1. Funabashiya Koyomi
    Photo: Funabashiya KoyomiKuzumochi
  2. Mican Club
    Photo: Mican Club'Angel's Tear' warabimochi jelly
  3. Mican Club
    Mican ClubGrilled shiratama
  4. Oiwake Dango Honpo Shinjuku
    Photo: Oiwake Dango Honpo ShinjukuKoshian and mitarashi dango
  5. Kyoto Saryo Suisen Shinjuku
    Photo: Kyoto Saryo Suisen ShinjukuUji matcha warabimochi

4 best mochi cafés in Tokyo

These cafés and dessert shops make the best mochi rice cakes in the city, from sweet daifuku to savoury dango

Written by
Dina Kartit

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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Mad for mochi

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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).

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  • Harajuku

Mican Club is a traditional Japanese sweet café that’s particularly popular for its Angel’s Tear, a purely transparent warabimochi jelly that resembles a water drop. The warabimochi is made with agar derived from seaweed and served with plenty of kinako (roasted soybean powder), brown sugar syrup.

Mitarashi dango is another popular mochi dish at Mican Club. You can grill shiratama (sweet rice dumplings) on a small charcoal grill in front of you, and pair them with three of your favourite sauces from the 11 types available on the menu, such as yuzu kosho (fermented yuzu and chili), cinnamon and sour plum. If you don’t feel like cooking your own dango, you can order one of the two sets pre-prepared by the chef, featuring Hokkaido kinako or Mican Club’s special seasoning.

Don’t let the price decide for you – every dessert here is ¥1,100.

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  • Shinjuku-Sanchome

Oiwake Dango Honpo Café in Shinjuku is well known for its incredibly large variety of dango rice dumplings. Dango is served on a stick (three dumplings per stick) and can be ordered individually or as part of a set, which includes two sticks (from ¥583) with the sauce or topping of your choice.

The café’s most popular options are mitarashi (sweet and spicy sauce; ¥183 per stick), one koshian (thick bean paste from Hokkaido; ¥183 per stick) and anmitsu (agar and brown sugar syrup from Okinawa; ¥432 per stick). 

The store also has savoury options including sour plum and seaweed (¥291) or shichimi seaweed (¥194) dango. Make sure to check out the shop regularly as new limited-time flavours are often added to the menu. You can eat-in or order for takeout.

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  • Shinjuku

Originally from Kyoto, this matcha café offers sticky Uji matcha warabimochi (bracken starch jelly) and is certain to satisfy both green tea and mochi lovers.

Saryo Suisen’s warabimochi are served hot or cold and you can choose a stronger level of matcha flavour for more bitterness. It comes in a set with a pot of tea (gyokuro hojicha or sencha), shiratama (sweet white rice dumpling), red bean paste, kinako powder and kuromitsu (brown sugar syrup). The classic warabimochi set costs ¥1,180 (or ¥1,380 for a stronger matcha flavour). Other options include a bitter matcha soft cream and warabimochi covered in kinako (roasted soybean powder; ¥1,080), or strong matcha warabimochi in zenzai (sweet red bean soup; ¥990). 

You can accompany your meal with matcha beer (¥880) or an exclusive 3D matcha latte (¥780) with the design of your choice. 

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