Iwashu, a delicious sweet from Setana Town/せたな町の岩シュー
A month ago, my husband bought me iwashu from Setana Town.
Iwa means rock and shu means cream puff which Japanese call "shu cream". Setana town is situated northwest of Hakodate and it takes about three hours or so by car. you can get this iwawhu at Koda kashiten(甲田菓子店) on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday. They say you should eat iwashu within one hour to enjoy crispy touch of puff shells and fresh cream.
From Setana to where I live it takes at least three hours, but still it tasted pretty good.
Iwashu is very popular not only local Setana people but also others like us. So I recommend to call in advance and make reservation.
You can find the shop easily. In Setana, there are three huge rocks named Sanbonsugi-iwa which means "three cedar tree rocks" that stand near the shore. Try to get to the coast and there is only one street to get there. The confectionary shop is on you right before reaching the coast.
I love Iwashu and never go to Setana without dropping by Koda kashiten to buy some sweets.
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too. 函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。