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Dango, similar to mochi, is a favorite snack in Japan. Dango are ball shaped mochi made from mochiko. While there are many ways to make dango, the two most popular types of dango include mitarashi dango and anko dango. Mitarashi dango is dango flavored with syrup made from soy sauce, sugar, and starch. Anko dango is dango with sweetened red bean paste. Both of these dangos are stuck on skewers, often with 3 or 4 dango per. Mitarashi dango and anko dango can be found more easily than any other type of dango in grocery stores and convenience stores. Another popular variety is the Hanami Dango.
Hanami means flower viewing, and these dango are a popular choice during the spring time as a snack to enjoy while enjoying the cherry blossoms in bloom. Hanami dango are typically three balls, one colored pink, white, and green served on a skewer. You can find Hanami Dango at convenience stores, so be sure to grab some and try them out during any of our Spring Cherry Blossom Japan Tours available in March or April!
Japanese rice cake, made from mochigome, or mochi rice
Grilled Dango topped with a sweet, soy sauce glaze
Shōtengai is a street of stores by the local train station ran by locals.
Japanese fish-shaped cake filled with sweet red bean paste
Japanese hand crafted candy art
100 Yen Shops have become increasingly popular in recent years.
Mochi snack of Yamanashi served with kuromitsu and kinako
Local and Large Scale Supermarkets sell groceries at a low price.