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Buddhism was first introduced to Japan in 538 C.E. From across the ocean came statues of Buddhas, dharma texts and of course the art of incense making. Incense continues to play an important role in Buddhist ritual ceremonies and is also offered at the Shinto shrines. Believed to purify the surroundings, it is reputed to be a method for bringing forth the Buddhist Alamkaraka (Realm of Adornment). It's use spread throughout the country for its purifying as well as medicinal properties.

Baieido Incense dates back to the Muromachi period (1338-1573). It was during this era that the founder of Baieido, Kakuuemon Yamatoya, became a wholesaler of medicinal herbs in Sakai city. Sakai was a well-known trading port in ancient Japan in which incense ingredients was in high demand. In 1657, the founder named himself "Jinkoya Sakubei" and specialized in selling substances for incense preparation and incense sticks. "Jinkoya" (Aloes wood trader) was a name unique to Sakai, where only medicinal wholesalers who specialized in incense were authorized to use this name.

The creation of Japanese incense is an extraordinarily delicate process. In the time-honored traditions of Jinkoya Sakubei, Baieido has dedicated itself to making incense for over 350 years. The method and recipes have been handed down from generation to generation in an unbroken secret oral tradition. Baieido continue to protect the secret formulas of their ancestral forefather Jinkoya Sakube. It is the ardent desire of Baieido to provide sacred aromas of only the higest quality, through the skilled methods they have treasured for more than three centuries.


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Excellent Shu Koh Koku Baieido Incense
Excellent Shu Koh Koku Baieido Incense - 100 sticks - Premium Vietnamese Aloeswood
Our Price: £47.95

Excellent Shukohkoku contains high quality sandalwood and premium Vietnamese aloeswood. They have been blended with traditional Chinese herbs and spices. It also contains the highest amount of Aloeswood than any other incense in the Baieido range.

This is also the rarest incense in our entire range!

Approximately 100 sticks.
Stick length: Approx 13.5 cms
Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes per stick
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan
SYUKOHKOKU Baieido Incense
Shu Koh Koku Baieido Incense - 50 grams - Aloeswood & Chinese Spices
Our Price: £34.95

SYUKOHKOKU contains premium aloeswood and sandalwood that has been blended with traditional Chinese herbs and spices. A superfine Japanese incense influenced by ancient Buddhist incense formulas that traveled the silk road.

Approximately 150 to 170 sticks. Stick length: Approx 13.5 cms Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes per stick Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan

Makko Powder (High Grade) - 500 grams
Makko Powder (High Grade) - 500 grams
Our Price: £19.99

Makko powder is a much prized traditional ingredient in Japanese incense making. It can also be used as a base to burn resins and powders instead of using charcoal discs. Makko means 'incense powder' and comes form the Machillus thunbergi tree which is an evergreen native to Sout East Asia.

Makko powder is a water soluble adhesive base and can be used for making both incense sticks and cones. It is highest quality grade and burns easily and is almost completely odourless. It is wonderful as a base for adding to other mixes of loose Sang, powder blends and resin.

Weight: 500g
Origin: Japan
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan
Alternative Name: Tabu no ki
Original Kobunboku incense - 30 sticks
Original Kobunboku incense - 30 sticks
Our Price: £4.50

Kobunboku is an expression of the Plum Tree. The flower is well known as 'The flower of peace' from ancient China. Kobunboku is a wonderful mixture of sandalwood & herbs, especially good for meditation and relaxation.

Stick length: Approx 13 cms
Burn time per stick: About half an hour
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan

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Original Kobunboku incense - Big box (250 sticks)
Original Kobunboku incense - Big box (230 sticks)
Our Price: £19.95

In ancient China the plum flower was seen as 'The flower of peace' and Kobunboku is a wonderful mixture of sandalwood & herbs, especially good for meditation and relaxation.

approx 230 sticks
Incense weight: 85 grams
Stick length: Approx 14 cms (About 5.5 inches)
Burn time per stick: About half an hour
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan
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Kokonoe Baieido Incense - 90 sticks
Kokonoe Baieido Incense - 90 sticks
Our Price: £7.95

Kokonoe embodies the gentle fragrance of daffodil, the prized resin of aloeswood and flowers from Indonesia. This gives this serene incense blend a wonderful depth and captivates the magic of an ancient Japanese woodland.

30 grams

Approximately 90 short sticks.
Stick length: Approx 13.5 cms
Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan

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Sawayaka Kobunboku Baieido Incense - 90 sticks
Sawayaka Baieido Incense - 90 sticks
Our Price: £7.95

Sawayaka Kobunboku is for those who enjoy a little extra spice in their incense. It is a fresh vibrant incense with more than 15 plant extracts. Baiedido uses only superior quality sandalwood in this blend and the pure cinnamon helps give it a distinct spicy wood aroma.

30 grams
Approximately 90 short sticks.
Stick length: Approx 13.5 cms
Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes per stick
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan

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Wildflower Baieido Incense - 40 sticks
Wildflower Baieido Incense - 40 sticks
Our Price: £11.95

Imagine the smell of wildflowers after a light rain shower. This floral bouquet was designed to bring you the aromas of wild meadows where the flower scent is fresh and clean.

Baieido work hard to bring the past into the present.  In Japanese it is called “Onko Chishin” and it is a very important concept in the artistic styling of Japan. It originates with Confucius and translates: “If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring the new, he may be a teacher of others.”


Approximately 40 short sticks.
Stick length: Approx 14 cms
Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes per stick
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan

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Cinnamon Baieido Incense - 40 sticks
Cinnamon Baieido Incense - 40 sticks
Our Price: £11.95

This incense is rich, mildly spicy with mellow cinnamon. It has a background of gentle sandalwood and a masculine sweetness. A nice incense for those who don’t go for all the floral aromas and seek something a little more earthy.

Baieido work hard to bring the past into the present.  In Japanese it is called “Onko Chishin” and it is a very important concept in the artistic styling of Japan. It originates with Confucius and translates: “If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring the new, he may be a teacher of others.”


Approximately 40 short sticks.
Stick length: Approx 14 cms
Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes per stick
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan

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Sandalwood Baieido Incense - 40 sticks - Imagaine Series
Sandalwood Baieido Incense - 40 sticks - Imagaine Series
Our Price: £11.95

Sandalwood is regarded as having a very relaxing aroma and is highly valued for meditation and ritual. Traded from ancient times, it was transplanted from Indonesia to India where the best Sandalwood still grows today. It is used in virtually every tradition of incense making and also in the finest French perfumes. Baieido uses only the highest quality Indian Sandalwood in making this incense.

Baieido work hard to bring the past into the present.  In Japanese it is called “Onko Chishin” and it is a very important concept in the artistic styling of Japan. It originates with Confucius and translates: “If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring the new, he may be a teacher of others.”

Approximately 40 short sticks.
Stick length: Approx 14 cms
Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes per stick
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan
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Byakudan Koubunboku - Extra Sandalwood Incense - 110 sticks
Byakudan Koubunboku - Extra Sandalwood Incense - 110 sticks
Our Price: £11.95

Sandalwood is an evergreen tree of the Santalaceae family found predominantly in India. The sandalwood used in this incense is from the Mysore region and production is regulated by the Indian government. It is extremely famous for its production of superior quality Sandalwood as well as its premium price. The heartwood of the Sandalwood tree has been valued since ancient times for carving Buddhist statues and ritual objects. Its aroma is proclaimed in ancient works as; 'pure, powerful, emanating tranquility and when burnt it is superior to other incense aromas'.

Baieido uses only the highest quality Indian Mysore Sandalwood in making this incense.

Approximately 110 short sticks.
Stick length: Approx 14 cms
Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes per stick
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan
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Bikou Kobunboku Baieido Incense - 190 sticks
Bikou Kobunboku Baieido Incense - 190 sticks
Our Price: £18.95

Bikou means "delicate incense" and is a more subtle version of the traditional Kobunboku formula. Very soft and fresh, with just a hint of cassia and other Chinese herbs with both sandalwood and aloeswood.

Baieido uses only the highest quality Indian Sandalwood in making this incense.

Approximately 190 short sticks.
Stick length: Approx 13 cms
Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes per stick
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan
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Kaden Kobunboku Baieido Incense - 140 sticks
Kaden Kobunboku Baieido Incense - 140 sticks
Our Price: £18.95

In Japan the word Kaden means 'family secret', suggesting that the special blend of this formula is very closely guarded. This is a mellow blend of sandalwood, aloeswood, and Chinese herbs. It is the same formula as Kobunboku, but contains rare Vietnamese aloeswood.

Approximately 140 short sticks.
Stick length: Approx 13.5 cms
Burn time per stick:
About 30 minutes per stick
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan

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Kaiunkoh Baieido Incense - 55 sticks
Kaiunkoh Baieido Incense - 55 sticks
Our Price: £16.95

Kaiunkoh means 'Good Fortune Incense' and is a very old traditional formula. It is wonderfully spicy and rich in Vietnamese aloeswood and quality sandalwood.

Approximately 55 short sticks.
Stick length: Approx 13.5 cms
Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes per stick
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan
Excellent Kobunboku Baieido Incense
Tokusen Kobunboku Baieido Incense - Large Box - 90 sticks
Our Price: £21.85

Excellent (Tokusen) Kobunboku is a mellow and meditative blend of sandalwood, Indonesian aloeswood, and Chinese herbs. This pack offers much larger sticks for those who prefer a longer burn time.

In Japan, aloeswood is seen as a sacred and important wood. It is one of the most distinguished ingredients of some Japanese incense. During the Kamakura period (1185-1333) the Japanese began using various raw woods such as aloeswood in the making of incense. Some incense was used in a more recreational way while others were used in the most important of religious ceremonies. This led to a classification system for grading the qualities of aloeswood. The very finest quality aloeswood is referred to as Kyara. Good quality aloeswood fetches very high prices and this is reflected in the prices of the highest quality aloeswood incenses.

Approximately 90 long sticks.
Stick length: Approx 25 cms
Approx burn time per stick: 1 hour
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan
Finest Quality! 100% Natural Ingredients.

shorter sticks are available here
Excellent Kobunboku Baieido Incense - 85 sticks
Tokusen Kobunboku Baieido Incense - 85 sticks
Our Price: £9.95

Excellent (Tokusen) Kobunboku is a mellow blend of sandalwood, Indonesian aloeswood, and Chinese herbs.

Approximately 85 short sticks.
Stick length: Approx 13.5 cms
Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes per stick
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan

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