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Quick Review: Momijido Nibanya in Miyajima, Japan

Quick Review: Momijido Nibanya in Miyajima, Japan

Momijido Nibanya specialises in breaded and fried Momiji Manju or Agemomiji. A normal Momiji Manju is a steamed bun (Manju) in the shape of a maple leaf with some form of filling and is a Miyajima staple. The snack is made using specialised machinery and commonly prepared by workers dressed like nuclear power workers. Buns are serious business.

Momijido Nibanya in Miyajima
Specialised Manju Machine
Momijido Nibanya in Miyajima
Nuclear Plant workers
Momijido Nibanya in Miyajima
Completed Classic Momiji Manju

Fried Momiji Manju is a popular version of this treat and Momijido Nibanya is a particularly popular store to purchase some.

Momijido Nibanya in Miyajima
Store Exterior – Photo from Official Website

It definitely showed and Momijido Nibanya had by far the longest queue that we experienced on the island. The line moved quickly though and we were treated to seeing the Manju fried before our eyes.

Momijido Nibanya in Miyajima
View from the queue
Momijido Nibanya in Miyajima
Sizzling
Momijido Nibanya in Miyajima
Finished fried Manju

We bought three different types of Manju: the classic red bean, custard and cheese. they cost a very reasonable 180.00 JPY / 1.20 GBP each and there are options to purchase a version with ice cream on top. We were given a woven plate to carry our manju and the fried treats were stuck on sturdy sticks to protect our fingers from the heat and oil.

Momijido Nibanya in Miyajima
Our purchase
Momijido Nibanya in Miyajima
Labelled sticks

I liked the custard one the most and was pleasantly surprised by the cheese. Usually I find cheese far too heavy but the cheese manju was very light and fluffy. They were all very delicious though with a nice crispy exterior without a heavy oily taste and a very satisfyingly hot interior. Highly recommended and worth the hype.

Momijido Nibanya in Miyajima
Red Bean
Momijido Nibanya in Miyajima
Cheese
Momijido Nibanya in Miyajima
Custard

Details

Momijido Nibanya

Website: http://momijido.com/

Address: 512-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima 739-0588, Japan, 〒739-0588 広島県廿日市市宮島町512-1

Opening hours: 9:30 – 18:00

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