Dorayaki, is a type of Japanese dessert, Wagashi. It is..

а red-bean pancake which consists of two small pancake-like patties made from castella wrapped around a filling of sweet Azuki red bean paste.

From Wikipedia

Dorayaki might be famous from a Japanese manga and anime character Doraemon. He loves dorayaki and depicted as his favorite food. You can find dorayaki in any supermarket and convenience stores, but in this article, I would like to introduce real delicious dorayaki places.

1. Usagiya (うさぎや) Ueno

Usagiya’s dorayaki

Usagiya’s dorayaki. From instagram

The most famous dorayaki in Tokyo is definitely Usagiya. Usagiya is a long-established dorayaki store, and it is said that Usagiya invented the shape of dorayaki today in 1914.

Their pancakes are very moist and fluffy and the red bean paste is not too sweet but tasty. Many people are addicted to dorayaki from Usagiya including me. Sometimes they will give you dorayaki which is still hot, so if you get those ones, eat that dorayaki right away! You will be able to taste the fluffiest dorayaki ever.

Usagiya in Ueno

Usagiya in Ueno. From seesaawiki.jp

Access:
6min walk from Tokyo Metro Uenohirokoji station

Address:
1-10-10 Ueno Taito-ku Tokyo

Phone:
03-3831-6195

Hours:
Mon-Sun 9:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
You will need to make reservation after 4:00 p.m. to buy dorayaki.

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

Please refer to the official website for the latest information.

2. Kameju (亀十) Asakusa

Kameju’s dorayaki

Kameju’s dorayaki. From Instagram

Kameju is also a long-established dorayaki store, with 90 years of history. Their dorayaki is very big! It’s bigger than a Japanese girl’s hand. Kameju’s dorayaki is very fluffy but because of the size and amount of red bean paste, eating just one dorayaki feels really good enough! You will be surprised to feel the difference from dorayaki in supermarkets and convenience stores.

Kameju is just across the Thunder Gate of Sensoji in Asakusa. If you visit Sensoji, you better try Kameju’s dorayaki but make sure you go there first thing in the morning, because they only sell 3,00 dorayaki per day and it’s very usual that dorayakis are sold out by noon.

Kameju in Asakusa

Kameju in Asakusa. From Instagram

Access:
7min walk from Tokyo Metro / Toei Asakusa station

Address:
2-18-11 Kaminarimon Taito-ku Tokyo

Phone:
03-3841-2210

Hours:
Mon-Sun 10:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Website:
http://www.asakusa-noren.ne.jp/kamejyu/sp.html
(Japanese only)

Please refer to the official website for the latest information.

3. Seijuken (清寿軒) Ningyocho

Seijuken’s dorayaki

Seijuken’s dorayaki. From Instagram

Another long-established dorayaki store in Tokyo is Seijuken. It’s founded in 1861, with more than 150 years of history. During Edo period, Seijuken’s dorayaki was popular as a gift to daimyo (the most powerful feudal lords).

Their pancakes are very moist and the amount of red bean paste is so much but not too sweet. This is because they take 4-5 hours to make this red bean paste everyday, not with machine but handmade of the chef. It usually gets sold out quickly so better to go in the early morning or early afternoon.

Seijuken in Ningyocho

Seijuken in Ningyocho. From Instagram

Access:
5min walk from Tokyo Metro / Toei Ningyocho station

Address:
1-6-1 Nihonbashihoridomecho Chuo-ku Tokyo

Phone:
03-3661-0940

Hours:
Mon-Fri 9:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sat, Sun and National Holidays

Website:
http://seijuken.com/
(Japanese only)

Please refer to the official website for the latest information.