I hadn’t noticed that there are many animal-shaped desserts in Japan until one of my friends from the US told me so. It seems like Japanese people like cute desserts. I’d like to tell you about cute animal-motif desserts today.
Ikumi Mama’s animal donuts
I was surprised when I saw their donuts! They are so cute, and I couldn’t help buying them. They make donuts shaped as various cute animals, such as cats, dogs, birds, frogs etc. All of their donuts are covered with chocolate, not icing, but they are not too sweet. They don’t use any preservatives or additives for their donuts, so you need to eat them on the day you buy them. I liked the frog (matcha chocolate flavor) and shiba-dog (coffee-chocolate flavor). The donuts cost about 300 to 400 yen.
The head shop’s address: 3-6-18 Kizuki, Nakahara-ku, Kawasaki-city, Kanagawa 211-0025 The nearest station is Motosumiyoshi of Tokyu-Toyoko line. It is about six minutes on foot. Tel#: 044-434-3640
Business hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (from Sunday to Thursday), 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) The shop closes on Mondays and national holidays.
You can also buy their animal donuts at following shops.
*Studio café ZOO ADVENTURE
Address: Lalaport Fujimi 2F, 1-1313 Yamamuro Fujimi-city Saitama 354-8560
The nearest station is Tsuruse of Tobu-Tojo line. (It takes about six minutes from Tsuruse station to Lalaport Fujimi by bus.)
Tel#:049-257-5241 Business hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
*Amusement café Plebi
Address: America Inagi SC 2F, 2284-1 Yano-guchi, Inagi-city, Tokyo 206-0812
The nearest station is Keio yomiuri land of Keio line (five minutes on foot)
Tel#:0423-79-8752 Business hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Address: Paty-Odaimon, 54 Daimon-cho, Nagano-city, Nagano 380-0841
*Kotori café Omote-sando
Address: 6-3-7 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
The nearest station is Omote-sando (fifteen minutes on foot)
Tel#:03-6427-5115 Business hours: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
*Kamogawa Sea World
Address: 1464-18 Higashi-cho, Kamogawa-city, Chiba 296-0041
The nearest station is JR Awa-kamogawa, and it takes about ten minutes by bus. (There is free shuttle bus service)
Tel#:04-7093-4803 Business hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
*Sweet Market Café
Address: 1555 Minamiyoko-machi, Suzaka-city, Nagano 382-0097
Although this shop also sells animal-shaped donuts, they are completely different from Ikumi Mama’s animal donuts. Ikumi Mama’s donuts themselves are like animals, but there are cute little animals inside the Siretoko factory’s donuts. I bought small bite-sized donuts. It costs about 700 yen.
The head shop is in Hokkaido, the most northern region in Japan, but there are some chain shops in Tokyo
The head shop address: 3-9-1 O-dori kita, Nakashibetsu-cho, Shibetsu-gun, Hokkaido 086-1141 Business hours: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
*Siretoko sky sweets shop
Address: Chitose-Airport, Domestic Terminal 2F, Bibi, Chitose-city, Hokkaido 066-0012
Business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
*Tokyo station shop
Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
*Ueno Station shop
Address: 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005
Business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Monday to Saturday), 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Sunday and national holiday)
They sell cute small cupcakes; panda, frog, bear, and hedgehog. The price is 450 yen to 460 yen for each cap cake.
Panda: vanilla flavor cake + mascarporne cheese cream + chocolate toppings
Frog: matcha flavor cake + matcha Bavarian pudding + matcha chocolate toppings
Bear: plain cake (salty caramel sauce inside) + caramel flavored whipped cream + white chocolate and almond
Hedgehog: chocolate cake (caramel and banana jam inside) + chocolate cream + sliced almond toppings
They also sell cup cakes that are not animal-shaped, and the flavors changes depending on seasons. You can buy cup cakes without whipped cream as well.
The address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005 (This shop is in Tokyo Station Gransta B1)
Business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Monday to Saturday), 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Sunday and holiday)
Ame means candy in Japanese (it also means rain, but it has a different accent and it is written in different Chinese characters) and Ameshin is a shop that sell candy with animal shapes. I don’t know if I should call them just animal shapes since some of them look exactly like animals! I was impressed when I saw the goldfish and the frog candy. They look like real creatures, and they are more like art works than candy. Ameshin also sells candy with dogs of other animal shapes, but I think the goldfish and frog are the most amazing of their candy. Ameshin has some branch shops in Tokyo, and I went to the one at TOKYO SKYTREE. The shop is very small, but you can see staff members making candy there.
The price for an animal-shaped candy is about 3,500 yen. I think it is very expensive for a candy, but maybe not for a handmade art work. They also sell bon-bon candy with fruit juice inside, and candy in uchiwa(=paper fan) shape with beautiful designs, but you can only buy uchiwa-shape candy at the shop in TOKYO SKYTEE. That candy costs about 600 to 1,000 yen.
Ameshin TOKYO SKYTREE shop
Address: TOKYO SKYTREE Soramachi 4F East yard no.11, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0045
The nearest station is TOKYO SKYTREE station of Tobu Skytree line.
(The station is just in front of TOKYO SKYTREE)
Business hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and closing date follows Tokyo Soramachi’s.
Ameshin Asakusa head shop
Address: 1-4-3 Imado, Taitou-ku, Tokyo 111-0024
The nearest station is Asakusa station (fifteen minutes on foot)
Business hours: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (closed on Thursdays)
*You can have the experience of making your candy at Ameshin Asakusa shop and see some displays of candy. However, you cannot buy candy there, so I would recommend going to Ameshin TOKYO SKYTREE shop if you want to buy some candies.
Kitcho-an is a confectionary company that makes traditional Japanese desserts. Traditional Japanese desserts are called Wagashi (和菓子). We can see many different types of Wagashi depending on the season. For example, cherry blossom shaped Wagashi is sold in spring, and colored maple leaves in autumn.
You can buy a goldfish-shaped candy at Ameshin all year, but the jelly with small gold fish design at Kiccho-an are limited to summer. The jelly is beautiful, and it looks as if two small goldfish are swimming in water. In general, there are a lot of local festivals during summer in Japan, and goldfish scooping (a festival game in which participants try to catch goldfish in a shallow paper ladle) is one of very popular games at festivals. Many Japanese desserts’ stores including Kiccho sell desserts with goldfish design during summer. The jelly at Kicho-an costs about 270 yen.
Kitcho-an has many shops at department stores all over Japan, and there are at least six shops in Tokyo. Daimaru Tokyo, Matsuya in Ginza, Tobu Hyakkaten in Ikebukuro, Matsuya in Asakusa, Keio Hyakkaten in Shinjuku, and Tokyu Hyakkaten in Kichijoji. I found that there is also Kitcho-an shop at Haneda Airport domestic terminal 2.