Restaurants

Top Choice Sweets in Imperial Palace & Around

Kazariya

There are two restaurants at the eastern entrance to Imamiya-jinja specialising in aburi-mochi (grilled rice cakes coated with soya-bean flour) served with miso-dare (sweet-bean paste). Kazariya is on the left side …
Top Choice Sweets in Miyazaki

Okashi no Hidaka

This is a 67-year-old family-run legend. Peruse the refrigerator case of luscious-looking Japanese and Western pastries, but order the giant nanjakō-daifuku (dumpling of sweet bean paste, strawberry, chestnut and cr…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Otaru

Kita-no Aisukurīmu-ya-san

Housed in a converted warehouse that was built in 1892, just back from the canal, this legendary Otaru ice-cream parlour scoops up some seriously 'special' ice cream flavours. The ika-sumi (squid ink) is actually ju…
Sweets in Ginza & Tsukiji

Mosuke Dango

The original Mosuke, a street vendor, began making dango (dumplings) in 1898, back when the fish market was in Nihombashi. Today the eponymous shop makes its shōyu dango (dumplings with soy sauce glaze) and tsubuan …
Sweets in Ueno & Yanesen

Himitsu-dō

Summer in Japan is synonymous with kakigōri, shaved ice topped with colorful syrups and sweetened condensed milk. So popular is Himitsu-dō, however, that a queue can form even in the dead of winter. One of the secre…
Ice Cream in Sapporo

Milk Mura

A grown-up twist on the classic ice-cream parlour, Milk Mura serve mugs of soft-serve ice cream accompanied by three tiny chalices of your choice of liquors – and there are literally hundreds to choose from. Bottles…
Ice Cream in Ebisu, Meguro & Around

Ouca

Green tea isn’t the only flavour Japan has contributed to the ice-cream playbook; other delicious innovations available (seasonally) at this famous Ebisu ice-cream stand include kuro-goma (black sesame), kinako kuro…
Sweets in Harajuku & Aoyama

Higashiya Man

Manjū (まんじゅう) – that's where the shop's name comes from; it's not just for men! – are hot buns stuffed with sweetened red-bean paste. They're steamed fresh at this take-away counter, a popular pit-stop for Aoyama sh…
Ice Cream in West Tokyo

Daily Chiko

A Nakano legend and one of Nakano Broadway's few original shops, this ice-cream counter features eight flavours of soft-serve – and you can get them all in one towering cone (¥490). Or just two or three, if you beli…
Ice Cream in Asakusa & Sumida River

Suzukien

Suzukien boasts of having the most matcha-ful matcha ice cream around, and the deep moss-green Premium No. 7 does not disappoint. In addition to the seven levels of matcha, you can try ice cream in hōjicha (roasted …