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Many dishes now loved by many and served everywhere in Japan were actually born in Tokyo.
Why not seek out and taste the original?   

Purveyor to Imperial Family, inventor of bean jam bun: Kimuraya Sohonten

Anpan bean jam buns were fist served to Emperor Meiji at a cherry blossom-viewing occasion in 1874. Since then, Kimuraya became a purveyor to the Imperial Family, and its bean jam buns spread quickly throughout Japan. Today Kimuraya offers a diverse lineup of pastries. 

Name

Kimuraya Sohonten Ginza Flagship Store

Address

4-5-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Access

In front of Tokyo Metro Ginza Station Exit A9

Hours

10:00–21:00 (3rd and 4th floors from 11:00) open daily * Closed New Year’s holidays

Inquiries

03-3561-0091

Inventor of dip-style ramen noodles: Higashi-Ikebukuro Taishoken 

Higashi-Ikebukuro Taishoken is considered the inventor of the tsukemen dip-style ramen noodles now served widely throughout Japan. The original, a dish called tokusei morisoba, is a popular menu item since the shop opened in 1961. Ramen noodles are served in warm soup, whereas with tsukemen the noodles are chilled and dipped in the soup served separately. Beware when ordering, as Taishoken’s “regular” serving is the usual large, and its “medium-size” serving amounts to three helpings of noodles.

Name

Higashi-Ikebukuro Taishoken

Address

2-42-8 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Access

Short walk from Tokyo Metro Higashi-ikebukuro Station

Hours

11:00–22:30 daily * Closes when soup stock runs out

Inquiries

03-3981-9360

Japan’s first seller of the Mont Blanc dessert: Tokyo Jiyugaoka Mont-Blanc

The first-generation owner named his confectionery “Mont-Blanc” after Europe’s highest peak, with which he was impressed during his travels in the early Showa period. He shaped a cake to resemble the mountain, perfected it into a dessert that customers can take out, and created the now standard Japanese sweet. The rich, mildly sweet chestnut cream continues to be a favorite for many.

Name

Tokyo Jiyugaoka Mont-Blanc

Address

1-29-3 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Access

2-min. walk from Tokyu Jiyugaoka Station Main Exit

Hours

10:00–19:00 (closed second Tuesday of December, December 26, and January 1)

Inquiries

0120-63-1181

 

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