Founded in 1805, Funabashiya Koyomi is all about a Tokyo speciality: kuzumochi. This light Japanese dessert is made with wheat starch dissolved in sweetened water, and left to ferment for about 450 days. It might sound strange for a sweet treat, but trust us: once you’ve sat in the café and sampled this refreshing dessert, you’ll be hooked.
The classic kuzumochi set is served with brown sugar syrup, kinako soybean powder and matcha tea for ¥670. The café also has a bunch of other kuzumochi desserts, like anmitsu with kuzumochi (¥760), Matcha cream kuzumochi (¥900), kuzumochi pudding (¥670) and even four types of kakigori shaved ice with kuzumochi (brown sugar and kinako, matcha, strawberry, white peach; from ¥930).
You don’t have to have a sweet tooth to find joy in mochi (sticky rice cakes). A traditional Japanese delicacy, mochi can be sweet or savoury and are especially popular on special occasions such as New Year. They come in a variety of shapes and textures, from light and refreshing, like mochi ice cream and jelly-like warabimochi, to thick and chewy, like daifuku mochi filled with red beans and grilled shiratama.
Whatever you’re craving, we've found four cafés and sweet shops in Tokyo where you can enjoy mochi in its many variations, along with a cup of tea.
Note: these venues might close early depending on the current Covid-19 measures. Please check with the individual outlets for the latest business hours.
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