Kawamichiya Soba Cookie Shop
So-honke (original) Kawamichiya at Aneya-koji Gokoumachi is a soba (buckwheat) cookie shop with a 280-year history. Called "soba houru," the cookie is a plum flower¬–shaped hard cookie that is often given as gifts. The name "houru" is derived from Portuguese "bolo" (cake), which reminds us of the fact that Japan's first encounter with Western culture was through the Portuguese missionaries who came to Japan in the sixteenth century. There are a few other shops also selling similar cookies that are called "soba boro."