Guest writer: IIvan#0001
Sweets are undoubtedly one of the most delicious things ever and what better time to have some than when traveling in Japan? Traveling through Tokyo, you’re sure to be tempted by at least one delicious looking sweet and this list is here to help you pick the most delicious ones (though others are also sure to be great!). Travel with us down this tasty path and try not to get too hungry…
All The Sweets
1. Ichigo Daifuku
This dessert is a delicious strawberry mochi that’s very popular in spring. The exterior is a soft and chewy mochi while the inside is stuffed with a whole strawberry that’s surrounded in a red bean paste (Anko). While you will taste the mochi and Anko, the strawberry is the star of the show and will be the most prominent taste. You can expect to spend around 378 Yen (3.33 USD) per each one of these sweets. For more mochi, check out this article all about it!
Another Mochi based dessert that is absolutely beautiful to look at. Each of these are crafted into beautiful shapes that are changed with the season. Red bean paste is again found inside and like the shape, the overall flavour is changed with the season to help you experience all that the new season has to offer. This delicious sweet is often served alongside a cup of Macha green tea. You can expect to spend around 860 Yen (7.80 USD) per Wagashi and Macha tea set.
3. Matcha Cake & Montblanc
Matcha Cake (aka Koicha which means “rich matcha”) is a 6 layered cake that has 3 sponge layers, 1 white matcha frost, and several layers of matcha cream.. The Montblanc is composed of several layers starting with a cake mixture, pudding, more cake mixture followed by cream. It is pretty moist and has a delightful nutty aftertaste. You can expect to spend around 1,231 Yen (11 USD) per each of these.
This chocolate box is one of the most popular gifts to give in Japan and they come in varying box sizes. There are a lot of different flavours to choose from, such as milk-chocolate, sweet chocolate (the original!), and hazelnut. The chocolates are all in a layered/wafer style and all taste amazing. You can expect to spend around 702 Yen (6.20 USD) per each set of seven.
This delicious sweet originated in Kyoto and has begun to spread to other parts of Japan. It comes in a beautiful paper wrapping and even includes a small wooden spoon for your convenience. It has a golden-brown look and it’s topped with a sprinkling of sugar. The sweet itself is very spongy/soft and crumbles easily in your mouth which really heightens the experience of eating it.. You can expect to spend around 518 Yen (5.20 USD) per each of these.
While this delicious pastry is originally from Japan, the creator is a Japanese native themselves so it could be considered a Japanese take on a French dessert. There are 6 different layers to this sweet with the very top including a tiny strawberry and a fine red powder. The other layers are a mix of red, one white, and a crumbly light-brown base. Expect both a lot of sweetness and a lot of strawberry flavour. You can expect to spend around 891 Yen (8 USD) per each of these.
This iconic Japanese sweet is made from mocha rice flour and is usually served on a tiny skewer in sets of 3-4. They are available all over and typically are covered in either a sweet soy sauce or red bean paste. These sweets are definitely a must have if you’re visiting Japan and you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to try them! You can expect to spend around 100 Yen (.90 USD) per each of these.
If you find yourself in Tokyo and yearning for a delicious local favorite, then this pastry is the one for you! They’re shaped like a fish and come stuffed with a large variety of fillings including custard, chocolate, fruit, cheese and (the Japanese favorite) red bean paste. These sweets are very rich and the outside shell is very light. You can expect to spend around 250 Yen (2.25 USD) per each of these.
A noteworthy mention that is also amazing that we aren’t going into much detail about (because we already wrote a whole article on it) is Momiji Manju!
Japan certainly has a lot of amazing sweets for you to try out and while it may be difficult to try them all in one visit, be sure to at least try a few! This list can’t cover every possible sweet in Japan and by no means restrict yourself to just what’s listed here. If it looks good, try it!