Ginza Fugetsudo is a sophisticated wagashi salon tucked away on the second floor of a nondescript Ginza building. Here wagashi are made fresh-to-order at the open counter – a rare experience, even in Japan. The wagashi on offer are seasonal, so during summer, you might be served a sweet resembling a green forest canopy, with tinted bean paste and topped with shimmering clear jelly.
Japan’s beautifully crafted wagashi are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. Made from just a few simple ingredients – mochi, bean paste, jelly, seasonal fruit and flowers – these traditional sweets become stunning works of edible art in the hands of a skillful master.
There are nine basic types of wagashi, and if you’ve ever been to a Japanese tea ceremony or sampled some local street food, you’ve definitely tasted a few of them. From dorayaki to manju, Tokyo is teeming with shops selling delectable traditional sweets.
Here are the top places in Tokyo to get a gift-ready box of wagashi to go, or treat yourself and sit down for a nice relaxing tea – paired with plenty of tasty treats, of course.
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