Panda Candy Store

Local sweets at local prices

By Sleiman Azizi    - 2 min read

Japan's love for the retro isn't limited to the nation's main urban centres. Out in the suburbs, nostalgia also exists and in often the most surprising of places. Head off to any local confectionery store and chances are you will step into a room or two stacked with shelves filled with sweet old-style goodies and the memories that go with them.

Retro warehouse-styled confectionery store
Retro warehouse-styled confectionery store

And so it was as we entered Panda, a local confectinery store in suburban Soka City. A bare bones, warehouse-styled building painted yellow and green, the little glass door slid open to reveal a kiddies dream come true. For sure, you could have just as easily taken the children to the local supermarket and picked up a handful of the sweet stuff. But if you did, you would have missed out on a decidedly retro vibe.

Shelves of cheap sweets for the kids and nostalgic adults
Shelves of cheap sweets for the kids and nostalgic adults

Mama certainly got a decent blast of the good old days as we stepped inside. Spying boxes of sweets eaten as a child, mama made a brave attempt at convincing the kids to try 'the old stuff'. Alas, with so much to choose from, the children really were, as they say, in a candy store.

Toys are also available
Toys are also available

Rushing about between aisles filled with cheap confectionery, and a considered budget of JPY200 each, they eventually came away with yummy handfuls of happiness. Now, the budget may seem cheap but sweets here fetch for as a little as JPY10 apiece....

Sweets and toys, what more could a kid want?
Sweets and toys, what more could a kid want?

Want to spend money, feel like you are saving some and at the same time make the kids happy? Head down to the local confectionery store. Who knows, you may even get all teary-eyed at how time flies.

Getting there

From Soka Station on the Tobu Skytree Line, take the No.9 Tobu Bus for a 9-minute ride to Inarikosaten Bus Stop. The store is just before the bus stop.

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Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

A Japanese Permanent Resident, I have over 400 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books written in a traditional Japanese style. I happen enjoy writing. Funny that...I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, Japan's never ending capital, so if you've anything to say about Tokyo - or Japan in general - don't be shy and contact with me via

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Sherilyn Siy 9 months ago
Nostalgic! Reminds me of the small candy and toy shops when I was growing up.
Sleiman Azizi Author 9 months ago
Well then, there we go, the perfect patron!
Elena Lisina 9 months ago
I never bought any candy in Japan! :D
Sleiman Azizi Author 9 months ago
Normally I wouldn’t either but, kids....
Kim 9 months ago
So much more charm than the candy aisle of your regular supermarket! And those!
Sleiman Azizi Author 9 months ago
The kids loved it!