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Pick Up More Delicious Souvenirs in the Shinjuku Area!

Nov 27, 2019

When you visit Japan, you should focus on making memories that last a lifetime. However, you also want to bring back some souvenirs for your friends and family! In this article, we will introduce you to some popular western-style bakeries and a Japanese tea shop that can be found in the Shinjuku area. Please keep the sweets introduced in mind as you go shopping, as these popular souvenirs are ones that are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Club Harie, Baumkuchen Created in Japan

Club Harie is a western-style sweets brand that is currently popular in Japan. They are best known for their Baumkuchen made with specially selected ingredients. Baumkuchen is a German layer cake known for its ring-like appearance, though the origins of Club Harie’s Baumkuchen are in Japan. The batter is made with care, and craftspeople meticulously create each layer one by one for a fluffy, rich treat every time.



Club Harie B Studio (Shinjuku Odakyu Branch) is the brand’s third shop in Tokyo. This lively and colorful shop offers their famous Baumkuchen in packaging exclusive to this shop. You can pick up the Baumkuchen Mini or the Baum Sablé, crispy cookies made with a mix of cookie dough and Baumkuchen batter. If you know someone back home who likes cake, then bring this Japanese spin on a German classic back for them to enjoy!

Club Harie B Studio (Shinjuku Odakyu Branch)
Odakyu Shinjuku Department Store B2 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: 10:00AM-8:30PM (Sundays and National Holidays 10:00AM-8:00PM) *Open the same hours as the Department Store
http://clubharie.jp/ (Japanese only)

Try Ippodo’s Delectable Japanese Tea

Ippodo is a tea shop that was founded in Kyoto around 300 years ago. There are many varieties of Japanese tea that differ based on where and how the leaves were grown. Ippodo’s specialty is Kyomeicha (tea from Kyoto ), tea that has a mild fragrance and high-quality sweetness along with a mild flavor.

You can find all kinds of tea in Ippodo’s Shinjuku shop, from tea to be enjoyed at teatime and brewed in a Japanese-style teapot, to easy-to-brew teabags. There is a wide selection available, including around ten varieties of matcha. You can also find standard Japanese teas such as sencha, gyokuro, a rare tea that has limited production, and genmaicha which goes well with meals. There are around 40 varieties of tea available, and you can also get instructions on how to best brew each variety.



Staff who are familiar with tea are always on site, so don’t hesitate to ask them any questions. They will also ask you questions so that they can suggest a tea that best suits your palate.

Ippodo Tea (Shinjuku Odakyu Branch)
Odakyu Shinjuku Department Store B2 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: 10:00AM-8:30PM (Sundays and National Holidays 10:00AM-8:00PM) *Open the same hours as the Department Store
http://www.ippodo-tea.co.jp/en/index.html

Try Simple yet Flavorful Baked Sweets at Biscuiterie Bretonne

Biscuiterie Bretonne brings the delicious flavor of Brittany, France’s baking tradition to Japan. Each treat offered here uses simple ingredients and takes care to use a different ratio of butter for each dessert and that the timing of the addition of sugar just right.



Brittany is a beautiful natural region of France that is close to the sea and is known for its high-quality milk and Guérande salt. Since long ago, baked sweets made with butter and salt have been made in this region.

Biscuiterie Bretonne opened with the purpose of letting people experience baked treats made with Brittany’s traditional cooking methods. The sweets are made fresh every day, with Brittany’s traditional Gateau Nantais and Far Breton as the focus. French treats such as Financier, Madeleine and Canelé are made using the region’s traditional methods. The moment you take a bite of one of these sweets, the buttery aroma will envelop your senses and you’ll experience a special flavor that only a bakery can deliver.



We recommend the Bretagne Cookie Assortment as a souvenir. The buttery flavor of these cookies is delicious, and the antique-style mint green tin that they come in is gorgeous.

Enjoy the fermented butter and rum flavoring of the Gallet Bretonne Demi, the caramel taste and Guérande salt accent of the Caramel Salé, and the sweet and salty sablé mixed with raspberry jam of the Framboise Cookie in this tin of cookies. They not only taste good but look amazing as well! The large tin offers 46 cookies in 9 varieties, and the small one has 23 cookies in 6 varieties. Bring back a tin to share with the whole family.

Biscuiterie Bretonne (Shinjuku Odakyu Branch)
Odakyu Shinjuku Department Store B2 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: 10:00AM-8:30PM (Sundays and National Holidays 10:00AM-8:00PM) *Open the same hours as the Department Store
Telephone number: 03-5990-5509
https://www.bretonne-bis.com/ (Japanese only)

All of the shops in this article can be found in the basement of the Odakyu Department Store. “Food basements” are often found in department stores, and are known as a popular place to pick up delicacies from all over the country. Be sure to stop by the basement of the Odakyu Department Store not only for souvenirs but also for your own meal!

Location information

Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku

This department store is conveniently linked directly to the Shinjuku Station West Exit, which boasts the highest number of passengers in Japan. From a wide lineup of popular cosmetics and luxury bran…

Address
1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Telephone number
03-3342-1111
URL
http://www.odakyu-dept.co.jp/shinjuku/
Hours of operation
10:00–20:30 Note: May vary according to the floor, day of the week and season.

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