Even if you happened to pass by or found some information about the Largest Candy Shop in Japan on the internet, it would be hard to grasp the scope and scale of the the place. You really have to see it to believe it.
Located in the heartland of Setouchi City’s Osafune Town, the shop is an enormous warehouse that has been given over entirely to the creation of a wonderful world that is hidden in plain sight. According to the founders, the idea of the shop is to touch the hearts of those who visit and enliven the spirit. Another goal is to support agriculture throughout the region and the country by sourcing local ingredients.
Inside, there is shelf after shelf and row upon row of candy, snacks and toys for everyone. The treats and playthings of yesteryear are combined with those of today, providing a fun experience for all ages. While the majority of the snacks are Japanese brands, there is a healthy supply of goods from abroad, from chips to sweets.
Once you walk through the thick pieces of clear plastic which allow the door to be open and closed at the same time, you will probably have to do a side step or two to avoid bumping into other customers. People are focused on finding their favorite treats and discovering new ones. One of the reasons for this is that a percentage of the shop’s stock changes from time to time so there is likely to be a product on display that you have never seen before, even you you are a regular patron.
The shop actually consists of two extremely large warehouse spaces. The room on the entrance side has also has drinks and frozen delights such as ice cream and ice pops for sale. The smaller of the two rooms, whose entrances are located at the back of the main room, is where you will find contemporary and nostalgic toys. There is even a Showa era-style playroom where you can get the feel for what was like to have fun before the advent of video games an electronic gadgets.
A visitor favorite is the retro candy shop room that is next to the playroom. When you walk in it is like you have stepped into the neighborhood candy store of your childhood.
Visit the Largest Candy Shop in Japan and put a smile on your face.
ABOUT THE AREA
Setouchi City is comprised of the former towns of Oku, Osafune and Ushimado. In 2004 they merged to form a marvelous city with a Mediterranean flair that sits on the Seto Inland Sea.
Oku is a rural district where agriculture is alive and well. Mushroom and oyster farming are two important industries. The Taisho era painter Yumeji Takehisa’s birthplace is in the Oku region of Setouchi City. The artist’s home has been perfectly preserved for visitors to inspect the intricacies of his fascinating life.
The landscape of the area is comprised of rolling hills and meandering streams, and is representative of the traditional Japanese countryside. Osafune also has the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum and learning center which allows visitors to experience the sword making process first hand.
The Ushimado region of Setouchi City is famous for its yacht harbor and beaches. The Olive Garden is a nice spot to take in the view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, including Maejima and Shodoshima. There is no shortage of places to stay in Ushimado, from the luxurious Hotel Limani to the numerous “Bed and Breakfasts”.
Access: Take the JR Ako Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Osafune Station. The Largest Candy Shop in Japan is about a 15-minute taxi ride from JR Osafune Station.
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