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3 Great Bakeries near Shinjuku Station Where You Can Pick Up Bread for Breakfast

Sep 30, 2019

When you visit Japan, you may feel a bit worried about what to eat for breakfast. You may want to head out to a café, but another option is to use the toaster available at your accommodations and pick up a loaf of bread. Bread is a staple of the western diet, and there are many bakeries in Shinjuku where you can pick up a loaf and still enjoy the same breakfast you would at home.

The Shinjuku Guide team picked up loaves of bread from three popular bakeries in the area, as well as sandwiches from them. Use this article as a guide and find your favorite bread!

A Note on Japanese Loaf Counts

Japanese bakeries count loaves of bread in two ways – 1 pon (Ippon, 一本) and 1 kin (Ikkin,一斤).

“Pon” loaves are sold as-is, straight from the oven without being cut.

“Kin” is a measurement that was used in Japan long ago. 1 kin is approximately 600 grams. These days there are many variations of the “kin” measurement.

In the case of bread, 1 kin is not 600 grams as it usually is, but uses 1 pound as a base and is 450 grams. However, depending on the size of the bread and how it is prepared, it is very difficult to get the same weight each time. Thus, Japanese bakeries currently use the following measurements to classify cut loaves of bread.

Half kin (hankin, 半斤) from 170 grams
3/4 kin (yon bun no san kin, 3/4斤) from 255 grams
1 kin (ikkin, 一斤) from 340 grams
1.5 kin (ittengo kin, 1.5斤) from 510 grams

The standard weight for 1 kin is 350 to 400 grams. As the weight is used to determine the classification, the size of the bread does not factor into the equation.

Let's get started with the taste test!

Sawamura, a Bakery from Karuizawa

Sawamura was founded in Karuizawa, a resort town in Nagano prefecture. It is dedicated to serving loaves of bread and pastries made with the finest ingredients to customers and focuses on making the kind of bread that only Sawamura can at its factories. This time we tried the Kita no Kaori Pain de Mie bread made with two types of Kita no Kaori flour from Hokkaido. 1 loaf (1 pon) is 960 yen, half a loaf is 480 yen.

It looked like it would be hard, but it’s actually quite soft. I thought it was too soft at first, but the more of it I ate the more I started to appreciate the chewiness of it. The butter is really present, and the fragrance of the flour is noticeable.

The buttery fragrance really is noticeable! I noticed it right when I picked it up. The bread is chewy, and I really like it. We tried the bread today without toasting it, but I think this bread would be even better toasted.

The fragrance is too buttery, and I think that the simplicity is what makes bread so appealing. I can’t say that I enjoy this.

The crust is so good! I actually don’t really like crust, but this is so good!!!!!!!!!!!

Bakery and Restaurant Sawamura (Shinjuku)
NEWoMan Shinjuku 2F 5-24-55 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open from 7:00AM-1:00AM the next day (Last order at 12:00 AM)
Open everyday
Website: https://www.b-sawamura.com/ (Japanese only)

Location information


NEWoMan is a commercial complex connected directly to Shinjuku Station. This facility is a wonderful way to experience the Japanese lifestyle with the latest in Japanese fashion and cosmetics, delicio…

4-1-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
Telephone number
Main line: 03-3352-1120 (11:00–22:00)
Hours of operation
Food hall (2nd floor): 7:00 a.m.–1:00 a.m. the next day
Ekinaka (2nd floor): weekdays 8:00–22:00 Weekends, holidays 8:00–21:30

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Boul’ange, a Bakery that Respects French Baking Methods

With French baking techniques as the cornerstone of this bakery’s offerings, Boul’ange offers bread that looks good and tastes good. The flour used has been specially selected from options from all over the world, and seasonal offerings are available. For our taste test, we tried Pain de Mie “Ange”. One loaf (1 kin) is 500 yen, half a loaf is 250 yen (tax not included).

This is the kind of bread that can only come from a specialty baker. This bread hasn’t been baked, but it is absolutely delicious.

The second I put it in my mouth I was in love with the fluffy texture and subtle sweetness. It’s a fragrant and delicious bread that’s not too chewy.

The more I eat this, the more I enjoy the buttery flavor. It’s just perfect. Because it hasn’t been baked, it’s unlike any other bread that I’ve had before.

You can eat this on any occasion. I like the crust on this bread too, and it has a very rich flavor that’s unmistakable.

Boul’ange (Shinjuku Southern Terrace Branch)
Shinjuku Southern Terrace 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open 7:00AM-10:00PM
Irregular holidays

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Shinjuku Southern Terrace

Shinjuku Southern Terrace is a promenade leading from the Shinjuku Station South Exit toward Yoyogi. Along it and inside Odakyu Southern Tower are 18 establishments, including a hotel, shops and resta…

Telephone number
Hours of operation
Varies according to the establishment

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Hokuo, a Reasonably Priced Bakery

Hokuo takes care when choosing the flour, eggs, and milk used in its products. They carry around 100 products that they make from start to finish. We tried the Pain de Mie during our taste test. One loaf (1 kin) is 270 yen, half a loaf is 135 yen.

This is a very simple bread. You can really taste the flour.

This is pretty salty. But it’s simple enough, and can be used for any occasion.

The fact that it was only 135 yen is pretty amazing.

If this was toasted, I think it would go very well with butter and honey.

Hokuo (Shinjuku Mylord Branch)
1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Open Monday-Saturday 7:30AM-10:30PM, Sundays 7:30AM-9:00PM
Website: https://www.hokuo-tokyo.jp/item/#sec02

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Shinjuku MYLORD

The main building is filled a wide variety of trending items and accessories, particularly for women’s fashion, and there is also a number of restaurants and cafés for enjoying a meal. Along Mosaic St…

1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Telephone number
Hours of operation
Mosaic Street: 10:00–21:00
Note: Excludes some establishments
Mall 2nd floor, 2nd to 6th floors (fashion) 11:00–21:00
7th to 9th floors (r

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Try These Bakery Sandwiches!

Sawamura’s Miyabi Egg Sandwich

This colorful sandwich is filled with many tasty ingredients. The bread used is fluffy water roux bread, and soft-boiled egg slices are the main feature, with vegetables on either side. This sandwich not only looks good but is also delicious. It blows standard egg sandwiches out of the water!

Hokuo’s Spicy Taco Meat Sandwich

There are two halves included in the package of this sandwich, one with eggs and one with cheese. The egg sandwich features vegetables, and the cheese one includes a tomato slice. As the name suggests, the main ingredient in both slices is the taco meat. It’s not so spicy, but it adds a nice kick to the sandwich that all of the editors loved. Though we can’t say it’s authentically Mexican, this sandwich was a big hit.

Though Japan is not known for its bread, there is still a large percentage of locals who prefer to start their day with bread over rice. In the past few years, there has been an increase of bakeries, and that trend is not looking to slow down any time soon. Though you may want to try a traditional Japanese breakfast during your trip, you can also find bread and other bakery treats at many locations in Tokyo. Japanese bakeries all respect baking traditions, so don’t hesitate to stop by one!