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Pick Up Even More Delicious Souvenirs in the Shinjuku Area!

Dec 30, 2019

When you visit Japan, you want to make memories that will last a lifetime. However, it’s also important to pick up some items that will remind you of your time in the country, as well as some souvenirs for those who couldn’t join you on your trip. In this article, we will show you some popular Japanese and Western treats available in Shinjuku that would make great souvenirs. There’s so much shopping to do in Shinjuku, so make sure to use this article as a reference when you go!

Ken’s Café Tokyo – The Best Chocolate Cake in Japan

Ken’s Café Tokyo in Shinjuku exclusively sells 100% handmade chocolate cakes. The only item for sale is their Tokusen Gateau Chocolat (Specially Selected Chocolate Cake.) This rich cake with an unforgettable flavor has many fans.

Their secret is the thorough selection the ingredients have gone through. Gianluca Franzoni, the founder of the Italian chocolate brand Domori specially crafted a blend of chocolate for Ken’s Café Tokyo to use called Ken’s Blend Criollo.

What’s more, this gluten-free cake does not use any wheat. High-quality butter is also used, with margarine, shortening and other ingredients with added oil strictly forbidden. You can enjoy the real taste of chocolate in this delectable cake.

Try the cake at three different temperatures to get a different taste. Try it at room temperature for a terrine chocolate-style cake, chilled for an unbaked chocolate cake taste, and heated up for a chocolate fondant. Experience the deep flavor, sweetness, and bitterness of chocolate in this one dessert!

Ken’s Café Tokyo
1-23-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Open 10:00AM-7:00PM
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays

Ninigi – Western-Style Sweets Made with Seasonal Fruits

In Kyoto, when you eat a snack or something to fill up your stomach between meals, people say that this is “mushi yashinai,” or “satisfying the insects.” Ninigi, a sweets shop founded in Kyoto, hopes to do just that by offering a variety of sweets that are sure to satisfy the insects in your stomach. They sell Japanese desserts such as daifuku, mochi-based treats made with seasonal fruits, their specially crafted white bean paste, and whipped cream. Dorayaki, a sweet cake-like treat just like those found in the Geisha town of Gion, are also available.

We recommend the popular Prince Strawberry Daifuku. The mochi shell goes very well with the large Amaou Strawberry that has the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness. The white bean paste and whipped cream add to the sweetness of the treat. The Prince Strawberry Daifuku is an excellent collaboration between fresh ingredients and Japanese sweets! They make daifuku featuring not only strawberries but also mikan tangerines, kiwi, mango, and other fruits. Try one of these delicious Japanese sweets today!

Prince Strawberry Daifuku – 399 yen each (tax included)
*The price of the daifuku changes with the season and availability of the ingredients

Currently, Amaou Strawberries from Fukuoka Mii Agricultural Cooperative’s 17 farms are used. These strawberries are picked in the morning and are placed in a temperature controlled environment. They arrive at Niniki the next day. These strawberries are used from December to early-May.
*Natsumizuki Strawberries and Aporo Berries from Hokkaido are used from May to November.

Shop information:
Niniki (Newoman Shinjuku Branch)
Newoman Shinjuku 2F (inside the station), 5-24-55 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open weekdays 8:30AM-9:30PM, weekends and national holidyas 8:30AM-9:00PM
http://ninigi.co.jp (Japanese only)

There are so many souvenirs in Shinjuku that you may have trouble deciding what to get. Picking up food-based souvenirs is common in Japan, and is a great way to have those who couldn’t go to Japan with you experience the food culture of the country. Check out the first and second part of our Shinjuku souvenir series for even more ideas!