Baieido Japanese Incense


Baieido Japanese IncenseBaieido is a Japanese incense company, established in 1657 and located in Sakai. They are especially known for their broad range of Aloeswood based fragrances - so descriptors such as deep, warm and spicy all come to mind when burning many of their products.


The name "Baieidō" is derived from the three characters Bai, Ei, and Dō, where:
  • Bai means "Plum Tree"
  • Ei means "Prosperity"
  •  means "Shrine or Store"

Baieido is recognised as one of the highest quality incense manufacturers in the world today blending the finest aromatic woods and resins to produce a natural, mild, low-smoke incense stick of superb quality and aroma.
Japanese Incense from Baieido - reknown for their spicy Aloeswood based Incense
Kobunboko Japanese Incense by Baieido
Key to many of the Baieido range of incense is the 
use of Aloeswood as a significant ingredient. Known by numerous names, including Agarwood (in Asia), Eagle-wood in Europe and Jinkō in Japan - this should not be confused with the totally unrelated Aloe plant, associated with Aloe Vera (a common ingredient in pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products). Agarwood is sourced from a limited number of trees within the Aquilaria and Gyrinops geniuses.

For further clarity, 'Aloeswoodrefers to a resin that develops in trees that have been infected by a particular fungus, rather than the entire wood of the tree. Once infected, the tree produces a resin to protect itself against the fungus. This resulting resin is the 'Aloeswood'  - known generally in Japan as 'Jinkō' and 'Kyara' in the most special/premium/rare versions. 
Prior to infection, the heartwood is relatively light and pale in colour; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. A steam distillation process is used to extract the Aloeswood essential oils from the infected heartwood.

Key to the majority of the Baieido range of incense is the use of Aloeswood as a key ingredient. Known by numerous names, including Agarwood (in Asia), Eagle-wood in Europe and Jinkō in Japan - this should not be confused with the totally unrelated Aloe plant, associated with Aloe Vera (a common ingredient in pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products). Agarwood is sourced from a limited number of trees within the Aquilaria and Gyrinops geniuses.

For further clarity, 'Agarwood' refers to a resin that develops in trees that have been infected by a particular fungus, rather than the entire wood of the tree. Once infected, the tree produces a resin to protect itself against the fungus. This resulting resin is the 'Agarwood'  - known generally in Japan as 'Jinkō' and 'Kyara' in the most special/premium/rare versions.
Prior to infection, the heartwood is relatively light and pale in colour; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. A steam distillation process is used to extract the Aloeswood essential oils from the infected heartwood.

Six types of Aloeswood have been historically identified by Baieido through the centuries - with them sitting under the category name of 'Rikkoku'. The literal translation of Rikkoku is 'Six Countries' - referring to the six countries or sources for Aloeswood by the company.  These are:
  • Kyara - from Vietnam, and considered the best/most superior as an incense ingredient
  • Manaban - sourced throughout SE Asia
  • Sasora - originally coming from Assam in India
  • Rakoku - from Thailand and Laos
  • Sumontara - from Sumatra in Indonesia
  • Managa - from Malacca in Malaysia

Excellent Shukohkoku Japanese Incense by Baieido
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Our Baieido range of incense

Original Kobunkoku Japanese Incense by BaieidoKokonoe Japanese Incense from Baieido's modern floral rangeShukohoku hig quaity Japanese Incense from Baieido
Original Kobunkoku (Plum, Sandalwood & herbs)

Large box and long, medium and short rolls

From £3.50 to £19.95

From Baieido's Modern Floral range

Kokonoe (Narcissus)

£10.00

Shukohoku - premium quality

Two options to choose from

£36.00 & £49.99

Kaden Kobunkoku Baieido IncenseKaiunkoch Japanese Incense by Baieido
Kaden Kobunkoku (Plum with Aloeswood)

Sticks in a box

£19.95

Kaiunkoh (Good Fortune) Incense

Roll of sticks in a box

£14.95