Yagenbori’s Shichimi Pepper: Also Presented to Shogun Iemitsu

Shichimi is a spicy seasoning that you will always see at udon and soba noodle restaurants. It is a Japanese seasoning that adds a tangy and rich flavor, is often used in spicy stir-fries, and also goes well with miso soup, pork miso soup, and other dishes. We would like to introduce Yagenbori, which has been loved since the Edo period and where you are sure to find a shichimi that suits your tastebuds.

It is about a 3-minute walk from The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon via Orange Street, or a 5-minute walk from Exit 1 of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.

A long-established shop boasting a 400-year history of shichimi togarashi (seven-spice red pepper)

Yagenbori, a long-established shichimi togarashi (seven-flavor red pepper) shop, was founded in 1625 by its founder, Tokuemon Karashiya, who invented the seven-flavor red pepper using inspiration from Chinese herbal medicine. Since then, for 10 generations, the original spiciness and aroma have been preserved using traditional methods.

What is nanairo togarashi?

Shichimi togarashi is the Kamigata style name for seven spices, and in the Edo/Tokyo area it is called
nanairo togarashi (seven colored chili peppers). Therefore, Yagenbori’s shichimi togarashi is also called nanairo togarashi or nanairo for short.

From the Yagenbori website

Basically, it is a different name for the same spice in the Edo and Tokyo area.

Also, it seems that Edo people liked spicy food, so Yagenbori uses two kinds of chili peppers: red chili peppers and grilled chili peppers. It seems that you can feel a depth of spiciness.

Looking at the ingredients before blending, you can clearly see the seven colors.

Use your own favorite combination!

Yagenbori’s shichimi chili peppers are available in various levels of spiciness, and can also be made to order. They will mix your own custom shichimi by adding or subtracting your favorite aroma or texture from red chili powder, roasted chili powder, poppy seeds, hemp seeds, powdered sansho (Japanese pepper), dried orange peel, or sesame seeds. After it has been mixed, we recommend that you purchase a stylish container with a colonized gourd shape and Asakusa-inspired decorations.

A luxurious and portable shichimi container with designs reminiscent of the Edo period.
The store carries a wide range of products, including the popular medium-hot and very-hot shichimi togarashi, furikake, tsukudani, and more.

Hotel Staff Recommendations

Hotel staff’s top recommendation: shichimi beans.

Shichimi chili peppers and furikake made from them are popular souvenirs, but our staff recommends shichimi mame (seven spice beans). Deep-fried fava beans are sprinkled with Yagenbori’s very hot shichimi chili pepper for a spicy taste that lingers. Please give them a try.



Address 1-28-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032
TEL 03-3626-7716
Business hours 10:00-18:00
Closed Open all year round

*Please contact the store directly for the latest information on business hours and holidays.


  • 店名 Yagenbori
  • 住所 1-28-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032 
  • TEL 03-3626-7716
  • URL なし
  • 営業時間 10:00-18:00
  • 定休日 Open all year round


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