I think that the sweet bean paste based wagashi is the most popular kinds in Japan. There are so many kinds of wagashi made with sweet bean paste; with the combination of rice, flour, kudzu (arrowroot) starch and so on. That is loved by everyone from children to adults!
There are so many kinds of wagashi and it is hard to determine the particular one. But I'd say here are some of the most popular kinds:
- All sorts of mochi
including daifuku (red bean paste wrapped in mochi), sakura mochi, kashiwa mochi, grilled mochi, warabi mochi, etc
Red bean paste wrapped in dough. There are many variations, like onsen manju, sake manju, kuri (chestnut) manju, etc.
bar shaped red bean paste, texture is like thick jelly. So tasty!
- Taiyaki, Dorayaki
Taiyaki fish shaped pancake like sweets containing red bean paste and other kinds of pastes inside. Dorayaki is like a pancake sandwich containing red bean paste inside.
The beautiful shapes and color shaped sweets made of white anko is nerikiri. Often served with thick matcha tea.
- Anmitsu, cream Anmitsu
It's like a parfait containing red bean paste, kanten jelly, beans, and ice cream. Served cold.
- Zenzai and Oshiruko
Hot red bean soup sometimes containing shiratama or mochi inside. Very tasty especially on cold days!
- Senbei (rice crackers)
Not sure if this will be a kind of wagashi but one of Japanese traditional snacks :)
- Matcha flavored something
flavoring with matcha makes everything like Japanese sweets.
This website shows many kinds of wagashi with pictures :)
I suggest "mitarashi-dango". Dango is made from potato starch and it is covered with soysouce and suger .
Delicious and traditional sweats.