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Delicious Hokkaido at your doorstep: Wine, beer, and raisin butter sandwiches

Hokkaido is unmistakably the tastiest place in Japan. It is famous for its rich variety of fresh seafood, dairy products, and agricultural produce. Even if you don’t often go to Hokkaido, cheer up! You can also buy products from Hokkaido in Tokyo. You just have to know where exactly to shop.

To mark the opening of new shinkansen line between Shin-Aomori and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto, many supermarkets recently offered a vast array of foods from the northernmost island.Hokkaido beerHokkaido sweetsHokkaido is famous not only for its beer, there are many wineries as well.Hokkaido wineAs I have never tried any local wines before, I simply felt obliged to try it out. Here it is, a small box for sampling with three sweet wines.Hokkaido winesFor me, the best one was Campbell Early, the rose wine. And it was just perfect for the cherry blossom viewing.Hokkaido wines

My first encounter with Rokkatei Marusei Butter Sand was eye-opening! I was introduced to it by my Japanese friend. If you have ever tried any other kind of raisin butter sandwich, forget about it.Hokkaido sweetsButter sandwices made by Rokkatei will change you forever. They are creamy and fresh, and decadently rich-tasting, with thick biscuits that are moist but a tad crumbly. A great treat to go with your cup of black tea or strong coffee.Hokkaido sweetsThey don’t have a store in Tokyo, so keep your eye peeled for the red and white box. Here is a list of Rokkatei official stores in Hokkaido: http://www.rokkatei.co.jp.e.sy.hp.transer.com/shop/index.html

Article by Olga Kaneda

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