Come for the art, stay for the sweets. A visit to Yamatane Art Museum isn’t complete until you’ve stopped off at its café. The menu offers five kinds of colourful wagashi daily, which are inspired by the current art on display. You can be sure that these sweets taste as good as they look as they're produced by Kikuya, a well-established confectionary shop located in Aoyama. You can order one for ¥610, or pair it with a side of matcha green tea for ¥1,200.
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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