There are numerous popular tourist destinations in Tokyo, such as Asakusa for Sensoji Temple, Akihabara for the Japanese sub-culture and pop-culture, as well as one of the landmarks of Japan, the Tokyo Sky Tree. Tokyo is also popular for the various cafés and sweet shops available, ranging from traditional Japanese sweets to the latest trending ones. Here are 10 shops that you should visit when touring around Tokyo:
Richest green tea matcha gelato in the world: Suzukien
Suzukien is known for having the “richest matcha gelato in the world”. The Suzukien Asakusa Main Branch was opened recently in January 2016. The shop sells various delicious gelatos. In addition to common flavours like chocolate, milk, and black sesame, there are also 7 different types of matcha available. The levels of matcha range from Number 1 to Number 7, with Number 7 having the richest flavour.
When you order the double scoop you can choose 2 different types of flavours. It is recommended that you order 2 different types of matcha to compare the flavours!
Address: 111-0041 Tokyo, Taito, Motoasakusa, 3 Chome-4-3
Access info: 6-minute walk from Asakusa Station
Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Fixed holiday: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
Contact: +81 3-3873-0311
Tsuboichi - unique matcha sweets
Tsuboichi a Japanese sweet shop and it is located in the Marugoto Nippon building.
At Tsuboichi, you can have delicious matcha green tea together with an interesting sweet called puruboron, a matcha cookie. Additionally, traditional Japanese sweets like shiratama dango (Japanese rice dumpling) can also be enjoyed.
You can take home some great souvenirs too, including the unique puruboron and a variety of teas.
Tsuboichi Asakusa Branch
Address: 2nd Floor of Marugoto Nippon (111-0032 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Asakusa, 2 Chome-6-7)
Access info: 1-minute walk from Asakusa Station
Opening hours: 10:00 - 20:00 (last order 19:30)
Fixed holiday: nil
Contact: +81 3-3841-0155
Say hi to Totoro! Shiro-Hige Cream Puff Factory
At Shiro-Hige Cream Puff Factory, you will get to try out a sweet that is only available there - the Totoro choux cream (cream puff). Totoro is a character from the acclaimed Ghibli film “My Neighbor Totoro” and the owner of Shiro-Hige Cream Puff Factory is actually a relative of Hayao Miyazaki, the director of the film.
Located near Setagaya-Daiya Station, Shiro-Hige Cream Puff Factory has a chic European design, much like a house that stars in Ghibli movies. The adorable Totoro cream puff comes in 8 different flavours, such as cream cheese and caramel banana. There are also other confectionary items, such as Totoro cookies, available. You can choose to delight in these sweets at the shop or have them to take out as souvenirs too!
Shiro-Hige Cream Puff Factory
Address: 155-0033 Tōkyō-to, Setagaya-ku, Daita, 5 Chome-3-1
Access info: 5-minute walk from Setagaya-Daita Station
Opening hours: 10:30 - 19:00
Fixed holiday: Tuesdays
Contact: +81 3-5787-6221
Hilton Tokyo Marble Lounge is located at the first floor of the Hilton Tokyo, and it is famous for the bars and restaurants available. Various breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, including buffets, can be enjoyed at Marble Lounge.
There are also seasonal events carried out at Hilton Tokyo Marble Lounge. One of them, which was held from December 2015 to May 2016, was the Strawberry Dessert Fair, where a whole bunch of different strawberry sweets including macarons, cakes, marshmallows, pies and more were available in a buffet style. From May to August 2016, another dessert fair, based on the concept of “Alice in Wonderland”, will be held. Do check out their official website for the latest information on festivals held at Marble Lounge!
Hilton Tokyo Marble Lounge
Address: 160-0023 Tokyo, Shinjuku, Nishishinjuku, 6 Chome-6-2, 1 Floor
Access info: 5-minute walk from Nishi-Shinjuku Station
Opening hours: please refer to official website
Fixed holiday: nil
Contact: +81 3-3344-5111
Traditional Japanese kibidango: Kibigoya
Kibidango is a type of dango (Japanese rice dumpling) that originated in Okayama Prefecture in the 19th century. Kibigoya is a retro shop that reminds one of the Showa era (1926 - 1989). It only sells two types of Japanese sweets: kibidango and warabimochi (rice cake made from bracken).
The freshly-made kibidango and warabimochi are coated with kinako (toasted soybean powder) and the soft, sweet Japanese sweets will get you addicted!
Address: 131-0032 Tōkyō-to, Sumida-ku, Higashimukōjima, 1 Chome-2-14
Access info: 8-minute walk from Higashi-Mukojima Station (Tobu Skytree Line)
Opening hours: 11:00 - 17:00
Fixed holiday: Monday
Contact: +81 3-3614-5371
Brigela: new way of appreciating gelato!
The Kiyosumi Shirakawa area in Tokyo is famous for the variety of cafés and sweets stores that line the streets, as well as the beautiful Japanese-style garden, Kiyosumi Garden.
Located in the Kiyosumi Shirakawa area is a sweet shop called Brigela, which specialises in a unique way of eating gelato. Brigela stands for brioche con gelato, and the cold gelato are sandwiched in a hot brioche. An amazing 16 flavours of gelato are available at Brigela, and the most popular flavour is yoghurt. There are also fruity flavours, such as pineapple and orange, too.
Apart from enjoying the gelato Brigela-style, you can also have it without the brioche as well. Brigela is an extremely popular shop that is often seen with long queues, so do spare some time when visiting it!
Address: 135-0022 Tōkyō-to, Kōtō-ku, Miyoshi, 2 Chome-1
Access info: 6-minute walk from Kiyosumi Shirakawa Station (Tokyo Metro)
Opening hours: 10:30 - 19:30
Fixed holiday: nil
Contact: +81 3-5809-8437
Splendid pancake from Patisserie De Limmo
Akasaka’s streets are filled with various buildings encompassing the latest trends, such as Akasaka Sacas and Akasaka Biz Tower. Located in this area is Patisserie De Limmo, a sweet store with a wide variety of choices.
One of the most popular dishes there is the soufflé pancake. Shown in the photo is one of the pancakes called “rikyu”, with matcha-chocolate cream, red beans and shiratama dango (Japanese rice dumpling) on top of the chocolate-flavoured soufflé. There are also other sweets, such as parfaits and macarons, available.
During lunch hour, you can also savour the quiche set that comes with salad and soup.
Patisserie De Limmo
Address: 107-0052 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Akasaka, 3 Chome-19-9
Access info: 3-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Akasaka Mitsuike Station
Opening hours: 11:00 - 21:00 (last order 20:00)
Fixed holiday: Monday
Contact: +81 3-6426-5059
Frutas’ seasonal fruit sweets!
Frutas, as its name implies, is most-known for its fruit-based sweets. The most popular choice on the menu is the fruit parfaits. Various fruit parfaits that change with the season are available at Frutas, such as the cherry parfait, which is available from June to July. You can also enjoy the peach parfait during summer.
If you visit Frutas in the winter, you will be welcomed by the amaou waffle, as shown in the photo. It is a luxurious waffle topped with delicious strawberry, maple syrup, and custard sauce.
Address: 135-0047 Tōkyō-to, Kōtō-ku, Tomioka, 1 Chome-24
Access info: 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Monzennakacho Station
Opening hours: 11:00 - 19:30
Fixed holiday: Wednesday
Contact: +81 3-3641-2112
Awesome sweets from an ordinary eatery: Kanantei
Kanantei is an eatery located near Shibamata Station where you can enjoy diverse Japanese cuisine, including eel, ramen, and more. There is also alcohol available. At first sight it seems like just another typical eatery found in Japan.
However, Kanantei is also famous for the “mukashi anmitsu”. Anmitsu is a Japanese dessert with agar jelly served in a bowl of red bean paste, boiled peas, and fruits. The mukashi anmitsu comes with black sugar syrup that you can pour over for a marvellous harmony of sweetness.
Kanantei is a terrific place for lunch or dinner, followed by dessert, all in the same store!
Address: 125-0052 Tōkyō-to, Katsushika-ku, Shibamata, 7 Chome-1
Access info: 1-minute walk from Shibamata Station (Keisei Kanamachi Line)
Opening hours: 11:00 - 20:00
Fixed holiday: Wednesday
Contact: +81 3-3672-7386
Fruit De Saison - gorgeous parfaits in Akihabara
Fruit De Saison is located about 7 minutes from Akihabara Station and is a sweet store where you can savour fantastic parfaits. There are various seasonal menus there, such as the strawberry parfaits during December. The deluxe parfait has huge high-quality strawberries topped on the creams.
Apart from the parfaits, you can also enjoy the croissant sandwich set (shown in the photo), which comes with a fruit salad, red tea, and marvellous croissant sandwich. A mini parfait is also served as dessert for the set. This makes Fruit De Saison the perfect place for lunch!
Fruit De Saison
Address: 101-0021 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Sotokanda, 4 Chome-11
Access info: 7-minute walk from JR or Tokyo Metro Akihabara Station
Opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (Weekdays), 11:30 - 18:00 (Weekends and holidays)
Fixed holiday: Wednesday, Thursday
Contact: +81 3-5296-1485
Enjoy the best of Japanese culture
From the sweets that you can savour in Tokyo, you not only satisfy your taste buds but also enhance your experience of touring in Japan. From the cute sweets, you get to appreciate the pop-culture of Japan, while the Japanese-style wagashi introduces you to the world of traditional Japanese sweets. Don’t forget to include these shops in your to-do list when in Tokyo!
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