SWEETS SHOWDOWN

Which is the cure for your sweet tooth? Tokyo offers an array of unique, delicious sweets, from traditional wagashi made by established confectioners to high-quality, world-class Western desserts.

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JAPANESE CONFECTIONERY (WAGASHI)

WESTERN CONFECTIONERY

NINGYO-YAKI

Ningyo-yaki, named after its birthplace of Nihombashi Ningyo-cho, is literally a baked doll made with sponge cake and a sweet bean paste filling. The popular souvenir from Tokyo comes in a variety of shapes, from traditional bunraku puppets and the seven gods of fortune to modern toy characters.

DOUGHNUTS

Tokyo offers the familiar flavors of doughnut shops popular the world over. Apart from chains that serve the standard ring-shaped doughnut, there are even shops that specialize in the malasada, a Hawaiian variation of the fried pastry that’s catching on recently.

ANMITSU

Anmitsu, another wagashi born in Tokyo, is a variation of the mitsumame dessert topped with azuki bean paste. Onto cubes of agar jelly, azuki beans, azuki bean paste, and bite-sized fruit goes a drizzle of brown sugar, white sugar, or green tea mitsu syrup. The chilled treat is refreshing to the eye and the palate, and perfect for summer.

Umezono (Asakusa) (Japanese)

Mihashi (Ueno) (Japanese)

PARFAITS & FRUIT

Tokyo is home to luxury fruit parlors that serve parfaits and other desserts made with quality fruit produced across Japan. They’re the best place to go to savor the season’s freshest fruit.

MANJU & DAIFUKU

These sweets are similar in that both are filled with sweet bean paste or other ingredients. But whereas the manju is wrapped in kneaded flour dough and steamed, the daifuku is covered in a mochi rice cake. An array of variations is available, such as dough blended with Japanese mugwort and strawberry fillings.

CHOCOLATE

The Ginza district is a renowned destination for sweets. Ginza Chocolate Street, forming a section of Nishi Gobangai-dori Street, is a prime area lined with high-end European chocolate shops that offer limited-edition products each season.

Ginza Chocolate Street (Japanese)

Hirsinger Ginza Boutique

Joel Durand Provence Ginza Honten

YOKAN

Yokan is an azuki bean paste dessert jellified into blocks with agar. The soft and moist mizu-yokan, served chilled, is a popular summer treat. Other varieties include green tea-flavored yokan, salt-flavored yokan, and yokan made with chestnuts or sweet potatoes.

PANCAKES & HOTCAKES

Pancakes once caused a boom in Japan, and Tokyoites love to visit and compare the flavors of popular Hawaiian chains. Another favorite spot is one that serves hotcakes decorated to resemble a panda.

KAMINARI-OKOSHI

Kaminari-okoshi is a specialty of the Asakusa district, made by roasting steamed rice until it pops, and then mixing it with ingredients like peanuts and forming bar and cube shapes with mizuame starch syrup. The crispy snack was originally sold by street vendors near the Kaminari-mon Gate in the Edo period (1603–1868).

CAKE

Tokyo is home to countless cake shops, and it serves the best quality cakes, too. Colombin, which introduced the shortcake in Japan, and Tokyo Jiyugaoka Mont-Blanc, which created Japan’s first Mont Blanc dessert, are both right here in Tokyo.

Colombin (Japanese)

MUST-GO-TO SPOTS IN TOKYO

Jiyugaoka Sweets Forest (Japanese)

Under the theme Happiness of Sweets, a group of super pâtissiers give their all to serving freshly made, straight-from-the-oven desserts for visitors to compare and enjoy on the spot.

Fukubukuro Dessert Yokocho (Namja Town)

The specialty of this yokocho alley is delicious decorated desserts, or “deco-desserts,” which promise to tantalize the eyes with cake and ice cream designed to resemble adorable animals.

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