No proper trip to Japan is complete without bringing back souvenirs! Of course, there are many classic choices such as folding fans, keychains, and so on, but what if you’re looking for something that’s less of a cliché? Do it like the Japanese people and opt for sweets that are both tasty and stunning to look at while tickling your taste buds with an authentic Tokyo-style flavor!
One of the best places where to get such sweet souvenir delights is Tokyo Station and its many different shops spread on its premises. A lot of them are only available at Tokyo Station, making them a truly unique and rather uncommon gift. From chilled sweets to fruity treats and delights with a stunning packaging, let’s check out the ekinaka (“inside the station”) shops. We asked the staff of each spot for recommendations to find the most interesting sweet souvenir highlights!
■ Chilled Sweets, Perfect for Summer!
● Ryokansui at Kitchoan (Gransta): Taste the Coolness of a Summer Evening at the Pond!
This stunningly beautiful delight is a traditional Japanese sweet made with transparent yokan (sweet bean jelly) and kanten (agar-agar). It’s a signature sweet of summer called kimgyoku.
Sweetfish and green leaves made out of bean jelly decorate the delicious pond, making this traditional confectionery look like a stunning work of art. It boasts a refreshing flavor of lemon and lime, perfect for a beautiful summer evening.
*Sold until mid-August.
● Sui Sui & Quolo Quolo Assortment at Quolofune (Gransta): Simple but Elegant!
This cool water jelly is made with natural spring water from Shizuoka Prefecture. Enjoy two different flavors that come as Sui Sui with a refreshing hint of sour citrus syrup and Quolo Quolo with the rich sweetness of Tanba black beans and the aroma of brown sugar.
*Sold until mid-August.
● Fruit Dango at Rokube (Ecute): a Fruity Delight Only Available at Tokyo Station!
The main characteristic of these colorful dango is their wonderfully soft texture, but nothing else is expected of a traditional sweets shop that has been in business since 1926. They come in three different flavors (strawberry, mango, and blueberry), easily identified by their vivid colors. We guarantee that you’ll be absolutely smitten by the combination of jelly and rice cake!
*Sold until August 31.
● Cream Bread Coffee Jelly at Hattendo (Ecute): a Creamy Coffee Experience!
This cream bread is so amazingly delicious because of its moist, soft dough that is filled with a wonderful mix of coffee jelly and rich cream. It strikes a perfect balance between the gentle bitterness of coffee and the sweetness of cream – every coffee fan will find a new favorite in this bread delight!
*Sold until August 31.
■ Fresh and Juicy Fruit Desserts!
A juicy fresh fruit is the simple yet heavenly delight of a hot summer day, The sweets that we are about to show you have taken the freshness, taste, and color of fresh fruits to become adorable summer souvenirs!
● Cube Jelly (Set of 9) at Dolce Felice (Gransta)
Just by opening the box, this sweet souvenir delights with its vivid colors of the jelly sitting in adorable little cubes. It’s made from carefully selected domestic fruits, six different kinds in total: apple, La France pear, white peach, melon, Pione grape, and tangerine.
*Sold until out of stock.
● Tartellets de l’Été (Box of 6) at Le Billet (Ecute): a New Fruit Experience Limited to Tokyo Station!
Le Billet is a shop with a reputation for arranging classic Western sweets in a playful and Tokyoesque style and surprises with an especially beautiful summer souvenir! These tartellets feature refreshing fruits such as mango, lemon peel, pineapple, and coconuts to create not only a flavorful sensation on your tongue but also a feast for the eyes. They’re carefully baked by skillful chefs one by one and are almost too cute to eat!
*Sold until August 31 (scheduled).
● Gelée Pêches at Shiseido Parlour (Ecute): Rich Peach Flavor, Limited to Tokyo Station!
The Shiseido Parlour has its main shop in glitzy Ginza but the branch inside Tokyo Station’s Ecute is filled with all sorts of limited treats and goodies! The Gelée Pêches is one of them, treating you to a refreshing combination of pineapple, passion fruit, and the rich sweetness of white peach. Little pineapple cubes inside the jelly make for a particularly nice texture.
*Sold until end of September.
● Torotoro Yaki-Cup Cheese Mango at Fromage Terra (Ecute): an All-New and Limited Cheese Pastry Delight!
This little, baked cup delight is filled with creamy cheese and flavorful mango paste, staying true to Fromage Terra’s mission to create cheese-centered pastries and sweets. It’s also only available at Tokyo Station’s Ecute, so the plentifully filled baked cups aren’t just heavenly delicious, they’re also wonderfully unique!
*Sold until September 2.
■ Rare Sweets Only Available at Tokyo Station!
The Tokyo Station-exclusive sweets are truly special treats to behold – they’re so popular, a lot of people come to the station just for them! It’s as “Tokyo” as a souvenir from Japan can get, so take at look at our special recommendations.
● Tokyo Suzu Senbei (Box of 20) at Fujimi-dō (Gransta): Limited Bell-Shaped Rice Crackers!
Tokyo Station’s gin no suzu (“Silver Bell”) is a famous landmark and meeting spot inside the station. A shop called Fujimi-dō transformed the iconic bell into deliciously crispy rice crackers that come with four kinds of seasonings: dashi (fish stock), soy sauce, grilled and salted, and black rice. Speaking of, the rice used to make these crackers is of extraordinarily high quality, making for a wonderful flavor that spreads throughout your entire mouth from the first bite on!
● Marcolini Biscuit (Box of 6) at Pierre Marcolini (Gransta): Chocolatey Biscuit Delight!
A full-bodied cacao aroma tickles your nose pleasantly as soon as you open the wrapper of one of the Marcolini Biscuits. The mellow couverture chocolate also boasts a hint of ginger, a perfect combination of flavors for a more sophisticated sweets palate. If you’re looking for a refined sweets souvenir, this might be just the one for you!
● Tokyo An Pancake at Tokyo Anpan Mame Ichizu: an Irresistible Sweet Bean Treat!
This store focuses entirely on an, sweet red beans. Its most popular creation is the Tokyo An Pancake, made with butter-infused, low-sugar sweet bean paste from Hokkaido that features large-grain azuki beans. This is an absolute must-try for fans of red bean paste, guaranteed to satisfy you’re an cravings with every delicious bite.
● Tokyo Kaminariya (8 in a Box) at Tokyo Kaminariya (Ecute): Adorable and Delicious!
Kaminarimon, the “Thunder Gate” in Asakusa, is one of Tokyo’s most prominent sightseeing highlights. This Japanese-style sweet is created to resemble the horns of Raijin, the Japanese deity of thunder. Look forward to a combination of crispy cookie baked from rice flour and langue du chat topped with nuts and sesame.
■ Beautiful to Look at: Sweets with a Stunning Packaging!
The one problem with sweet souvenirs is that they sometimes aren’t as instantly recognizable as the aforementioned folding fan. If you’re looking for something that just screams “Tokyo” at the first glance, take a look at these sweets – their packaging is so stunningly designed, it’s immediately clear where they’re from!
● Tokyo Grand Macaron at Ardeur (Gransta): the Iconic Image of Tokyo Station!
These macarons do not only offer a wonderfully sophisticated taste, they also please the eye with their design of the classic Tokyo Station building. They’re made with home-made raisins that have sat in rum for quite a long while. Their full-bodied rum aroma goes fantastic with the Calpis butter. It’s an uncommon mix of uncommon ingredients, but that’s exactly what makes these macarons so amazing. We recommend chilling them in the fridge for about 15 minutes before serving.
● Baumkuchen Almond (Box of 7) at Meisterstücke Juchheim (Ecute):
Meisterstücke Juchheim has just recently celebrated its renewal on August 1, selling Tokyo Station-exclusive Baumkuchen (German spit cake) with a wonderfully rich almond aroma. Juchheim is actually the store that made Baumkuchen popular in Japan, so you can look forward to a positively addictive taste that has captured an entire nation!
*Sold from August 13.
● TOKYO☆Summer Station Building at Siretoco Donuts (Ecute): the Cutest Donuts of Tokyo Station!
These adorable donuts will make you go “Kawaii!” for sure! The summer-limited treats are created in the image of the red bricks of Tokyo Station and they feature a little fellow called Kumagoron, the bear sitting inside the donut. He’s a regular donut-sitter, but for this limited sweet, he dressed up as a station master, ready to put a smile on your face!
Sweet souvenirs are a unique and fun choice for everyone who wants to take home a piece of Japan’s tastiest side, to share with friend and family! Whether you opt for traditional, elegant, or adorable, travel stories are best shared over a sweet bite of Tokyo deliciousness!
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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