Izuka, Birthplace of Japanese Confectionery


The Nagasaki Kaido road ran from Nagasaki to Kokura and was the Shogunate’s only connection to foreign trade during Japan’s period of national isolation. It was also called the “sugar road”, as it popularized sugar brought over from Nanban (or Portugal and Spain).
In the city of Izuka, which was a lodging stop along Nagasaki Kaido, confectionery making flourished very early on. Along the same route was Saga Prefecture’s Kubota-Cho, where Chidoriya had long been a confectioner of castella and Nanban-style sweets; after the Meiji Era (early 1900’s), however, the company set its sights on the coal mining boom in the Chikuho region and expanded into Izuka. Chidoriya along with Izuka’s own Hiyoko (which began sales of its now-famous Hiyoko cakes in 1912) promoted confection making in the city.
To coal-mine workers, the sweet treats of both confectioners became a source of energy, and the need for such energy gave rise to a string of confectioners in Izuka. Even after the coal-mining boom died down, the well-established confectioners remained and continue to expand their business throughout the country.

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 820-8501 福岡県飯塚市新立岩5-5
Address 5-5 Shintateiwa, Izuka City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 0948-22-5500(飯塚市役所商工観光課)
Contact Izuka City Hall Business Tourism Office

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