Bursting with color and different flavors, kids and adults alike will enjoy a trip to Tokyo’s sweetest and most creative candy shops. The sugar rush is a given, but what makes things more exciting is the artful way these treats are presented. They can even be too beautiful to eat! Drop by these stores and experience the irresistible struggle yourself:

Candy Show Time

When handmade candy meets Japan’s Kawaii culture, what you get as a result is Candy Show Time. They have four branches in Tokyo and upon entering any one of their stores, prepare to be dazzled by candy makers stretching and rolling sugar as if they were pizza dough. The end products are uniquely designed hard candies with characters in them or cute patterns. The flavors are distinctively Japanese with over 30 unique ones to choose from. There are also lollipops, candy jelly, and limited editions in celebration of special seasons and occasions.

Address: 6-7-9 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999

Website: http://candy-showtime.com (Japanese only)

Papabubble

Artisanal candy makers Papabubble from Spain has hit the sweet spot in the Japanese market. With 4 stores in Tokyo, this candy chain is serving up some serious sugar rush with its signature line of handmade sweets in the form of rings, pillows, lollipops, and chewy gummy candies. They also accept customize orders that are perfect for gifts and souvenirs, and just like Candy Show Time, a trip to their stores is an experience in itself. You can watch the staff make candy on the spot!

Address: 17-2 Kamiyama-cho Shibuya Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999

Website: http://www.papabubble.com

Ameya Eitaro

Believe it or not, these are actually candy. Ameya Eitaro has been in the business of candy-making since 1818, but part of its staying power is its ability to shake things up like for instance, their line of edible cosmetics. One of their most popular products is the liquid candy lip gloss called Sweet Lip, which comes in rose, grapefruit, strawberry, and raspberry flavors.

Address: B1F Isetan Shinjuku Building 3 Chome-14-1, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999

Website: http://www.ameyaeitaro.com (Japanese only)

Hitotsubu Kanro

Hitotsubu Kanro is a brand of flavorful candy drops packaged in fashionably designed cans. They are so eye-catching that it’s a collector’s item to some. Do also look out for the 6 Japanese motifs which are considered to be lucky charms in Japanese traditions.

Address: B1F Tokyo Station Gransta 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999

Website: http://www.kanro.co.jp/english/

Amezaiku Yoshihara

Artisanal candy is nothing new to Japan. In fact, if we talk about Japan-style candy-making, the traditional art of Amezaiku comes to mind, which by the way, has been enjoyed by the people for over 1000 years. It makes use of Mizuame, a type of syrup obtained by converting starch into sugar that becomes a taffy-like substance in room temperature, which then makes it easy to be pulled and molded into various shapes and sizes. Placed on wooden sticks, it is the old-school equivalent of lollipops; although more intricate and more laborious to produce.

Amezaiku Yoshihara is both a candy store and a workshop. You can buy a ready made piece off the shelf, but for a truly unique experience, it is strongly recommended that you go for a demonstration sale. Pick the design you like from their catalogue and watch the in-house artist create the masterpiece in front of your eyes. Workshops, on the other hand, are held on Sundays. It is by reservation and has a cap of 6 students per schedule.

Address: 1F Tomoe 1-23-5 Sendagi, Bunkyo, Tokyo

Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999

Website: http://ame-yoshihara.com

Amezaiku Ameshin

Ameshin is another venue to buy and witness Amezaiku art. Many of their candy pieces look like delicate glass sculptures especially their signature goldfish Amezaiku. Also popular are their Uchiwa fan designs featuring traditional Japanese patterns. Aside from candy, they also sell bottles of Mizuame syrup. It goes well with toast and pancakes, and it can also be used as a sweetener for a variety of dessert recipes.

Address: 4F Tokyo SkyTree Town Solamachi 1-12 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo

Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999

Website: http://www.ame-shin.com/en/

All price information are as of September 2016.

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