3 New Shops Open In Tokyo Station selling Curry Buns, Souvenirs, Bentos and More

13.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

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!

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  • 【Tokyo Stroll 】Recommended spots around Tokyo Station before/after the trip.

    02.August.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    “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!

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    H TOKYO Marunouchi store

    Address:3rd floor KITTE, 2-7-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Access: Approx. 1 min walk from JR/Marunouchi line (Tokyo Station), approx. 2 min walk from Chiyoda line (Nijubashimae Station)

    Opening hours 11:00-21:00 (Open until 20.00 on national holidays) 
    Fixed holidays:Decided by KITTE
    Telephone number:03-6256-0811

    URL:http://htokyo.com/

     

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    JP Tower Gakujutsu Bunka Sogo Museum「Intermediatheque」

    Address:2nd – 3rd floor KITTE, 2-7-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda

    Access: Approx. 1 min walk from JR/Marunouchi line (Tokyo Station), approx. 2 min walk from Chiyoda line (Nijubashimae Station)

    Opening hours:11:00 – 18:00 (Fri. and Sat. until 20:00)

    Entrance fee: free

    • Last entries accepted 30 mins before closing time.

    Fixed holidays:Mondays and during the New Year period. The institution decides on any further closing days. The museum is closed for both Monday and Tuesday if the Monday is a national holiday.

    Telephone number:03-5777-8600

    www.intermediatheque.jp

     

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  • Presenting the Tokyo station bento lunch rankings to accompany your Golden Week travels!

    23.April.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Japan’s favourite holiday Golden Week technically starts on Saturday 27th April. This year, the holiday stretches over a long 10 days and I’m sure there’s many of you who will be taking the bullet train to travel or to visit your families! That’s where Tokyo Station’s best bento lunch rankings come in handy!

     

    Gransta

     

    1st place: Shrimp, crab & salmon bento (Tsukiji Sushi Sei, Marusei) ¥1,250 (price after tax)

    This bento is packed with salmon and shrimp and pieces of crab meat. It’s quite popular amongst girls!

     

    2nd place: Beef in sweet ankake sauce served with fried rice (KAMONKA) ¥741  (price after tax)

    Beef boiled in a special sweet ankake sauce and then dished up with fresh fried rice when the order comes in!

    ※ Sales may continue only until the start of summer.

    3rd: place Ginger-fried pork bento (Asakusa Teppantei) ¥1,190 (price after tax)

    The beef used is from Japanese Black cattle, which is sourced from within Japan. The strong ginger taste makes for a very adult-like flavour.

     

    Ecute Tokyo

    1st place: Large hamburg steak with kinako pork katsu bento (TSUBAME GRILL DELI)  ¥1,280  (price after tax)

    You can enjoy both TSUBAME GRILL DELI’s popular hamburg steak and pork katsu in one hearty serving!

    ※ Limited to Ecute Tokyo, only 50 of these bentos will be sold every day.

    2nd place: Hifumi bento (Furusato ryouri Fukuzen) ¥1,350  (price after tax)

    Flame-seared Kanzaki aged beef, sweet and spicy beef tendon boiled in soy sauce and Japanese pepper, and a hamburg steak made from beef and hakkinton (creamy, delicious pork), seasoned with shio-kombu. This is your chance to enjoy three different kinds of meat and deliciously seasoned kombu (kelp).

    3rd place:  Yellowtail fish in teriyaki sauce and nori seaweed bento (Hakejyoyu Noribenyamanobori) ¥1,944 (price after tax)

    This isn’t too oily and the Japanese Amberjack yellowtail even remains plump and delicious when cooled. There are only a limited number of these bento and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

     

    Extra:

    Tokyo station bento: Nihombashi Daimasu, Tokyo  ¥1,680  (price after tax)

    If you’re looking for the perfect Tokyo ekiben (station-bought lunch box), this is it! It comes in a box with a beautiful Tokyo station print and retro wrapping. The contents are also delicious and carefully made, packed with the special flavours of an experienced bento-making shop.

     

    Pop by to discover these lunches and enjoy the holidays!

     

     

  • 7 Tasty Places to Eat Breakfast at Tokyo Station

    02.September.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    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.

     

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    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.

     

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    Fruit Parlor Kajitsuen

    Address: Kitchen Street 1F, Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 7:30am-10:00pm (Last Orders 9:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 050-5869-7755

    Website: http://kajitsuen.jp

     

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    Rokurinsha

    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.

     

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    Rokurinsha

    Address: Tokyo Ramen Street, Tokyo Station 1 Bangai B1F, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Morning 7:30am-9:45am (Last Orders 9:30am), Daytime 10:30am-11:00pm (Last Orders 10:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3286-0166

    Website: http://www.rokurinsha.com

     

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    Yaesu Hatsufuji

    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!

     

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    Yaesu Hatsufuji

    Address: Yaesu Chika Kita 1, 2-1 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: [Monday-Thursday] 7:00am-10:00pm (Last Orders 9:30pm), [Friday] 7:00am-10:30pm (Last Orders 10:00pm), [Weekends & Holidays] 7:00am-9:30pm (Last Orders 9:00pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3275-1676

    Website: http://www.hatsufuji.com

     

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    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!

     

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    Tsukiji Sushi Say

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

    Opening Hours: [Monday-Saturday] 7:00am-10:30pm (Last Orders 9:45pm), [Sunday] 7:00am-9:30pm (Last Orders 8:45pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-5220-6865

    Website: http://www.tsukijisushisay.co.jp

     

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    Misogen

    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.

     

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    Misogen

    Address: KITTE B1F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: [Monday-Saturday] 10:00am-9:00pm (Eat-in until 8:30pm), [Sunday & Holidays] 10:00am-8:00pm (Last Orders 7:30pm)

    Closed: No fixed holidays except when KITTE is closed.

    TEL: 03-6256-0831

    Website: http://misogen.com/

     

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    T’s Tantan

    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.

     

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    T’s Tantan

    Address: Keiyo Street, Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 7:00am-11:00pm (Last Orders 10:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3218-8040

    Website: http://ts-restaurant.jp

     

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    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.

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    Boulangerie La Terre

    Address: Keiyo Street 1F, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 7:00am-10:00pm (Last Orders 9:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3218-8017

    Website: https://www.laterre.com/boulangerie/

     

     

    We hope you find this useful when staying in Tokyo. Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Tokyo Station.

  • 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.

     

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    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.

     

     

    ecute Tokyo

    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.

     

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    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!

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  • Tokyo Station’s Christmas Cakes Are a Must-Buy Present This Holiday Season

    08.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    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

  • 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!

  • Tokyo Souvenirs Galore at Tokyo Station’s New Gift Kiosk

    02.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    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.

  • 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?

  • Most Popular Sweets & Chocolate Sold at Tokyo Station

    24.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    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’s Pokémon Store & Tokyo Gourmet Zone Announce Collaborative Event

    04.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    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!

     

    ©2019 Pokemon. ©1995-2019 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.

    Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures and Game Freak.

  • Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo: A Michelin-Recognised Modern Ryokan in Front of Tokyo Station

    28.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

    15.April.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    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

  • 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.

     

    Gransta

     

    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.

     

     

    ecute Tokyo

    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 Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #9 – ‘Cafe Ace’ in Kanda

    27.February.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    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.

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