It is said that haiku poet Teijo Nakamura enjoyed Kafu’s sweets with visitors
Classic handmade anko (bean paste) with a long history
This Japanese shop focuses on handmade sweets, limiting their production only to what will be sold on a given day. The homemade, slightly less sweet anko is famously elegant. Koshian is made by peeling and boiling high-grade azuki beans from Hokkaido, while Tsubuan is made with higher quality dainagon beans and white bean paste, which is less common in Tokyo.
Popular daifuku mochi and chestnut yokan
Bean daifuku (220 yen), a favorite of famous actor and singer Yujiro Ishihara, is a gem that is often sold out by afternoon. The limited production chestnut yokan (1,600 yen for large, 800 yen for small) is very popular. A saying among the staff goes, “the number turned away is greater than the number sold.” Monaka made with the dainagon beans (150 yen) is the most popular item. We receive many inquiries from far away.
Tsubuan monaka with refined sweetness
Sweets, such as dango and daifuku, as well as fresh confections and yokan, are popular as gifts
Wrapping bean paste with flattened mochi in the Kafu way
Address: 3-32-3 Soshigaya TEL / 03-3482-0011 Business hours / 10:00-17:00 Regular holidays / Tuesdays Credit cards / Not accepted
Japanese sweet shop Yamatoya / Since 1930
“Kuri Daimyo” with a whole chestnut inside
We use our time-tested ingredients to retain traditional flavors
For our shop, we travel from Hokkaido to Okinawa to purchase ingredients and talk with farmers and agricultural cooperatives. Our owner has taken on the role of technical instructor of traditional Japanese sweets for the Tokyo Wagashi Association, and Technical Manager for the Setagaya Wagashi Association.
Promoting the beauty of Japanese sweets
The owner is active promoting the appeal of Japanese wagashi not only locally but also outside. Our shop is involved in activities such as hosting wagashi-making classes at nearby elementary and middle schools, visiting temporary housing locations in disaster-stricken areas to support reconstruction, and spreading the beauty of traditional Japanese wagashi to the world.
Our “Kuri Daimyo (‘chestnut lord’)” is a highly recommended gift
A beautiful whole chestnut is wrapped in white bean paste, once more in yellow bean paste, then baked. The softness of the chestnut combined with the moist dough are exquisite. “Kuri Daimyo” may be stored for up to 20 days, so they make great gifts.
A Japanese sweet shop, 90 years in business in Soshigaya
I am Hirofumi Ota, the owner. I teach traditional Japanese sweet-making techniques in various places, including local elementary and middle schools
We carry Japanese sweets from fresh confections to seasonal gifts
Address: 3-32-14 Soshigaya TEL / 03-3483-1604 Business hours / 9:00-20:00 Regular holidays / Wednesdays and 2nd Tuesday credit cards / Not accepted