Monday, October 26, 2015 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

After lunch at Kyourakutei, we decided to stroll around Kagurazaka area. Kagurazaka is a neighbourhood in Tokyo, near Iidabashi Stations and it has a shopping street as it's centre, home of many restaurants, cafes and other shops. There are a lot of traditional shops as well as a modern retailer and it's very hard for me not to buy and try everything. This is simply a small list of things I found really appealing and decided to give it a try at Kagurazaka shopping streets.

1. Fujiya
Fujiya is a confectionary company and their products is sold at every supermarket in Japan. Their most famous product is "Milky", it's a soft milk candy. Fujiya also runs cake shops all over Japan. 

What's special about this Kagurazaka branch is they are the only shops in Japan that sells Pekochan-yaki - the outside is a pancake and they have a lot of options for the fillings. The classic fillings such as azuki, custard, chocolate as well as seasonal flavours like mango. They are similar with Japanese cake called taiyaki usually in a shape of a fish. 

Pekochan is the mascots of Fujiya sweets chain, you may recognise her from milky candy packaging or milky canned milk. She has a pig tailed hair with her tongue sticking out of her mouth. Pekochan-yaki are so cute and adorable, I really don't want to eat it. I decided to try their custard and red bean flavours, both of them have a very thick and heavy pancake coating which I'm not really fond of but the fillings was delicious. The red bean was sweet but not too sweet, warm and juicy. The custard was creamy and soft, I wish they put more of it in there.

There are windows to the kitchen, allow you to watch the process of the cakes being made while you are standing in line. They also sells other cakes and other milky merchandise.

Score: ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

Monday-Friday: 10am-10pm
Weekends & Holidays: 11.30am-7pm

www.fujiya-peko.co.jp (Japanese only)
Shinjuku - ku, Kagurazaka 1-12

2. Baikatei Meikasen
Baikatei is an 80 years old and now owned by Hisae. The main man clearly has an amazing talent and he makes hundreds tiny edible wagashi everyday. Wagashi is a traditional Japanese confectionary often served with tea, usually made of plants such as mochi, anko (azuki bean paste) and fruits.

I bought some cause I can resist it and I wanted to take some more picture of this amazing cake art. They are a bit pricey though but compare to the amount of effort to make them, I say it is well reasonable.

Both of them taste good, not too sweet, soft and have a deep flavours and both have azuki bean paste inside.

Score: ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

Baikatei Meikasen
Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo 162-0825

3. Kanaya Hotel Bakery

I pass by this shop at the end of my stroll at Kanazawa, we are ready to leave than I remember we need to buy some breakfast for tomorrow morning. I have to leave pretty early by train to Fujiyama resorts so I decided to check Kanaya out.

Kanaya Hotel Bakery originated from Nikko city, Tochigi prefecture and has been offering it's best quality for over 90 years. Kanaya is famous for their royal bread which is basically loaf of white bread.

I decided to try their famous royal bread and it was plain loaf of white bread but tasted good. It was fluffy and soft. The other bread I bought was minced beef bread and cheese bread both of them have a very nice textures and the fillings was pretty nice too.

The packaging was plain, classic, old traditional bakery. They also sell a couple merchandise such as mugs and tote bags.

Score: ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

Monday-Sunday: 9am-5pm

Kanaya Hotel Bakery
SHK Building, 1F
3-2-5 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo 162-0825

As an additional bonus to this post, during the stroll I accidentally pass by Zenkoku-ji Temple. It was a small charming temple, where the local people regularly come and pray. It was first constructed in 1595 by the order of the first Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu as a prayer offering ensuring the safety of the whole country. Although the temple was burnt down by fire in 1670, the main building and the small hall contains the famous bishamon-ten military god were reconstructed in 1674. Zenkoku-ji Temple also known as "Bishamon-sama in Kagurazaka).

Zenkoku-ji Temple
5-36 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo 162-0825