Mouthwatering Tokyo Desserts
Tokyo is known for the busy streets, the alluring neon lights, unique shopping centers, and charming temples. But one other thing that Tokyo is known for its delicious food, specifically Tokyo sweets.
If you’re looking for an itinerary to follow for your time in Tokyo, we’ve got you covered here. Otherwise, get ready to put on your stretchy pants because we’re about to take you on a yummy tour of a few of the best desserts in Tokyo!
Rainbow Cotton Candy from Totti Candy Factory
Get it if you’re a fan of cotton candy, and get it even if you’re not. Totti Candy Factory has by far the best cotton candy we’ve ever eaten and no, not JUST because it was larger than my head! It was so fluffy and there’s none of that sticky residue or artificial aftertaste in your mouth like the cotton candy from carnivals. The best part though is that you can actually taste EACH flavor. The flavors included are grape,
Location: Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 1 Chome−16−5 Ｒｙｕあぱるとまん 2F // MAP
Kinako Dango from Asakusakibidango Azuma
We can’t get enough of
Location: 1 Chome-18-1 Asakusa, 台東区 Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan // MAP
Daifuku from Ginza Akebono
If you are looking for the best mochi in Tokyo, the daifuku from Ginza Akebono is hands down one of the best desserts in Tokyo. This Japanese specialty sweet often has sweet red bean paste inside and is occasionally filled with
Location: 5 Chome-7-19 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan // MAP
Boba Tea from Alfred Tea Room
Although Alfred Tea Room is a chain with a few locations around the globe, the Alfred Tea Room you’ll find in Tokyo has a few specialty drinks that you’ll find nowhere else and an equally adorable atmosphere with bubble pink decor and cozy places to relax. The hojicha boba tea was my favorite drink here, but you can also get a number of other dessert drinks too.
Location: Japan, 〒160-0022 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Shinjuku, 3 Chome−38−1 ルミネエスト新宿 1F // MAP
Kit-Kat Candy from Kit-Kat Chocolatory
The Kit-Kat Chocolatory doesn’t have just any
At this confectionary, you can purchase individual or packages of specialty flavored Kit-Kat. A few of our favorites include Matcha Double Berry and Almond, Uji Hojicha, Matcha Kinako, and Butter. If you’re looking for something easy to bring back home with you, this is the perfect option!
Location: 3 Chome-7-2 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan // MAP
Sweet Crepes from Harajuku
You most definitely cannot leave Tokyo without getting one of the infamous crepes in Harajuku. There are quite a few
If you really wanna go all out on your Tokyo sweets tour then get one that has a slice of cheesecake AND ice cream in it. They’re the perfect size for sharing but we definitely won’t judge you if you decide to eat it all by yourself.
Location: 1 Chome-16-16-8 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan // MAP
Fluffy Donuts from Good Town Donuts
Japan has a variety of donut shop chains including the ever so popular, Mister Donut and even Krispy Kreme which has completely different flavors than we have in the United States, but we often found many of the chain donut shops a bit dry and disappointing.
The next place to fulfill your Tokyo desserts sugar coma is Good Town Donuts which has seriously delicious, fluffy donuts that will make you want at least half a dozen and a coffee or glass of milk. We tried the Sicilia Lemon Poppyseed and the White Chocolate and we immediately wanted to try two more although after having as much dessert as we had this day, we reluctantly decided against it.
Location: 6 Chome-12-6 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan // MAP
Adorable Animal Donuts from Floresta Nature Donuts
Floresta Nature Donuts are not nearly as good as the ones we had at Good Town Donuts (above) but they’re awfully cute and unique! The frosting covering these donuts has different flavors such as black sesame, strawberry, and matcha. But what stopped us in our tracks were the adorable designs on these donuts. In case you were wondering like we were, they make the ears with almonds! If anything, grab one to share, and don’t forget to snap a photo.
Location: 3 Chome-34-14 Koenjikita, Suginami City, Tokyo 166-0002, Japan // MAP
Baumkuchen from Nenrinya
Baumkuchen is a dessert that originated in Germany but is now hugely popular in Japan. You can find it at most convenience stores like 7Eleven, FamilyMart, and Lawson which we eat our fair share of every time we visit Japan but Nenrinya specializes
The buttery, sugary, dense
Location: Japan, 〒104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 5 Chome−6−15 座ＳＴＯＮＥ 1F ザ・ストーン // MAP
Animal Shaped Melon Pan from Lumine Building
Melon pan is a sweet bread made from enriched dough and covered with a sugary crust that resembles a melon, thus the name melon pan. These adorable melon
Pastries from Dominique Ansel Bakery
Dominique Ansel Bakery is famous around the world for its pastries so you might consider enjoying one in store or getting a few to go. Since we were visiting Japan in the summer we decided to try the seasonal watermelon ice cream sandwich which to our disappointment, didn’t have a lot of
Note: We recently found out that Dominique Ansel Bakery closed their Tokyo location. If it reopens you’ll find out here.
Melon Pan Ice Cream Sandwich from Asakusa Kagetsudo
While this might not be the most Instagrammable in our list of Tokyo sweets, this one is sure delicious! I mean, what’s better than having two of my favorite Tokyo desserts paired together? I’ll tell you, not much.
Asakusa Kagetsudo has some of the best fresh melon
Location: 2 Chome-7-13 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan // MAP
8 Layer Ice Cream from Daily Chico
So if you haven’t already guessed it, Tokyo sweets are definitely out of this world! This 8 layer ice cream at Daily Chico is no different. Daily Chico is a little off the beaten path in the outskirts of Tokyo but there are a lot of street markets and indoor shopping centers that you could enjoy in the area after indulging in this refreshing dessert.
We actually ended up stopping here when we were heading back to Tokyo after visiting the Ghibli Museum. The location can be a bit tricky to find, so we’ll do our best to get you there! It is located in Nakano City inside the Nakano Broadway building.
After getting in the building head to the basement floor (-1 is the button you’ll push on the elevator). The flavors change daily so you never know what you might get but they’re all tasty! Our flavors this day included green tea, banana,
Location: Japan, 〒164-0001 Tokyo, Nakano City, Nakano, 5 Chome−52−15, ブロードウェイ, B1F // MAP
Instagram-worthy Ice Cream from Eddy’s Ice Cream
Just when you thought that the 8 layer ice cream was the craziest thing you’ve ever seen, Eddy’s Ice Cream goes a step up by adding cookies, chocolates, and even cereal covered sweets. Located in no other than the world of kawaii Tokyo desserts, Harajuku. If the ice cream isn’t adorable and hashtag extra enough, you’ll also enjoy how cute the store is itself to make your Instagram dreams come true.
Location: Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 4 Chome−26−28 1F // MAP
Animal Lollipop from Amezaiku
Not only is this one of the coolest Tokyo sweets on this list it’s also the most intricate. At Amezaiku these lollipops are handcrafted and completely fascinating to watch as they are shaped into all different animals that resemble glass figurines. Interested in creating your own art? Amezaiku also offers classes where you can make your own adorable lollipop to keep as a souvenir. Is it weird that instead of eating these, we kind of want to keep them on display? 😉
Location: Japan, 〒111-0033 Tokyo, Taito City, Hanakawado, 2 Chome−9−1 堀ビル 1F // MAP
Pastries from Dean & DeLuca
Dean & DeLuca is a chain bakery with a number of locations in Japan, the United States, and other locations but just like we mentioned with Alfred Tea, there are a number of select items that are only available in Japan.
We recommend getting here early and be prepared to wait in a line with a bunch of people trying to get a coffee and pastry to-go before work. But, it’s gonna be worth it. The Oreo muffin was pretty dang delicious and arguably an unfrosted cupcake but we digress. We also recommend trying one of the specialty matcha pastries as well.
Location: 3 Chome-24-6 Ueno, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0005, Japan // MAP
Last but not least on this list of the best desserts in Tokyo is,
There are all different flavors of Tokyo Banana such as chocolate, matcha, and strawberry. But make sure you try the original one too! You can get these all over Tokyo but Tokyo Solamachi in the Tokyo Skytree (Sumida) has a large Tokyo Banana store inside.
Location: Japan, 〒100-6701 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9−1 大丸東京店 B1階 // MAP
Now that we’ve both eaten an astronomical amount of sugar we’re off to write about Japanese ice cream. Which of these Tokyo desserts would you be most excited to try?!