Choosing souvenirs is one of the pleasures of traveling, but it is also the thing that you may stress the most about. This time we are introducing to you a selection of snacks that make for perfect souvenirs and can be purchased at Tokyo Station. You cannot go wrong with these - they will surely make the delights of everyone!
1. Meisterstucke "Apple Baumkuchen made with apples from Aomori prefecture"
Ecute Tokyo is a commercial facility located within the gates of Tokyo Station. Here, near the Shinkansen South Transfer Gate, you will find "Meisterstucke", a shop that sells a variety of Western style desserts carefully made by hand one by one by their patissiers, including baumkuchen. Among their products, we recommend the "Apple Baumkuchen made with apples from Aomori prefecture" (1,512 JPY tax incl). Each of these baumkuchens uses a whole apple from Aomori prefecture, one of the most prominent apple producing areas of Japan, and they are different from regular baumkuchens in that they are shaped like a sphere. Inside you will find a sweetly boiled apple whose sour-sweet flavor combines with the simple sweetness of the baumkuchen deliciously.
2. Nihonbashi Nishikihorin "Karinto"
Karinto (fried dough cookies) are a snack that has been loved by the Japanese since ancient times. Its charm lies in its crunchy texture and in the simple sweet taste of the syrup resulting from the combination of brown and white sugar. "Nihonbashi Nishikihorin," located on the side of the Yaesu Underground Central Gate of GRANSTA, a commercial facility within the gates of Tokyo Station, offers not only traditional karinto, but also a variety of flavors to enjoy. For example, they have chocolate coated karinto, flavors using vegetables and sesame, and other Japanese-style flavors with plum and perilla, and ginger. They have a wide array of flavors for sale in bags that cost about 500 JPY each. How about taking some of these home as souvenirs from Japan?
3. Ginza Tamaya "Goma Tamago"
"Goma Tamago" is a very famous Tokyo souvenir that is very popular among the Japanese too.
There are many shops selling "Goma Tamago" in Tokyo Station, so you cannot really miss it. "Goma Tamago" are made of egg-shaped sponge cake dough and filled with black sesame paste and syrup, and they are coated with white chocolate.
There is another version of this snack that uses caramel syrup and caramel sauce instead of black sesame, and it is coated with caramel chocolate. Its name is "Caramel Tamago" and it is a limited edition snack that is only available at the store in front of the Shinkansen Central Transfer Gate. Do not forget to get some of these if you actually find them.
"Goma Tamago" 5 pcs (500 JPY tax incl) / "Caramel Tamago" 8 pcs (800 JPY tax incl)
4. Naruto Kintoki Kurio Shoten "Kaku"
We recommend the sweet potato-based desserts from "Naruto Kintoki Hompo Kurio Shoten" as souvenirs too. The shop is located in a corner of the Marunouchi Underground Central Gate area of GRANSTA, a commercial facility within the gates of Tokyo Station. "Kaku" (756 JPY tax incl), which is their most recommended product, are made by steaming Naruto Kintoki potatoes (a variety of sweet potato that is cultivated mainly in Naruto, located in Tokushima prefecture, Shikoku), pickling them in a secret syrup, and then drying them. The resulting dessert is then diced in bite-sized pieces and has a light texture, which makes it an enjoyable sweet for all generations, from small children to the elderly.
A variety of flavors are available, but the salty and sweet "Shoyu" (soy sauce), and the fragrantly sweet "Caramel" are Tokyo-limited editions.
*While the photo shows a variety of flavors, please be aware that there is currently no product that offers a variety of flavors in a set.
5. Dolce Felice "Brick Gateaux in Commemoration of the Restoration of Tokyo Station"
We also recommend the souvenirs from "Dolce Felice", located right next to Kurio Shoten in GRANSTA, as mentioned above. This shop sells a variety of cute miscellaneous goods, including various small-sized baked desserts, tea cups, mug cups, plates, and tote bags, among others. The "Brick Gateaux in Commemoration of the Restoration of Tokyo Station" (1,080 JPY tax incl), which are sold only in the GRANSTA store, enjoy great popularity for being a characteristic souvenir of Tokyo Station. The moist cakes, which are shaped like bricks, offer simple yet deep flavors. The illustration of Tokyo Station printed on the box adds to the exclusive feeling of the product.
Here we have introduced a selection of 5 souvenirs, but Tokyo Station is really big, and it houses a large number of souvenir shops. It may be a good idea to use the souvenirs mentioned in this article as a reference when you look around at all the varieties available.
*Please note that the prices and other information in the article may not be the most up-to-date information