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Melonpan is a popular Japanese bread, which literally translates to
melon bread. Despite its name, the bread only looks like melons and does not necessarily taste like melon. It is a sweet bread, and traditionally was not flavored, but in recent years some manufactures have started including melon flavor to the bread. There are also many other variations of melonpan: some manufactures flavor the melonpan with maple syrup or caramel, include chocolate chips, or fill the bread with a custard filling. The bread itself is fluffy with a crisp layer of thin cookie dough covering the top part of the melonpan which gives the bread the light sweet taste. In some areas like Kansai, Chugoku, and Shikoku, Melonpan is baked with a radiating line pattern and is called
Sunrise as well as melonpan. Melon Pan originated from Kobe, and nowadays has grown to be one of Japan's most popular types of pastries sold in almost every bakery. In fact, other Asian countries like Taiwan and China have their own versions of the popular Japanese pastry, such as Hong Kong's lighter and flakier melonpan.
Want to bite into a fresh loaf of melonpan? Ask your tour guide where the closest bakery is during Japan Deluxe Tour's fully-guided line of Cherry Blossom Japan Tours or Grand Tour Packages, available spring or year-round.
Konbini are convenient stores that can be found everywhere in Japan
Japanese sponge cake with a sweet nice aroma and taste
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Any character come to life with pancake dough!