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Uemakashiten is a factory making local snack "Suppai-man" a prum snack. You can enjoy field trip and shopping at the factory's souvenir shop. Group tour is available. Easy access from Naha-city.
- Phone number0988-40-6000
- ParkingVan：46lots Car：116lots
- TagSnackfield tripOkinawan productSouvenirTomishiro-city
- Hour[morning]9:00～11:30 [afternoon]13:00～16:30
Among Okinawan souvenirs, "sa-ta-andagi", " Chinsukou" "purple yam tart" are very popular.Although, you can't miss the " Suppai-man" as well. Suppai-man is a long seller okinawan snack which is dried plum. Recently because it became so popular, it is seld some stores in main land Japan too. The head factory of Uemakashiten is located in Tomnishiro-city Toyosaki. You can see how Suppai-man is made. Visitors with group need a reservation, visitors with less than 2-3 person don't have to reserve. You are not allowed to take video, or memo. but you can take pictures.
Suppai-man mascot welcomes the visitors
When you enter the factory, Suppai-man mascot welcomes the visitor. Okinawan high school student designed the maascot. Now, this mascot is on the snack package, Original T-shirt, and appears to othe colabolated company's product, He is very popular. You c an take picture with him! It is very importand mascot, so you are not allowed to touch him or smack him.
How to make Suppai-man
The first room you enter, is looks like a labo. There, one man wearing white robe is checking each one of the plum. The plums clear the checking, They will be blowed the air to take off the impurities. They are pickled into the syrop and absorb to make the taste. Ahter that, they will be dry for 10 to 12 hours.
Completed plums are chosen again by the professional field workers. The chosen plums are packaged by auto packaging machine, and delivered to the world.
Various kinds of souvenirs
After the field work, You can get a trade ticket which you can get a souvenir if you bring the ticket to the souvenir shop. You can get Suppiai-man and Suppai-man candy.
There is a space for all-you-can-pack in 500yen. You can get snacks at the decent price. the one shaped not good snack can get at very cheap price. They may look not good than the one selling at the regular store, but taste is same and yummy! There are some souvenirs that can get only at here Uemagashiten.
The sour and sweetness maches perfectly when you chewing, Sppai-man. At Uemagashiten, you can get many kinds of snakcs. Also, Uemagashiten cherish the good atmosphere of the "old-good-candy shop" image.
Why everyone loves Sppai-man?
Many years, Okinawa and Taitwan have built a strong relationship together. Before Sppai-man was born, the plum was imported from China. Although, They found out that the Sodium cyclamate(an artificial sweetner) cause cancer-risk.so government baned on importing.
"Make a plum which can eat safely to Okinawan people." "Want to see their yummy face!" this is the thought, and they found the natural sweetner "Stevia".
This became as a story behinded of Sppai-man, and In 1984, the factory was built at Haebaru-town. In 2013, the factory moved to a new place, Toyosaki-city.
There is a reason why Suppai-man has been loved for over 30 years.
First of all, The Sppai-man has low carory. for 4 plums, 10 kcl. It's recommended to eat Suppai-man if you are on a diet. Citric acid is contended, So it will help you when you are tired. Many athlete actually eat them to help themselves from getting tired. Also, the salt will help you during your exercise. It is also known as a good prevention of the heatstroke.
You can enjoy eating Suppai-man by itself, but also, there are many ways to eat it. For example, if you put a suppai-man into Awamori-sake, The Awamori tastes more mellow. Moreover, if you put Suppai-man into Shochu mixed with soda, you can make your own Ume-shu(plum sake). After you finished drinking, don't forget to taste suppai-man as well!
Now Suppai-man is a popular Okinawan souvenir not only among Japanese people, but also among tourists overseas too. If you have never tried it, It's highly recommended to get your own Suppai-man! Once you have one, you will become addicted!
Postcode: 901-0225 Toyosaki3-64 Tomishiro-city, Okinawa
From Naha-airport, take a bus No.95 from bus stop No.4.
morning / 9:00-11:30
afternoon / 13:00-16:30
Sunday / Holidays
Field-trip is free
How to pay
Reservation is available
10 - 40 people (over than 40 people is negotiable)
If you are less than 10 people, you don't have to make a reservation
morning reception time : 9:00-11:30
afternoon reception time : 13:00-16:30
Van：46 lots Car：116 lots
for 10people about 30minutes
No pets (including service dog)
A little advise from Churashima travel
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The popular Okinawan souvenir snack "Suppai-man". You can see the making process of them! It's a good spot where kids/adults can enjoy!
You are not allowed to take any movies and momo. (Taking picture is ok.)
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