Where to buy wagashi
Toraya is synonymous with wagashi; the establishment boasts a rich heritage dating back to the early-sixteenth century when it was founded in Kyoto. This Toraya branch comprises a shop selling fresh confectionery, a café, and a gallery featuring a rotating exhibition on Japanese culture.
This is the main store of one of Tokyo’s most renowned wagashi shops, located in the centre of Ginza, across from the Wako building. It offers a variety of traditional sweets including dorayaki, ohagi and rice crackers. Get your strawberry daifuku here when it’s in season.
Come here for the complete experience: seasonal wagashi over seasonal brews. This tea salon is an expert in putting a fresh new twist on traditional Japanese confectionery, and you’ll be spoilt for choice with over 40 varieties of tea on their menu.
Inside the ticket gates of JR Shinjuku’s New South Exit, numerous food shops are strategically placed for you to pick up some last minute gifts before boarding the train. Among them, Yui offers delicate and artistic wagashi, including a yokan bearing the image of Mt Fuji (when cut into slices). You should also look out for Ninigi’s fresh fruit daifuku.
This sweet shop is helmed by Japanese chef Katsunori Shimizu, who also runs a famed French restaurant in Kanagawa. This Ginza Six outpost offers creative wagashi and other confectionery that fuse Japanese and Western influences.
This mega-sized department store, right next to JR Shinjuku Station’s New South Exit, is a one-stop shop housing fashion boutiques and restaurants. You’ll find confectioneries on the first basement floor; we particularly liked the colourful dango at Koganean and the manju at Okano Eisen.
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