Ame at Tawaraya
They've been selling Japanese confectionery from this traditional wood-slatted building since 1830. Tawaraya makes candy from rice and barley, using malt instead of sugar, and now touts the candy as health food. One of the candies, Jiro Ame, is soft like honey, purportedly developed for babies who, for one reason or another, could not be breast-fed. Okoshi Ame is hard and comes in a wooden bucket; the staff recommends breaking the hard candy with a hammer (kids love this) and putting it in a refrigerator. Soft lollipops and hard candy (true jawbreakers!) and candy flavored with Japanese apricot, ginger, mulberry, and other flavors are also available. Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm; Sunday 9am to 5pm.