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Floresta Tokyo Donut Shops

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Tokyo, but there are a surprising amount of excellent donuts shops throughout Tokyo. Below is a list of some of the best Tokyo donut shops that are worth checking out!

Tokyo Donut Shops: Camden’s Blue Star Donuts

Camden's Tokyo Donut Shops

This Tokyo donut shop is my personal favorite on the list! Camden’s Blue Star Donuts started in Portland, USA and then expanded to Tokyo and other parts of Japan. These brioche-style donuts are baked from scratch, in-house, to ensure freshness and quality of each treat.

The Daikanyama shop is located in The Mart at Fred Segal, which is surrounded by other cool shops and cafes that are definitely worth checking out.

Flavors include: Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Cointreau Crème Brulee, Matcha Latte (exclusive to Japan locations), Raspberry Pistachio, and Plain Glaze.

Average Price: Although a little pricey, around 500 yen, these donuts are definitely worth it.

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Doughnut Plant

Doughnut Plant Tokyo Donut Shops

Like many other places on this list, Doughnut Plant originated in New York City and expanded to Tokyo. These donuts are not only beautiful and delicious, but are also all natural, seasonal and made with fresh high quality ingredients. There are also no eggs, preservatives, or artificial flavorings or colors. Doughnut Plant even has some vegan options, which are just as delicious as the rest!

Flavors include: Cake Donuts – Vanilla Bean, Soymilk Triple Berry, Blueberry Cream Cheese & Jam

Bakery Donuts – Vanola Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Soymilk Triple Berry & Jam

Average Price: These donuts range from 200-400 yen, depending on flavor and size

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Dumbo Doughnuts and Coffee

Dumbo Tokyo Donut Shops

You know you’re at Dumbo Doughnuts and Coffee when you see the pink signs and the line out the door. Tucked in a back street of Azabujuban, this coffee and donut shop is extremely popular for its oversized donuts and beautiful lattes.

In my opinion, they are not the best donuts on this list in terms of taste (a little greasy for my liking), but they sure do make for great pictures! And the coffee is excellent.

Flavors include: Lemon Poppy Seed, Raspberry, Matcha Cream Cheese, and Plain Glaze

Average Price: Most donuts are between 300-400 yen.

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Nearest Station: 1-minute walk from Azabu Juban Station (exit 1) (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 1F, 2-17-6, Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0045

Hours of Operation: 9:00 – 7:00PM

Floresta Nature Doughnuts

Floresta Tokyo Donut Shops

I first stumbled upon Floresta Nature Doughnuts in Kamakura and was immediately drawn to how cute the treats were. Luckily for me (and you!), there are a few closer Floresta locations throughout Tokyo. Each Floresta donut is organic, baked daily, and hand-decorated to look like different animals. Not all designs and flavors are available at all times or at every location, so it’s best to go earlier in the day before they sell out.

Flavors include: Strawberry (pig) and Chocolate (cat)

Average Price: These donuts are around 200 yen, but vary depending on flavor and animal.

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Good Town Doughnuts

Good Town Tokyo Donut Shops

Good Town Doughnuts and Coffee was my first Tokyo donut shop experience and it did not disappoint. Freshly made every day, these donuts are chewy, soft and very filling!

The shop’s aesthetic screams hyper-Americana, making it the perfect backdrop to take pictures of your sweets. Although known for their donuts, Good Town also sells specialty coffee, ice cream, cookies, and a variety of lunch and breakfast dishes!

Even if it may not be their prettiest donut, I highly recommend the Nutella donut, and ask for it warmed up. The gooey Nutella filling running down your hand makes it more fun and delicious!

Flavors Include: Kyoto Uji Matcha, Maple Bacon, Hibiscus, and Smile Mango

Average Price: These donuts are on the pricier side, at about 400-500 yen (but totally worth it)

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Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Meijijingu-Mae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 6-12-6 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo J-cube B 1F

Hours of Operation: 10:00 – 8:00PM

Macanon

Macanon Tokyo Donut Shops

If you are gluten-free, this is the Tokyo donut shop for you! Macanon donuts are made with rice flour from Kumamoto, making the texture very soft and rich. Unlike traditional fried and sugary donuts, these are baked and are not glazed. If you’re lucky, you can get a piping hot donut right out of the oven!

Flavors Include: Plain, Orange, Rum Raisin, and Brandy

Average Price: A plain donut is 180 yen and other prices vary depending on flavor

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Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Meijijingu-Mae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 4 Chome-24-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001

Hours of Operation: 11:00 – 7:00PM

nico donuts

Nico Tokyo Donut Shops

This tiny Tokyo donut shop is located in the heart of Azabujuban. These donuts are unique because they are made with soybean paste, which absorbs less oil, so they are slightly healthier than the average donut (but just as delicious). They are a little small, so I recommend getting more than one.

Flavors Include: Vanilla Bean Sugar, Triple Berry, Matcha, and Sesame Seed

Average Price: These donuts start at 170 yen

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Azabujuban Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 1-7-9 Azabu Juban Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045

Hours of Operation: 10:00 – 8:00PM (or until sold out)

SOAKS (OK Doughnuts)

SOAKS Tokyo Donut Shops

OK Doughnuts are definitely more than just OK. These may be the most unique and interesting donuts on the list. All of the donuts in this café are organic and are made from 100% vegetable powder, which is packed with tons of vitamins and minerals. SOAKS also swaps out white flour and refined sugar for whole-wheat flour and beet sugar. These donuts are not only delicious, but they are guilt-free too!

Flavors Include: Ginger, Tomato, and Original (lotus root)

Average Price: Between 150-200 yen – surprisingly inexpensive for the quality!

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Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Naka-Meguro Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 1-5-10 Kamimeguro Meguro-Ku Tokyo

Hours of Operation: 10:30 – 11:00PM

Streamer Coffee Company

Streamer Tokyo Donut Shops

Streamer Coffee Company is famous around Tokyo and on Instagram for its Military donut, excellent coffee, and beautiful latte art.

Flavors Include: Blueberry Glaze, Military (coffee, matcha and chocolate), and Vanilla Bean

Average Price: Around 400-500 yen.

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March 24, 2017 0 comment
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Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-pot CAFE

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-pot CAFE. makes dessert. And oh my, what desserts they are! Cute sundaes, ring plates, necklace plates, and all sorts of other tasty accessories are available in their sweet, tart, and creamy forms. And the SE”Q”RET Room? Well, you’re just going to have to go there and find out!

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

But that’s not all! When you’re finished with your dessert, you can purchase accessories that look just like the sweets you just had. Q-pot.’s goal is to create “positive accessories” that make people smile when they see them. And from what I saw, they did just that! Choose from an array of candied-up accessories (ones-you-ate and ones-you-didn’t) such as necklaces, earrings, rings, charms, key-chains, umbrellas, nail stickers, pouches, phone cases, pins, hair ties and clips, and even randoseru (Japanese children’s school backpacks).

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

The accessories are wonderfully detailed. Q-pot. tries to make accessories look as lifelike as possible, so don’t be surprised if people really wonder if you’re wearing an ice cream sandwich around your neck! Once you buy an accessory, chances are they sell the food it’s based on at their location right across the street. So if you’re looking for cute Japanese accessories to go with your mid-day treat, check out the treasures at Q-pot.!

Q-pot CAFE. Location Information

Website | Facebook (English) | Twitter (English) | Instagram (English) | Online Store (from the USA warehouse)

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Omotesando Station (Tokyo Metro), 7-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: open daily 11:30am – 7:30pm (Last Order 7:00pm)

Estimated Price: Dessert prices range from ¥750 to ¥2400. Accessory prices range from ¥3,600- 28,000.

“Why Go?”: For the super-kawaii!!! accessories, and the delicious treats!

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July 19, 2016 0 comment
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Marion Crepes

Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori would not be the same without a full bevy of stores and cafes that accentuate the street fashion this street has become famous for. In between the lolita shops like Milk, Body Line, and Metamorphose as well as edgier shops such as Monki and Panama Boy, you will be able to find the adorable little cafes where the fashionable youth gather. Here you can indulge in the sweet desserts and delicacies that Takeshita-dori is known for almost as much for as their fashion.

Marion Crepes

The most famous crepe shop in Harajuku is Marion Crepes. Marion Crepes started their crepe revolution in 1976 as one of the only food carts in Harajuku. When they moved to their current location a few years later, they quickly became just as much a part of the Harajuku culture as the lolita girls standing behind the counter making the orders.

Just like their history, Marion Crepe’s menu is unbelievably long. Whether you crave sweet or savory, you will walk away with something unique and delicious. You could get a simple strawberry jam and whipped cream crepe that will be wrapped in a tight little triangle. Or if you want to go all out, you can order a crepe with a full slice of cheesecake wrapped up with a scoop of ice cream and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. But what makes Marion Crepes unique is their variety of savory crepes. You can grab yourself a pizza crepe with marinara sauce, a cream cheese crepe,or even get the crepe equivalent of a sandwich complete with lettuce, tomato, and a variety of fillings to fatten it up.
If you ever crave something sweet whilst in Tokyo, check out Marion Crepes! You won’t be disappointed!

Marion Crepes Information

Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line)


Hours of Operation: Everyday 10:30AM-8:00PM
Estimated Price: Under ¥2000
“Why Go?”: If you want to chow down on deliciously varied crepes during your shopping journey through Harajuku.
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June 21, 2016 0 comment
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Harajuku street fashion is a culmination of all things weird, trendy, and uniquely Japanese. And the best place to go in Tokyo to get that Harajuku Girl look is Takeshita Street. Not only is this pedestrian street a hub for the culture of youth street fashion, it’s also great fun! During your trip to Tokyo, be sure to check out these spots!

(If you’re worried about the differences in sizing, check out our great article on size conversions here!)

Harajuku Street Fashion: 6% DOKIDOKI

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You can’t miss the pink and pastel exterior of 6% DokiDoki. With ribbons and glitter practically spill right out onto the street, 6% DOKIDOKI is the perfect place to start assembling your Harajuku Girl outfit.

Check out our article on 6% DOKIDOKI here!

 

ACDC Rag

ACDC Rag Harajuku Street Fashion

A fashion mainstay on a street where shops are quick to go out of style. ACDC Rag sells a variety of youth-oriented styles, from Gothic Lolita to punk to hipster. Collaborations with other designers and constant additions to their apparel keeps this brand fresh and exciting.

Check out our ACDC Rag article here!

 

Bubbles

Bubbles Harajuku Street Fashion

Bubbles makes you feel like you’re walking into dollhouse. Everything inside is just so girly! This is the perfect place to go to revamp your wardrobe with pastel sweaters, fuzzy bunny phone cases, and velvet chokers. Make sure to strike a fashionable pose in front of the rose wall!

You can check out this very cute Harajuku Street fashion on the Bubbles Website and Online Store (Google Translate) or check them out on Twitter (via Google Translate) and Instagram.

 

Calbee Plus

Calbee Plus Harajuku Street Fashion

Check out the Calbee Plus shop on Takeshita Street! The menu includes potato chips exclusive to this store, such as freshly-fried potato chips topped with maple syrup, cream cheese, or chocolate. And they have soft ice cream for those hot summer days! Packaged snacks make for delicious souvenirs for friends and family!

Check out our Calbee Plus article here!

Etude House

Etude House Harajuku Street Fashion

Etude House is the perfect place to visit for your makeup needs. This Korean cosmetics brand has a large line of cosmetics for every age and skin type.  Before buying, feel free to test out the products and ask for personalized help from a makeup specialist. You can also go to their in-store studio for a makeup lesson and a custom makeover!

You can see what Etude House has to offer on their Website (via Google Translate). Follow them on social media at Facebook (Japanese only), on Twitter (via Google Translate) , or their Instagram.

Harajuku Alta

Harajuku Alta Harajuku Street Fashion

Harajuku Alta is a multi-level mall containing a large selection of stores that will have you screaming “kawaii!” Favorites include Choco Choco by SWIMMER and the Harajuku Lagrace Mart, where you can find great accessories and shoes. Check out Harajuku Alta’s Website (via Google Translate) to see what’s happening now.

Hysteric Glamour

Like printed tees and denim vests? Hysteric Glamour is the place to go! With a laid-back California aesthetic and a rock ‘n’ roll mindset, this place can help you with a layered grunge look that mixes in that little bit of Japanese something.

Check out our article on Hysteric Glamour here!

Kawaii Monster Cafe

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo JapanIt’s not a clothing store, but no trip to Harajuku is complete without a stop at the Kawaii Monster Cafe. When people think of the crazy fashions, pastel-neon colors, and outrageous nuttiness of that aspect of Japanese culture, this is the place they’re thinking of! The bizarre decor, hyperactive floor shows, and high-speed pop beat is the perfect background for your Facebook and Instagram photos.

Check out our Kawaii Monster Cafe article here!

Lazy Hazy Planet

Lazy Hazy Planet Harajuku Street Fashion

Lazy Hazy Planet runs the gamut of Harajuku Street fashion. Glitter to goth, Levi’s to leather, L.H.P. has seen and done it all. And when you go inside, you realize they have it all! Lazy Hazy Planet is a perfect mix-and-match place to experiment with new looks.

Check out our article on L.H.P. here!

LINE Friends Store

LINE Friends Store Harajuku Street Fashion

Fashion isn’t limited to your clothing! If you use the LINE application, the LINE Friends Store at the end of Takeshita Street is a must-go. You can get your picture taken with Brown, pick up exclusive wear and accessories, and even get the exclusive virtual stickers to show your LINE friends that you were fashionably there.

Check out our LINE Friends Harajuku article here!

Milk

Lolita fashion - Milk Storefront in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Lolita fashion is still alive and well in the Harajuku street fashion scene. For 45 years, Milk has been catering to the Lolita community with a constant stream of frilly and Victorian fashions. Whether you are new to the Lolita idea or a longtime fan, visiting this fashion landmark is always special.

Check out our article on Milk here!

Paris Kid’s

Paris Kids Harajuku Street Fashion

Need some cheap, trendy, and fashionable accessories? Paris Kid’s is the only place to go. the walls are lined with thousands of earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets that will put the finishing touches on your new look. Frequented by young girls and women alike, what keeps people coming back are the prices. None of the accessories or jewelry at this store cost more than 500 yen!

Check out our Paris Kid’s article here and get the discount!

Q-pot CAFE.

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

The Q-pot CAFE makes fabulous accessories to round our your wardrobe. And not only that, you can have a taste of the “accessory sweets” they have at the cafe! And the SE”Q”RET room? Well, you’ll just have to go and find out for yourself! Check out our Q-pot CAFE. article here!

Totti Candy Factory

Totti Candy Factory Harajuku Street fashion

You know you’re near the Totti Candy Factory when you start smelling sugar and sweets. Inside this pink polka-dotted shop, you’ll find decorated cake pops and a wall lined with all kinds of candy for your scooping pleasure. Their signature item is made-to-order cotton candy that is make right in front of you! Delicious fun for every age.

Check out the Totti Candy Factory’s Website (Google Translate) or follow them on social media at Twitter (via Google Translate) or on Instagram.

Tutuanna

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It’s so pink and girly and sweet that you’ll have to brush your teeth afterwards. Tutuanna is the place to go for leg wear and socks. Because as we all know, no Harajuku Girl look is complete without pink cat hosiery!

Check out our article on Tutuanna here

WC

WC Harajuku Street Fashion

Bring out your girly and sweet side by visiting WC! This shop is filled with clothes and accessories to match the pastel and neon decor to get you dressing like a true Harajuku Girl. Update your wardrobe with the bunny-eared sweatshirts, cheetah-print backpacks, and velvet jackets that you can only find here!

Check out this Harajuku Street fashion at their Website or check their social media at Twitter (via Google Translate) or Instagram.

Wego

Wego Harajuku Street Fashion

With locations all over Tokyo and Japan, Wego is a testament of how often Harajuku Street fashion shifts from trend to trend. If you want fashion and accessories that will turn you into a street fashionista for a reasonable price, head to Wego!

Check out our article on Wego here!

Wonder Rocket

Wonder Rocket Harajuku Street Fashion

With two locations on Takeshita Street, Wonder Rocket sells Mori-style clothing and accessories ranging from sweet dresses and tops to fuzzy heels and bags. Although they are already reasonably priced, it pays to be on the lookout for Wonder Rocket’s 50% off sales!

Check out what’s going on at Wonder Rocket at their Website (via Google Translate) or on their Facebook (Japanese only), Twitter (via Google Translate), or Instagram.

World Wide Love

World Wide Love Harajuku Tokyo JapanWhere’s the love? It’s at World Wide Love! The brand of the spray-painted smiley face covers your street style fashion needs while never straying too far from whimsy. Check out their great collaborations!

Check out our article on World Wide Love here!

June 20, 2016 0 comment
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Hidden amongst the modern buildings of Shinjuku is Golden Gai, an area that seems to be out of place in modern Shinjuku. The truth is that Golden Gai has been mostly unchanged since the ‘60s, and from an overhead view one can clearly see that Golden Gai’s age shines through. Rusted tin roofs, shabby buildings, and other tiny buildings that could pass as shacks populate Golden Gai.

Bar Queen, Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Golden Gai is a small area connected by a number of narrow alleys. Walking through it, one can imagine what a majority of Tokyo must have looked and felt like in a time before modernization. Golden Gai is littered with hundreds of bars, little snack shops (places with karaoke, drinks, and snack food, usually aimed at attracting older men & women) and eateries.

Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Golden Gai isn’t for those wanting a night of cheap drinks, rustle & bustle, and mingling with large numbers of the opposite sex; it’s quite the opposite. A shanty place it may be, Golden Gai isn’t cheap, nor can it be compared to the liveliness of the streets of Roppongi or Shibuya. It’s an altogether different point of view of Tokyo. A Tokyo of yesterday. Way yesterday. ‘60s yesterday. The establishments are usually tiny, with only enough room for 5~6 people, and the buildings are so close that sometimes you can hear the guy/gal next door singing their favorite karaoke song—which is usually enka (traditional Japanese music). Most of the bars have a theme, though, and you can catch some modern jazz, R&B, and even J-pop tunes.

Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Visitors to the area aren’t your run-of-the-mill types either. Golden Gai attracts the well-off as well as artists, writers, actors, and other famous individuals. Don’t be discouraged; most establishments in Golden Gai welcome foreigners as well, and have their signs and menus in English.

We all love how technologically advanced modern Tokyo is. However, Tokyo at times, feels like any other big city—crowded, loud, and sometimes stinky. But thanks to places like Golden Gai we can say that a piece of the true nature of pre-modern Tokyo still exists somewhere in the city.

Most visitors and long-term residents of Tokyo usually pass over the area, instead heading to Shibuya, Roppongi, Kabukicho and other modern areas to enjoy their night. But where else can you say, “Wow, this is what Tokyo felt and looked like in the ‘60s!”

Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Golden Gai is a great example of a time when city structure was pliable, and Tokyo was natural. A time before the city became a concrete jungle, full of skyscrapers, noisy pachinko parlors, and Western influence.

Make sure you time travel before you leave Japan—visit Golden Gai in Shinjuku.

July 24, 2015 0 comment
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Dessert at Ginza Cozy Corner, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

A bright, sunny Sunday is a rarity in Tokyo during March, and I knew I had to take advantage of the day while it lasted. After a long week of classes, I elected to explore the Ginza district, one of Tokyo’s swankiest and most posh districts. I was well aware of Ginza’s luxury, where every square meter of land in the area’s center is said to be worth ten million yen, or 100,000 USD. However, I was determined to brave the temptations of all the expensive, shiny goods Ginza has to offer.

Sunday was the perfect day to visit Ginza, not only for the weather, but Ginza closes its main thoroughfare, Chuo Dori, to vehicles. Pedestrians can leisurely walk along the clean, wide street while gazing up at the towering skyline. Ginza can get very crowded, especially on weekends. With the main road closed to vehicles, the district no longer feels congested, but comfortable and relaxing.

However, even on an easy Sunday, Ginza can be intimidating at first glance, with its looming skyscrapers and numerous high-end brand name stores. But in Ginza there are a number of unique stores worth visiting during your travels in Tokyo.

Begin by heading out of Ginza Station’s A13 exit. Continue walking straight and turn right at the large Louis Vuitton on the corner. Then you will see a sign for a store called Ito-ya. This is a good place to start a Ginza daytrip, or even half-day trip.

Ito-ya is a large store that sells writing goods, including writing utensils in a wide range of colors and patterns, postcards, greeting cards and envelopes, notebooks, and charming stationary. Ito-ya is a full five floors, with each floor selling goods in a variety of designs, from more basic and conventional, to more personal and decorative. Some themed writing accessories can also be found. Disney-themed notebooks sporting Mickey Mouse and the ever-popular Frozen lined the shelves, as well as a small section of merchandise with designs and characters from the Swedish book series Moomin, which is popular in Japan. Ito-ya also sells wa bungu, or traditional Japanese stationary. This is a definitely a great place to stop on a Ginza excursion.

Ginza is host to a number of high rise department stores, each more extravagant than the next. These department stores sell a great deal of clothing and accessories, while various cafes and restaurants can be found inside them, as well. Ginza department stores are so large, that they often take up an entire block and a full day’s worth of exploration is more or less required for them. Matsuya and Mitsukoshi are just two of the many department stores Ginza has to offer. Both department stores are almost like miniature city districts in one large building. The Matsuya building has its own restaurant city for those who want to dine in style. Mitsukoshi has an array of cafes and coffee shops right on the ground floor. Exploring the department stores is a good way to experience the lavish Ginza reputation.

Alongside Ginza’s colossal department stores and clothing shops are numerous cafes and bakeries. Ginza Cozy Corner is a small bakery selling decorative and delicious confections, sweets, and pastries. The cakes and baked goods are all visually appealing. The abundance of sweets, including chocolates, truffles, and whole cakes, behind a large glass case tempts you to indulge. In addition to pastries and baked goods, a wide variety of ice creams can be purchased, both by the pint and as quick treats. And Ginza Cozy Corner also has a café up the stairs. The menu includes parfaits, pasta dishes, and cakes by the slice. Stop by this store before leaving Ginza to bring back some sweets, and perhaps have some dessert.

By now, I bet you’re getting hungry. And do you know what’s great in Ginza? Sushi! Let Voyagin help you secure a reservation at Sushi Ginza Kyubey and enjoy your lunch in style!

What? You’ve already been to Sushi Ginza Kyubey? Well you haven’t had the full sushi experience in Ginza until you go to Sushi-ya Ginza. And Voyagin can help you get a reservation there, too!

Ginza isn’t limited to only upscale and expensive shopping. There are options for shopping on an affordable budget. Amongst the brand name fashion at sky high prices are cheaper but no less trendy and high quality clothing stores. GU is a store selling all sorts of fashionable pieces that can be worn throughout the seasons, and in a variety of combinations and for various occasions, whether it’s fashion for the office or for a casual, comfortable look. The store carries five floors women’s, men’s, and even children’s clothing. GU also sells shoes, and also provides shoe repair on the bottom level.

Another affordable store to visit is Ginza’s Uniqlo, a great place to find fashionable basics. Similarly, Uniqlo offers men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and accessories at great prices. If you aren’t looking for distinct statement pieces from high-end brands, check out Uniqlo for simple, everyday wear in excellent quality. Mixing and matching pieces can create up-to-date looks without the menacing price tag.

Clothing and fashion accessories aren’t the only things to shop for in Ginza. A wonderful toy store called Hakuhinkan Toy Park sits near the end of Chuo Dori, near Shinbashi Station. This is an excellent place to see unique Japanese toys, souvenirs, and knickknacks, and especially if you’re traveling with kids and family.

Heard throughout the store are all the strange yet endearing noises made by the vast collection of toys and games. It’s a colorful, cute, and mesmerizing toy wonderland. The entire Hakuhinkan Toy Park is eight floors and a basement. The 8th floor is a theatre, while the basement is a fashion doll park. Different toys, games, figurines, and other related items are sold on each floor. Toys include plush toys, figurines, trading cars, video games, puzzles, and battery powered robots. A small section on the first floor sells quirky home goods, such as cookbooks and night lights.

Right across from Hakuhinkan Toy Park is Carne Station, an excellent way to end the day in Ginza. Carne Station is an all-you-can-eat yakiniku (grilled meat) buffet. Here, you pay one price, and are allowed to eat from the large, varied helpings of meats, seafood, vegetables, and side dishes. At your table, there is a small grill, and you can cook as much as you’d like from the assorted buffet. If you’re squeamish around raw meat, and possibly fire, then this place might not suit you. But it’s quite a worthwhile experience to cook your own meat over a hot grill, and it’s especially fun with a large group of friends and family. Many tourists were seated at large tables, sharing different meats, seafood, and sides. Couples came on dates, and some were even grilling hefty plates of meat alone.

For the rest of the day, I tried very hard to ignore all the receipts from items I had purchased. It was like those price tags would disappear if I pretended they didn’t exist. But there was clearly more to Ginza than just an expensive shopping spree. Amid the luxury brands are some must-visit spots that can make a Ginza trip more rewarding. Definitely check out other smaller stores along Chuo Dori and Ginza’s various quaint side streets.

Feeling hungry? Check out two of Tokyo’s fun themed restaurants while in Ginza: Alice in Wonderland and Vampire Café.

If you’d like experience more of Japan’s wonderful department stores, visit our article Shopping Tour of Shinjuku’s East End Department Stores.

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Zoe Mackey is a native New Yorker and college student currently studying in Tokyo. Her greatest inspirations are street fashion, lazy Sundays, and science fiction. You’ll more than likely find her taking amateur photos and looking for the best food in Tokyo. You can email her at z.isamac@gmail.com.

April 18, 2015 0 comment
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Meguro is an area of Tokyo that is rarely explored by most travel blogs and websites. However, this area of Tokyo has a surprising amount to offer in terms of high end furniture stores, antique shops, and (most importantly) some of the cutest cafes around. Spots like Hara Donuts are a perfect example of what Meguro has to offer, but if you take time to explore this area, you will find a lot of cute cafes to enjoy a sweet treat at!

Take Yakumo Mushipan for example, deep in the back streets off of Meguro-dori where you can grab a great piece of mushi pan! Mushi pan are little steamed cakes that are typically made in a bamboo steamer much like dumplings. But at Yakumo Mushipan, they take this healthy, yet delicious dessert to the next level. At this cafe, you can indulge in the traditional muffin shaped mushi pan in a wide variety of innovative flavors. Start out with plain or maybe chocolate, then it is time to step up the flavor game with pizza, curry, or braised pork. Their traditionally shaped mushi pan are mostly savory flavors, but the Earl Gray, matcha adzuki, double chocolate, or maple caramel flavored donuts are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Another great aspect of Yakumo Mushipan is their prices. Whether you decide to go with a mushi pan donut or otherwise, you will only be paying anywhere from ¥130 to ¥240. But be warned – Yakumo Mushipan only makes a limited number of batches a day so when they run out of stock, they close their doors.

If you are in the mood for a different kind of sweet treat, head over to Meguro and seek out Yakumo Mushipan!

Address:東京都目黒区八雲3丁目6−22
GPS:35.6180259, 139.66814679999993
Telephone:03 – 6676 – 2778
Web: http://yakumo-mushipan.info/

October 22, 2014 0 comment
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Popcorn is the food trend that is sweeping Tokyo right now. Seattle based Kukuruza Popcorn already has a pretty good clinch on the Omotesando market when it comes to the crunchy and salty treat, but there is another popcorn shop that is right next door in Harajuku. Doc Popcorn started in Colorado and has since spread to several countries and cities, including Harajuku, Japan where they are helping feed the popcorn craze cause.

While Doc Popcorn is a relatively new name in popcorn in Tokyo compared to Kukuruza or Garrett, that does not mean that you should knock them off your list! Where Doc Popcorn shines is in their ability to take classic and well loved flavors and turning them into popcorn marvels of taste. At the Harajuku location of Doc Popcorn, you of course will able to munch on classics like butter and kettle corn, but you may become a bigger fan of either sweet butter or better butter after you have left! Making two out of one is another very Doc Popcorn thing to do. Along with sweet butter and better butter, you can also pick your favorite between cheesy cheddar and triple white cheddar or classic kettle or caramel kettle! Along with classic options, like butter and cheese, Doc Popcorn also takes popcorn flavors to the next level with flavors like apple cinnamon, jalapeno, and salt-n-pepper! Another great thing about Doc Popcorn, is that you don’t have to pick just one flavor! You can put up to two flavors in one bag if you so choose!

For yet another location to go and see what all the popcorn craziness is about, head to the Harajuku Doc Popcorn location and dig in!

Doc Popcorn Harajuku Store Information

Website (via Google Translate) | Facebook (Japanese)

Nearest Station: 13-minute walk from Harajuku JR Station (Yamanote Line)

 

Hours of Operation: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.

Estimated Price: 500-1900 yen for various sizes of bags, all the way up to 2600 yen for a tin.

“Why Go?”: A popcorn break in Harajuku!

October 22, 2014 0 comment
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candy show time

candy show time

Dylan’s Candybar may have taken the market in the “Hey! We have everything under the sun!” market, and your local Lawson’s or Family Mart can keep you satisfied with cheap sweets and pocky until you burst. But what neither of these establishments can offer you is a healthy dose of kawaii with a little homemade flair.

The Candy Showtime branch in Omotesando is located on the main shopping street between the Omotesando and Meijijingumae subway stops on the Tokyo Metro lines. You’ll know you’re at the right spot when you see the of young children, couples, and tourists alike dashing back and forth between buckets of candy, ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the cuteness of it all.

Candy Showtime is by no means your average sweets shop. The little round drops of candy are reminiscent of a tiny crystalline dinner mint with their tapered edges and light airy appearance. But upon closer investigation, you will discover something that the person who just walked by will miss out on (something that they will definitely regret later). Each individual piece of candy has a little secret. Embedded in the center of each of Candy Showtime’s sugar drops is a miniature piece of art in the form of a tiny bunch of grapes, a flower, or maybe even a tiny Pikachu face smiling up at you.

How are they able to get these miniature treasures inside their candies? Candy Showtime is happy to show you the process right in front of your eyes in the middle of the store! Gargantuan logs of colorful sugar is rolled out by hand on a heated table down to the miniature bite-size rounds that they will become, all the while the decorative roll in the center becomes smaller and smaller until that little sugar picture is no bigger than your fingernail. The now 7 or 8 foot roll is chopped into tiny drops to be packaged for your consumption. You don’t have to be a child with wonderstruck eyes to find this process incredible and unique.

To keep the fun going, Candy Showtime will have special promotions that last only for a little while. Recently they started making mini Ring Pop-esque candy rings and paired up with Sanrio so you can now have a bag of tiny Hello Kitties or My Melodies! If you are in the Omotesando area doing some hardcore shopping and need a candy break, be sure to step into Candy Showtime Omotesando!

Address:東京都渋谷区神宮前6-31-15 1F
GPS:35.6687765, 139.70410590000006
Telephone:03-6418-5334
Web: http://candy-showtime.com/omotesando/

Opening Hours

Monday:11:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:11:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:11:00 – 20:00
Thursday:11:00 – 20:00
Friday:11:00 – 20:00
Saturday:11:00 – 20:00
Sunday:11:00 – 20:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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You will be amazed by the artistic work and taste brought to every pastry here. Pablo now has more than 30 stores located in Japan and six stores overseas.

Japanese-style cheesecake is known as “rare cheesecake.” This is slightly different to the New York-style. The rare cheesecake is composed of melted cheese on top of the regular cheesecake, maintaining the sweet taste. The smoothness of this coating forms a golden brown top layer of the cake, which is placed on top of a tart.

Besides the Japanese-style cheesecake, you can find New York-style cheesecakes with caramel topping at Pablo. They usually offer limited time menus to keep customers coming back for something new. There’s mini cheese tart with chocolate and baked marshmallow in February, and then there’s the cheesecake with a mixture of fruits on top in the summer. Kiwis, raspberries, and blueberries over a layer of orange marmalade and custard cream do make a good combination, don’t you think? In autumn, you can try their seasonal cinnamon apple cheesecake, which is half-apple pie and half-New York-style cheesecake.

There are 6 Pablo shops in Tokyo, with the largest being in Omotesando. They sell not only cheesecakes, but also the delightful “Pablo mini.” These are cheese tarts that fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. They come in many different flavors, including “rich and creamy chocolate,” “matcha green tea,” and other seasonal flavors.

If these tasty cheesecakes aren’t enough, don’t worry. There are other menu items for you to choose from. There are cheese pudding, cream cheese and chocolate fondue, soft-serve ice cream, sandwiches, and Pablo’s original drinks. After ordering, you can enjoy your dessert at the premium café space located on the second floor of the shop.

Want more than just the memory of how your cheesecake tasted? You can find Pablo t-shirts and tote bags at the larger Pablo shops.

You can also find other Pablo shops at Shinjuku, Tachikawa, two shops at Akihabara and Kita-Senju (the mini-cheese tarts are only available here). But honestly? Any Pablo’s location is fantastic! Why not grab a cup of hot milk chocolate or a whole cake to share with friends?

At most shops,  you can find cheese shortcake cookies, or sable le cheese” and cheesecake mille-feuille.   You may find limited flavors sold at each particular city. In some shops at Tokyo, you can buy cheese-honey sable cookie. You can find the cheese-sweet potato sable at Okinawa stores. These sure make excellent souvenirs for your family and friends!

If you don’t want to line up during peak hours, you can have Pablo cheesecakes and delivered to your hotel! You can order their products from Amazon Japan and Rakuten.

If you’re lucky, you might find Pablo’s ice cream and cheese tarts at irregular intervals in various convenience stores. All in all, be sure to try these limited products if you find them at convenience stores during your stay in Japan!

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October 20, 2014 0 comment
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