3 Delicious, Mouthwatering Desserts in Osaka Perfect For Instagram
Our news website has already touched on a number delicious cafés in Japan’s Kansai region. For those of you who are struggling with their itineraries for their upcoming trip to Osaka, we’ve got a sweet treat for you: a list of cafés serving up irresistible desserts in Osaka that you must try.
All the cafés in this article were recommended by Instagram expert Tiara who knows everything there is to know about desserts in the Kansai region. Today we’ll be using Tiara’s mouthwatering photos to entice you that little bit more.
Chihiro Sweets Shop/Nishiohashi
This shop belongs to desserts reporter Chihiro, whose reports have even been broadcasted on TV. The financier almond cakes and chocolate cakes here are very popular. You can also order to take out.
Neoclassic Purin Set (Comes with financier almond cake and hot coffee)
This set includes a Neo Custard Purin topped with homemade vanilla ice cream full of rich vanilla flavour straight from the pod. The firm yet jiggly purin enjoys a rich eggy flavour which harmonises perfectly with the vanilla ice cream. The freshly baked financier almond cake is incredibly tasty . Chihiro’s sweets shop opens from 12:00 but the café opens at 13:00 so if you’re planning a trip, make sure to not mix up the times.
▼Chihiro Sweets Shop (ちひろ菓子店)
Address: Floor 1, 1-25-13, Shinmachi, Nishi Ward, Osaka
Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor/ Higobashi
We’ve covered Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor in detail because it’s just so good. The first floor serves takeout desserts while the second floor is used as an eat-in space. The café menu varies according to the time of day. For example, the morning menu includes toasts with a variety of toppings including fruit. The lunchtime menu introduces Futsu ni Fruits’ main eye-catcher: the fruit sandwich.
Seasonal Fruits Sandwich
The rich flavour of the fresh cream perfectly embraces the fruity flavours and will leave you feeling refreshed. If a fruit sandwich isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy delicious fruits here.
▼Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor
Address: 1-1-30, Tosabori, Nishi Ward, Osaka
Floor 1 Takeout: 10:00 – 16:00
Floor 2 Eat-In: 10:00 – 19:00
Fukushima Sugar/ Fukushima
Each dessert at this cake shop is handmade. This is the perfect place to enjoy the flavours of the season. Only 10 groups can eat-in per day so if you want to eat in, make sure to reserve in advance.
Fig Chiffon cake/ Grape Tarts Assortment of 2/ Choux Pastry with Chestnut Cream Filling
The fig chiffon cake is soft and just one bite will fill you with happiness. The cakes are served on the most beautiful wooden plate. The cake menu changes according to the season so if you’re interested, check out their Instagram. The showcase is lined with a variety of takeout desserts – you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Address: 6 Chome-22-11 Fukushima, Fukushima Ward, Osaka
Takeout: From 13:00
Eat-In: 14:00 – 17:00 (Reservation Required)
*It is possible to get a seat without reservation after 17:00
Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays
All of Tiara’s recommendations are just so mouthwatering – can you resist?
Tiara’s Instagram is full of the most gorgeous cafés. If you’re looking for a dessert in the Kansai region, make sure to check out Tiara’s Instagram and you’re bound to find your dream destination in no time.
Original Text and Photos: ＠happy_pinkrose_tiara
*As cafés are constantly updating their menus, please check the official website or social media accounts of the cafés mentioned in this article for the most accurate information.
Japan Coronavirus: Studio Ghibli Museum, Sanrio Puroland & Other Facilities Close Temporarily
27.February.2020 | SPOT
A number of facilities in Japan have announced temporary closures to help stop any possible spreading of the coronavirus. Please check the following closures if you’re planning a trip to Japan in February or March. New information is rolling out all the time, so for the latest updates, please check the official websites for each establishment listed below.
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020
The park is scheduled to reopen on March 13, 2020, but this is subject to change depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus and news published by the government.
Tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.
Passport tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – September 29, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.
Payments for PUROPASSES bought between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled.
Payments for Anniversary Time tickets for the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled. Those who paid with cash will be refunded via registered mail.
Official Website (English): https://en.puroland.jp/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.puroland.jp/
Closed: February 25, 2020 – March 17, 2020
Refunds are applicable for tickets dated between January 22, 2020 – March 30, 2020.
Refunds will be paid in full between February 15, 2020 – March 31, 2020.
Official Website (English): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/
Official Website (Japanese): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/
Toei Animation Museum
Closed: February 26, 2020 – March 18, 2020
The museum’s reopening is subject to consideration depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus. It will be announced via the museum’s official Twitter page and website.
Official Website: https://museum.toei-anim.co.jp/
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice
Official Website (English): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/english/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/
Kyoto National Museum
Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice
All events, the museum shop Benrido, and the museum cafe Maeda Coffee, have also closed temporarily.
Official Website (English): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index.html
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/jp/index.html
ARASHI EXHIBITION “JOURNEY”
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 9, 2020
Location: Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan
Official Website: https://arashiexhibition.jp/
Sanrio Harmony Land
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020
Official Website (English): https://www.harmonyland.jp/english/harmony/harmony.html
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.harmonyland.jp/welcome.html
Numerous other sports and cultural events will also close for two weeks commencing February 26, 2020. If you’re travelling to Japan in February and March, please check the websites of any places you plan to visit during your trip to see if they are open.
BT21 Cafe to Open in Tokyo and Osaka With a Spring Theme
The 6th run of the popular BT21 Cafe is here. The cafes will open at TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi on February 28, 2020, and at TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando and UMEDA BOX cafe&space on March 5, 2020.
BT21 are the LINE messenger app characters created by K-pop group BTS. The cafe has seen five runs in Japan, and has proven immensely popular amongst fans for the selection of original dishes and drinks as well as exclusive merchandise.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando & UMEDA BOX cafe&space
Kobu Salad & Baguettes – ¥1,690
Chef’s Crepe – ¥1,690
Drinks – ¥990 Each
“Springtime” is the theme this time around. TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando and UMEDA BOX cafe&space will be based around a spring party, and customers will be able to order a set menu with food or dessert.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi
SHOOKY’s Brown Burger — ¥1,690
TATA’s Very! Berry! Sandwich – ¥1,690
Drinks – ¥990 Each
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Solamachi’s menu will be centred on the BT21 Baby Series, where all the characters have been turned into babies.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando & UMEDA BOX cafe&space – “Let’s Party With You” Original Stickers and Coasters
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi – “BABY” Original Stickers and Coasters
Customers can also get their hands on some original merchandise and bonus items too. Book a table and receive one of seven stickers, and order a drink to receive one of seven coasters.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando (6-3-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo) / Running: March 5, 2020 – March 29, 2020
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi (Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 1F East Yard, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo) / Running: February 28, 2020 – March 23, 2020
UMEDA BOX cafe&space (16-7 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture) / Running: March 5, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Reservtions: ¥650 (Before Tax)
BT21 Cafe Official Website: https://box-cafe.jp/
‘SAKURA Romantic Tea Party’ is Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando’s Newest Afternoon Tea Experience
20.February.2020 | FOOD
Q-pot. has revealed its new “SAKURA Romantic Tea Party” line-up which is set to be served at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, Tokyo from March 1, 2020 for a limited time.
The cherry blossom pink coloured and flavoured line-up includes a glamorous afternoon tea set, limited-edition parfaits, plated goodies, drinks, and more. “Romantic” is the key word for this beautiful Japanese springtime assortment.
Romantic SAKURA Parfait w/ Drink – ¥1,850 (Tax Included)
The tall Romantic SAKURA Parfait is layered with a mix of both Japanese and Wesrern flavours, built up delicious with cherry blossom cream cherry blossom petal-laced jelly, houjicha tea sauce and more, all of which is topped off with cherry blossom cookies and meringue.
Romantic SAKURA Mont Blanc Plate w/ Drink – ¥2,060 (Tax Included)
This plate of delight features a soft mont blanc made with cherry blossom bean paste cream, rich matcha chocolate, Japanese waguri chestnut, and chestnut cream. Q-pot. CAFE offers a selection of original macarons too which you can pick from including strawberry, chocolate, lemon, and melon. Feel the call of Japanese spring with this romantic cherry blossom mont blanc.
Romantic SAKURA Afternoon Tea Set w/ Drink – ¥2,400 (Serves 1) (Tax Included) *Photo shows tea set for two
Simply put: a colourful pink and romantic afternoon tea set.
The top tier is decorated with cherry blossom St. Honoré cakes made with gorgeous cherry blossom cream, peach bavarois, strawberry cookies, and rich cream ganache-filled biscuits.
The bottom tier includes fat croissants filled with duck pastrami and cucumber that has been dressed with white wine vinegar. They’re served together with a white asparagus cream potage soup and skewered olives, mini tomatoes and pickles, creating a truly gourmet addition to your afternoon tea experience.
Romantic SAKURA Berry Blossom Tea (Hot/Iced) – ¥750 Each (Tax Included)
There’s also a cute pink cherry blossom tea that can be served hot or iced. It’s made using Q-pot CAFE.’s popular “Flower Garden” flavour which has a refreshing after taste as well as a floral and fruity sweet scent. Added to it is cherry blossom and raspberry flavouring which mixes deliciously with the milk.
Hanami Party Plan – ¥3,000 Per Person (Tax Included) *Reservation-only
You can also book a special hanami party plan which adds a sparkling beverage to the afternoon tea set together with a a cherry blossom card and a crunchy meringue. You must reserve for 2+ people, making it perfect for enjoying together with a friend or special someone.
It’s not long until March now, meaning springtime, cherry blossoms, and Hanami flower-viewing is just around the corner in Japan. Why not celebrate romantically at Q-pot CAFE.?
SAKURA Romantic Tea Party
Running: March 1, 2020 – April 26, 2020
Online Reservations: Now Open
*Afternoon tea set and hanami plan to be served until March 29, 2020
Address: 3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Closed: New Year’s Holidays
Official Website: https://www.q-pot.jp/eng/
Fermented Food Cafe ‘Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi’ to Open in Kyoto’s Sanjo Area
19.February.2020 | FOOD
Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi is a new cafe opening in the Sanjo area of Kyoto on February 22, 2020, that is centred entirely on fermented foods.
The name “Haccomachi” derives from the Japanese word Hakko (Hacco), meaning fermented, and Komachi (Comachi), meaning a beautiful woman. The cafe hopes for people to incorporate fermented foods into their livesーsomething which is rooted in Japanese food cultureーand live comfortably.
The cafe’s logo showcases the making of kōjiーa type of mould used in the fermentation process of certain food products in Japan, like soybeans. The logo hope to pass down this long upheld tradition.
Hakko fermentation is a major part of Japan’s food culture. Since ancient times, the sweetness and umami brought about by the enzymes in the fermentation process have served to accompany many foods in the country, such as miso, soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, and so onーall traditional condiments used in the Japanese kitchen that are still fundamental today.
The menu at Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi features a line-up of fermented foods made in Kyoto, including those from Kyoto-based soybean makers Fujiwara Shokuhin, Sawai Shoyu Honten which has produced the same high quality soy sauce for decades, sake brewery Kitagawa Honke which has been around since the Edo Period, and more.
A Small Look at the Menu
Haccomachi Special – Fermented Lunch Plate: ¥1,690
This lunch plate is an assortment of hors d’oeuvre made with fermented condiments, tandoori chicken that has been pickled to elevate the umami, marlin fish, soup, and more.
Spare Ribs On The Bone in Miso Yuan Yaki: ¥1,490
This hearty portion of spare ribs are marinated in a miso, mirin, and soy sauce mix. Taste the full umami flavour of the juicy meat.
Namerō Miso Salmon in Yoghurt Sauce: ¥770
The salmon is served namerō style, a type of tataki or pounding method, in miso. The yoghurt has both a refreshing and rich flavour.
Homemade Komekoji Rice Malt Sweet Sake Yoghurt: ¥470
The splitting of the sour yoghurt serves to elevate the sweetness of the sake. This is a drink that even those who don’t like sweet sake are sure to enjoy.
Miso Pound Cake w/ Vanilla Ice Cream: ¥550
The miso pound cake is a collaboration with Japanese confectionery company Sarasa, which has 6 branches of cafes and shops in Kyoto. It’s made using komekoji rice malt powder provided by an old-fashioned Japanese shop (菱六もやし). The umami of the miso is intensified, and the cake stays moist thanks to the powder. It’s served with a dollop of refreshing vanilla ice cream.
Blackcurrant & Vanilla Sweet Sake Affogato: ¥550
A unique spin on the affogato dessert which has you pouring hot sweet sake over tangy and refreshing blackcurrant sherbet and rich vanilla ice cream. Enjoy the mix of the hot sake and the cool ice cream.
Discover the Japanese tradition of fermentation at Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi, opening February 22, 2020.
Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi
Grand Opening: February 22, 2020
Address: 78-1 Masuyacho, Shitagaru Yanaginobamba Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto,
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:00-15:00 & 17:00-22:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 11:00-22:00
Official Website: https://haccomachi.jp/
This Week’s Dessert: Indulging in a Seasonal Parfait at Kinoshita Chaen in Ise
One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. I find it very important time well spent in order to live a happy, fulfilling life.
This week, a business trip took me out of Tokyo to the city of Ise in Mie Prefecture. When the trip was over, I had some spare time to kill before my train arrived, so I went inside a cafe called Kinoshita Chaen which is close to Ise Grand Shrine.
You can arrive at Kinoshita Chaen in just three minutes on foot is walking from Ise Grand Shrine, or five mintues from Ise Station. The exterior design of the building takes on a Western style, which I found to be both cute and retro. You can feel the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the cafe as soon as you step inside. The decor is decked out with all things wooden.
The cafe has been around since the Meiji Period. It serves drinks and desserts all made using tea, and offers both eat-in and takeout services.
I ordered their seasonal-exclusive parfait. 90% of the people in there were ordering it, so I thought it must be popular!
Strawberry & Parfait Puree Parfait w/ Japanese Black Tea – ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
This super cute parfait is completely stuffed to the top with strawberries♡
You can snap cute photos of it no matter the angle♡
When I spooned the caramel puree, soft custard reveal itself. You get a delicious pairing of the bitter flavour and crunchy texture of the caramel with the subtly sweet custard.
The next ingredient to show itself was the mascarpone cream, which combines with the rest of the flavours perfectly. Once your mouth is satisfied with the sweetness of the flavour combinations, you’re next met with Ise matcha gelato.
The matcha gelato is a great palate cleanser for the sweet ingredients when eaten on its own. When eaten together with the sweet puree, you get a completely different kind of delicious flavour. I recommend trying it together with the puree, mascarpone cream, and the crunchy pie which is the next layer.
Moving on from the sweetness and bitterness, the next layer is fresh strawberry sherbet, which is a combination of sweet and sour. To finish, you’re brought back to the subtle sweetness once more with white chocolate mousse, strawberries, and mixed berry jelly.
The final bites of a parfait can generally be hard to get down because you grow tired of the flavour, but the ones sold at Kinoshita Chaen are on another level. The various flavours and textures mean you won’t grow tired as you spoon through the many layersーyou’ll find yourself savouring every last bite.
The Japanese black tea that came with it was luxurious. The cafe actually caters the type of tea they serve to each seasonal parfait. Enjoy a cup together with your parfait.
Matcha Soy Flour Dumpling Cream – ¥830
I didn’t get to order them this time, but I’m really taken by the matcha soy flour shiratama dumplings… The dumplings are made in-house and are topped with brown sugar syrup from Okinawa and Ise matcha. The bitterness of the matcha together with the rich sugar syrup is sure to be delicious with some chewy dumplings. I’ll definitely be trying them when I next visit.
I cannot recommend a trip to Kinoshita Chaen enough. Offering an exemplary menu of Ise flavours, their drinks and sweets maintain the culture and tradition of Japanese tea while keeping up to date with current trends in the world of sweets.
Houjicha Teabags – ¥400 (1 Pack)
On the days you get to eat delicious sweets, you’ve got to share the happiness with friends and family. I bought some houjicha tea bags made with tea leaves grown in Mie Prefecture. They have various other teas too, and the packaging is really cute, so they’re perfect as gifts for friends and family.
Kinoshita Chaen (Ise Branch)
Address: 1-1-31 Iwabuchi, Ise, Mie Prefecture
Opening Hours: 10:30-17:30 (Last Orders 17:00)
Closed: Wednesdays (Except Obon, New Year’s, and public holidays)
Official Website: https://www.kinoshitachaen.com/
Yellow Coloured Minnie Mouse Cafes to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Fukuoka
A new line of Minnie Mouse cafes are set to open in Tokyo and Osaka from February 28, 2020 and Nagoya and Fukuoka from February 29, 2020 for a limited time. Named “OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE,” the cafes are an official collaboration between Disney and the Japanese cafe chain OH MY CAFÉ.
The cafe takes on the theme of Minnie Mouse being a living, breathing icon of today with a positive lifestyle. This is represented through the yellow colouring of the cafe, which features her iconic polka dots as well as ribbon taking on a yellow colour. Tuck into a cute menu line-up and get your hands on some cafe-exclusive Minnie Mouse merchandise.
Cheerful Burger – ¥1,990
This healthy burger is packed full of vegetables with a black bun made in the image of Minnie’s silhouette. Feel as energised as Minnie with one bite of this tasty burger.
Beef Hash Ribbon Rice – ¥1,390
Inspired by Minnie Mouse’s iconic ribbon, this hearty dish is a beef stroganoff plated with rice and veg. The ribbon is so cute it almost seems a waste to eat!
Fruit Sandwich – Single ¥990/ With Plate ¥2,790
An absolute must-order if you’re wanting a dessert. This sandwich is piled with fresh fruits creamy yoghurt, sprinkled with poppy seeds, and doused in lemon juice.
Fizzy Lemon Squash – Single ¥690 / With Coaster ¥1,390
Charge yourself up with this fizzy lemonade and its refreshing aftertaste.
Relaxing Chamomile Tea – Single ¥490 / With Mug ¥2,090
Kick back and relax after your meal with a cup of chamomile tea♡
Heart Badge (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500
Folder – ¥350
Lunch Mat (6 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥650 (*Table reservation required)
Those who book a table in advance will be given one of six possible lunch mats chosen randomly.
If you’re in Japan for the spring, then why not stop by the OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE cafe for a Disney treat?
OH MY！MINNIE MOUSE
Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku Floor 3F, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: February 28, 2020 – April 12, 2020
Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINER Shinsaibashi (Shinsaibashi OPA Floor 9F, 1-4-3 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
Running: February 28, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO (Nagoya PARCO South Building Floor 5F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)
Running: February 29, 2020 – April 26, 2020
Fukuoka: Kawara CAFE & KITCHEN KITTE Hakata (KITTE Hakata Floor 9F, 9-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka)
Running: February 29, 2020 – March 28, 2020
“OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE” OH MY CAFE Booking Website: https://mm.ohmycafe.jp/
Sanrio to Open Official My Melody Shops in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya to Celebrate Character’s 45th Anniversary
11.February.2020 | FASHION
Sanrio has announced that it is opening an official My Melody store to commemorate the popular character’s 45th anniversary this year. It will open for a limited time on the first floor of Takashimaya Shinjuku in Tokyo from February 12 to 25.
The store is a must-visit for fans of Sanrio’s kawaii white rabbit where they can get their hands on a huge assortment of merchandise, including exclusives, so adorable you’ll want to add everything to your collection.
The line-up looks back at My Melody’s 45 years in the business. The first 4,000 people to visit the store will be given a limited-edition shopping back, and the first 1,000 people who spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) will receive a free card.
*One card per person, per transaction
The store will also feature interactive projection mapping showcasing My Melody’s 45-year history which when touched reacts. On February 15, the designer for the store will be drawing illustrations as well as doing signings for people.
As well as Takashimaya Shinjuku, the shop is set to hit Nagoya’s Takashimaya Gate Tower Mall Nagoya and Osaka Takashiyama. Check the dates below, and help My Melody commemorate her 45th anniversary!
©’76, ’20 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ
My Melody 45th Anniversary Shop
Location: Takashimaya Shinjuku 1st Floor Main Square
Running: February 12, 2020 – February 25, 2020 (Closed February 19)
Opening Hours: [Mon-Thurs & Sun] 10:00-20:00 / [Fri-Sat] 10:00-20:30
Date: February 15, 2020 (Two Slots – ①11:30 / ②15:00)
No. of People: 20 per slot
Location: My Melody 45th Anniversary Shop
How to Participate:
・Receive a lottery draw ticket to the signing at the shop on the day (February 15) between 10:00-10:20.
・In the case that there are more people who want to join, one person may not receive two tickets for two signings. Additionally, tickets will not be handed out after 10:20.
・Winners and the order they will enter the signing will be announced at 10:20.
・Those who are chosen will receive a “Buyers Ticket.” This must be exchanged for a ticket to attend the signing by spending more than ¥4,000 (tax included) at the My Melody 45th Anniversary Shop and handing over your Buyers Ticket.
*Signings and illustrations will only be done on paper and not merchandise.
*Requests for designs cannot be made
・My Melody 45th Anniversary Shop Nagoya
Running: March 25, 2020 – April 7, 2020
Location: Takashimaya Gate Tower Mall 7th Floor Rose Terrace
・My Melody 45th Anniversary Shop Osaka
Running: April 1, 2020 – April 7, 2020
Location: Takashimaya 1st Floor Good Shock Place
Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/
5 Delicious Cafés Hidden In Tokyo’s Traditional Yanesen Area
At MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we’ve covered the top stylish cafés of well-known places such as Ginza and Omotesando. Today, we’re going to look at Nezu and Sendagi. Yanesen is the name given to the collective area of the three neighbourhoods Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi. Many people are unaware of its historical landmarks and traditional Edo-style structures, which draws in Japanese tourists year after year.
Upon your visit to Yanesen, the excitement from all your discovering will leave your stomach demanding your friends decide on a spot for lunch as soon as possible. That’s where our city café expert omao never fails to save the day. omao’s Instagram is a buffet of delicious restaurants and cafés. Today omao has recommended us a list of cafés in Sendagi and Nezu.
Amane Saryo, Sendagi, Centre of Nezu
Cake Set B (Price Unknown)
The building for Amane Saryo is a renovated attic of an old-style Japanese house. The gorgeous interior is lined with plants and vases and the quiet, relaxing atmosphere spreads throughout. A kitchen and counter space is located on the ground floor whilst the second floor entertains a beautiful eat-in space. The menu consists of dessert sets that come with tea, ochazuke (rice with tea poured on top), and a variety of small, dainty dishes. Each cake is made with the utmost care and is very delicious.
Opening Hours: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays: 11:30-17:00/18:00-22:00
Weekends and National Holidays: 11:30-22:00
Fixed Holidays: Tuesday and Wednesday
Address: 2-44-19, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: www.amanesaryo.com/
SIGNE COFFEE, Nezu
Pumpkin Purin and Blend Coffee (Price Unknown)
SIGNE COFFEE is located close to Nezu Shrine. The white theme of the interior brightens the room, creating a soothing atmosphere. All the desserts are so delicious that you will have trouble choosing. Your stomach will still feel nice and light after finishing your coffee too. You’ll find yourself wanting to visit this café again and again. The desserts sometimes sell out so if you want to try them you should visit nice and early.
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Orders:17:30)
Fixed Holidays: Thursdays and Fridays
Address] 1-22-10, Nezu, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Mixed Sandwich Set: ¥550, Napolitan Spaghetti: ¥670/ Blend Coffee: ¥430
Stepping through Suncrest’s doors is like going back in time. This old fashioned café is divided into counter seating and sofa seating. There is a wide range of coffees – perfect for the coffee-lover looking to embrace their love of coffee. Their sandwiches and napolitan spaghetti dishes will melt your heart in an instant.
Opening Hours: Unknown
Fixed Holidays: Unknown
Address: Suncrest Ikenohata 1F, 2-2-9, Ikenohata, Taito, Tokyo
CIBI Tokyo, Sendagi
CIBI originated in Melbourne, Australia. The bread for their morning menu is made from homemade natural yeast and their homemade muffins and cakes are to die for. Pop in for lunch to have a taste of their popular lunch plate, which changes every month. The plate makes the most of ingredients of the season. If you’re looking to experience organic, fresh and locally-sourced ingredients, this natural café is the perfect place for you.
Opening Hours: 8:00-18:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: 3-37-11, Sendagi, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Official Website: www.cibi.jp/
Cafe Yuu, Nezu
Beef Stew: ¥1,200
Tucked away on a small side street is Cafe Yuu. Their irresistible beef stew dominates the lunch menu. The rich-flavoured stew is perfectly matured with tender beef – a match made in heaven. The drinks are poured in the most adorable cups.
▼Cafe Yuu (Yuu cafe)
Opening Hours: 11:45-17:00
Address: 2-13-4 Nezu, Bunkyo City, Tokyo
Drooling for more? omao’s got you covered. Whether you’re stuck on where to go for lunch in the city or just want to look at gorgeous food, make sure to check out omao‘s Instagram.
Photos and original text by:omao
Ginza is a district in Tokyo that lures in all the young people. From its high-brand fashion trends to its stylish top-tier cafés and restaurants, the minute the weekend arrives, Ginza is a tourism hotspot flourishing with young people looking for a good time.
When planning a day out shopping with friends in Ginza, for many of us the day’s events revolve around where to go for lunch. Luckily, Instagram expert omao, whose city café and restaurant expertise is on a whole new level, has stepped in to help by sharing six stylish cafés in Ginza with us.
Ricotta Pancakes: ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
Bills is famous for their pancakes. Check out this luxurious stack of three thick ricotta cheese pancakes. Indulge in the flavour of ricotta cheese and the slightly salty butter, which softens the sweetness. Pour on the maple syrup to unlock a whole new level of deliciousness. It may be crowded on the weekends, but weekday mornings are a good time to go to ensure you get a spot.
Opening Hours: 8:30-23:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: Okura House 12F, 2-6-12, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
THE CITY BAKERY
Cinnamon Roll: ¥320 (Before Tax) , Other Items Unknown
city bakery is a café and bakery with its main branch located in New York. It is so popular that in Tokyo alone you can find a city bakery in Nakameguro, Shinagawa, Kichijōji and three more locations. As the name suggests, their specialty is bread but they also make amazing hamburgers, soups, salads and alcoholic drinks. The best part is that you can sit in the café and enjoy freshly baked bread still hot from the oven.
▼THE CITY BAKERY
Opening Hours: 7:30-22:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: B2F, Tokyu Plaza, 5-2-1, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://thecitybakery.jp
Ginza Ginger’s main store is located in Ginza but there is also a branch at Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi. Having said that, the calm and exquisite atmosphere at the Ginza branch definitely makes it the winner of the two. Although shaved ice is usually only seen around Japan in summer, Ginza Ginger serves it throughout the year. They sell seasonal shaved ice flavours too which is highly recommended. If you’re looking for a souvenir, don’t forget to pick up their souvenir sweets which are made from ginger.
▼Ginza Ginger (Ginza main store)
No Fixed Holidays
Address: Quartier Blanc GINZA, 1F2F, 1,4,3, Ginza, Shibuya, Tokyo
Ginza West has been around for a long time and is dedicated to delivering the best flavours by using natural ingredients and avoiding artificial colours and flavours. Pure white tablecloths are spread over the tables and chairs, creating a bright mood perfect for enjoying a dessert to yourself. Their popular “leaf pie” biscuits are the perfect souvenir for that friend who couldn’t come.
Weekdays: 9:00-22:00 (Shop Closes: 23:00)
Weekends and National Holidays: 11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: 7-3-6, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.ginza-west.co.jp
Cafe Paulista, Ginza Main Branch
Cafe Paulista is said to be the place of origin for the slang word “Ginbura” which is a combination of the words “Ginza” and “Brazilian coffee” and literally means “to hang out” (have a coffee) with friends in Ginza. Although this café enjoys a classic and quiet atmosphere, it is the perfect place to make yourself at home and settle down with a warming cup of coffee. Come enjoy your weekend caffeine dose with a small slice of cake and you won’t be disappointed.
▼Cafe Paulista, Ginza Main Branch
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday:8:30-21:30
Sundays and National Holidays: 11:30-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: Nagasaki Center Bldg.1F, 8-9-16, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.paulista.co.jp
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Tasting Set: ¥1,700
This café sells a shokupan set (sliced loaf set) which you can taste and compare. You can choose to eat in, however it is best to reserve in advance as it gets crowded quite quickly. This place is so popular that the queue for take out orders can stretch for an hour. Having said that, it is really worth the wait. You’re guaranteed to leave fully satisfied.
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Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: 1-2-1,Chuo Ward, Tokto
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5 Must Visit Cafes in Shiga Prefecture: Coffee, Desserts & Lunch – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPONHaving recommended many cafes to our readers in Kyoto and Osaka, we felt it time to move to another prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. This time, we’re looking at Shiga, and we’re joined by Instagrammer Tiara who posts photos of their trips around Kansai eating sweets. They have kindly provided us with photos along with explanations of 5 must-visit cafes.
and f CAFE in Moriyama
and f CAFE is popular for its fresh fruit-filled parfaits and assortment of refreshing drinks. The cafe is adorned with many different plants. Up on the second floor is a spacious kid’s area, which makes it a popular location for people with children. There are even private rooms you can take your pets in, as well as mini dog park seats where you can sit with your dog.Morning-Harvested Strawberry Bread / Morning-Harvested Strawberry LatteFeast on an enormous thick-sliced piece of fluffy bread loaded with a homemade cream that’s made with mascarpone cheese and not too sweet, and topped with sweet strawberries, which have their flavour elevated thanks to the cream. The latte is also topped with super sweet strawberries.▼and f CAFE (アンドエフ カフェ)Address: 208-5 Futamachicho, Moriyama, Shiga PrefectureOpening Hours: Lunch 11:00-16:00 / Cafe 11:00-18:00Closed: SundaysInformation (Japanese): https://retty.me/area/PRE25/ARE295/SUB41403/100001517274/
cafe de Boku in Moriyama
cafe de Boku was actually renovated from an old-time sake brewery with a rich history. It’s furnished with lots of antique furniture. Their lunch menu is packed full of healthy vegetables, and they haven’t skimped on desserts either, boasting a range of parfaits and tarts made with fruits grown in Shiga.Seasonal Fruit ParfaitThe parfait I had was topped with a variety of fresh and juicy strawberry called akihime, grown in Dainaka. They go lip-smackingly well with the rich flavour of the milky ice cream. Part of the fun of eating the seasonal parfaits as cafe de Boku is that the parfait changes with each passing season, so it’s fun to look forward to what they’ll have next time.The cafe also sells a variety of takeout baked confections, making it a great place to stop by to pick up some nibbles for yourself or to share with friends.▼cafe de Boku (カフェ デ ボク)Address: 1-10-2 Moriyama, Moriyama-shi, Shiga PrefectureOpening Hours: 11:00-17:30Closed: ThursdaysOfficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bokucafe322
Cafe Marvel in Otsu
A window seat at Cafe Marvel means you get to watch the trains go past along the Keihan Electric Railway. This beautiful cafe has a wonderful interior with its wooden tables and chairs. They have a unique lunch menu, which is limited to just ten options, and those options change every day. In addition to the mains and soups, there’s around six deli-type foods to pick from.Fried Yuto Shrimp & Crab Cream Croquette With OmuriceI ordered the fried yuto shrimp and crab cream croquette with omurice. The tasty fried shrimps are nice and big, and the cafe’s original tartar sauce is to die for. This is a pretty hearty lunch, but it’s so delicious you get through it quickly. It might be a good idea to check out their menu sheet which shows what’s been served each month, that way you can plan what you want to eat.▼Cafe Marvel (カフェマーベル)Address: 5-9 Goryocho, Otsu, Shiga PrefectureOpening Hours: Not knownClosed Days: Not knownOfficial Facebook: www.facebook.com › Places › Otsu, Shiga › CafeCafe Marvel – Facebook
W.Bolero in MoriyamaW.Bolero is a cafe selling luxurious Western-style confections. Tucked away quietly from the hustle and bustle of the city, their dining space has an antique aesthetic. They sell cakes, sweets, chocolate, pastries, and more.Opera d’étéIt has been called the number one confectionery shop in Saga because anything you eat there is exquisite. They also allow for takeout.There is also a branch of this cafe in Osaka, but at the Saga branch, with its warm and welcoming homely vibe, you can enjoy your coffee and cake at one of the terrace seats.▼W.Bolero (ドゥブルベ・ボレロ)Address: 48-4 Harimadacho, Moriyama, Shiga PrefectureOpening Hours: 11:00-20:00Closed: TuesdaysOfficial Website: http://www.wbolero.com/
Mov’s TOWN & COFFEE in Otsu
Mov’s TOWN & COFFEE is another cafe with a relaxed atmosphere. It was renovated from a traditional Japanese house, and its interior design is Denmark-made. As well as comfy chairs, they even have sofas, so you can kick back with a cup of coffee or other beverage.Left: Cafe au Lait / Right: Coffee JellyThe subtly sweet coffee beans used for the coffee in the cafe au lait are provided by a coffee roasting company based in Moriyama, Shiga called Comeyasu. The creamy coffee jelly contains a cream sauce with a fragrant kirsch and coconut smell. They also sell a variety of other drinks like healthy organic juices.▼Mov’s TOWN &COFFEE (モヴズ タウン&コーヒー)Address: 1-56 Miyukicho, Otsu, Shiga PrefectureOpening Hours: 10:00-8:00Closed: Wednesdays / Every 3rd Tuesday of the monthInformation (Japanese): https://tabelog.com/shiga/A2501/A250101/25009614/
We hope you enjoyed this list. If you’d like more recommendations of cafes around the Kansai region then be sure to follow Tiara on Instagram.
Original Text & Photos: ＠happy_pinkrose_tiara
Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
*Information written in this article is correct at the time of publishing. For more details on each shop, please visit their official websites and social media pages.
Valentine’s Day 2020 in Japan: Must-Buy Chocolate & Sweet Gifts
Christmas is over, and Easter is still on the horizon, but if you love chocolate as much as we do, never fearーas our sweet tooth cravings will soon be satisfied with the season of love.
In Japan, shop’s and restaurant’s are already carving their Cupid arrows to fire at customers for Valentine’s Day to tempt them into one of their many tantalising treats. If you’re in Japan this year, we’ve whipped up a list just for you of five must-buy gifts for Valentine’s Day 2020.
Almond Chocolate Truffle | Garrett Valentine’s Tin | Valentine’s Mix
Garrett Popcorn is an American brand of popcorn that boasts a myriad of gourmet handcrafted popcorn flavours. You may not know that it’s also a household name in Japan, where they also make the popcorn fresh every day for snack-hungry customers. For Valentine’s, they serving up an exclusive series full of love which consists of the “Almond Chocolate Truffle,” “Garrett Valentine’s Tin,” and “Valentine’s Mix.”
Almond Chocolate Truffle in Garrett Valentine’s Tin – From ¥1,130
First up, the Almond Chocolate Truffle. If you’re not already drooling at that name, let the description begin: this popcorn takes Garrett’s crushed almond CaramelCrisp™️, coats it in chocolate, and sprinkles it generously with a dust storm of cocoa powder. The fragrant scent and texture of the almonds adds an incredible touch to the combination of the sweet, velvety milk chocolate and the slightly-bitter bite of the cocoa powder. Get in the Valentine’s mood even more by purchasing one of the Garrett Valentine’s Tin – the perfect accompaniment to your movie night in with your loved one.
Valentine’s Mix (Chocolate Cocoa & Strawberry) – ¥1,200
Valentine’s Mix (Chocolate Cocoa & White Chocolate Bark) – ¥1,200
Last year, Garrett Popcorn release a cute heart-shaped tin big enough to fit in the palm of your hands. 2020 will see the return of the tin, this time with two different designs: one with kissing lips and the other with hearts.
Inside the first tin is a mix of sweet chocolate cocoa flavoured CaramelCrisp™️ and sour freeze-dried strawberries. The other tin, which has a more sophisticated chocolate brown and salmon pink design, contains the same cocoa flavoured CaramelCrisp™️ but combines it with “white chocolate bark” – a white chocolate made with almonds and dried cranberries.
▶︎Garrett Popcorn Valentine’s Day Products
Running: January 10, 2020 – February 14, 2020 (Mix available from January 17, 2020) *While supplies last
・Almond Chocolate Truffle: Small ¥620/Medium ¥1,100/Large ¥1,720/Jumbo ¥3,450/Quart Tin ¥1,750/1 Gallon ¥4,400/2 Gallons ¥8,400
・Garrett Valentine’s Tin/Quart Tin: From ¥1,130
・Valentine’s Mix: ¥1,200
Available: Garrett Popcorn Shops®︎ branches in Japan
Official Website: http://jpgarrettpopcorn.com/
Ruby 2020 Assortment
KitKat Chocolatory is releasing a new assortment of KitKat treats for the Valentine’s season in Japan made with ruby chocolateーthe fourth type of chocolate alongside milk, white, and darkーwhich was developed by Belgian-Swiss chocolate makers Barry Callebaut.
KitKat Chocolatory Ruby 2020 Assortment – ¥1,200
Ruby chocolate gets its striking pink colour from the original bean and has a distinct fruity sourness to it. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day giftーor even just as a treat to yourself!
▶︎KitKat Chocolatory Ruby 2020 Assortment
Running: from January 15, 2020
Available: KitKat Chocolatory store/Online
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/
GODIVA, one of the main players in the Japanese chocolate game, has developed the “Chocolate Chronicle Sweet Collection”ーan assortment of individually unique chocolates. The “chronicle” refers to the many places the chocolates have encountered since being created, both in the past and present.
Chocolate Chronicle Sweetheart (Contains 6) – ¥3,240
Chocolate Chronicle Chic Assortment (Contains 15) – ¥6,264
The “Original Maya” considers the civilisation and mysteries of Mesoamerica. The “Cocoa Honey Delight” uses honey to sweeten the chocolate like they did in the latter half of the Middle Ages when there was no sugar. The “Modern Love”burns into your mind the image of its vivid red heart lovingly made with sweet and sour strawberries, ganache, and milk chocolate.
▶︎GODIVA Valentine’s Collection 2020
Running: from January 10, 2020 (Limited Time)
Chocolate Chronicle Sweetheart: 6 Set ¥3,240/12 Set ¥5,400
Chocolate Chronicle Chic Assortment: 4 Set ¥1,296/6 Set ¥2,160/10 Set ¥3,240/16 Set ¥5,400
Chocolate Chronicle Sweet Kare Assortment: 6 Set ¥1,080
Chocolate Chronicle Chic Collection: 4 Set ¥1,836/6 Set ¥2,700/9 Set ¥3,888/12 Set ¥5,076/15 Set ¥6,264/20 Set ¥8,208
Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Koi Suru Chocolate
Valentine’s Collection 2020
The base of these treats is chocolate by Shiroi Koibito. The collection was first released in January 2018 and is very reminiscent of Hokkaido chocolate. There are lots of chocolates in the collection made with cute pink ruby chocolate too.
Mille-feuille (Contains 3) – ¥520
These mille-feuille are layered with milk and white chocolate and coated in things like couverture chocolate and ruby chocolate.
The Heart (Contains 7) – ¥1,080
Each of these hearts has its own distinct sauce: the ruby chocolate has blackcurrant, the milk chocolate has caramel, and the white chocolate has yuzu.
▶︎Koi Suru Chocolate Valentine’s Collection 2020
Release Date: January 17, 2020
Available: ISHIYA store/Online
Mille-feuille: 3 Set ¥540/6 Set ¥1,080/12 Set ¥2,160
The Heart: 7 Set ¥1,080/14 Set ¥2,160
Official Website: http://www.ishiya.co.jp/koi_choco/
Valentine’s Dessert Plate
Morozoff specialises in western-style sweets, and at Cafe Morozoff, they’re serving up a Valentine’s-only dessert.
Valentine’s Dessert Plate – ¥1,200
The beautiful dessert plate is an assortment of cute heart-shaped treats. The rich chocolate mousse has an orange scent, and the fluffy chocolate sponge combines sweet and sour strawberries with smooth whipped cream which elevate the flavour of the chocolate.
▶︎Morozoff Valentine’s Dessert Plate
Running: January 15, 2020 – February 14, 2020
Available: select Cafe Morozoff branches in Japan
Price: ¥1,200 (comes with tea or coffee)
Official Website: http://www.morozoff.co.jp/
Did you enjoy this list? There’s plenty of Valentine’s Day delights to be enjoyed while in Japan. Which on this list has you drooling the most?
Solve the Puzzles Of Osaka Metro and Reach the Goal With New Subway Game
26.January.2020 | SPOT
Osaka Metro is currently holding a puzzle-solving game for passengers which will run until March 31, 2020. As of January 24, over 12,000 people have participated in this exciting endeavour.
The game requires people to ride with Osaka Metro and travel around Osaka while solving various puzzles to reach the goal. This style of escape game has proven incredibly popular in the subway around Tokyo and Nagoya, but this marks the first time it has been held in Osaka. The course is designed in such a way as to enable people to discover or rediscover the wonders of Osaka, allowing them to enjoy the many sights.
Participants must purchase a puzzle-solving kit, which comes with a 1-day train ticket to use Osaka Metro, and follow the instructions to complete the course. Once a puzzle is solved, they are granted knowledge of the next location to head to.
There is also a giant 4-meter long photo spot at Morinomiya Station which can be accessed via Osaka Metro’s Chuo Line and Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line. Snap a photo of yourself with the colourful train carriage handles, and also take a photo together with Osaka Metro’s official mascot character Nyanbarou.
After completing the event, head to the photo spot so you can add to your Osaka travel album.
*”リアル脱出ゲーム” and “ナゾトキ街歩きゲーム” are registered trademarks of SCRAP Co., Ltd.
Nazotoki Machiaruki Game “Puzzle Solve Metro Trip”
Running: November 28, 2019 – March 31, 2020
Puzzle Kit: ¥2,300 (Adults Only) at Osaka Metro stationmaster offices, and from February 29, 2020 will be available at season ticket sellers
*Comes with a one-day ticket to use with Osaka Metro
*Ticket cannot be used on the Osaka City Bus or Imazato Liner
Osaka Metro Official Website: https://www.osakametro.co.jp/en/index.php