Jul 1, 2014

The Best Souvenirs from Nagasaki

Because souvenirs are truly the best way to share the memories and joy of your trip with friends and family.


If you love your udon, ramen and soba, you will most definitely love Somen. Commonly described as Japanese “mee sua”, these thin, hand-stretched noodles make for a great summer dish as they are best eaten with chilled soup or dipping sauce. Yamaichi produces some of the country’s best Somen and its hand-stretched range carries flavours such as black sesame, sweet potato and seaweed.

Somen – Ichi-ko Honpo (Shop & Restaurant)
4615-2 Tei, Fukaecho, Minamishimabara-city, Nagasaki 859-1504
Tel: 0957-72-7119

Hasami Porcelain

It seems counterintuitive to buy porcelain back but once you see how beautiful the Hasami porcelain are, you’ll be capitulate. Combining the quality of traditional Japanese porcelain and the practicality of modern tableware, Hasami porcelain will fit in with your modern interior. They are priced affordably too!

Hasami Porcelin – Kurawankan
2255-2 Iseki-go, Hasami-cho, Higashisonogi-gun, Nagasaki 859-3711
Tel: 0956-26-7162


Another local delight inspired by Nagasaki’s early interaction with foreigners. It used to be that the sand required to create glassware was obtained from the beaches of Nagasaki. These days, however, the sand is imported from Tasmania, Australia. The beauty however is not compromised. At Ruri An, you can find pendants, windchimes and sake sets, and sign up for a glassmaking class too.

Vidro/Glassware – Rurian
5-11 Matsugaemachi, Nagasaki-city, Nagasaki 850-0921
Tel: 095-827-0737


Want sake made the traditional way? You’ll find them right here at Yoshidaya, a sake brewery located in Minami-Shimbara, run by the family’s 13th generation. A wooden structure, headlined by a whole piece of Hanegi trunk, is used to extract the sake from the fermented rice, and then bottled by hand. The result? A sake that tastes almost like fresh spring water. It’s a must-buy!

Sake – Yoshidaya
785 Yamagawa, Ariecho, Minamishimabara-city, Nagasaki 859-2202
Tel: 0957-82-2032

Castella Cider and Unzen Lemonade

If you have a friend who collects bottled beverages, these souvenirs from the hotspring town of Unzen are perfect! The Castella Cider, an invention by the shopkeeper, is packaged to look like a box of Castella cake, while the Unzen Lemonade is made with the bubbly hotspring water, its bottle design inspired by Pearl S. Buck – famous American Nobel Laureate in literature who lived in Unzen for a year in 1927.

Castella cider and Unzen lemonade – Onsen Sakedokoro Taura
320 Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen-city, Nagasaki 854-0621
Tel: 0957-73-3571


The Portuguese introduced this simple but delectable cake to Nagasaki in the 16th century. Castella is made of eggs, sugar and flour, and at Fukusaya, they are made by hand to ensure the full-bodied flavour of the cakes are preserved. You will find these cakes in a myriad of flavours, such as strawberry and chocolate, and packaging but don’t go home without one in the original flavour.

Castella – Fukusaya
3-1 Funadaikumachi, Nagasaki-city, Nagasaki 850-0904
Tel: 095-821-2938
*available Fukuoka & Nagasaki International Airport as well