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3 Must-Try Traditional Japanese Sweets in Tokyo

Other Cafes and Sweets

Traditional Japanese sweets, or wagashi, make great snacks and souvenirs and are often enjoyed with green tea. The 3 delights presented there will take you on a culinary adventure all over Tokyo's shitamachi-older quarters of the city areas reminiscent of times gone by. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long time resident of Tokyo, there’s something on this list for you. Check out our article on Japanese sweets for a primer before you go!

Tokyo Station’s Top 5 Recommended Station Lunches

Tokyo Station Other Restaurants

Tokyo Station is the hub for several JR lines leading into Tokyo city as well as Shinkansen trains that will carry you all the way north or south of Japan. However, Tokyo Station is much much more. It is the key place to buy “Tokyo” souvenirs and station bento (lunch boxes). Here we will introduce the top 10 most popular souvenirs as well as the top 5 bento choices we recommend.

Nakano Broadway’s Mandarake: The All-in-One Akihabara

Located in Nakano, just a 5-minute train ride from Shinujuku, Nakano Broadway is well known as a mini Akihabara and has been a haven to otakus and their culture for many years. This huge complex that spans over several floors is home to a multitude of shops all catering to all game, anime, and manga lovers! Within Nakano Broadway there is one chain that clearly sticks out among the rest: Mandarake. Mandarake is everywhere in this shopping center and is impossible to miss! And the best part? You don’t even need to be really familiar with this otaku culture to be able to appreciate it and join in on the fun!

Sweet Delights: Tokyo’s Top 5 All-You-Can-Eat Dessert Buffets

Shinjuku Other Cafes and Sweets

Japan has the curious tradition of eating cake on Christmas Eve or Day, so the image of a “Japanese Christmas” is strongly tied to delicious sweets. If you’re spending the holiday season in Tokyo, why not try this curious custom for yourself? Instead of lining up at one of the many famous bakeries and pastry shops, spend a leisurely Christmas Cake all-you-can-eat buffet! We’ve found Tokyo’s five best restaurants that’ll tickle your taste buds with wintery sweet creations ‘til you drop!

[MOVIE] How to Open Convenience Store Onigiri - You Won’t Need to Struggle with It Anymore

Is it a donut? Is it a dumpling? No, it’s a rice ball! After growing up watching some of your favorite cartoon characters eat these infamous rice balls, you’ve come to Japan and want to try one of these classic snacks yourself. Rice balls, or onigiri, have been popularized by TV shows and video games around the world over the last 20 years as a staple of Japanese cuisine.

[MOVIE] A Japanese Drum Experience at TAIKO-LAB

Shibuya Other Sightseeing

Have you always wanted to learn a traditional Japanese instrument? How about one that makes you exercise in the process? If the deep sound and rhythms of the traditional Japanese taiko drums have always spoken to you, why not try your hand at taiko drumming with a dynamic class? As I learned at TAIKO-LAB in Aoyama, taiko is more than just making sound; it’s about feeling the rhythm through your entire being!

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