You will find an old stone guidepost engraved "Goryo Shrine Kamakura Gongoro Kagemasa" in front and "Road bound for Hasedera Temple" on the side.  Actually, this place was a very important cross road from Enoshima and Hase in the Kamakura era or prior.

  Mochiya Kichibei, the founder of CHIKARAMOCHI YA, opened his store right behind the guidepost.  It is a story of 300 years ago.



Chikaramochi and Kamakura Samurai history


  A Kamakura Samurai named Gongoro Kagemasa became famous for his brave actions and success in the battles of 1083-1087 in Tohoku (the northern region of Japan).  He was just 16 years old at that time but already very strong.  When his troops returned in triumph they began a contest of strength using 60-kilo, 100-kilo stones here in Sakanoshita.  They all admired Gongoro's strength.


  Later who knows when, these stones were placed at Goryo shrine and some rice cakes were put on the stones for offering to Gongoro.  Those cakes were also delivered to the worshipers and came to be called Gongoro's Chikaramochi.


  Long later but still a long time ago, our ancestor started making the house-brand cake named CHIKARAMOCHI so that people would keep in mind the brave samurai, Gongoro Kagemasa for the future. Those stones are exhibited at Goryo shrine even now.


  Times had changed into the modern age and the Meiji government regulated the license for handling the sweet products at stores. CHIKARAMOCHI YA took it in 1885. ......a long time has passed...... Now we enjoy the local activities, for example, Goryo festival together with many people and the local shops such as Mitome store who is also a very long established store here.


CHIKARAMOCHI YA is now run by the Ninth storekeeper.


  Thanks to all customers, we have run our store for 300 years here in Sakanoshita, Kamakura and will continue making CHIKARAMOCHI.


  The interior is very simple.  It is a standard Japanese classic store.  Items for sale are displayed in the showcase so that customers can point at what they want.


  Our staff are well trained to be courteous anytime to anyone.  We are little confident in our communication skill in other languages than Japanese, but will try our best to communicate with overseas visitors.


We are looking forward to your visit.

See you at CHIKARAMOCHI YA of Sakanoshita, Kamakura.



18-18 Sakanoshita, Kamakura City, 2480021, Kanagawa Japan

Tel: 0467-22-0513

Hours: :9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Closed on Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday

(En) http://chikaramochi-ya-en.com

(Jp) http://nttbj.itp.ne.jp/0467220513/

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