7 Tasty Places to Eat Breakfast at Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station is one of the busiest stations in Japan, home to many of the JR Lines as well as the Tokaido Shinkansen which runs between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka.
But Tokyo Station isn’t just a simple station. It’s a giant complex packed with many places to eat. Today, we’re going to take a look at 7 places you can eat breakfast at Tokyo Station before departing on your journey.
Fruit Parlor Kajitsuen
Fruit Parlor Kajitsuen can be found in Kitchen Street which is a one-minute walk from the Yaesu North Exit ticket gates of Tokyo Station. As the name suggests, their menu is packed full of fresh fruity food. The breakfast menu has things like pancakes and toast, all of which arrive with fresh fruit. If you like to eat fruit in the morning then this is the place for you.
The popularity of Rokurinsha has never died down ever since it opened on Tokyo Ramen Street in 2009. It has gone on to become a leader in the tsukemen, or dipping noodle industry. The restaurant also serves three types of ramen in the morning. The irresistible soup is nice and light so can be enjoyed even in the early hours.
This izakaya is located in Yaesu Shopping Mall and opens at 7am. They serve 7 different breakfast sets such as fried salmon, pork miso soup, fried eggs, and simmered meat and tofu. Their portions are big and they use great ingredients. If you want a Japanese-style breakfast then check this place out!
Tsukiji Sushi Say
Located in Gransta on floor B1F is Tsukiji Sushi Say, a sushi restaurant that has been around since 1889. Their recommended breakfast meal is sea bream with sesame sauce. The rich sauce replaces the usual soy sauce and covers a sea bream sashimi. It can be eaten as it is or covered with kombu and bonito dashi. Being able to eat fresh fish in the morning is a luxury!
This looks like coffee, but it isn’t. The drink is called ‘Shijimi Expresso’ and is made with clams from Lake Shinji in Shimane Prefecture together with flavoursome miso paste and served in an espresso cup. You get a small 70ml serving.
Vegan food is hard to come by in Japan, but T’s Tantan is a rare exception. Their vegan menu uses no meat, dairy or animal products. Enjoy a selection of vegan foods on their breakfast menu including shoyu ramen, tantanmen, soup and rice, and more. Their recommended meal is the ‘Shiawase Tantan Soup Kake Gohan,’ a mix of rice and grains and an original T’s Tantan soup. Visit here if you want something healthy when you wake up.
Boulangerie La Terre
If you’re looking for bread in the morning then we recommend this place. They bake lots of fresh bread nice and early. This fluffy looking bread is made with milk from Jersey cattle from the city of Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture. Its fresh sweetness and fluffy texture is loved by customers.
We hope you find this useful when staying in Tokyo. Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Tokyo Station.
12 Summer Souvenirs to Pick Up at Tokyo Station
The hardest thing when travelling is deciding what souvenirs to take back home for friends and family. We have compiled a list of recommended souvenirs that are perfect for 2018 summertime and can be picked up from Tokyo Station right now.
Souvenir Theme: Refreshing
1: Ryoukansui (Minamoto Kitchoan / GRANSTA) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
Kingyokukan, a type of sweet jelly, is piled on top of lemon and lime flavoured sweet bean jelly and topped with more sweet jelly cut into sweetfish and maple shapes. Available until the end of August 2018.
2: Cream Bread with Coffee Jelly (Hattendo / Ecute Keiyo Street) – ¥260 Each (Tax Included)
Hattendo have created a new texture by combining cream and coffee flavoured jelly. This is a very summery dessert. Available until August 31, 2018.
3: Fruit Dango (Rokube / Ecute Tokyo) – ¥345 Each (Tax Included)
A combination of chewy dango and three different fresh jelly flavours: strawberry, mango or blueberry. Their colourful and refreshing appearance make them a perfect summer treat. Available until August 31, 2018.
Souvenir Theme: Fruits
1: Set of 9 Cube Jellies (DOCLE FELICE / GRANSTA) – ¥1,944 (Tax Included)
These cube shaped jellies are made using only carefully selected fruits grown in Japan. There are six flavours: apple, pear, white peach, melon, grape, and orange. Limited stock – will discontinue once sales end.
2: Jelly Peche (Shinseido Parlour / Ecute Tokyo) – ¥540 Each (Tax Included)
This white peach jelly is mixed with refreshing pineapple and passion fruit. Available until the end of September 2018 and at the Ecute Tokyo branch of Shinseido Parlour only.
3: Baked Cup Cheese Mango (Fromage Terra / Ecute Tokyo Keiyo Street) – ¥324 Each (Tax Included)
Baked cup cheese is a very popular product in Japan, and these ones are topped with a mango paste. Ensured to cool you down in summer. Available until September 2, 2018 at the Ecute Keiyo Street branch of Fromage Terra only.
Souvenir Theme: Tokyo Station Limited Edition
1: Tokyo Suzu Senbei (Fujimidou / GRANSTA) – ¥1,530 (Tax Included)
This popular product is available only at Tokyo Station and is made using carefully selected ingredients. They are a bell-shaped senbei, or rice cracker, themed on the silver bell located in Tokyo Station, a popular meeting spot.
2: Tokyo Anpan Cake (Tokyo Anpan Mame Ichizu / Ecute Tokyo) – ¥480 Each (Tax Included)
This pancake is filled with reduced sugar red bean paste from Tokachi in Hokkaido, large grain red beans, and butter. If you love Japanese red bean paste then this hearty serving is sure to satisfy your taste buds!
3: Marcoloni Biscuit (Pierre Marcoloni / GRANSTA) – ¥3,564 (Tax Included)
A biscuit that marries together rich couverture chocolate and fragrant ginger.
Souvenir Theme: Station Building Packaging
1: Shinkansen CAVA (Wine Shop ENOTECA / GRANSTA Marunouchi) – ¥2,700 (Tax Included)）
This sparkling wine comes in a pop art design of the shinkansen at Tokyo Station. We recommend this wine for people who don’t like sweet alcohol and alcohol lovers in general.
2: Baumkuchen Almond [Contains 7] (Meisterstücke Juchheim / Ecute Tokyo) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
These baumkuchen are almond flavoured and come in a packaging design featuring the Tokyo Station building. Available from August 13.
3: TOKYO☆Summer Station Building (Siretoco Donuts / Ecute Keiyo Street) – ¥420 Each (Tax Included)
These summer version doughnuts from Siretoco feature the bricks on the Tokyo Station building. Available until September 3.
If you’re lost on what souvenirs to buy at Tokyo Station, then be sure to use this list as reference!
【Tokyo Stroll 】Recommended spots around Tokyo Station before/after the trip.
“Where do we go now?” “How shall we end the day?” – these are just two of the questions that you will be asking yourself if you spend a day in Tokyo. Tokyo station is both the first and last stop of numerous journeys and is connected to every corner of Japan. Many enter Tokyo to begin their adventure, and many leave to embark on a new adventure. Today, we’ll be looking at the enjoyment that awaits us before and after Shinkansen and normal trains depart on their journeys. Today, Hikari Shibata will be recommending you just some of the best spots in Yurakucho!
A direct connection to KITTE!
From Tokyo Station Marunouchi south exit, you will immediately be faced with “KITTE”. From fashion and miscellaneous to gourmet to souvenirs – a wide range of wonderful items have been gathered in one spot.
A specialist hankerchief shop gleaming with style
First up on Hikari’s list of recommendations is the handkerchief specialist store “H TOKYO”, which is located on the 3rd floor. From illustrators to novelists, these handkerchiefs are the result of many artist collaborations. The handkerchiefs line the shop, filling up the display areas.
Whether you’re looking for a beautiful handkerchief to brighten your spirit, or whether you are looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, you can take your time browsing here to your heart’s content.
Patterns and traditional Japanese designs such as these can only be found in Tokyo. You can also purchase badges and uchiwa fans, small items made from the fabric of the handkerchiefs and many KITTE limited items that cannot be obtained anywhere else.
You can also purchase personalized handkerchiefs with initials, messages and even embroidery. Many foreign visitors and other tourists who are staying in Tokyo for a while choose to order their designs and then collect them before returning home.
A museum too?!
Did you know that KITTE doesn’t just sell goods; it also has its own museum? This highly attention-grabbing museum is a big hit with the public and not only displays art, but is also a highly attractive academic spot.
Room and display design ©UMUT works 2013-
INTERMEDIATHEQUE is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Here, the museum space merges academic pursuits with culture. The heritage of the arts collected from Tokyo University over 140 years has been gathered here. Therefore, this is a very special spot. Specimens, samples, stuffed animals and much more – this part of the museum contains precious findings in academic pursuit and teaches the generations of the future all kinds of history.
Room and display design ©UMUT works 2013-
This has been the storage area of academic specimens. A viewing of these specimens fills us with wonder about our present world. The exhibition provokes us to wonder where these discoveries can lead us and what impression they make. Visitors can enjoy the vast collection of historical items and their hidden messages.
Room and display design ©UMUT works 2013-
Pompompurin x Bonobono Pop-Up Shop to Open in Tokyo Station
25.August.2018 | SPOT
Both characters are dressed up as stationmasters for the main visual. You can get your hands on exclusive merchandise at the pop-up shop with this image on them!
Pompompurin is a male golden retriever pup whose trademark is his brown hat. He’s an easy-going dog who hates staying indoors.
Bonobono is a hugely popular manga series in Japan by Mikio Igarashimi which was first serialized in 1986 and has gone on to sell over 9 million copies. An anime adaptation began airing in April 2016. It follows Bono Bono, a baby sea otter who shows an interest in strange and mysterious things. The characters in the series are cute, laid-back and show the real way to enjoy life.
Don’t miss this special shop if you’re passing through Tokyo Station from next month!
Souvenirs & Bento: Taste the Flavours of Tohoku at ecute’s Plus Tohoku Fair
29.August.2018 | FOOD
It can be tough picking out gifts and souvenirs, especially in Japan.
In this article you’ll find some great choices at 4 branches of the train station shopping complex ecute where they will hold the Plus Tohoku Fair from September 3 to 24. Get your hands on a range of food gifts and souvenirs from fruits to meat and fish, all made with ingredients from the Tohoku region of Japan.
Recommended Gift: Fruits
Fig Tart – ¥594 (Tax Included) / le billet (ecute Tokyo)
This tart is made with sweet and refreshing figs from Fukushima Prefecture. It’s made with a custard containing cream cheese. Available at ecute Tokyo only.
Raihou Strawberry Chiffon Sandwich – ¥700 (Tax Included) / OVO (ecute Omiya)
This fluffy chiffon cake sandwich is made with the finest quality eggs and is filled with raihou strawberries from Miyagi Prefecture which are known for being a luxury. Available at ecute Omiya only.
4 Fruit Sandwich – ¥540 (Tax Included) / Sandwich House Marchen (ecute Ueno, Tokyo) & Sandwich Café Oishii Marchen (ecute Omiya)
This colourful and hearty sandwich is made with a variety of fruits including La France pears from Yamagata Prefecture and apples from Aomori Prefecture. Only 30 made per day.
Shine Muscat Grape Éclair – ¥320 (Tax Included) / Dolce Felice (ecute Ueno)
When you bite into this éclair your mouth is filled with the refreshing sweetness of the fresh cream mixed with fresh fruit Shine Muscat grapes. Only 30 made per day served after 11:00am. Available at ecute Ueno only.
Baked Apple Tart – ¥1,480 (Tax Included) / Andeli (ecute Omiya)
This limited edition autumn tart is packed with Jonathan apples from Yamagata Prefecture. Only 16 available per day. Available at ecute Omiya only.
Goro Goro Kurenai no Yume Apple Pie – ¥1,296 (Tax Included) / Rapoppo (ecute Ueno) & Rapoppo mini-on (ecute Omiya)
Kurenai no yume is a new variety of apple grown in Akita Prefecture that’s a deep red all the way through the peel to the meat. This apple has been taken and made into a deliciously plump pie. Only 12 made per day.
Recommended Gift: Meat
Iwate Yamagatamura Shorthorn Beef Bento – ¥1,580 (Tax Included) / Daichi wo Mamoru Deli (ecute Tokyo)
Shorthorn makes up only 1% of the beef share in Japan. This carefully brings out all the flavour of the red meat which comes from cows that graze from spring to autumn and are raised carefully. Available at ecute Tokyo only.
Yamagata Beef Shigureni & Soboro – ¥1,000 (Tax Included) / Tsukada Nojo OBENTO&DELI (ecute Ueno) & Tsukada Farm Tokyo (ecute Keiyo Street)
This bento is made with beef carefully selected by Yamagata beef experts. The sweet and hot shiguredani complements the dish perfectly.
Yamagata Pork & Three Mushroom Cream Stew – ¥1,060 (Tax Included) / Madame Bro (ecute Keiyo Street)
The pork in this dish comes from the famous Hirata Farms in Yamagata Prefecture. It’s topped with three kinds of mushrooms. Available at ecute Keiyo Street only. Served from 11:00am-10:30pm.
Seasonal Vegetable Katsu & Hirekatsu Bento – ¥1,150 (Tax Included) / Hirata Bokujo (ecute Tokyo)
This bento comes with edamame from Yamagata and mozzerella cheese wrapped in pork from Hirata Bokujo. It also comes with pork fillets. Available at ecute Tokyo only.
Beef & Seafood Spicy Bento – ¥2,380 (Tax Included) / Kakunoshin TSB (ecute Keiyo Street)
Enjoy Japanese Black beef and oyster from Iwate Prefecture in this one bento. It comes with homemade warishita making it a very delicious bento! Only 20 made per day. Available at ecute Keiyo Street only.
Tohoku Wagyu Rice Balls – ¥390 each (Tax Included) / Omusubi Momochi (ecute Keiyo Street)
These rice balls are made luxuriously with wagyu beef from Tohoku. Only 20 made per day.
Recommended Gift: Fish
Bigeye Tuna & Sea Urchin Eggs Hokkai Don – ¥1,500 (Tax Included) / Sushi Rikizou (ecute Ueno) & Uoriki Seafood Sushi (ecute Keiyo Street)
This luxurious bento is made with raw bigeye tuna from Miyagi Prefecture and sea urchin eggs from Iwate Prefecture.
Hiraizumi Uni Gohan – ¥1,200 (Tax Included) / Furusato Ryori Fukuyoshi (ecute Tokyo) & Miyage Kasen (ecute Ueno)
This bento includes eel steamed in a specially made soy sauce dashi, chewy salmon roe from Sanriku, and kukiwakame seaweed which plays a major role in bringing out the flavours of the ocean in this dish.
Mackerel Sushi (4 Pieces) – ¥1,296 (Tax Included) / Wakahiro (ecute Ueno)
These thick mackerel sushi pieces still have the juicy fat on them and are made with vinegar. The kombu from Hokkaido brings out the deliciousness of the mackerel.
Coho Salmon & Sea Urchin Egg Bento – ¥1,167 (Tax Included) / Chirashi Sushi Kanzan (ecute Ueno)
This bento comes with a large serving of salmon from Miyagi Prefecture topped with lots of sea urchin eggs. Only 30 made per day. Available at ecute Ueno only.
Baby Scallop Pollack Cream Doria – ¥800 (Tax Included) / Humming Cafe By Plame Collome (ecute Ueno)
This dish is small but full of flavour. It’s packed with lots of sweet baby scallops from Aomori Prefecture and made with a white sauce accented by walleye pollack roe and melted cheese. Available at ecute Ueno only.
Head to one of these four ecute branches where this food from Tohoku and more is set to gather!
【Tokyo Cafe】The great Oceanian style breakfast in luxury space at “LATTE GRAPHIC” in Jiyugaoka.
Today, I would like to introduce the new restaurant in Jiyugaoka where you can enjoy food that is focused on Melbourne.
The Oceanian style café, which includes Melbourne style, has a substantially larger variety of breakfast items than any other café from other areas. This, “LATTE GRAPHIC” featured with this characteristic, and tried to create a luxury and spacious room where you spend a relaxing morning.
How they decorate the magazines in this café is very pretty. Inside the café is illuminated by natual light from huge windows, and this makes you enjoy a sense of space there.
At the terrace table, there is water dishes for pets. It is great hospitality because Jiyugaoka is known as a town which has a large pet population. There is a nursing room and changing station as well for customers who take care of little kids.
It is good for people who want to do their assignments since they have electric chargers and free Wi-Fi.
The espresso coffee beans that they serve is the one from “ALLPRESS ESPRESSO” which is the old-established roaster. They have the latest coffee maker machine from LA MARZOCCO. They also serve caffeine-free coffee, so it is good for people who don’t want caffeine.
They are being very particular about their coffee, to begin with “Latte Grapphic (550yen include tax).” The barista who make coffee have 9 ranks, and the only the baristas who are ranked more than level 5 can make coffee in this café.
Bliss ball which is known as healthy sweets from Australia is also called the energy ball since one ball has the same calories as a rice ball so it is great for a snack when you’re hungry. This food is also great for vegan since it is gluten free, sugar free and raw food. The light sweetened with vegetable products such as raspberry or coconut is key.
One of the most popular menu items in breakfast is “big brekky(980yen include tax).” It is an Oceanian style breakfast that has avocado, mashed potatoes and egg Benedict on the bread. It is plenty, so you would be better to share it with your friends.
There are a variety of menus for each meal including breakfast, lunch and dinner. In order to cook the substantial menu, the kitchen is built to be spacious. Furthermore, they serve alcohol for dinner time, so it is also good to stop by here on your way back from your work.
The colorful and graphic cup for take-out coffee is really cute. This place is worth visiting even you have to wake up little earlier since you can spend time in luxury and comfortable in here. Why don’t you visit here in this pretty spring season?
Oceanian style café put importance on breakfast. It is worth going here even you have to wake up little earlier in the morning since you can spend time in luxury and comfortable in here. Why don’t you stop by here in this pretty spring season?
LATTE GRAPHIC Jiyugaoka
Adress:1-8-18 2F Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Holiday：Open 7 days a week
Hours：8:00 AM to 11:30PM （L.O/23:00）
Tokyo Station Top Souvenir and Bento Rankings 2019
09.August.2019 | Uncategorized
Tokyo Station is a hive of thriving shops and restaurants. If you are wondering where to start, exit the ticket barriers and head to GRANSTA Marunouchi to discover a new world of bento lunches, souvenir gifts and much more. Still stuck on where to go? Lucky for you, GRANSTA Marunouchi shoppers have voted for their favourite bento meals, sweet souvenirs and general souvenirs. We have summarised the top three winners of each category.
A total of 69 shops have risen to the challenge, submitting a total of 73 of their top items. This year, a total of 4,500 voters took part in the survey, which is 2,000 more than last year. There were 10 winners in each of the three categories of Bento Meals, Sweet Souvenirs, and General Souvenirs. Today, we are presenting you with the top three of each category. (The prices below are the prices after tax has been applied)
▶︎Bento Meals Category
1st place: Asakusa Imahan Sukiyaki (Tokyo-limited)
Asakusa Imahan was founded in the 28th year of the Meiji era (1895) and still serves delicious traditional Japanese food. The Sukiyaki Bento is filled with a range of nutritious vegetables and luxurious Japanese Black wagyu beef, which is a shop specialty. Enjoy the wonderful sukiyaki flavouring of the vegetables and meat.
Price: ￥1,450 Shop: Asakusa Imahan (浅草今半)
2nd place: Salted Salmon Roe and Salmon Belly Bento
*Limit of 150 sold per day.
Price: ￥1,280 Shop: Ekibenya Matsuri (駅弁屋 祭 )
Salmon belly flavoured with natural fat is fried and topped with salmon roe coated in a soy sauce dressing. This exquisite bento is full of flavours that go well together.
3rd place: Shoro Sando
*Limit of 200 sold per day
Price: ￥648 Shop: Tsukiji Shoro (つきぢ松露 )
The faintly sweet flavour of the tamagoyaki seasoned and flavoured egg is the perfect match with the mayonaise.
▶︎ Sweet Souvenirs Top 3
1st place: Maple Pie Sandwich Biscuit (Tokyo Station-limited)
Price: ￥1,944 (box of 8) Shop: The Maple Mania
Maple cream is combined with maple sugar and sandwiched between two delicious and crispy pie crusts. The box takes on the appearance of a red brick, making it the perfect Tokyo Station souvenir.
2nd place: Tokyo chocolate Sablé (Tokyo Station-limited)
Price: ￥1,080 (box of 12) Shop: Marché du Chocolat
The packaging features a beautiful illustration of Tokyo Station. There are two chocolate sablé flavours: raspberry and hazelnut.
3rd place: My Captain Cheese Set (Tokyo Station-limited)
Price: ￥1,080 (box of 8 packets) Shop: MY CAPTAIN CHEESE TOKYO
Although having just opened in April 2019, this shop quickly made the rankings. From the outer packaging to the flavour, the efforts put into the making of this souvenir are clear. This brand new sweet cheese-flavoured treat is a new GRANSTA-limited souvenir.
▶︎ General Souvenirs
1st place: Karuizawa Royal Blend
Limit of 30 made per day
Price: ￥1,122 (whole loaf)/ ￥ 561 (half loaf) Shop: BOULANGERIE ASANOYA
The recipe used to bake this bread was deeply loved by the Kazoku; the rich and noble family class that existed during the Showa Era of Japan. This thick and fluffy loaf is made with lots of fresh cream for a rich flavour.
2nd place: Suica Penguin Mamegui Wrapping Cloth and Suica Baumkuchen cake (Tokyo Station-limited)
Prices: Mamegui Wrapping Cloth: ￥648/ Baumkuchen: ￥ 540 Shop: Mamegui (まめぐい)
The Suica penguin, who is the mascot on the Suica smart travel card, is printed on this round Baumkuchen cake. Wrap it in the hankerchief-sized tenugui cloth and it will be the perfect petit present for your friend.
3rd place: Lemon and Shiikuwasha Lemon Vinegar (Tokyo Station-limited)
Price: ￥1,728 (250ml) Shop: Nomusu Ekisupuresu Tokyo (飲む酢エキスプレ・ス・東京)
This dessert vinegar has a refreshing lemon flavour. The slight bitterness of the Shiikuwasha vinegar makes it a wonderful dessert flavour.
If you are overwhelmed by the vast selection of bento lunches or souvenirs, referring to these rankings is a safe option. Have fun shopping at Tokyo Station!
GRANSTA Official Website: https://www.tokyoinfo.com/shop/mall/gransta/
GRANSTA Marunouchi Official Website: https://www.tokyoinfo.com/shop/mall/gransta_marunouchi/
Tokyo Souvenirs Galore at Tokyo Station’s New Gift Kiosk
Tourists and travellers using Tokyo Station this summer will be excited to hear that the all-new Gift Kiosk Tokyo souvenir shop will open at the Tokyo Station Shinkansen Yaesu Central Exit on August 7.
Gift Kiosk Tokyo’s shelves are packed full of gifts and souvenirs aimed at travellers using the Shinkansen. This includes bundles of delicious sweets and desserts such as raw mooncake by Nakamuraya, Tokyo Souvenir Chocolate which comes in packaging featuring Tokyo’s many iconic sites, and lots more.
Tokyo Chocolate Tokyo Souvenir : ¥756 (Tax Included)
The Tokyo Souvenir Chocolates are exclusive to Gift Kiosk and are a delicious retro-modern fusion combining 6 different chocolates and sweets made with traditional Japanese ingredients, offering an irresistible taste the likes of which you have never tried..
Nakamuraya’s Raw Mooncake: Set of 5 – ¥756 (Tax Included) / Set of 8 – ¥1,188 (Tax Included)
Nakamuraya’s chewy raw mooncake is made using traditional Japanese wagashi confection baking methods and is filled with sumptuous red bean paste. The paste is a blend of rich adzuki beans from Hokkaido and black sesame paste which has a strong flavour when combined with the beans. This is the first time it has been sold at Tokyo Station so all sweet tooths’ eyes will be on this one.
As well as sweet treats, the store is full of drinks, bento boxes, sandwiches and other sundries. If you’re passing through Tokyo Station, particularly if you’re heading to another part of Japan using the Shinkansen, then be sure to stop by Gift Kiosk Tokyo.
Gift Kiosk Tokyo
Business Hours: 6:30-22:30
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
*Please be aware that items are subject to selling out
Official Website: https://www.kiosk.co.jp
2019 Top 10 Souvenirs Available at Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo
27.July.2019 | FOOD
Looking for some delicious, well presented Japanese souvenirs? Head to Daimaru department store which is adjoined to Tokyo Station. On the first floor and basement floor lies a Japanese-style desserts and sweets area which contains approximately 70 delicious brands. Every day, approximately 30,000 desserts are sold to customers who are looking for souvenirs to bring to their family and friends.
Now we have arrived at the summer holidays, there are many tourists who will soon reach the stage of panic where they are unsure of what souvenirs to bring back to their loved ones. Luckily, Daimaru Department store is a goldmine of beautifully presented Japanese-style sweet snacks made by top brands. Today, we present you with a list of the 10 fastest-selling souvenirs that were sold from July 2018 to June 2019. There is still plenty of time to get your hands on these souvenirs!
1st Place: N.Y.C. SAND: Caramel Sandwich Biscuits (box of 8) ￥1,080 (1st floor)
As you take a bite, you will notice that the biscuit, chocolate and caramel will balance in perfect harmony just for a brief glorious moment.
2nd place: Fukusaya: Fukusaya Cube (Cut into two) ￥270 (1st floor)
Have a small slice of luxury with this traditional recipe castella sponge cake which was specially made by experienced bakers. This is presented in a small, cute box.
3rd place: Kamakura Toshimaya: Hato Sable (box of 10) ￥1,080 (1st floor)
This is a crispy dove-shaped shortbread biscuit which has a rich buttery flavour. This was first produced in the early 1900’s during the Meiji period and is a souvenir limited to Tokyo.
4th place: Asakusa Mangando: Imokin ￥129 each (1st floor)
This baked treat is packed with the delicious flavour of sweet potatoes. The freshly baked scent is enough to draw you in.
5th place: TOKYO BANANA STUDIO: Panda Banana Yoghurt (Box of 4) ￥515 (1st/basement floor)
Children would just love to see the cute panda design. Wrap yourself in the mild banana yoghurt-flavoured cream.
6th place: Noix: Walnut cookie (Box of 4) ￥648 (1st floor)
This crunchy cookie is topped with a generous amount of caramelised walnuts.
7th place: Nenrinya: Mount Baum Shikkarime ￥756 (1st floor)
The outside of this baumkuchen is fragrant and crispy whilst the inside is soft and spongy. Take a bite to experience the wonderful texture of this European-style baked good.
8th place: Azabujuban Agemochi-ya: Panchetta Agemochi (40g) ￥442 (1st floor)
The flavour of this baked mochi dough is like eating bacon cooked in an Italian style. This new flavour is a wonderful discovery that you should also try.
9th place: Sugar Butter Tree: SUGAR BUTTER SAND TREE (Box of 10) ￥690 (1st floor)
The crispy biscuit and melty white chocolate is a sublime combination that you will want to try again and again.
10th place: Kanou Shoujuan: Ikkoten ￥270 each (1st floor)
A whole Japanese chestnut is smothered in a thick layer of Tamba Dainagon adzuki bean mix that is simmered lightly. This is especially delicious when eaten with tea.
What do you think? When in desperate need of a souvenir for your family, friends or work colleagues back home, how about choosing one of the souvenirs listed above?
2019 Souvenirs at Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo
Available Period: July 31 ー August 31.
Avaialble at: Daimaru Department Store Tokyo, Floor 1/Basement floor Hoppe Town
Address: 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Most Popular Sweets & Chocolate Sold at Tokyo Station
Summer is here, and if you’re travelling around Japan, chances are you’ll be using Tokyo Station station at some point.
We recently covered 6 must-buy souvenirs at Tokyo Station. Today we’ll be looking at the most popular Japanese and western sweets you can pick up there as ranked by sales.
Western Sweets & Snacks
1st Place: Maple Butter Cookie (Contains 18) – ¥1,900 (Tax Included) / Sold @ The Maple Mania
These cookies are made from maple sugar and fermented butter and baked with dark chocolate in the middle to make a crunchy cookie sandwich. They have been the most popular treat since they were released♡
2nd Place: Tokyo Station Waffles (10 Included) – ¥1,300 (Tax Included) / Sold @ R.L waffle cake
A flagship product of R.L. Waffle Cake, their fluffy waffles contain cream and fruit. These Tokyo Station exclusives have been improved this year and are now made with bamboo charcoal. This set of 10 plain waffles are available for a limited time only.
3rd Place: Tokyo Gianduja Chocolate Pie (Contains 8) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Caffarel
Chocoholics are going to love Caffarel’s chocolate pies which are made lusciously with their gianduja chocolate. The pies enjoy repeat purchases from people who enjoy the crunchy outside of the pie and rich chocolate centre. They are enjoyed by people of all ages.
4th Place: Tokyo Kaminariya (Contains 8) – ¥1,062 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Tokyo Kaminariya
Tokyo Kaminariya is known for its sweet cone puffs which topped with fluffy cream, nuts and sesame seed bean paste. They are shaped like the god of thunder’s horn and are cat tongue biscuits containing fragrant rice flour.
5th Place: Tokyo Station Assorted Cookies (Contains 20) – ¥1,965 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Tokyo Milk Cheese
This cookie assortment features the classic Salt & Camembert and Honey & Gorgonzola flavours. A perfect souvenir from Tokyo with its cute packaging!
Japanese Sweets & Snacks
1st Place: Kinpira Gobo (1 Bag) – ¥350 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Nishikihonrin
This crispy snack retains the original flavour of the ingredients and is made using 100% domestic wheat flour. It contains great burdock and spicy finely chopped vegetable flavours. It’s a perfect little treat to yourself or someone you know and is a hit with foreign customers!
2nd Place: Mame Daifuku: ¥206 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Ginza Kanra
A hallmark product of Ginza Kanra, these soft daifuku contain whole adzuki beans grown by contracted farmers. Their simple flavour has transcended generations and is a beloved traditional Japanese dessert with all ages.
3rd Place: Panda no Tabi (Contains 5) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Keishindo
Keishindo’s senbei shrimp rice cookies have various designs on them including cute pandas as well as famous sites in Tokyo such as Tokyo Tower and Kaminarimon. Exclusive to Tokyo Station, these are a fun and delicious choice.
4th Place: Wasanbon (Contains 9) – ¥756 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Kurio Shoten Gransta
Wasanbon is a type of traditional Japanese sugar. This product is made with traditional molasses which has been used since the store first opened. Using high quality sugar, Kurio Shoten has created a sweet and simple delicious snack.
5th Place: edocco Nami Ningyo Yaki – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Hattendo & edocco
Ningyo yaki are little baked doll cakes, and these ones have a “raw” texture to them which is both moist and chewy, a texture enjoyed by Japanese people.
Did you enjoy this list? Be sure you get to try all the sweets and snacks you can in Japan and share them as souvenirs when you travel back home!
Tokyo Station Official Website: http://www.tokyostationcity.com/en/
Tokyo Station’s Pokémon Store & Tokyo Gourmet Zone Announce Collaborative Event
Tokyo Gourmet Zone in Tokyo Station’s First Avenue shopping complex turned 1 year old on June 28. To celebrate its 1st anniversary, the station’s Pokémon Store located along Tokyo Character Street is teaming up with Tokyo Gourmet Zone to host a Pokémon-themed event where you can meet Pikachu, get your hands on original merchandise, and more.
From July 13th to 15th at 11:00-15:00, if you order a soft drink or dessert at participating restaurants in Tokyo Gourmet Zone you can receive the above-pictured 1st anniversary lunch mat with a Pikachu design. These are limited to 1,000 per day on a first-come, first-served basis.
You can also get a photo with Pikachu on the same three days. Your photo will be printed with an original photo frame.
Over at the photo spot, you can get your photo taken next to 278 Pokémon plush toys. This is running right now until September 1 and includes Pokémon No. 001-251 in the Pokédex and all 28 forms of Unown.
Several restaurants at Tokyo Gourmet Zone are also serving special meals in celebration of the 1st anniversary. These are available now until July 31.
Head to Tokyo Gourmet Zone and help Pikachu in celebrating their first year!
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Tokyo Gourmet Zone 1st Anniversary x Pokémon Tokyo Station
Running: June 28 – September 1, 2019
Location: Tokyo Station First Avenue Floor 2F (Tokyo Station Yaesu North Exit Floor 2F)
Official 1st Anniversary Website: https://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/tokyogourmetzone1st/
Photo With Pikachu Event
Running: July 13 – 15, 2019
Slots: ①11:00 / ②13:00 / ③15:00 / ④17:00 (30 minutes each)
Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo: A Michelin-Recognised Modern Ryokan in Front of Tokyo Station
The area surrounding Tokyo Station is home to many different types of hotels. One standout location is Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo. This hotel, which featured in Michelin Guide Tokyo 2017, renovated 30% of its guest rooms as part of its 10th anniversary. Its concept is a modern-style ryokan (a traditional Japanese in) and it stands just so as the closest to Tokyo Station. Today, we will take a look at the hotel’s design rooms.
Of its 38 rooms, 33 of them take on a ryokan style design. The rooms are fitted with small tatami flooring spaces where guests must take their shoes off on which sits a small chabudai, a short-legged table, on a raised floor. These elements have a nostalgic quality to them with Japanese guests and an inherently Japanese feel to them for foreign guests.
The carpet is decorated with a chrysanthemum design in a traditional Japanese dusky purple colour.
There are also kendama toys, books on Japanese confections and more to elevate that feeling of Japanese culture. There is plenty of space for tired bodies to relax after a long day trip.
The other 5 rooms are “Office Rooms” made with business workers in mind. They come with a big sofa and whiteboards to create a lounge-type space.
All of the bed mattresses are the highest quality models provided by long-standing bed makers Nishikawa. They aren’t excessively soft which I really liked and ensure a long, deep and natural sleep.
Rooms come with three types of original tea blended by the staff so you can pick whichever caters to your mood that day.
The feature you must absolutely try however is the hotel’s breakfast. It’s served in a buffet style so there is plenty to choose from with everything from Japanese-style food to Western-style. The buffet is packed with vegetables too so you can get your daily intake nice and early.
All of the new rooms are double rooms and are priced from ¥27,000 per night. The price changes depending on the season to be sure to check the official website for more details.
If you’re looking for a taste of Japan with that ryokan feel then be sure to check out Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo.
Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo
Address: 1-3-22 Yaesu, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Tokyo Station’s JR Yaesu Exit
3 New Shops Open In Tokyo Station selling Curry Buns, Souvenirs, Bentos and More
From 2012, East Japan Railway has been developing the shopping area in the north eastern part of Tokyo station. As part of this project, three new shops will be added to this shopping area from July 10, 2019. The shops include a highly praised bakery, which is adored by bread-lovers, and even a shop that sells a wide range of Japan’s finest desserts, sweets, souvenirs and much more.
Zopf Curry bun shop (First Tokyo shop)
In a quiet remote part of Matsudo, Chiba lies what is known to many as the “sacred home of delicious bread”. This shop is called Zopf, and it brings in masses of customers daily, selling up to 700 delicious breads every single day. Zopf’s original recipe curry bun cannot be shaken from its holy heights. They are all deep fried at the station so your first bite is always crunchy and delicious.
HANAGATAYA, Gransta Tokyo Chuo Line area ※New brand
HANAGATAYA Gransta Tokyo located in the Chuo Line passage contains a variety of carefully chosen popular Tokyo souvenirs, limited edition goods that cannot be purchased elsewhere, specially selected souvenirs and carefully-made bento lunches. The storefront will sell special branded goods which will regularly changed, displaying the latest and finest of Tokyo goods.
NewDays Gransta Tokyo Chuo Line Area
NewsDays convenience store never fails to serve the various needs of the busy people at the station. From food to items to services, quickly pop in here to solve all your last-minute problems!
Come explore the new souvenirs, delicious bento lunches and much more at Tokyo Station!
3 new shops opening at Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station Northern Shopping Area
Address: JR Tokyo Station Basement floor 1/floor 1, outside the ticket barriers
(1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo)
More Information: http://www.tokyoinfo.com
Over 30 Matcha Desserts to be Sold at Daimaru Tokyo’s Green Sweets Fair
14.May.2019 | FOOD
Matcha is a huge part of Japanese food culture that has earned much love around the world. Its bitter taste is enjoyed in both traditional Japanese desserts and delicacies as well as those in the west too.
Daimaru Tokyo is currently holding the Green Sweets Fair until May 31 where you can enjoy over 30 different matcha desserts. Let’s take a look at some of them.
<Nenrinya> Matcha Mound Baum: ¥1,836
This baumkuchen cake is left to mature after cooking over a long period of time. It’s made with Uji matcha from Kyoto and has a strong matcha fragrance.
<YOKUMOKU> Cigar au Matcha (8 Pieces): ¥1,080
The round cigars are made with lots of Hokkaido butter and filled with matcha chocolate.
<Funabashiya> Matcha Rice Flour Dumpling Anmitsu: ¥583 (1 Pot)
Enjoy an assorted pot of rich matcha agar, specially-made strained bean paste, and rice flour dumplings.
<Ginza Mamehana> Soy Cream Animitsu Daifuku (Matcha/Brown Sugar Syrup): ¥1,029 (Box of 6)
These daifuku rice cakes come in two different flavours: one with brown sugar syrup soy cream and sliced agar and another with matcha, bean paste and agar.
There are plenty more where that came from, so head to Daimaru Tokyo for the Green Sweets Fair.
Green Sweets Fair
Running: May 11, 2019 – May 31, 2019
Daimaru Tokyo Website: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/tokyo/
Cute Honey Flavoured Bear Banana Confections Released by Tokyo Banana at Haneda Airport
21.April.2019 | FOOD
Tokyo souvenir brand Tokyo Banana World will release a new set of honey flavoured Tokyo Banana sweets at Haneda Airport on April 26, 2019.
Box of 4: ¥560 / Box of 8: ¥1,080 / Box of 12: ¥1,595 (Listed Prices Tax-Inclusive)
These cute confections have a bear cub illustrated printed on them, the theme of which is that the bears have flown in from Haneda Airport. The fluffy sweets contain sweet honey and banana flavoured cream. When you open the box, all the cubs are standing at attention as if to say “We have an important delivery for you.”
If you’re going to be heading through Haneda Airport later this month then be sure to be on the look out for a box of these new Tokyo banana treats.
Stop by the Golden Week fair at Gransta in Tokyo station for bento lunches, sweets and much more!
From Monday 22nd April to national holiday Monday 6th May 2019, there will be a Golden Week Fair held within Tokyo station. The fair will be held at Gransta shopping centre within the ticket gates and at Gransta Marunouchi which is located outside of the ticket gates. This is your chance to browse for the perfect gifts ranging from limited edition sweets, alcohol and general goods to bento lunches and small side dishes that are perfect for when heading on a trip. For 10 days only, Gransta will be filled with a variety of fair goods. As the national holiday Children’s Day is approaching, there will also be sweets and small gifts available.
Baked Reiwa (10 cakes) ￥3,000 ※Limited number sold per day <Within GS/B1 ticket gates > Available：until 7th May
These cute cupcakes are sure to put a smile on your face without you even knowing! The icing designs include the Japanese characters for “Heisei” and “Reiwa”, which are Japan’s old and new era names respectively. There are also some cute animals designs and a round circle design that represents the sun!
Caffarel : Tokyo gianduja chocolate pie (contains 8) ¥1,080 (tax included) ＜Within GS/B1 ticket gates＞
Caffarel’s gianduja chocolate pie is exclusive to Tokyo station! This is your chance to casually enjoy Caffarel’s signature chocolate!
Kyou no gohan Wasai no kuni: Edokko bento ￥980 (including tax) <Outside GS Marunouchi/B1 ticket gates>
These bento lunches are seasoned with traditional flavourings. You can enjoy sweet miso and anko karaage, Edo vegetables simmered in sake, and many other flavours used since Tokyo was called Edo.
Ginza Cozy Corner: Exciting suica penguin zoo (9 mini cakes included) ￥2,484 (tax included) ※ Only 50 will be sold! Available: 26th April ー 6th May
These cute round egg cakes include designs such as the suica commuter pass penguin and adorable footprints!
Come browse the fair in Tokyo station and buy some amazing goods!
（C）Chiharu Sakazaki/JR East/DENTSU
Address: JR Higashi Nihon Tokyo station, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, (basement floor 1/ floor 1 outside the ticket gates), Chiyoda, Tokyo
Opening hours：08:00 ー 22:00 (Open until 21:00 on Sunday and on the last day of Golden Week. )
※ Opening hours of some shops may vary.
※ Gransta shin-area opening hours: 09:00 ー 22:00
(Open until 21:00 on Sunday and on the last day of Golden Week. )
Address: 1-9-1, Marunouchi Chiyoda, TokyoJR Higashi Nihon Tokyo station (basement floor 1 outside the ticket gates)
Opening hours：10:00 ー 22:00 (Open until 21:00 on Sunday and on the last day of Golden Week. )
※ Opening hours of some shops may vary.
Start your morning with one of Tokyo Station’s 200+ delicious breads and pastries!
01.April.2019 | FOOD
Tokyo Station City is a bread battleground where over 200 types of breads and pastries are sold. In this article we show you the top bread rankings at Gransta, ecute Tokyo and ecute Keiyo Street that serve up the perfect breakfast to start your day.
1st Place – Curry Bread: ¥220 (Tax Included) @ BURDIGALA EXPRESS
Taking the No.1 spot in Gransta is BURDIGALA EXPRESS’s curry bread cooked with spicy fillings.
*Tax-inclusive price to increase to ¥226 on April 1, 2019.
2nd Place – Croissant: ¥220 (Tax Included) @ BURDIGALA EXPRESS
A light and crunchy croissant wrapped delicately in rich butter.
*Tax-inclusive price to increase to ¥226 on April 1, 2019.
3rd Place – Pain au Chocolat: ¥240 (Tax Included) @ BURDIGALA EXPRESS)
Known as a “chocolatine” in southern France, this puff pastry-like delight is full of delicious chocolate.
*Tax-inclusive price to increase to ¥248 on April 1, 2019.
4th Place – Croissant B.C.: ¥292 (Tax Included) @ Daisy Tokyo
An almond cake wrapped in a croissant pastry and topped with cookie dough and almonds.
5th Place – Onion Curry Bread: ¥324 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie Asano
This tasty curry bread is made with rich onions. The outside is crunchy without being greasy.
1st Place – Tokyo Brick Bread: ¥287 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Anpan Mame-Ichizu
Made to look like the red bricks of Tokyo Station this bread is filled with adzuki beans and a specially made cream before being stamped with the station’s name.
2nd Place – Denmark Sausage Roll: ¥291 (Tax Included) @ Andersen
A soft rolled pierced with a Denmark sausage and topped with cheese perfect for lunch or just a quick bite to eat.
3rd Place – Tokyo Red Bean Paste Pancake: ¥480 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Anpan Mame-Ichizu
A ‘pancake sandwich’ smothered in butter and packed with large-grained red beans from Tokachi District, Hokkaido.
4th Place – Tochiotome Strawberry Cream Anpan: ¥280 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Anpan Mame-Ichizu
The strawberry cream is made with Tochiotome strawberries which have a full-bodied flavour. This is mixed with coarse sweet red bean paste to create something both delicious and cute-looking.
5th Place – Milk France: ¥172 (Tax Included) @ Andersen
This bread has a light and piquant texture to it and is filled with cream that has a milky flavour. The delicious taste of the cream with the bread gives it a distinct flavour.
ecute Keiyo Street
1st Place – Beef Stew: ¥292 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie La Terre
An interesting mix that combines a chewy doughnut and slow cooked beef stew.
2nd Place – Happiness Calling Cream Bread: ¥195 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie La Terre
The Jersey cattle milk used to make the custard cream filling is rich in flavour but light in texture. Everything is wrapped in a fluffy dough with a cute smiling face on it.
Chickpea Curry: ¥216 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie La Terre
A curry doughnut stuffed with chickpeas. The slow cooked roux complements and bring out the flavours of the beef and vegetables even more.
Start your morning off with a hearty breakfast at Tokyo Station!
Tokyo Station City Official Website: http://www.tokyostationcity.com/
Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #9 – ‘Cafe Ace’ in Kanda
In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Cafe Ace in Kanda.
Being a cafe specialising in coffee it’s no surprise they have 40 different varieties of coffee! They even have 15 kinds of tea. Being able to pick out your favourite coffee before the morning rush every morning is really wonderful.
Cafe Ace is one of the places I’ve wanted to cover for a long time in this series. I was excited to get inside!
Its striped roof gives it quite a retro atmosphere. The warm colour scheme of the decor inside is that from old times – it’s very relaxed. It hasn’t changed since it opened way back when. It has continued to maintain its ways in spite of times changing. I think that’s wonderful.
The cafe carries all kinds of magazines that have been published over the years. They range from 3 to 40 years old. The owner showed me his collection as we spoke about the cafe and conveyed his sentiment for Ace. I feel I have learnt much about its history!
The menu plaques attached to the wall are all handwritten by the owner (he even wrote on the camel artwork above!)
Simply amazing. His handwritten work spreads across the entire wall of Ace.
I have come here on my before but I had no idea he had written all of this out so in learning more about it I have come to love Cafe Ace even more.
His love and warmth can be felt throughout the whole room.
And this―this is Cafe Ace’s famous seaweed toast! It’s made with seaweed, butter and soy sauce.
The ingredients are simple but the flavour of the seaweed complements the butter perfectly. It’s super delicious, I want to eat it everyday! And it only costs ¥170.
In the morning you can have it with blend coffee for ¥500 (+¥20 for iced coffee). You even get free refills on the blend coffee up until noon!
American doughnuts, too. You can enjoy these at the small price of ¥230. They are sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and serve with a knob of butter in the ring. The heat of the doughnuts helps the butter to melt so you can lather it all over.
Finally, a photo of the owner himself. Even in the photo I feel like his smile gives his customers strength. Seeing his lively energy gave me energy too.
He holds his valuable feelings close, doing what he loves in the place he loves. I want to keep on seeing his radiating smile.
Address: 3-10-6 Kanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Weekdays 7:00-18:00 / Saturday 7:00-14:00
Closed: Sundays & National Holidays
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Kanda Station via the JR Line and Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Writer: Ema Tanioku
Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)
Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga