Updated: November 07, 2018
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The Best Sweets to Eat in Nakamise Street, Asakusa


Asakusa is one of the most famous places to visit for foreign visitors. After seeing Sensouji and if you happen to be hungry, these places are the ones to taste Japanese desserts.

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1. Kibidango: Asakusa Kibidango Azuma (浅草きびだんご あずま)

First sweet is kibidango from Azuma. Kibidango is a Japanese dumpling made from the kibi (proso millet) flour. It is common to eat it with kinako (sweetened soy bean powder).
They put kinako (sweetened soy bean powder) onto a fresh kibidango. It is ¥330 for five kibidango sticks. You can also buy some packaged kibidango as a souvenir if you want some back home.

2. Kaminari Okoshi: Tokiwa Dou Kaminari Okoshi Honpo (常盤堂雷おこし本舗)

Kaminari okoshi (puffy rice with caramel) is one of the most famous souvenirs to buy from Asakusa. People usually see it as only a souvenir. However, you can buy one and eat it right there instead of taking it home.
The best part about eating at the shop is that they make it right in front of you and give you a hot, freshly made kaminari okoshi for ¥300. The hot one is extra delicious.

3. Monaka Ice cream: Asakusa Chochin Monaka (浅草ちょうちんもなか)

This is the only shop that sells only monaka ice cream. Monaka ice cream is an ice cream sandwitched by two thin-crispy wafers made of rice.
When you order it, it comes with a chochin (Japanese paper-made lamp) shaped monaka sandwiching whatever flavored ice cream you want. The combination of crispy and sweet is a delicious thing.

4. Age-manju: Kokonoe (九重)

This shop sells age-manju. Age-manju is a deep-fried dumpling like sweet made from flour and buckwheat filled with anko (mushed azuki bean paste).
They have flavors such as anko (azuki bean paste), matcha, cherry blossom, black sesame, custard, sweet potato, and pumpkin. Each of them is about ¥200, so it is also a good idea to get a few and compare multiple age-manju and choose your favorite.

5. Ningyo-yaki: Kimura Ya (木村家)

Ningyo-yaki is a Japanese sweet made of Japanese sponge cake filled with anko (mushed azuki bean paste). Ningyo in Japanese means a doll, so the name of the sweet reads "baked doll". Niingyo-yaki in this place has four shapes, and each of them is shaped based on the famous landmark or a symbol of Asakusa.
When you order ningyo-yaki, you can watch how ningyo-yaki is baked. It gets baked on the special baking machine that molds nigyo-yaki into the doll-like shapes. Hot and fresh made ningyo-yaki is delicious.

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