There are so many shops offering delicious Japanese sweets in the Tokyo area that have long been loved by customers. This article features five of the popular well-established sweets shops in the city. Go to any one of these for a taste of traditional Japanese desserts such as “anmitsu” (a dish of bean jam and fruits served with syrup), “zenzai” (sweet red bean soup with mochi), and “oshiruko” (red bean soup).
Kinozen was established in 1948. It is a store in Kagurazaka that sells traditional Japanese sweets and pastries.
Out of all the items that this store carries, the most recommended dish is the “Matcha Bavaroise” (850 JPY). This delicacy is made of Bavarian cream in matcha flavor, topped with a dollop of rich whipped cream. It also comes with a serving of red bean paste that has a refined sweetness, so you get to enjoy the perfect harmony of Japanese and Western ingredients. You can also order warm zenzai (prices start at 850 JPY) and oshiruko (soup with red bean paste) (850 JPY) all throughout the year. This shop even offers a rich menu of seasonal dishes, including the cold oshiruko “Hiyashijiruko” in the summer and the “Kuri Anmitsu” (chestnut anmitsu) in fall and winter.
2. Mihashi Ueno Honten
Located in front of Ueno Park, Mihashi Ueno Honten is a shop specializing in anmitsu that boasts a history of about 70 years since it was opened.
The pride of this shop is the “Anmitsu” (500 JPY (incl. tax)) that uses smooth “koshian” (smooth red bean paste), fine honey, and plump, red peas. Of the several anmitsu items on its menu, the most popular concoction is the “Cream Anmitsu” (610 JPY (incl. tax)) that comes with soft-serve ice cream. Also recommended here is the “Anzu Anmitsu” (apricot anmitsu) (610 JPY (incl. tax)) that has a mature taste that adults will love as it is topped with refreshing tart apricots. Besides those, there are various other dishes that you can order, including the “Fruit Anmitsu” (680 JPY (incl. tax)) with fruits in season.
Takemura is located just three minutes from Awajicho Station by foot. Its exotic building that has managed to retain its appearance from when it was first opened (1930) has even been designated as a historic building of Tokyo.
The specialty dish of this shop is the “Age Manju” (fried bun with bean paste filling) (470 JPY (incl. tax)) that is made by deep-frying manju (bun with bean paste inside) filled homemade koshian and coated in wheat flour-based batter. The combination of the crisp texture of the coating, the aroma of sesame oil and the mild sweetness of the koshian is absolutely perfect! Aside from that, this shop has a lot of other traditional Japanese pastries to offer, such as “Anmitsu” (720 JPY (incl. tax)) and “Mitsumame” (a dessert comprised of agar jelly, fruits, sweet red peas and ice cream) (670 JPY (incl. tax)).
Mitsubachi, located in Yushima, is a venerable Japanese pastry shop that is known for keeping the traditional flavors of its sweets since it was opened more than 100 years ago.
Its specialty is the “Ogura Ice Cream” (prices start at 200 JPY), a type of ice cream made from sweet red bean paste. This food item appeals to customers for its mild, robust flavors, and refreshing taste as it does not use dairy products. The “Ogura Anmitsu” (650 JPY), which adds ogura ice cream to the anmitsu that is filled with agar jelly, red peas, fruits and matcha gyuhi (a kind of rice cake made from glutinous rice), is also popular here. During summer, kakigori (shaved ice dessert) appears on the menu, while in winter, zenzai and other items become available.
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Umemura is located north of Sensoji in Asakusa. It is a well-established sweets shop that has a lingering atmosphere from the olden days.
This shop is famous for being the pioneer of “Mamekanten” (a dessert that contains only beans and agar jelly with syrup) (470 JPY (incl. tax)) that is eaten by mixing the peas and agar jelly and then pouring brown sugar syrup on top. When you order this dish, you will get to enjoy the taste of the cooked plump black peas and the chewy jelly, accompanied by the fine sweetness of the mild brown sugar syrup. It’s this delicate taste that draws out the flavors of moderately sweet ingredients that is the main selling point of this dish. Aside from that, you also have to try the “Cream Anmitsu” (720 JPY (incl. tax)) that perfectly blends black peas, this shop’s pride, with a generous serving of red bean paste and milky ice cream!
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The shops featured here are all places that have been loved and patronized by the locals all these years, so you can never go wrong with any one of these places! Refresh your exhausted body from traveling by eating desserts whose appeal is their being light on the sweetness.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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