional benefits of nuts in a healthier way.


Allergens: almonds, cashews, walnuts

Made in a factory that uses: peanuts, wheat, milk, eggs, shrimp, crab

Labels: Additive free, Non-fried

By Toraya-Yoshisuye

Tarugata Senbei & Fu-yaki

The design of the Tarugata senbei features labels from a Japanese sake brand produced in Kobe. Fu-yaki, a type of wheat gluten confection, is made by baking mochi rice and decorating it with sugar patterns. The red plum blossoms evoke the arrival of spring.


Allergens: eggs, wheat, honey
Labels: Vegetarian, Low-sodium


Kobe Coffee

You can enjoy a cup of coffee using this drip bag. The coffee beans used are from Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The package features illustrations of Kobe landmarks and the giant panda from Kobe Oji Zoo (one of only three cities in Japan with a giant panda). MISAGO COFFEE holds café schools and has brought up many baristas.


Labels: Vegetarian