Japanese Sweets

To satisfy your tingling sweet tooth, check out the all-time favorite cheesecake from Toba International Hotel that has been made with the same old recipe 30 years ago. It comes in a variety of flavors, including one that is blended with Ise green tea. Handmade tokoroten, a light translucent jelly sprinkled with kinako can be found at a unique café called “Ama no Ie”, which is rebuilt from the traditional houses of ama divers. The local Toba version is characterized by its cubic shapes and the texture is similar to warabimochi (bracken jelly). For those health conscious, try the soft-serve ice cream or donuts that are made with tofu while you stroll along Oharai-machi. Other famous sweets include an award-winning product called “Shell Leines”, which are essentially classic French madeleines that are created with local eggs and Mie wheat flour. Before leaving, don’t forget to grab a few packets of dried sweet potatoes called “Kinko” as souvenirs. Grown in Shima, these sweet potatoes are dried naturally under the sun and without any added preservatives.