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Souun Yokan Honpo
A Popular and Long-Established Local Producer of the Sweet “Kurimushi Yokan”
“Souun Yokan Honpo” is a long-established wagashi (Japanese sweets) shop in Ashikaga. The “Souun” in its name is said to come from Tazaki Souun, a painter with ties to Ashikaga who was active from the end of the Edo period (1853-1868) until the Meiji era (1868-1912). As the shop’s name suggests, it specializes in yokan, a jellied desert made with red bean paste. They take extreme care in utilizing only the best ingredients, including carefully selected Adzuki beans from Tokachi, sugar, agar, and chestnuts.
Among their many products, one that has become quite popular recently is their “Kurimushi Yokan,” or steamed chestnut yokan, which is made with kudzu powder from Yoshino as a binder, and a whole chestnut, which is then squeezed in a tea cloth. The stewed chestnuts are slightly sweet, with a pleasantly soft texture, and they pair beautifully with the yokan’s bean paste.
Yokan is a simple dish, but the use of carefully selected ingredients by a long-standing shop with years of experience gives it a sophisticated flavor. As the yokan is handmade, quantities are limited and it may sell out, so you may want to reserve some in advance. If left unopened, the yokan will keep for 20 days, making it great for souvenirs.
A classic Ashikaga sweet.
A long-established shop that specializes in yokan.
Uses carefully selected ingredients, including adzuki beans from Tokachi, kudzu from Yoshino, and domestic chestnuts.
- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 1-3261 Midoricho, Ashikaga City, Tochigi
- Kurimushi Yokan: <Individual Sale> 200 yen each; <Boxed> 1,330 yen for 6, 1,730 yen for 8, 2,540 yen for 12, 3,260 yen for 15, 4,390 yen for 20. ※All prices include tax.
- Wednesdays (may also close on Tuesdays)
- 9:30am-7:00pm (or closes when sold out)
(1) Approximately a 23-minute walk from the JR Ryomo Line’s Ashikaga Station
(2) Approximately a 22-minute walk from the Tobu Railway Isesaki Line’s Ashikagashi Station
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)