47 prefectures, 47 unique souvenirs: Which one will win?

By Oona McGee

Omiyage, local, often food-based souvenirs, are a big thing in Japan. Each of the country’s 47 prefectures takes pride in producing a well-known representative that speaks for their area and reflects their unique terroir. But which region and what delicacy would come out on top if put to the test in a general election? A recent television program in Japan thought to do just that, conducting a national tournament of omiyage vs omiyage, sifting through the delegates to bring us the top twenty areas and their delicious representatives.

Using surveys to whittle down the preliminary candidates to just one for each region, the final 47 were ranked by a panel of 50 experts, including travel journal editors and writers, head chefs from five-star hotels, and souvenir specialists. Their top 10 follow.

#1: Hokkaido – Royce Fresh Cream Chocolate

Leading the nation’s regional representatives is Hokkaido’s signature chocolate from Royce. Hokkaido is the land of high quality, delicious milk and cream.

#2: Miyagi Prefecture – Shin-Tan (A special brand of gyu-tan, beef tongue)

This brand is recommended for its juicy thickness. Interestingly, the beef tongue used is from Australia and New Zealand.

#3: Aichi – Yukari Ebi Senbei (Yukari Japanese prawn crackers)

This brand dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868).

#4: Toyama – Masu no Sushi (trout sushi)

Wrapped with green bamboo leaves and packed in a round wooden container. First made in 1717 by a local clansman.

#5: Ishikawa - Tori Yasai Miso (chicken and vegetable bean paste)

This is used as a soup base for hot pot dishes. Loved by trading ship sailors in the Edo period.

#6: Tochigi – Reito Nama Gyoza (frozen Japanese pan-fried dumplings)

They say the best gyoza in Japan can be found at Min Min restaurant in Tochigi. There are always long lines to pick up a pack of their frozen gyoza.

#7: Kagoshima - Satsuma Age Chīzu Iri (Satsuma fry with cheese)

Fried handmade fish paste filled with cheese.

#8: Aomori - Ki ni Naru Ringo (Apple Pie Pastry Dessert)

This is a whole apple soaked in syrup and baked with a pie crust. The region is famous for its delicious apples.

#9: Kanagawa – Kiyoken no Shiumai (Kiyoken steamed meatball dumplings)

Japan’s largest Chinatown is in Kanagawa and this is the brand to look for when you want to buy the best Chinese dumplings.

#10: Shiga – Baumkuchen (lit. log cake, in German)

Traditionally from Germany, this style of cake is popular throughout Japan, but they say that the ones in Shiga are the best.

Source: TV Asahi

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Thank goodness Shiga went with Baumkuchen... If they chose funazushi, we would have been out by appearance alone!

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@sakurala, I agree 100%. I like to at least try everything, but I sure regretted tasting funazushi. I've been told you either love it or hate it. I know which camp I'm in! But Baumkuchen, yum!

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WHO is "They say..."??????

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Tochigi gyoza is soooooooooooooooooooooooo overrated, at least, now. It used to be better.

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I miss the "20 seki" jelly from Tottori... (not even mentioned here...) which was one of the only specialities one could not buy at Tokyo eki. Difficult to find even in Tottori !

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I vote for the ones with no MSG or unnecessary added (and disguised) sugars. Big ask?

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