Wagashi or traditional Japanese confectionery goes beyond sugar rush. It is an art form. First flourished in the ancient Imperial capital Kyoto, these treats have long since been representative of Japan’s culture. In particular, it is a tangible expression of the Japanese love for nature and its seasons and is typically a part of celebrations, whether cultural or personal milestones.

There are actually many types of Wagashi in existence. It comes in various shapes, textures, and colors, using diverse ingredients and preparation methods. Be warned, though. These delicacies can be too pretty to eat, yet too tempting not to. If you’re up for this kind of struggle, then, by all means, dive head first into the sweet world of Wagashi. To get you started, here are 15 Wagashi Shops in Tokyo to sample the best traditional Japanese sweets:

1. Echigoya Wakasa (越後屋若狭)

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あまたある水羊羹の中で、日本一を決めるなら、やはり私はここに軍配をあげざるを得ない。何故ならもっとも水を感じるから。

#水羊羹 #越後屋若狭 
#両国 #箱に流し込まれている
#箱ごと食べたい
#小さいときからこれが夏の楽しみ
#桜の葉を敷いて
#本日のお菓子

Echigoya Wakasa’s Mizu Yokan.

Yokan is one of the oldest types of Wagashi. It is a firm, jellied dessert made of azuki beans, agar, and sugar. It comes in different flavors but the typical ones are red beans, green tea, and black sugar, having a rather refreshing taste with just the right amount of natural sweetness. Usually sold as a bar and served in small slices, Yokan is enjoyed all throughout the year. The Mizu Yokan, a type of Yokan that contains more water, is best served chilled during summer.

In Tokyo, Echigoya Wakasa is the go-to place for Yokan since the 1700’s. The price is steep for a small box – about ¥3,000, but it’s definitely the most exquisite Yokan you’ll ever get to try. These products also have a long shelf life so if you do like them a lot, you can buy a few more bars to bring home!

Do take note that their bars and other sweets are highly coveted that you can’t purchase one without a prior reservation. Store contact details are provided below.

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また大人の階段を上がりました!
墨田区千歳にある老舗の和菓子屋さん。「水の味がする水ようかん」があると噂を嗅ぎつけてお邪魔しました。完全予約制で注文後数日して引渡しとなるかなり緊張感のあるお店。でも緊張感のその先にある美味しさは本物でした!舌触りは体験した事のないほど滑らかで、本当に水の味を感じる水ようかん。決して安くはないですが夏の手土産にオススメです。皆さんお待ちしております(笑)
#越後屋若狭 #和菓子 #水ようかん

Echigoya Wakasa’s shopfront.

Address: 1-8-4 Chitose Sumida Tokyo

Price: ¥4,000 ~ ¥4,999

Website: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1312/A131201/13046248/ (Japanese only)

2. Usagiya (うさぎや)

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朵拉ㄟ夢一定也會愛的銅鑼燒🍵

Dorayaki at Usagiya.

This shop in Ueno is most famous for its Dorayaki – a traditional Japanese pancake-like confection with azuki bean paste filling. If you’re familiar with the popular anime/manga character Doraemon, this is his favorite snack.

An institution established in 1914, Usagiya is credited to have invented the double layer pancake version, which is now the standard for all Dorayaki sold in the market today. This store sells freshly baked Dorayaki, and eating it while it’s still warm is strongly recommended.

Address: 1-10-10 Ueno Taito Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999

Website: http://www.ueno-usagiya.jp (Japanese only)

3. Ikkouan (一幸庵)

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先日の情熱大陸見て、即買いに行ったわらび餅。
このわらび餅は芸術作品だよ!
中に入ってるこしあんも覆ってるわらび餅もとても柔らかい。口に入れて、感動。
和菓子の魅力を知ったそんなお菓子。
#一幸庵 #茗荷谷
#わらび餅 #こしあん
#和菓子 #和
#japanesesweets 
#warabimochi #wa

Ikkouan is famous for its Warabimochi.

Common to all renowned Wagashi specialists is their focus on high-quality ingredients. For Ikkouan, this can’t be truer. The store only uses 100% bracken starch, an ingredient that is not at all in abundance or cheap, for its signature confection Warabimochi. Not all shops do this, which is why this Ikkouan specialty particularly stands out.

Warabimochi is jelly-like bracken starch dumplings covered in Kinako (sweet toasted soybean flour) powder. A popular summer dessert, it is best served chilled with a dollop of Kuromitsu (black sugar syrup).

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撮影現場から徒歩2分!

でも栗蒸し羊羹は先週で終わり😭
わらびもち買いました。

Ikkouan’s shopfront.

Address: 5-3-15 Koishikawa Bunkyo Tokyo

Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999

Website: https://ja-jp.facebook.com/ikkoan

4. Murasakino Wakuden (紫野和久傳 茶寮)

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Murasakino Wakuden brings the elegance of Kyoto to Tokyo’s central business district. More than just a sweets shop, it is a traditional teahouse with over a century’s worth of expertise in Japanese tea ceremony. Just the same as its original branch in Kyoto, here you can enjoy a Kaiseki meal with a wide selection of special tea, not to mention the traditional sweets that go best with it. For Wagashi, the Seiko is a Murasakino Wakuden exclusive item. It is a creation made from the special Japanese sugar called Wasanbon and lotus starch. Wrapped in bamboo leaves, it looks and tastes exquisite. A rare dessert that truly captures Murasakino Wakuden’s refinement.

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#昨日は引っ越し🚕⭐️
#お互いお休みとった❗️🐻 #1年間まさの親戚のマンションでした💞
お世話になったまさの親戚たちにご挨拶
#和久傳の西湖🍡
#私もずっと食べたかった♡

Seiko, Muraskino Wakuden’s signature Wagashi.

Address: 1F Shin-Tokyo Building 3-3-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda Tokyo

Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999

Website: http://www.wakuden.jp/tenpo-maru-chaka/ (Japanese only)

5. Sasama (御菓子処 さゝま)

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松葉最中

Sasama Wagashi Shop.

Sasama’s creations change with the seasons. There’s a special motif for each month, which is of course inspired by the colors of nature. However, while the looks deliver on the wow factor, it isn’t the main reason why customers always come back for Sasama’s confections.

The answer lies in the core. Regardless of the appearance or the season, their products’ anko (adzuki bean jam) has a consistent quality. It is always full of flavor, and as a result, what they offer to the market are specialties that combine flair and substance –visual masterpieces that are at the same time bite-sized indulgences.

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(東京)御菓子処さゝま の 上生菓子 http://www.sasama.co.jp/
上から早蕨、草包み、浮間の里  です。
薯蕷饅頭の早蕨は、少し大きめ。漉し餡の味を特に楽しめます。さゝまの漉し餡は少しクセのある濃さで、味わい深く、さゝまの味だとすぐわかります。
草包みは、(たぶん)卵白を少し含むふっくらとした求肥に、新草を混ぜ込んでいて、草餅にはない上品さがありました。
浮間の里はすこしもっちりした羊羹。

Seasonal wagashi at Sasama.

Address: 1-23 Kanda Jinbocho Chiyoda Tokyo

Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999

Website: http://www.sasama.co.jp/ (Japanese only)

6. Gunrindo (群林堂)

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#群林堂 #文京区 #豆大福 #もちもち #美味しかった #銘菓

Gunrindo, Tokyo’s best Mame Daifuku.

Mame Daifuku is a ball-shaped mochi with azuki bean paste core and bits of salty beans kneaded into the dough. It is a popular Wagashi that is enjoyed all year round, but amazingly despite its “commonness”, customers lining up for Gunrindo’s Mame Daifuku is an everyday thing. Gunrindo is among Tokyo’s Top 3 makers of this mochi bestseller known for its generous serving and rich anko taste. The store closes when their supply runs out, so it’s always better to drop by early.


Address: 2-1-2 Otowa Bunkyo Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999

Website: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1323/A132302/13003816/ (Japanese only)

7. Sougetsu (草月)

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行列に並ぶのあまり好きではないと言いつつ30分並んで手土産ゲット!自分へも〜😋
#黒松#どら焼き#やみつき #大好物#和菓子#行列#手土産#黒蜜#ふわふわ#お茶菓子 #ig_japan #greentea #dorayaki  #foodstagram #sweet #yummy#東京土産

Sougetsu best-selling Dorayaki.

There’s something special about Sougetsu’s Dorayaki and it’s in the filling. Their version uses Kuromatsu, which is made of brown sugar and honey. If you like your Japanese pancakes sweeter than usual, this is where you should get them. As with all popular eats in Tokyo, prepare for long lines.

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まだあった 5個買った

Sougetsu shop in Kita, Tokyo.

Address: 2-15-16 Higashijujo Kita Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999

Website: http://www.sogetsu.co.jp/ (Japanese only)

8. Chimoto (ちもと)

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おまかせ
.
何年ぶりかに行ってみた。
9時から並んで10時に名前を伝えると、指定された案内時間は16時。
一旦帰ってひと眠りこいて、再びお店へ。
長いこと足が遠のいていた理由は待ち時間の長さもあるけど、かき氷自体があまり好みではなかった。
今回も期待はせずに口に運ぶと、なんと、全てが、美味しく感じた…!
特に中に入っている十数種類(私が数えられたのは12種類)の生菓子たち、うんまーー。
また並んででも食べたいと思った。
行ったのは祝日で、平日ならもうちょいマシみたいだね。

Kakigori shaved ice dessert at Chimoto.

For a literally cool treat, there’s the Kakigori. It is basically shaved ice with syrup. The ones served in Chimoto have a special surprise at the bottom of the bowl. What it is, we’ll leave it to you to find out for yourselves.

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Local Sweets_no.01
先日まで手土産といえば六花亭や旭豆、その辺から取ってきた蕗の薹やヨモギ、大葉だったけれど、これからはココがレパートリーの一品になりそう。八雲餅、最中、そつなく心地よい味わいよろし…
#Draw #Drawing #Design #Sur #Scent #Chic #undulate #Illustration #Landscape #omiyage #Legend #earlysummer #today #tokyo #monaka #daifuku #mochi #japanesefood #chimoto #yummy #jewel #yakumo #yakumomochi #japanesesweets

Japanese dessert shop Chimoto in Meguro.

Chimoto is a popular dessert café that specializes in Wagashi. It has limited seating but the ambiance is very nice. It has an Edo-period vibe to it, which is just perfect for enjoying traditional sweets.

Aside from Kakigori, it is famous for its Yumochi – the store’s original Wagashi and a popular regional souvenir from Hakone. Inside the leaf packaging is a square slice of white mochi with strips of yokan. It has a fluffy consistency like a marshmallow and a tinge of yuzu or citrus for its flavor.

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#八雲もち

Yumochi from Chimoto.

Address: 1-4-6 Yakumo Meguro Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999

Website: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1317/A131702/13003218/ (Japanese only)

9. Kuriyakashi Kurogi (廚菓子くろぎ)

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Interested architecture.its a new open cafe in Tokyo.such a fun to walk around and finding a nice cafe with this sunshine.

#kuriyakashikurogi  #cafe #pandoralover

Kuriyakashi Kurogi Café inside University of Tokyo grounds.

There are many reasons why you should try dining at Kuriyakashi Kurogi but let us convince you with just three. First is the lovely setting. Inside the grounds of the University of Tokyo under impressive wooden eaves, the café is a nice hideaway for a lazy afternoon in the megacity. Second is the Kurogi brand, which is run by Iron Chef Jun Kurogi, one of Tokyo’s in-demand. The third is their made to order artisan Wagashi.

The café has an open kitchen so you can see the tedious process that goes behind the beautiful desserts that you will soon enjoy. Signature dishes vary with the season. For instance, the featured Wagashi in the summer is Kuzukiri (gelatinous noodles served chilled with a sweet syrup and Kinako powder). While during winter and spring, Warabimochi takes center stage.

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m o c h i 😻 #veecay1516 #holiday #winter #onthetable #mochi #sweets #japanese #kuriyakashikurogi #tokyo #japan #vsco #vscocam

Kuriyakashi Kurogi’s Warabimochi and Kuzukiri.

Address: 7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo Tokyo

Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999

Website: http://www.wagashi-kurogi.co.jp/ (Japanese only)

10. Kuuya (空也)

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いつもの夜食
#空也 #GINZA #銀座 #手土産 #もなか #最中

Kuuya’s iconic Monaka.

When it comes to Monaka, Kuuya is top of mind. Sold for more than a century, Kuuya’s mochi flour wafers with azuki bean filling are popular omiyage (gifts to bring home). A box of 10 costs about a little over ¥1,000 with a 7-day shelf-life. It’s impossible though to get a hold of it without a reservation. Visit the website provided below for the store’s contact details.

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朝11時に、予約した最中を引き取りに来たら満員。昼過ぎ会議の後通ったら完売。いつも12時半位には完売で、必ず閉まってる。さすがです。
#最中 #空也 #銀座の名店 #ginza #wagashi

Kuuya in Ginza.

Address: 6-7-19 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999

Website: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13002591/ (Japanese only)

11. Toraya (とらや)

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昨日の仕事中に、どうやら眼の中に鉄粉が入ったようで涙止まらず、腫れもあったので午後から日本橋にある知り合いの眼科に行って来ました
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洗浄して出てきた鉄粉のデカさにサブイボたちました( ・`ω・´)キリッ
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さて、羊羹でも買って帰りますかね♪(´ε` )
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Location:GINZA TOKYO

Toraya Ginza shop and café.

Toraya has over 500 years worth of experience under its belt. They used to serve sweets at the Imperial court and now they are available to the general public. They have six branches in Tokyo with their flagship store located in Akasaka (temporarily closed for renovation until 2018). With the exception of Nihombashi branch, their shops also have a tea room for those who want to dine in. Order their popular Anmitsu, a bowl of agar jelly cubes, anko, boiled peas, and fruits in sweet syrup. For takeout options, their Yokan is highly recommended. It comes in 4 different sizes and 8 distinct flavors.

miho_kosaka

クリームあんみつ🐯
和三盆密をかけて♡
抹茶もご一緒に🍵
うまうま〜( ்́ꇴ ்̀)✨✨
・
#クリームあんみつ
#抹茶
#虎屋菓寮
#とらや
#あんみつ
#おやつ
#休憩

Anmitsu dessert at Toraya.

Address: 7-8-6 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999

Website: https://www.toraya-group.co.jp (Japanese only)

12. Nagato (長門)

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お茶とお菓子の三角関係▲◯□
The eternal triangle of tea and some confections. △◯■ #20151209
#baisao_u
#日本橋長門 さん
#久寿もち
#切羊羹
#wagashi
#japaneseconfection
#eternaltriangle

Matcha tea, Yokan, and Kuzumochi.

Another confectioner with a long history is Nagato. This time around, we’re talking about 300 years. Their bestseller is the Kuzumochi, mochi cakes made of rare kudzu starch. For something with a more seasonal appeal, go for a box of hannama-gashi. These are a collection of soft, semi-baked Wagashi usually for tea ceremonies and typically designed to reflect the colors of the season.

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#日本橋長門
#長門
#日本橋
#くず餅
#水ようかん
#目当てで

Nagato Nihombashi Store.

Address: 3-1-3 Nihonbashi Chuo Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999

Website: http://nagato.ne.jp/index.php (Japanese only)

13. Akasaka Aono (赤坂青野)

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ホワイトデーに頂いたんですが
とっても美味しくてびっくり!

きな粉嫌いなので構えてたんですが…
胡桃の食感と餅の柔らかさがたまらない♡
#whiteday #akasakamochi

Akasaka Mochi from Akasaka Aono.

This nicely wrapped treat is called Akasaka Mochi, Aono’s signature kinako mochi made more special with walnut and brown sugar. Established in 1899, Aono now has five branches in the city. Just like their flagship item, their products come in elegant packaging perfect to be given as gifts.

Address: 3-1-11 Akasaka Minato Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999

Website: http://www.akasaka-aono.com/ (Japanese only)

14. Higashiya Ginza

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『特別なときに』と
ずっと気になってた和菓子屋さん
大好きだった祖父の三回忌お供物を買いに
どれも美しく、おシャン♡♡♡ #higashiyaginza 
#ひと口菓子#棗バター 
#specialthanks 
#祖父三回忌
#おシャン和菓子
#そして来週弾丸で帰省 
#閉店ギリギリ滑り込みセーフ 
#今度はランチタイムに来ます
#何気に銀座一丁目初下車
#少し迷子得意技

Higashiya Ginza Japanese Confectionery Shop.

Higashiya’s Ginza tea room is a gorgeous second-floor shop that overlooks Ginza’s main boulevard. It is a space for luxurious dining that offers 30 varieties of tea, lunch menus, and of course, Wagashi. Particularly interesting among their selection is their Hitokuchigashi, a dozen serving of different bite-sized sweets.

Address: Pola Ginza Building 2F 1 Chome-7-7 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Price: ¥5,000 ~ ¥5,999

Website: http://www.higashiya.com/en/

15. Shiose Souhonke Honten (塩瀬総本家 本店)

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#本饅頭 #food #Japanese #dessert #塩瀬 #shiose

Classic Hon Manju from Shiose.

You may have noticed that many Wagashi shops have deep histories and are among the longest-standing establishments in Japan. That being said, Shiose is the oldest traditional confectioner in this list, founded in Nara in 1349. The main branch today is located in Tsukiji area, while other branches in Tokyo can be found in Shibuya, Ginza, and Nihonbashi.

Known to have created the Manju type of Wagashi, the store’s Hon Manju (original bean buns) is a classic recipe that hasn’t changed for more than 600 years. On top of centuries-old offerings, they also serve Wagashi relevant to the times. Case in point, this cute Hello Kitty manju. Definitely kawaii!

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塩瀬のキティちゃんまんじゅう。
食べるの勿体無いけど美味しい‼︎
#塩瀬 #キティ #まんじゅう #和菓子 #餡子 #東京 
#Shiose #Kitty #japanesesweets #sweet_redbean_paste #Tokyo #Japan

Hello Kitty Manju from Shiose.

Address: ‪7-14 Akashicho, Chuo, Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999

Website: https://www.shiose.co.jp (Japanese only)

Information in this article is as of August 2016. Refer to the official websites for the latest information.

Thumbnail image is from Wiki Media Commons.