Fox-Shaped Rice Crackers at Fushimi Inari Shrine!
This video, titled “Kyoto KITUNE SENBEI Japanese Traditional Sweet Japanese Street Food Japan,” was released by “Food Spirit.”
It shows kitsune senbei (fox-shaped rice crackers), a traditional confectionary of Kyoto, being sold.
There are a number of popular stores near Fushimi Inari Shrine in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City.
Among them, the famous Kitsune Senbei from Inariya, introduced in the video, are ideal for both eating as a snack and taking home as a souvenir.
In the video, you can see how these fox-shaped rice crackers are made.
Check it out!
A Closer Look at Kyoto’s Fox-Shaped Rice Crackers
The kitsune senbei (狐, Kitsune - "Fox"; 煎餅, Senbei - "Rice Crackers") from Inariya are, as the name suggests, rice crackers shaped like fox masks.
There are many stone statues of foxes at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and these cute fox-shaped rice crackers are adorable souvenirs reminiscent of these.
The origins of these fox-shaped rice crackers can be traced back to the time when red miso rice crackers baked in Gifu were changed to Kyoto-style white miso.
Later, Inariya invented and popularized Kitsune Senbei (きつね煎餅), Tsujiura Senbei (辻占煎餅, Fortune crackers), Otafuku Senbei (お多福煎餅), and other festive rice crackers unique to Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Try the Tasty, Fox-Shaped Rice Crackers From Inariya!
These Kitsune senbei rice crackers are characterized by the fact that they are carefully hand-baked, one sheet at a time, using traditional ingredients.
The dough is made by mixing white miso, sesame seeds, and sugar with flour and then baking the rice crackers until they’ve got an addictive, crispy and crunchy texture.
You can see the deliciously baked Kitsune Senbei from 2:07 in the video.
Kitsune Senbei have won the Kyoto Prefecture Outstanding Craftsmanship Award, as well as the Gold Medal and the Honorary President's Award at the National Confectionary Exposition.
The packaging of Inariya's Kitsune Senbei rick crackers is also worth noting as it features impactful illustrations.
Inariya's fortune crackers also include a fortune slip that can be exchanged for a souvenir!
Chinese and English versions are also available, so foreign tourists can purchase them without having to worry about not understanding them.
More About Fushimi Inari Shrine
gate of Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto Prefecture
Fushimi Inari Shrine is a popular spot that ranks first on the list of popular tourist attractions for inbound tourists to Japan.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is the headquarters of more than 30,000 Inari shrines in Japan, and the shrine is dedicated to the god of good harvests, offering many benefits, such as prosperous business, etc.
The shrine is also the site of seasonal events, such as the Hatsuuma Grand Festival "Fukumairi," as well as the fantastic Yoimiya and Motomiya Festivals, both of which feature lantern dedications.
Summary of Kitsune Senbei, Kyoto’s Fox-Shaped Rice Crackers!
This video gives an introduction to how the popular snack/souvenir, Kitsune Senbei, are made, so be sure to check it out!
Inariya's Kitsune Senbei rice crackers are not available for purchase online, but can be purchased at Kyoto Station as well as at stores near Fushimi Inari Shrine.
We recommend stopping by Kyoto Station to purchase some as souvenirs!