Vegetarian's Japan Guide

Encounter the Most Delicious Chestnut Sweets at Obusedō

Obuse, a small town in Nagano prefecture, famous for its chestnut produce and a large variety of chestnut sweets, is a must-go for all sweet tooths! And among all the sweets shops in Obuse, Obusedō (小布施堂) is probably the most famous sweets maker.

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Obusedō was founded in the Meiji period (1868 – 1912). With vast experience making Japanese sweets with chestnuts, it later successfully developed a Western chestnut sweets menu. Its Mont Blanc cake is so famous that customers from all around Japan will start queuing at midnight!

Kuri no Tenshin Suzaku (栗の点心 朱雀)

Kuri no Tenshin Suzaku is the best chestnut dessert the shop offers its customers. Made from freshly picked chestnuts, the dessert is only available for a month each year during the chestnut season, from early September to mid-October.

Without adding any additional ingredients, the freshly steamed chestnuts are crushed and layered on top of the pre-made chestnut paste.

Kuri no Tenshin Suzaku is only offered to the first 400 customers each day when the dessert is on the menu. In the past, people would queue from midnight just to get one of the exchange tickets that the shop distributed at 8 o’clock in the morning. Even if one got there at 5 am, there would probably already be more than 100 people in the queue Σ(゚Д゚).

Nowadays, you can reserve your Kuri no Tenshin Suzaku online. It is still very popular, so book as soon as possible after the reservation is open in late July!

In 2023, you can still queue for a ticket to enjoy Kuri no Tenshin Suzaku at 3 pm on the day. Tickets will be given out from 2:15 pm. Refer to the official website HERE for a photo of where to queue.

If you are really keen to try it out, Kuri no Tenshin Suzaku will be served from the 6th of September to the 15th of October in 2023. Refer to the official website HERE for more details and to reserve. You can translate the website to English using Google Chrome’s translation function at the right of the address bar.

Mont Blanc Suzaku Cafe Entotsu (えんとつ)

As travelers, we wanted to have enough energy to explore during the daytime. So instead, we went for the Mont Blanc Suzaku that is served at the Mont Blanc Suzaku cafe Entotsu (next to Obusedō).

  • Mont Blanc Set with a drink is 2,000 yen (not cheap, but we are still glad we ordered it!)
  • Cafe Entotsu opens between
    • 12 pm and 4 pm but may change depending on the seasons
    • 12 pm to 3 pm in January
    • 12 pm to 2 pm in February
  • You can save your spot on the arrival sheet provided by the cafe 30 minutes before it opens, as the number of Mont Blanc is also limited each day.

If you are more of a Japanese sweets kind of person, you will also find traditional sweets such as yokan, monaka, rakugan…etc, all filled with Obuse’s best quality chestnuts!

HERE, you will find photos of all the sweets that you can purchase from Obusedō’s takeaway shop (in Japanese only, click on the “詳しく” to view all the sweets under each category that you can get from Obusedō)

Obusedō’s Business Hours and Access Information

  • 9 am to 5 pm daily
  • To get to Obusedō, it is a 10-minute walk from Nagano Electric Railway’s Obuse Station.

Discover the Fascinating Attractions in Obuse

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Click the photo for the attractions in Obuse!

Obuse, a small town that is a 30-minute train ride away from Nagano’s city center, is known for the delicious chestnuts growing out of the fields. It is the destination that all sweet tooths can’t miss out on when they visit Nagano.

In addition, the town also has a couple of ukiyo-e attractions for those who are interested in artwork.

For more information, please refer to our article on Obuse!

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