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10 Delicious Sweets & Desserts from Depachika in Japan
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10 Delicious Sweets & Desserts from Depachika in Japan

The following list will cover some of the best treats to get in Depachika (Japanese department-store basements). Although you can find far more than just desserts we will be focusing on sweets for you or your family to enjoy.

Almost all Depachika (department-store basements) have a lot of stores selling a variety of food and sweets. You can go to a depachika in order to get yourself meals, desserts, alcohol, and finger foods to go with your drinks.

However, I personally think it is one of the best places to find a Japanese souvenir for your friends and family. If you are having a difficult time picking out a gift from Japan, I highly recommend you go to one of the depachika and take a look. I’m certain that you will find a great souvenir. Here are 10 ideas that will help you in your search.

 

#1. Millefeuille from Frederic Cassel

Millefeuille from Frederic Cassel
Photo Credit:Frederic Cassel

You might already know about this sweet treat. This dessert already has worldwide popularity but has become even more popular in recent years because it was chosen as “The Best Millefeuille” in a large competition hosted in 2010. Their layer of pie cloth is crunchy and takes about three days to be made. The cream inside is rich and has a deep flavor to it, you can even smell the vanilla in it. The combination of its crunchy pie cloth and its rich cream will definitely take you to a dessert Nirvana. Although there are a lot of depachika stores, Ginza Mitsukoshi is the only place where you can get this in Tokyo. The only other store in Japan is in Kyoto, so make sure to get this one while you are in either of those cities.
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Ginza Mitsukoshi

Address:4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

Access: a min walk from Ginza station (Tokyo Metro Line)

OpeningHours: 10:30am – 8:00pm

Reference Price: 720 JPY

Phone: 03-3562-1111

Website: Ginza Mitsukoshi

 

#2. Hakuroho from Kasho Hanami

Hakuroho from Kasho Hanami
Photo Credit: saitama-dentousangyou.com

Hakuroho is a famous Japanese sweet and every single one is hand made. These almost look like ping pong balls, but it is a treat with white sweet bean paste shaped into a ball and coated with milk and sugar. There are 6 different flavors; milk with white sweet bean paste, sweet bean, coffee, green tea, sesame, and salted Kombu. Also they have seasonal flavors as well such as sakura, apricot, and sweet potato. They are not overly sweet and has a very mild taste to it. They are individually wrapped and easy to share with your friends or family.
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Tobu Hyakkaten Ikebukuro

Address: 1-1-25 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Access: 3 min walk from Ikebukuro station

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Reference Price: 1,188 JPY for a box

Phone: 03-5985-8873

Website: Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro

 

#3. Truffle and Praline Assort from the Peninsula Boutique

You might be familiar with the Peninsula hotel in Hong Kong. The Peninsula Boutique is available in Ikebukuro Seibu department store in Tokyo and sells sweets and tea as well as chocolates. The chocolates they sell are made using their famous ganache and comes in a wide variety of chocolates including the truffle and praline. It might be a bit pricy but once you taste it, you will understand that it is definitely worth it. If you don’t want a whole box of chocolate, you can purchase them one by one so you can pick the ones you like.
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Seibu Ikebukuro

Address: 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

Access: 2 min walk from Ikebukuro station

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Reference Price: 3,996 JPY for a Praline Assort Box

Phone: 03-3981-0111

Website: Seibu Ikebukuro

 

#4. Kobe Milky Rollcake from Factory Shin

You might know about the Dojima rollcake from Osaka. Kobe milky rollcake is another famous rollcake from the Kansai area. Originally, you only could get this in Kobe but now you can find them in Shibuya, Tokyo. The cream inside of the cake is smooth, mild and matches really well with the cake around it. It will melt in your mouth. If you are fan of milk and something a little bit on the sweet side, give this rollcake a try!
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Seibu Shibuya

Address: 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo

Access: 7 min walk from Shibuya station

Openign Hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Reference Price: 1,080 JPY

Phone: 03-3462-0111

Website: Seibu Shibuya

 

#5. Amo from Kano Shojuan

Amo from Kano Shojuan
Photo Credit: http://www.kanou.com

Kano Shojuan is a Japanese sweets store that has a 50 year history. One of their iconic sweets is Amo. This is a Saogashi with sweet beans and its paste and gyuhi makes a softer type of mochi. Saogashi is a form of Japanese sweets that is rectangular in shape. Gyuhi is covered with the sweet bean paste, it is so simple that you can really enjoy the sweet bean flavor and really experience a flavor unique to Japan. Not only can this be a great souvenir, but you can also try this at a depachika since there is an eat-in space available.
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Nihonbashi Takashimaya

Address: 2-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo, Tokyo

Access: 2 min walk from Nihonbashi Station

Opening Hours: 10:30am – 7:30pm

Reference Price: 1,118 JPY

Phone: 03-3211-4111

Website: Nihonbashi Takashimaya

 

#6. Inogashira Senbei from Tokyu Kichijoji

This is an original of Tokyu Kichijoji branch. Inogashira senbei was first sold at the beginning of the Showa era to the mid Showa era. Although it was popular as a souvenir from Inogashira park, it went out of business and disappeared. However, as a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Kichijoji branch, they began making this again. This senbei is all hand made and comes in shapes like “#” because this shape is similar to the kanji character of “井” from Inogashira (Japanese: 井の頭). This has a deep flavor in it and would be a perfect souvenir or just a snack for you to enjoy.
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Tokyu Department Store Kichijoji

Address: 2-3-1 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo

Access: few min walk from Kichijoji station

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 8:00pm

Reference Price: 108 JPY

Phone: 0422-21-5202

Website: Tokyu Department Store

 

#7. Mame Daifuku from Okano Eisen

Mame Daifuku from Okano Eisen
Photo Credit:http://okanoeisen.shop

Okano Eisen has a rich history dating back to 6th year of the Meiji period. They sell all sorts of Japanese sweets ranging from the classics like dorayaki and yokan. What they are really known for is their Mame Daifuku. The use sweet red beans from Hokkaido which carries a distinct flavor without being too sweet. The surrounding mochi has a slightly salty flavor to it creating a perfect balance of sweet and salty in every bite. If your friends or family are fans of Japanese sweets, then this is a must buy souvenir for them!
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Shinjuku Takashimaya

Address: 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

Access: 1 min walk from Shinjuku station

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 8:00pm

Reference Price: 249 JPY

Phone: 03-5361-1111

Website: Shinjuku Takashiyama

 

#8. Natsukanto from Oimatsu

Natsukanto from Oimatsu
Photo Credit:OIMATSU

The first thing you will notice about this treat is its appearance. The outside looks like a normal orange, however the inside is quite different. The dessert is a type of natsu mikan. The inside of this summer orange is hallowed out and filled with orange jelly made from kanten. Kanten is a variety of agar. April 1st of every year marks the start of this dessert. The harvest of Japanese Mikan determines the overall supply of this dessert and it does sell out. This may not be the best souvenir, but you should definitely try this one for yourself!
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Mitsukoshi Isetan Shinjuku

Address: 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Tokyo

Access: a couple min walk from Shinjuku Sanchome Station

Openig Hours: 10:30am – 8:00pm

Reference Price: 1,200 JPY

Phone: 03-3352-1111

Website: Mitsukoshi Isetan Shinjuku

 

#9. HACCI

This store sells a variety of products made from Honey. For sweets in depachika they have a chocolate stick filled with kocha (a type of tea) inside of it. For a chocolate this may seem a bit pricey at an average cost of 2,000 JPY, but you are paying for a high quality product packaged in a befitting manner. This makes it another perfect gift to bring back and share with your friends and family.
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Shinjuku Takashimaya

Address: 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-8580

Access: 1 min walk from Shinjuku station

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 8:00pm

Reference Price: 1000 JPY – 3000 JPY

Phone: 03-5361-1284

Website: Shinjuku Takashimaya

 

#10. Macaroons from Sebastien Bouillet

This store specializes in macaroons. They have flavors ranging from the rich and creamy caramel to more refreshing flavors like lemon and cassis. They come in complineting colors and are both appealing to the eyes as well as your taste buds. They also have a special type of macaroon that is called macalyon. This is a normal macaroon coated in chocolate. This one follows the previous trend coming with a cute appearance and being delicious as well.
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Mitsukoshi Isetan Shinjuku

Address: 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Tokyo

Access: a few min walk from Shinjuku Sanchome station

Opening Hours: 10:30am – 8:00pm

Reference Price: 210 JPY

Phone: 03-3352-1111

Website: Mitsukoshi Isetan Shinjuku

This list of ten only just scratches the surface of what is available in Japan as far as depachika is concerned. From this list you can get an idea of just how much variety is out there. So make sure during your next trip here to check out the basements in the department stores because you won’t be disappointed. From foreign inspired desserts to traditional Japanese ones you will surely find something for your friends or family.

 

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