Kagawa prefecture has a myriad of famous sightseeing spots such as Kotohira-gu Shrine, Yashima, and Zenigata Sunae, among others.
One of those sights, Ritsurin Garden, attracts over 600 thousand visitors a year. It has been designated as one of Japan’s special places of scenic beauty. Many visitors buy souvenirs at Ritsurinan, a shop within the vast garden that that sells products from Kagawa.
When you enter the shop, you are immediately struck by the exquisite odor of freshly cut hinoki cypress timber. The shop is filled with local foods and lovely handicrafts, all of which have been gathered from within the prefecture by the dedicated shop staff!
Its tranquil atmosphere offers a lovely place to enjoy a little calm shopping.
We discovered an interesting product at the shop!
And that product is this!
Sanuki udon noodle style gummy candy?!
I doubted my eyes at first, but rather than being filled with udon noodles, the box is packed with ‘udon-style gummies’!
Let’s take a look inside.
The packaging made me doubtful all over again: “Is it really gummy candy?!” I tried comparing them with actual udon noodles (photograph below). The udon noodles I’m using for comparison are made by Hayashi-ya, which is located at Takamatsu airport.
The size of the gummy package is quite small, but both the color and shape are similar.
Let’s compare them more closely.
If you didn’t know it was gummy candy you might just be fooled. They really are udon noodle-style gummies.
How do they taste…?! You might be embarrassed to try them, but the gummies taste like fresh lemon and are easy to eat!
As their texture is just like that of Sanuki udon noodles, they make perfect souvenirs because of the gap between the way they look and the way they taste!
These Sanuki udon noodle style gummy candies are a popular product that even sometimes even sell out at the Ritsurinan shop.
As well as being easy to eat and delicious, they make a good topic of conversation, so do try them at least once.
And if you’d like to get your hands on some right away, they can be purchased at the Ritsurinan online shop.
Homepage: http://www.ritsurinan.jp (Japanese)
*As it’s closed when Ritsurin Garden is closed, times may change according to season.
Address: 1 Chome-20-16 Ritsurin- cho, Takamatsu city, Kagawa prefecture
Homepage: http://www.hayashiya-seimen.com (Japanese)
Hayashiya Takamatsu Airport Shop
(Weekdays) 11:00-20:30 (Last orders at 20:00)
(Saturdays) 11:00-20:30 (Last orders at 20:00)
(Sundays & National holidays) 11:00-20:30 (Last orders at 20:00)
Address: Takamatsu airport lobby 1st floor, 1312-7 Konanchooka, Takamatsu city, Kagawa prefecture
Closed: Open year round
TEL ： ０１２０－４５－８８４８
FAX ： ０１２０－４５－８８４８
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Seitaro Miki
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