Over a period of 140 years since our founding in early Meiji, Hakataya has grown with the history of Miyajima, known as an island of god. With our roots as a rice scoop wholesaler that spread Miyajima prided shakushi craft throughout Japan, Hakataya supported tradition as a resting oarsmen of Eba’s ancient style rowboat during Itsukushima Shrine’s greatest ritual, the Kangensai. As we continue to bake, from batter and adzuki with the utmost care, what eventually became the island’s signature food culture, Momiji Manju, our calling has become to sublimate the special features of this land into new forms to pass on to the future. Fitting history, culture, and landscape into the shape of a momiji maple…
Miyajima Hakataya Momiji Manju
At Hakataya, we take pride in our soft fine castella cake that goes perfectly with Japanese style adzuki and matcha paste as well as Western chocolate and peach fillings. Craftsmen put their heart into careful preparation every day.
Hakataya’s homemade smooth bean paste is prepared with special care to keep the fragrance and flavor. Careful effort is put into repeated soaking in water to be sure that all roughage and bitterness is removed. This is the source of the rich flavor and soothing sweetness.
North side event space, Amanosu Terrace
From the Amanosu Terrace at the north entrance along the approach to the shrine, you can view Heike’s legendary sandbar Ama-no-su with the historic Nii-dono-toro stone lantern dedicated to Tokiko (wife of Kiyomori) in the foreground, the stone torii gate leading to the shrine, and the Great Torii Gate, all at once. With thought to this land, a variety of events such as workshops connecting with history and markets introducing new cultures are held here.