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-
Popular Kamakura bakery GARDEN HOUSE CAFÉ has opened in Marunouchi, Tokyo!
26.August.2017 | FOOD
On 30th August, popular Kamakura bakery “GARDEN HOUSE” will be opening a new line of business in GRANSTA MARUNOUCHI, Tokyo called “GARDEN HOUSE CAFÉ” . To commemorate the grand opening, they will be collaborating with a number of bakeries in the city as part of the “Nihon No Pan” project.
Sister bakery GARDEN HOUSE CRAFTS is a leading select bakery shop in the city popular for its bread and pastries amongst other goods. GARDEN HOUSE is another sister bakery, and is the home of fresh deli food, salad, sandwiches and much more. Their popular café menu is great for casual eating. Now, we have GARDEN HOUSE CAFÉ which is the third sister in the group! With a direct connection from Tokyo station, access couldn’t be easier!
Nihon no Pan
To commemorate the grand opening, a collaboration with select bakeries is taking place called “Nihon No Pan”. The collaboration is focusing on the unique breads that have developed in Japan and have firm roots in Japanese culture – kashipan (sweet buns) and souzaipan (stuffed buns). The shop will be focusing on three subtypes of Japanese bread – anpan (buns filled with anko beans), creampan (cream buns), melonpan (sweet melon-shaped bread), and currypan (curry-flavoured bread).
10 varieties of limited edition collaboration Japanese-style breads have been made for the commemoration. There are six “Nihon no Pan” branches, each sparkling with individuality. You will want to try all the varieties of bread!
Bakeries serving up Nihon no Pan and their specialties
- GARDEN HOUSE CRAFTS: Tokachi azuki beans and salted butter wholegrain Marupan/ creampan*/ Ise matcha and white chocolate melonpan*
- Significant Signifie: Anpan*/ creampan*/ melonpan*/ currypan*
- Sora to Mugi to: White azuki bean/ creampan */ kodai wheat currypan*
- Baba FLAT: Roasted soybean mochi anpan/ melonpan/ A5 wagyu currypan/ creampan
- Réfectoire: Anpan*/ creampan*
- Bakery SASA: Anpan/ creampan/ melonpan/ currypan
* Marunouchi GARDEN HOUSE CAFÉ opening commemoration goods
Toast from the breakfast menu
At GARDEN HOUSE CAFÉ in Kamakura and Shinjuku, the bakery concept maintains the GARDEN HOUSE theme, but is more casual and includes a menu that uses specially selected ingredients. From 7am, you can get a quick power up from the morning menu. Sister store GARDEN HOUSE CRAFTS’ best picks from the menu include the toast dishes that are made with bread cut fresh from the loaf. Avocado toast, peanuts and banana and much more – these breakfasts are made with ingredients that everyone loves!
From 11:30, the grand menu takes to the scene and is made upon order, so you can enjoy freshly made sandwiches. The main eye-catcher here is 5-variety deli assortment plate which includes the tempeh (Indonesian-style soy beans), and is full of protein and vegetables.
You can also order salads and from the deli counter to take away!
Of course, you can order from the bread menu to take out at any point in the day – this runs alongside the deli and salad takeout menus, and the café time drinks and sweets menus.
With a direct link from the station, GARDEN HOUSE CAFÉ is an ideal daily stop for food If you are making a day trip, how about stopping by for a quick pick-me-up?
MOSHI MOSHI BOX staff recommends 6 Tokyo souvenirs!
Tokyo Station is a station used by many tourists. When you visit Tokyo, of course, you will want to buy some souvenirs. But you may wonder, what souvenirs are “good” Tokyo souvenirs?
In this article, the staff of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center, who love to travel, will introduce to you some recommended souvenirs which can be bought in and around Tokyo Station.
“Ohana no Babaroa Ball Cake”recommended by our Spanish staff, Luki.
I am sure that this gift is suitable to be given to women who loves flowers.
The product uses eatable flowers and has a gorgeous looking/splendid taste.
“Torotoro Yaki Cup Cheese” recommended by our Hong Konger staff, Minimal.
A very popular product where some days about 4,000 pieces are sold in a day! The combination of the melty cream cheese and crunchy cookie tart is awesome.
You can enjoy the product by heating it or cooling it.
“Siretoco Doughnut”recommdend by our Chinese-speaking staff, Banako
Many cute animals are place on top of a doughnut and of course, the doughnuts taste good.
Each animal is very cute and there are Tokyo Station-limited variations!
“Tokyo Banana – Banana Yogurt Flavor” recommended by the Miss ID Semi-Finalist, Midori.
Did you know that a new version of Tokyo Banana (a very famous sweets item of Tokyo), a collaborative item with the panda cub in Ueno Zoo called Xiang Xiang, was released!?
The flavor of the product is banana & yogurt. Eating this item will feel a bit “mottainai”to eat. That is, it looks too cute to be eaten because the illustration of the panda cub is so cute!
“Gomatamago” recommended by our English-speaking staff, Ellie.
This sweets item is a standard souvenir of Tokyo. The black sesame paste, and black sesame jam are wrapped inside a castella sponge cake and the whole cake is coated with a white chocolate.
The splendid harmony of the 4 layers is addictive. The shape of the product which looks like an egg is very cute♡ The name, Gomatamago means, “goma” = “sesame” and “tamago”=”egg.”
“Tokyo Hiyoko” recommended by the director of MOSHI MOSHI BOX, Shiota.
A standard Tokyo souvenir dessert comprised of a sweet bean jam wrapped in a soft dough.
Don’t miss the various of flavors which are sold for a limited time offers!
How did you like our MOSHI MOSHI BOX staff recommended Tokyo souvenirs? Please refer to this article when you are not sure which Tokyo souvenir to buy. Let’s have fun in Tokyo!
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Pound Cake For Halloween
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
In this recipe, I will show you how to make the perfect treat for Halloween: a pumpkin and cream cheese pound cake, finished with cute bats and a ghost. This is a super easy recipe that can be made by simply putting everything into a blender and baking it in the oven. By the end of you you will have yourself a Halloween-themed rich pound cake as soft as Japanese pudding.
1: Ingredients (Makes one 22cm pound cake)
150g cream cheese
250g cooked pumpkin (skin and seeds removed)
150ml fresh cream
20g soft wheat flour
2: Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender
3: Once the mix takes on a smooth texture, pour into a cake tin and bake at 180℃ for 40 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool, then leave in the fridge overnight.
4: Once the cake has set, slice a piece and add your dollop of fresh cream for your ghost and decorate.
To see how I did the toppings, check the video I made above. Once your cute toppings are done, your cake is ready to enjoy!
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
New Food Truck Taiyaki Tainoya to Open in Shinjuku Serving Fish-Shaped Cakes
21.September.2019 | FOODTaiyaki Tainoya is a food truck set to open in front of the first floor entrance of Flags on September 20 which is connected directly to Shinjuku Station’s south-east exit.Taiyaki – ¥200 (Tax Included)The truck will sell taiyaki, a classic Japanese confection which comes in the form of a crispy fish-shaped cake filled with bean paste. The cakes sold here will be made using Tokachi beans from Hokkaido which have a distinct luxurious sweetness to them.The taiyaki here are made with takeout and gift-giving in mind, so they have been made nice and crunchy so they don’t fall apart or become mushy.The bean paste isn’t overly sweet so is easy to enjoy. The beans, which have a strong aroma, are cooked in sugar beet from Hokkaido, and contain a hint of moshio, which is salt you get from burning seaweed.The sweet bean paste has such a smooth texture that you wouldn’t believe that’s what it is. If you’re a lover of adzuki bean paste or aren’t good with sweet things, then this is a bean paste you’re going to love.For an extra ¥30, you can have the taiyaki packed in a cute gift box if you’re thinking of giving it to someone. There are six colours to choose from for all occasions, be it a home party or for clients. They are also wrapped with noshi paper and contain message cards. There are seven of these to pick, so you can write your own words to the person.If a simple taiyaki isn’t enough for you, you can also top it with a rich soft-serve ice cream. Pick between Hokkaido Vanilla or Uji Matcha flavours.If you’re getting off at Shinjuku Station, be sure to head out the south-east exit of the JR Line section to find Taiyaku Tainoya.
InformationTaiyaku TainoyaAddress: 3-37-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo (1st floor entrance of Flags at Shinjuku Station’s south-east exit)Grand Opening: September 20, 2019TEL: 080-4179-2365Opening Hours: 11:00-3:00No Fixed Holidays
Sensuously Scrumptious Mont Blanc Parfait Arrives at GINZA SIX Tsujiri
20.September.2019 | FOOD
The Ginza branch of long-standing Uji tea shop Tsujiri has unveiled a seasonal treat that will be available this autumn only. It was released on September 18 and will be served until October 31.
Tsujiri Ginza is the only branch of Tsujiri in the Kanto region of Japan, aiming to offer a “new kind of matcha experience” to the people of Tokyo. This autumnal mont blanc parfait dessert is made from an aromatic chestnut cream made in France, matcha soft serve ice cream made by the Uji matcha experts at Tsujiri, and fluffy fresh cream, creating a seasonal mix of flavours.
Once you’re done shopping around the extravagant town of Ginza, why not treat yourself to a tasty matcha-packed delight?
Address: GINZA SIX Floor B2F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:30-20:30
Tsujiri Official Website: http://www.tsujiri.jp
Top 5 Delicious Must-Eat Parfaits in FukuokaFrom must-try desserts to the most fancy lunches, the best cute and stylish cafes and more, we have covered many unmissable locations in Japan’s prefecture of Fukuoka.This time, we’re here to present a sweet assortment of parfaits in Fukuoka that are sure to get your mouths watering. We are joined by Instagrammer moe who has provided us with photos and descriptions of this tasty line-up.green bean to bar CHOCOLATE in ImaizumiChocolate Glass ParfaitLet’s begin with the Chocolate Glass Parfait, an extravagant parfait which is made with cocoa beans from various different regions, offering plenty of flavour. It’s a refreshing parfait topped with chocolate tea granita jelly. It’s also drizzled in a chocolate sauce which is made with cocoa beans and imbued with berries. If you’re a chocoholic then this one will provide the hit you need!▼green bean to bar CHOCOLATEAddress: Nishitetsu Tenjin CLASS 1F, 1-19-22 Imaizumi, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka PrefectureOpening Hours: 11:00-21:00Closed: WednesdaysOfficial Website: https://greenchocolate.jpPatisserie Georges Marceau in WatanabedoriYou Kihi – ¥980A floral fragrance dances around this beautiful parfait, which one would expect the refreshing peach to be the centerpiece, only to find out that other fruits come through the flavour assortment too like lychee and raspberry. As well as fruits, the parfait includes sherbet, panna cotta, and other refreshing combinations.▼Patisserie Georges MarceauAddress: 1F, 5-8-19 Watanabedori, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka PrefectureOpening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Until 19:00 on Sundays)No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: http://gm.9syoku.com/patisserie/Oyatsu cafe Hibi to in HiraoStrawberry ParfaitThis classic strawberry parfait contains double-sized cornflakes. I would change nothing about its taste or appearance, which also matches the atmosphere of the cosy and beautiful cafe.▼Oyatsu cafe Hibi to (Japanese: おやつcafe日々to)Address: Maison Sansou 2F, 2-17-21 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka PrefectureOpening Hours: 11:00-20:00No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hibitoacco/Kurasukoto in HiraoLeft: Coffee Jelly Parfait / Right: Strawberry ParfaitCoffee jelly is a bitter flavour more suited to the adult palate. It goes perfect with the condensed milk and caramel nut-topped smooth ice cream cake. Piled with juicy strawberries and blueberries, you’re sure to enjoy your fill with this strawberry parfait.▼KurasukotoAddress: 2F, 1-11-21 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka PrefectureOpening Hours: 11:30-18:00 (Food Last Orders 17:15 / Dessert Last Orders 17:30)Closed: Sundays & MondaysOfficial Website: https://www.kurasukoto.com/shop-hirao/momotose in HiraoSeasonal ParfaitStrawberries, kumquat, and flower petals adorn this piece of parfait art. The combination of the sour fruits and sweet ice cream is a match made in heaven. As well as parfaits, momotose also sells other delicious desserts too like roll cake.▼momotoseAddress: 1F, 3-19-20 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka PrefectureOpening Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00 / Tea 14:00-18:00 / Dinner 18:00-21:00No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: http://momotose-fukuoka.com
Winter is Coming But Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo’s Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea Will Warm You Up
16.September.2019 | FOOD
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo will begin serving its new citrus fruit-packed Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea on November 1 at the Le Jardin, the hotel’s lobby lounge which offers a view of the beautiful garden.
You’ll see yuzu and lemons throughout the year, but it is said that winter is the best season to enjoy them. Both lemons and yuzu are said to have a relaxation effect, and so Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo will beckon guests through its cosy doors with the afternoon tea set’s refreshing citrus fragrance, inviting them to an early wonderful winter at the beginning of November.
The set includes an assortment of sweets including a yuzu and lemon flavoured savarin, a lemon cheesecake that squeezes out all the juicy nectar of the citrus fruit, and more. The lemons and yuzu are the citrus kingpins of this afternoon tea.
The seasonal scones are a mix of yuzu and vanilla scones and silky white chocolate scones to relieve some of the sourness. Enjoy together with a mix of dips including salted clotted cream for even more flavour.
On the savoury side of things there is a tempting mix of bites and nibbles, including the use of spicy ginger to warm up your cold body.
Welcome the winter early this year and do it in style with Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo’s new afternoon tea set.
Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea
Running: November 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019 (*Reservations available only on weekdays)
Location: Le Jardin, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Price: Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea ¥4,000 / With Welcome Drink ¥4,500 (Tax and service charge not included in price)
Le Jardin Webpage: https://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/dining/le-jardin/
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Address: 2-10-8 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/
Take A Tasty Trip to Tokyo Kaikan to Indulge in Mouthwatering Marron Chantilly Desserts
16.September.2019 | FOOD
Kiyotaka Katsume (勝⽬ 清鷹) is the first ever confectioner of the 70-year-old Tokyo Kaikan. This autumn, Tokyo Kaikan is selling Mont Blanc Marron Chantilly dessertsーwhich were invented by Katsumeーfor a limited period only.
Earl Grey Marron Chantilly: ￥908
The Earl Grey Marron Chantilly is only available from October 1 to October 31. The flavour and aroma of earl grey tea leaves has been fully extracted to add to the flavour of the cream.
Premium Marron Chantilly: ￥1,500
The premium Marron Chantilly is only available from September 1 to October 31. Japanese chestnuts sourced from Kasama are shredded with whipped cream for a light and fluffy texture. This is a paradise for anyone who loves chestnuts.
Pumpkin Marron Chantilly￥908
The Halloween-themed desserts at Tokyo Kaikan are a big hit every year. This year, the Pumpkin Marron Chantilly will be taking to the scene to deliver the very best flavours of Halloween. Just looking at this Halloween-coloured dessert is enough to make your mouth water. It is such a shame that it is only selling from October 18 to 31.
Dig into one of these delicious Marron Chantilly desserts surrounded by the luxurious atmosphere of Tokyo Kaikan.
Tokyo Kaikan Main Building
Address: 3-2-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.kaikan.co.jp/en/
5 Must-Try Desserts On Fukuoka’s Beach-Lined City Of ItoshimaItoshima is a city located in the western part of Fukuoka and is known for its many gorgeous and picturesque locations－especially its beaches.Today, we are joined once again by Instagrammer moe who is here to show us the best delicious drinks and desserts to enjoy while gazing out at Itoshima’s breathtaking beaches and rural landscapes.OYATSU-STAND in Nishi-kuLeft: Tapioca Milk Ryokucha Green Tea / Right: Tapioca Milk Houjicha (¥600 Each)What better way to enjoy a refreshing green bubble tea than with a sun-kissed blue sky and ocean right in front of you? As well as ryokucha and houjicha, there are plenty of other thirst-quenching flavours to choose from as well, including Japanese tea latte.▼OYATSU-STANDAddress: 2198-3 Kota, Nishi-ku, FukuokaBusiness Hours: 10:30am until sunsetNo Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: https://futamigaura.com/oyatu-stand/Itoshima Sabo in Nishi-kuSpecially-Made Single Classic Pancake – ¥500You’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a picture of this Instagram-worthy pancake, branded with the cafe’s name Itoshima Sabo in Japanese. They serve everything from breakfasts to full course meals.▼Itoshima SaboAddress: 2915-1 Kota, Nishi-ku, FukuokaBusiness Hours: 10:00-21:00No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: https://futamigaura.com/itoshima-sabo/KUROKI in NijoishizakiRoll CakeKUROKI is a French restaurant that serves up a variety of courses. This fluffy homemade roll cake is filled with rich and smooth cream. You can order it as a set together with a meal too. Don’t forget, this place is reservation-only!▼KUROKIAddress: 459-3 Nijoishizaki, Itoshima, FukuokaBusiness Hours: Lunch 12:00-17:00 (Reservation Only) / Dinner 18:00~ (Reservation Only)Closed: SundaysOfficial Instagram: @restaurantkurokiSumi Cafe in HonSalted Milk Houjicha Purin – ¥500Sumi Cafe is a long-standing cafe that can be found by following a narrow road along the countryside. This irresistible salted milk houjicha purin is combined with astringent chestnut and candied chestnut to make a luxurious dessert.▼Sumi CafeAddress: 1454 Hon, Itoshima, FukuokaBusiness Hours: 12:00-17:00 (Lunch Last Orders 15:30 / Cafe Menu Last Orders 16:30)Closed: New Year’s HolidayTabelog Page: https://tabelog.com/fukuoka/A4009/A400901/40024859/Loiter Market in ShimakeyaLeft: Salt & Caramel / Right: Milk & Strawberry (¥400 Each)Made with organic ingredients, Loiter Market’s gelato is served in cute pastel colours. The salt and caramel is a must-try, it’s made with salt sourced in Itoshima.▼Loiter MarketAddress: 166-3 Shimakeya, Itoshima, FukuokaOpening Hours: 12:00-17:00No Fixed HolidaysOfficial Website: https://loiter-market.com
Häagen-Dazs Release New Soybean Flour Brown Sugar Syrup and Zunda Mochi Ice Creams
14.September.2019 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan has announced that it will release two new flavours from its popular hanamochi ice cream series on September 17: “Soybean Flour Brown Sugar Syrup” and “Zunda.”
Soybean Flour Brown Sugar Syrup Hanamochi
The soybean flour brown sugar syrup hanamochi was released back in 2015 and returned again in 2017. This year, Häagen-Dazs is bringing is back even more delicious than before. They have blended together a variety of soybean flours to elevate the ingredient’s original flavour.
The top of the mochi is sprinkled with a blend of lightly roasted black and yellow soybeans. By roasting them, the original taste and fragrance of the soybean comes through tenfold. Dark roasted soybean has also been combined with milk for a velvety texture, and the entire thing is drizzled in a rich original brown sugar syrup sauce which further enrichens the soybean flavour.
Zunda is sweet soybean paste made from mashed edamame beans and a flavour that has been gaining popularity in Japan in recent years. Häagen-Dazs is incorporating the flavour for the first time in their hanamochi series.
The lumpy texture of the crushed edamame goes deliciously well with the chewy mochi, taking the original authentic taste and texture of edamame to a whole new level. Mixing it with soybeans and rich milk turns it into a smooth ice cream in your mouth. The sauce also contains a sprinkle of salt to bring out the flavour of the zunda.
The packaging has also been updated, inspired by their flavours and topped with a golden lid, giving it a modern-Japanese appeal. Don’t miss out on these two new flavours.
Soybean Flour Brown Sugar Syrup Hanamochi (Limited Edition)
Price: ¥319 (Tax Included)
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Available: At supermarkets, convenience stores, and department stores across Japa
Product Page: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/hanamochi_1909/
Zunda Hanamochi (Limited Edition)
Price: ¥319 (Tax Included)
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Available: At supermarkets, convenience stores, and department stores across Japa
Product Page: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/hanamochi_1909/
Kusatsu Onsen’s Emerald Green Pudding is a Must-Try After a Dip in the Hot Springs
Kusatsu Onsen is a hot spring resort in Gunma Prefecture that is one of Japan’s three principle hot spring locations. The site opened its new Japanese custard dessert (known as ‘purin’) shop, Kusatsu Onsen Pudding, on August 24, which serves the most incredibly smooth purin you have ever tried, each inspired by the hot springs.
Once you’ve stepped out of the nice warm hot springs of Kusatsu Onsen you can refresh yourself with a delicious purin packed full of love from the shop which has created a flavour you can only try by travelling to Gunma and going there. Each and every dessert is made fresh in the shop to further elevate its exclusivity as a local speciality.
Kusatsu Onsen Pudding also makes sure to use local and regional ingredients where it can to help support manufacturers and producers. Their purin is also made with a special type of milk sourced from in Gunma known as Haruna milk. The milk is made as delicious as can be by ensuring cows are raised on a healthy natural diet of grass on green pastures in Gunma bathed in plenty of sunlight.
The Yuhata purin is inspired by the hot spring areas where mineral deposits are harvested, its jelly taking on a gorgeous emerald green colour. It’s lemon and lime flavoured, the perfect flavour to enjoy when stepping out of the hot water, and one which goes surprisingly well with purin.
The staple purin of the store, this purin is based on yumomi, a method used for cooling the hot water with paddles from which cold water gushes forth. This velvety delight is made with lots of fresh cream and high-quality vanilla beans from Madagascar for added punch.
A pun on the word fromage, with furo in Japanese meaning “bath,” the Furomage purin uses a rich cream cheese base which has a seriously smooth texture. It’s topped off with strawberry jelly for the perfect combination, packing a perfect balance between sweet and sour.
Yuhata Soft (Milk/Yuhata/Mixed)
Choose from the Yuhata soft serve ice cream which is ramune flavoured and inspired by the flowing water of the hot springs or the Haruna milk-mixed vanilla flavoured Milk soft serve. If you can’t pick, then choose mixed for a bit of both. A satisfyingly refreshing pick for when you’re done in the hot springs.
The shop has plans to sell purin made using bamboo steamers in the near future, so you’re pudding can be steamed like yourself after a dip in the water! The wooden spoons used to eat the desserts are also made in the image of the paddles used in yumomi too.
Kusatsu Onsen Pudding
Address: 407 Kusatsu, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture
Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00
Official Website: https://www.kusatsuonsen-purin.com
Tokyo Station’s Christmas Cakes Are a Must-Buy Present This Holiday Season
Two of Tokyo Station’s shopping areas, GRANSTA and GRANSTA MARUNOUCHI―which are accessible inside the ticket gates and outside the ticket gates respectively―are set to hold the GRANSTA Christmas Fair from November 5 to December 25.
GRANSTA x Tokyo Staion Hotel
The main GRANSTA shopping area is joining hands with Tokyo Station Hotel for the very first time to release a line of hotel-original Christmas cakes.
Noel – ¥6,200 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Station Hotel (*10 servings per day)
This pine tree stump chestnut cake was originally sold to support the reconstruction work of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building which was held until 2012. Topping the chestnut sweet potato base is a mix of chestnut mousse and coffee cream. This is topped with two types of chestnut pastes in a spiral shape to create the tree rings.
Bûche Chocolat Vanille – ¥5,500 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Station Hotel (*10 servings per day)
The Bûche Chocolat Vanille is an exquisite yule log made with melt-in-the-mouth chocolate mousse and vanilla cream inside which hides sweet and sour, kirsch-soaked cherries and sauteed pears. The top of the log is temptingly lined with even more cherries to give it both that rich look and even richer taste.
Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building Cake Designs
GRANSTA will also sell cakes inspired by Tokyo Station. As well as the ones shown here, there are ones based on the bullet trains and more.
Station Building Fruit Cake – ¥4,320 (Tax Included) @ Colombin (*only 100 available)
Exclusive to GRANSTA comes this special Christmas fruit cake based on the station building. It would make great gift to bring to the Christmas party.
Cupola de Tokyo – ¥3,780 (Tax Included) @ Caffarel (*only 50 available / *design still a WIP so may differ from the photo)
This colourful Christmas cake draws inspiration from the gorgeous interior designs of the north and south domes of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building.
Suica Penguin Cakes
The adorable Suica Penguin is the mascot of Suica contactless smart cards used at train stations.
Suica Penguin Cake – ¥5,400 (Tax Included) @ Dalloyau (*only 100 available)
The main Suica Penguin cake is a combination of chocolate mousse and a cream made from tonka beans. This cute cake is sure to bring joy to any child this Christmas♡
Suica Penguin Chocolate Raspberry – ¥490 (Tax Included) @ Fairycake Fair (*30 servings per day)
Fairycake Fair has whipped up a chocolate cream-topped cupcake filled with raspberry jam. This one is for those who want something a bit smaller than a ginormous cake!
There are lots more cakes to look forward to, including ones in very limited quantities. If you’re in Japan this Christmas season, be sure to pay a visit to GRANSTA and GRANSTA MARUNOUCHI in Tokyo Station.
©Chiharu Sakazaki / JR East / DENTSU Suica by JR East Suica
Address: JR East Tokyo Station Building Floors B1F & 1F (Inside Ticket Gates), 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)
*Opening hours differ for select shops in GRANSTA
*The GRANSTA New Area opening hours are from 9:00-22:00(Until 21:00 on Sundays)
Address: JR East Tokyo Station Building Floors B1F (Inside Ticket Gates), 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)
*Opening hours differ for select shops in GRANSTA MARUNOUCHI
GRANSTA Official Website (Japanese): https://www.tokyoinfo.com/shop/mall/gransta/
White Miso Cheese & Fig Shaved Ice Serving This September at Hachiya in Tokyo
30.August.2019 | FOOD
Since July, the tea stand cafe Hachiya has been releasing one brand-new shaved ice flavour every month. The final flavour arriving on September 2 is the autumn-vibe white miso cheese and fig shaved ice which will be sold exclusively at the Sendagaya branch until September 30.
White Miso Cheese & Fig Shaved Ice – ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
The shaved ice is an original homemade blend of full-bodied white miso cheese syrup and fig syrup. The milk white and light pink contrast make this one beautiful and delicious-looking dessert.
Hidden inside the shaved ice is sweet white bean paste dressed with cashew nuts. It’s also topped with extra cashew nuts as well as dried strawberries. The dessert has a soft chewy texture and is packed with flavour which fills your mouth as it melts on your tongue.
September marks the end of the summer and the call of autumn. Japan is known for its celebration of the seasons, so why not join in with this delicious autumnal delight? And if you’re no good with cheesy desserts, you can order the shaved ice with just fig syrup too.
This is a limited-time item which will discontinue once all of the syrup runs out. Don’t miss out!
White Miso Cheese & Fig Shaved Ice
Running: September 2, 2019 – September 30, 2019
Available: Hachiya (Sendagaya Branch)
Price: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Hachiya (Sendagaya Branch)
Address: 4-1-8 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 9:00-19:00
Closed: Weekends & Public Holidays
Hachiya Official Website: http://8ya.jp/
Halloween Treats, Wagashi, Drinkable Potato Desserts & More at GINZA SIX This Autumn
30.August.2019 | FOOD
This autumn, Ginza’s biggest shopping complex GINZA SIX is serving up a sumptuous selection of seasonal sweets and desserts. Their main components this year are apples and potatoes. Expect to enjoy potato in an entirely new way, and get ready for the spooky season with a line-up of Halloween treats that everyone can enjoy.
Let’s take a look at just some of the gourmet delights arriving for the autumn season, some of which are already on sale.
Drinkable Potatoes (Purple Sweet Potato/Ripe Potato/Potato Leaf) – ¥600 Each @ Minamikaze Noukasha Dessert House (Available: October 1 – October 31)
We’re at a point in time now where not only can we eat potatoes―we can drink them too! These potato dessert drinks come in three flavours: fruity Purple Sweet Potato, rich Ripe Potato, and Potato Leaf. The potatoes used to make all of the drinks were farmed from Minamikaze Noukasha’s 160 potato farms.
Set of 5 Native Potato Pies (Oiran Potato/Genji Potato/White Potato/Hayato Potato/Tanegashima Purple Sweet Potato) – ¥2,500 @ Minamikaze Noukasha Dessert House (Available: October 1 until all sold)
Methods to make potato cultivation even easier were introduced almost 400 years ago in Japan. Cultivating original varieties of potatoes is difficult―it’s mostly not done today. These pies are proudly made with those rare native potato varieties.
Potato Parfait – ¥2,000 @ JOTARO SAITO (Quantity: Only 10 served per day)
This gorgeous parfait is made with a purple sweet potato and sweet potato cream and is layered with agar-agar, rice flour dumplings, and ice cream. Inspired by the form of an affogato, it’s topped with potato ice cream drizzled in a warm rice sauce.
Halloween Goodies For Grown-Ups
Halloween Party Pumpkin Purin – ¥4,800 @ Marlowe (Available: October 1 – October 31) *Must order within 3 days
This party-sized Halloween-exclusive rich pumpkin custard pudding contains cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s even topped up with a jack-o-lantern face.
Glowing Lollipop Candy – ¥833-¥1,111 @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE (Available: September 21 – October 31)
These lollipops come on sticks with LED lights that make the candy glow a ghoulish light, making them a great Halloween treat.
Halloween Afternoon Tea Set – ¥4,200 @ THE GRAND GINZA (Available September 1 – October 31)
Feast on an exquisite Halloween afternoon tea set made up of an exquisite selection of drinks and desserts.
Apple Gummy – ¥2,777 / Apple Gummy Candy – ¥1,666 @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE (Available: August 27 – November 4)
The apple gummy is about the size of a Jonathan apple. If you’re wondering what flavour it is, you’ll have to wait until you bite into it to find out! The apple gummy candy set takes on flavours of different apple varieties.
Pom Caramel – ¥800 Each @ PHILIPPE CONTICINI (Available: August 27 – November 4)
These cute and round vanilla flavoured apple mousses are filled with an apple compote, which has a hint of star anise, and cream caramel. They’re packed full of apple-y goodness and maintain PHILIPPE CONTICINI’s refined flavours.
This Year’s Must-Try Autumn Treats
Bessei Maruto Parfait “Shubo” – ¥2,300 @ Nakamura Tokichi Honten (Available: October 1 – November 30)
Exclusive to the Ginza branch of Nakamura Tokichi is this specially made parfait, layered with autumn-time ingredients including Japanese chestnut matcha cream, fig, chestnut sherbet, and bean paste. You can really taste the rich matcha notes in this beautiful dessert.
Kyoto Koicha Terrine Inori no Kajitsu – ¥2,000 @ Tsujiru (Available from September 1)
A great little gift is this terrine chocolat, made with chestnut, black soybeans, fig, and cranberries.
Did you enjoy this list? All of these items are autumn-exclusives and some are very limited in stock. Be sure to enjoy all the flavours of autumn this year in Japan.
*All listed prices include tax
Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Shops/Cafes (B2F-5F) 10:30-20:30 / Restaurants (6F, 13F) 11:00-23:00
*Business hours differ from shop to shop.
No Fixed Holidays (But shops and restaurants will be closed on August 26, 2019)
Access: Directly connected to Ginza Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line and Hibiya Line.