40×Tokyo: Wagashi

40 x Tokyo

T-minus 26 days and counting.  Today’s birthday trip wish is to splurge on …

Wagashi (和菓子)

No secret that I have a sweet tooth!  As I approach 40 my waistline also holds no secrets, and thus my sugar addiction has to be kept in check.  I am counting on all the walking we will be doing in Tokyo to provide plenty of wiggle room for indulging in traditional Japanese wagashi.

savoring wagashi in tokyo


toraya sakura monakaUntil 2003, for a brief while NYC had their own Toraya location.  So it was a no-brainer to add this most prestigious of wagashi makers to the trip plan.  Their origins began in Kyoto and they have been serving Japanese nobility for centuries.  Their headquarters settled in Akasaka Tokyo in the 1960’s.  The question that remains is whether to visit the Akasaka location or the Ginza location!

Toraya’s Art of the 5 Senses  |  Types of Wagashi  |  Shop Locations

Sweet Treats

In my research, I also stumbled upon this site which lists the following locations of other notable wagashi shops.  The posts are dated back from 2009 so I am not entirely sure of their accuracy.  Still, it provides a good range of options to investigate further.

  • Kotobukido (0120-480400), Koganei imo, 2-1-4 Nihonbashi Ningyocho, Chuo Ward.
  • Shimura (03-3953-3388), Tsukumo mochi, 3-13-3 Mejiro, Toshima Ward.
  • Itakuraya (03-3667-4818), Ningyo yaki, Nihonbashi Ningyocho 2-4-2, Chuo Ward.
  • Chomeiji Sakuramochi (03-3622-3266), Edo-period Sakuramochi, 5-1-14 Mukojima, Sumida Ward.
  • Tokutaro (03-3874-4073), Kintsuba, 3-36-2 Asakusa, Taito Ward.
  • Usagiya (03-3831-6195), Dorayaki, 1-10-10 Ueno, Taito Ward.
  • Mangando (03-3622-3128), Imokin, 1-19-16 Azumabashi, Sumida Ward.
  • Habutae Dango (03-3891-2924), Habutae dango, 5-54-3 Higashi Nippori, Arakawa Ward.
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