Are there many sweet potato treats in Asakusa?
Walking around Asakusa, you may notice that for some reason there are many sweet potato sweets. They range from long-established Japanese sweets, such as takaimo, imoyokan, and imo karinto, to Western-style sweets, such as sweet potatoes and soft-serve ice cream, and are sold at a wide variety of stores. The color and sweet aroma of the sweet potato may just lure you into the store.
While there are many great shops to find tasty treats, Oimoyasan Koushin, is one of the oldest sweet potato stores with a history of over 140 years. It is greatly loved and a highly recommended sweet potato eating and souvenir shop.
A sweet potato confectionery specialty store that began as a sweet potato wholesaler
Oimoyasan Koushin started as a sweet potato wholesaler in 1876, and has specialized in sweet potato confections since. Currently, there are five stores in the Asakusa area, including the Orange Street store and the Nakamise store. All stores are only a 2-minute walk from The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon, making them easy to stop by and purchase as a souvenir of Asakusa or as a snack to enjoy in your room. It is also about 3 minutes from Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.
What kind of sweets are available?
Our daigaimo (university sweet potatoes) are made by processing the most delicious varieties of the season from the best-producing regions. Plus, our sweet potatoes, which are not too sweet but have a rich flavor of sweet potato and butter, are have a flavor that is appreciated by all generations. It’s also great to keep in mind there are souvenirs such as sweet potato karinto and sweet potato muffins that will last for a long time. Depending on the type of sweet potato, 5-6 pieces of daigaimo are priced from 600 yen, while sweet potatoes are priced from 300 yen per piece, making them easier on your wallet.
Try it at The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon
The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon is now accepting reservations for the “Accommodation Plan with Assorted Japanese Sweets Box”, which includes a variety of Japanese sweets from famous Asakusa stores, including sweet potato karinto from Oimoyasan Koushin. For details of the plan, please click here.
|1-21-5 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032
|Open all year round
Oimoyasan Koushin Nakamise
|1-37-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032
|Phone number: 090-4259-8899
|9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
|Open all year round
*Please contact the store directly for the latest information, business hours, and holidays.