Located in the mountains of Nagano, in a town called Ueda, Misuzu-kan is famous for its classic jam candies. On our way to Bessho-onsen for an overnight ryokan trip, we hopped off the shinkansen at Ueda and headed up the street to Misuzu-kan.
Still situated in its original 1924 building, Misuzu-kan seems to have hardly changed since its inception.
We step inside, only to be greeted by a little man pouring tiny cups of fresh apple juice, textured and tasty.
I admire the space, the antiquated aesthetic, the stunning old light fixtures that Mom adores.
Then, we approach the counter, where each product is laid out beautifully, scores of samples at our fingertips.
I work my way from one end to the other. First, the nama-zeri, directly translated to fresh or raw jelly–the kind that is totally natural, with even its sugar content at a minimum.
These samples were followed by a jar of special sugar jellies, along side a dish of red bean paste, or anko.
But the real standouts were Misuzukan’s signature jams and fruit jellies. With a bowl of every flavor of jam on offer, as well as massive pile of individually wrapped jam candies it was tough to decide what to taste, let alone buy!
In the end, we settled on apricot and plum jam, a large box of traditional jam jellies, and a container of sugar encrusted ones to boot!
The wrapped up our purchases and we headed out to the onsen, large shopping bags in hand.