SUBMITTED BY HANNAH WAGNER
After suffering from seasonal allergies for years, it was suggested to me that I should try eating local honey. I went on a search to a local Japanese honey store. Luckily, I was told about a honey shop near Kuga.
After second guessing the turn that was navigation suggested, we finally pulled up to Bee-An (ビ庵) where the owner came out to help us park and brought us into the store with open arms.
I really felt that we were just going to be going into a shop and offered only one type of honey. Instead, we walked into the store and found a tasting table in the middle with a dozen different types of honey to taste.
They have many flavors such as Clover, Orange Blossom, Sakura, etc. However, if you are looking to for local honey, I was informed that the Japanese Local Honey and Sakura Honey are the only local honeys that they offer.
They also have Plum Vinegar, Sesame Paste, many products comparable to Burt’s Bees, cooking honey, and much more. I believe the cooking honey has an alcohol base. They had a recipe card to show how you would use it in cooking.
During my second time visiting the honey shop, the owner waited for us to check out and then asked us if we wanted to see the bees. Well, of course! He was waiting for us outside in his bee uniform holding a honeycomb super with bees all over it. We were then offered to opportunity to taste the honey directly from the honeycomb. It was delicious and quite an experience.
I will tell you that I still suffered from allergies this year but the experiences that we had at Bee-An were priceless and will last a lifetime.
Address: 〒742-0423 山口県岩国市周東町下須通り128
Hours: 9:00-18:00 (closed Wednesdays and third Sundays).
Phone Number: 0120-038-438
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/有ビ庵/314844631864721