The Best Souvenirs and Food at Nakamise Dori

by Christian Monson

Ningyo Yaki

When you go to Nakamise Dori, you’re bound to find numerous shops selling what look like little wood carvings… but smell like cake? These are ningyo yaki! They’re cakes filled with the Japanese traditional sweetener, red bean paste. 

While these treats taste great, the coolest thing about them is their incredibly intricate designs. Most are often shaped as animals or traditional Japanese figures with a detail that you’d think impossible for baked goods. 

As an added bonus, you can actually watch these cakes be made. The shops use the traditional method that bakers have used for almost a century. Grab a bag to take home with you, but at least try a few before you leave Nakamise Dori.

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