For our second blog post we visited a delicious cake shop at the foot of Mt Myoko. This famous local cake shop is called “Mochiya Confectionery”. When it was founded, it was a shop that sold mochi (a Japanese style cake made from pounded rice) and other Japanese confectionery. However, as time went by the shop continued to evolve and not only produce Japanese sweets, but also Western style sweets and cakes.
The showcase inside the store is lined with beautiful cakes reminiscent of jewellery boxes, and the sweets inside the store make you feel as if you are in a fairy tale.
One of their most popular cakes is the rice flour butter chiffon cake which is baked using Koshihikari rice flour grown locally in Niigata, and fermented butter also from Niigata Prefecture. It is one of the signature items of Mochiya. It has a buttery flavour with a gentle sweetness, and a chewy light fluffy texture. The cake is so light it is as if it were almost made from air.
“Myoko Sable” is a rice flour hard biscuit that is a popular present purchased as a souvenir of Myoko. The crispy sable is in the shape of Mt. Myoko which makes it a perfect present to take home to friends and relatives as a fun and delicious present from Myoko Kogen.
The store is like a treasure chest full of delicious sweets!
Both Japanese and Western sweets are available, so it’s a shop that is irresistible to those with a sweet tooth. The fact that Mochiya has thrived for 61 years is evidence enough that there are plenty of fans of this small cake shop at the base of Mt Myoko. Be sure to check out the croissants on Friday and Saturday! These delicious items are only made twice a week and a perfect weekend breakfast treat.
You can find Mochiya in the Myoko Onsen area of Myoko. Its in the same area as the hospital and main post office.