20 Best Japanese Desserts

Japanese Desserts: Modern and Traditional | FAIR Inc

Are you into salivating sweet foods such as Japanese desserts? Japanese desserts(デザート) are proven best as it satisfies your craving for sweets. If you are a visiting foreigner, satisfy your sweet tooth by including “Japanese desserts hunting” in your bucket list.

Did you know that there are over hundreds of desserts you can taste in Japan? A variety of Japanese desserts can be found anywhere in Japan. For example, you can find them at coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, and schools.

From wagashi to crepes, we will make you crave for the amazing Japanese desserts to be featured below. After reading this post, gain yourself a “betsu-bara” or second stomachs like many Japanese people have. Read on!

10 Modern Japanese Desserts

Are you having your cheat day? Or do you want a happy ending? There is no doubt that everyone loves to explore newer food experiences especially desserts. Nowadays, you can find a lot of picks of modern Japanese desserts that are certified good, from less sugar to more sugars of your choice.

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1. Castella, Sho'oken

Address : 3-19, Uonomachi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki

Castella is a Japanese confectionary with mizuame as its base ingredient. Mizuame makes it moist like that of a sponge cake. The main ingredients include flour, sugar, eggs, and mizuame.

You can also find flavors such as powdered green tea, brown sugar, and honey. Castella cake can be purchased inside long boxes. This Japanese dessert is a specialty from Nagasaki and you can visit there if you want to try the original one.

2. Coffee Jelly

Address : Various locations

A very familiar dessert, coffee jelly can be found in most Japanese restaurants and convenience stores. By using an instant mix or by using raw ingredients such as coffee, sugar, and gelatin, you can make a coffee jelly. The difference between Japanese coffee jelly from American coffee jelly is that it uses agar jelly, which is a gelatin made from algae.

Coffee jelly is added to milkshakes, floats, and sundaes. It is also added to hot or cold coffee. To make it more flavorful, pour the condensed milk into it.

3. Green Tea Ice Cream(抹茶アイスクリーム), Suzukien x Nanaya Collaboration Shop/ 壽々喜園 ×ななやコラボショップ

Address : 3-4-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo-to 111-0032

Also known as matcha ice cream, this Japanese dessert is extremely famous especially to foreigners. Its base ingredient is green tea. Matcha ice cream can be integrated into other dishes such as Azuki and Green Tea Ice Cream, Green Tea Mochi Ice Cream, and Green Tea Shaved Ice.

4. Hakuto Jelly (白桃ゼリー)

Address : various locations

Hakuto Jelly is a summer dessert in Japan. Its base ingredients are ripe hakuto peach juice from Okayama and mineral spring water. Because Hakuto Jelly is a seasonal dessert, it is quite expensive as peaches only bloom in summer.

5. Melonpan (メロンパン), Kagetsudo

Address : 2-7-13 Asakusa, Daito-ku, Tokyo

Melon bread is a Japanese-style sweet bun made from enriched dough or enriched cookie dough. Originally without melon inside, the addition of melon started recently which is very appealing to the crowd. You can select filling flavors such as caramel, maple syrup, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and custard.

6. Mochi Ice Cream, Yukimi Daifuku

Address : any convenience store

Invented by Frances Hashimoto, Mochi ice cream is a confection made from sticky rice and is filled with ice cream. It is usually served cold in flavors such as green tea, vanilla, and strawberry. The combination of the texture of mochi and the sweetness of ice cream makes it one of the best Japanese desserts out there.

7. Purin (プリン), Eden

Address : 4 Chome-52-5 Ōtsuka Bunkyo-ku Tokyo-to

Purin which is the term used for Japanese pudding is a custard dessert made from caramel sauce, eggs, milk, and sugar. Originated from Spain, the Japanese flan is usually found at most Japanese convenience stores. The variation of Japanese pudding is creme caramel which is different from creme Brulee and crema Catalana.

8. Raindrop Cake, Kin Sei Ken Dai Ga Hara Ten (金精軒 台ケ原店)

Address : 3-4-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo-to 111-0032

A Japanese dessert that resembles a raindrop was introduced in Japan in 2014. It is made from water from Mount Kaikoma of the Southern Japanese Alps and agar, the algae gelatin. Distinguished as a no-calorie dessert, Raindrop cake is mild sweet when tasted.

9. Matcha Swiss Roll (抹茶ロールケーキ)

Address : various locations

Loving green? This Japanese dessert is made from fresh matcha cream and then rolled into a fluffy sponge cake. This is one of the favorites for a lot of visitors in Japan. If you are obsessed with green tea, you must try this one.

Address : various locations

Are you looking for an official souvenir sweet from Tokyo? Tokyo Banana is a sponge cake with cream filling inside in the form of a banana. This Japanese dessert is manufactured by Grapestone Co. and is offered in different series.

Some modern Japanese desserts are influenced by the Western style but it doesn’t change the fact that you can find the best desserts in the land of the rising sun. The sophistication and creativity make your camera click. Also, the experience of the sugary essence melting inside your mouth inspires you to make blogs about them and share them to any social media platforms.

10 Traditional Japanese Desserts

Did you know that even without sugar, Japanese people from ages ago made desserts from rice, sweet beans, plant saps, red bean paste, mochi, and nectars?

Because of that, traditional Japanese desserts are born. Their love for desserts even intensified when sugar was introduced to them from Europe.

Wagashi (和菓子) is the term generally used for traditional Japanese desserts, although it varies by shapes and flavors. 

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If you are looking for authentic and legit traditional Japanese desserts, check them out below. We safely pick the 10 best of the best traditional Japanese desserts for you.

1. Daifuku (大福餅), Kyou Sagano Chikujian(京 嵯峨野 竹路庵 大丸梅田店)

Address : Osaka

Daifuku which is the popular wagashi in Japan is made from mochi and filled with Anko, azuki red bean paste. It is often served with tea. Variations of this dessert are Yomogi Daifuku, Ichigo Daifuku, and Yukimi Daifuku.

2. Dango (団子), Kibidango Azuma

Address :Tokyo, Japan. 1-18-1 Asakusa

Dango is a skewered Japanese dessert made of rice flour. Different dangos are served according to seasons. The most popular Dango is the Anko Dango which is covered with sweetened red bean paste.

3. Higashi (干菓子)

Address : various locations

Higashi is a dry confectionary and can be stored longer than other wagashi. It is made from rice flour and can be purchased in different variations.

4. Arare (あられ), Kameda no Kaki no Tane Milk Chocolate

Address : any convenience store

This Japanese dessert is a pellet-sized Japanese cracker. Arare is made from mixing glutinous rice and soy sauce. To make it more enjoyable, serve this with Japanese beer.

5. Hanabiramochi (葩餅)

Address : various locations especially New Year

A Japanese dessert that is usually eaten at New Year. Hanabiramochi is made from mochi, miso, gyuhi, and burdock. Each ingredient symbolizes terms related to New Year.

6. Kuzumochi (葛餅), Sagamiya

Address : 4-25-7 Ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo

Kuzumochi is mochi cakes from the base ingredient, kuzuko. It is also a local dish from Tokyo. It is served and topped with kuromitsu and kinako.

7. Manju (饅頭), Yuzawaya Saryo

Address : 946 Shimohatsuishimachi, Nikko 321-1403, Tochigi Prefecture

This is made from flour, rice powder, kudzu, buckwheat, and red bean paste. This Japanese confectionery is certified popular because it is cheap. You can find many variations of Manju such as the matcha Manju.

8. Mizuame (水飴)

Address : various locations

Similar to corn syrup, Mizuame is made from converting starch to sugar. The term mizuame which means water candy lives up to its name as it looks clear, sticky, and thick liquid. Mizuame is usually added to wagashi as sweeteners but can also be considered as a Japanese dessert.

9. Sakura mochi (桜餅), Chomeiji Sakuramochi

Address : Mukojima, Sumida, Kanto

This wagashi is very popular, especially in Hinamatsuri and Hanami. This Japanese dessert is made of pink-colored rice cake, red bean paste, and pickled cherry blossom leaf. You can also eat the leaf along with the confectionery. Different styles and variations can be found throughout Japan.

10. Yokan (予感), Toraya Confectionery

Address : various locations, online shop

Yokan is a Japanese dessert served in block form. This is made from mixing agar jelly, sugar, red bean paste, or white kidney bean paste. This can be served with chopped chestnuts, persimmon, figs, azuki beans, or sweet potato.

Where To Find Instagrammable Desserts In Tokyo?

Tokyo, which is the center of Japan harbors the beautiful buildings you need to capture in your camera lenses. Did you know that you can make your Tokyo trip more enjoyable not only on the architectures but by also trying out the instagrammable desserts in the city? From cafes and restaurants, you can find these amazing and delicious desserts. Check out the places below:

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1. Shiro-Hige Cream Puff Factory

Have you watched the Japanese movie, Totoro? If so, you can find cream puffs inspired by Totoro, the adorable forest spirit in the movie. Each cream puff costs 400 yen. Flavors such as strawberry, banana, chocolate, banana, and custard are available.

2. ELK New York Brunch

Try out their massive sundae called Pop Sundaes. You can pile fruits, sprinkles, cookies, and chocolates on your ice cream. Each sundae can be purchased for 1,000 yen.

3. Decora Creamery

Do you like cotton candy? Visit Decora Creamy for their big and fluffy rainbow cotton candy. Imagine eating a 2-feet cotton candy which is worth picture taking!

4. Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku

In Harajuku which is known for its lively vibes, you can find Kawaii Monster Cafe. Here, you can take pictures with neon lights, robots, and instagrammable dishes. The popular dish Poison Parfait Extreme costs 2,300 yen.

5. Vie De France, Tokyo Solamachi

Have you heard about melon rolls that look like whales? This pastry shop is popular for its adorable bread and pastries in the form of sea creatures. Their popular product, Whale Musk Melon Roll costs 300 yen only.

Japanese dessert has many variations from traditional to modern desserts. If you want to explore all of them, it is better to try them one by one. Of course, make your camera click and post them on your social media accounts.

Friendly advice: Check your blood sugar before you indulge in these sweets from Japan.

Have you tried one of the featured Japanese desserts above? Or do you want to share other Japanese desserts? Comment down below! We want to hear your thoughts and experience.

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