Like the current
pancake craze in Tokyo at the moment, Japan is crazy for donuts. There are so many cool donuts in Japan it’s hard to know where to start.
The real donut crazes hit around Halloween + Christmas – 2 major holdays in Japan. Halloween especially is huge. Spring is also a big donut time in Japan – mostly with all kinds of Sakura donuts everywhere.
The biggest donut chain in Japan is
Mr. Donut – a US chain that went bankrupt in the US, but was bought by a Japanese company. There are 1000s of Mr. Donut stores all over Tokyo and Japan. We have some more info on Mr. Donut on our other post . Inside a Japanese Post Office
Mr. Donut right next to Akabane Station in Akabane.
Another Mr. Donut.
A Mister Donut “set” from back in 2001. Today’s donuts are a bit more colorful + themed.
Donuts @ Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station and it’s underground shopping area, Tokyo Station City are vast and there are lot of doughnut options here:
Angelique New York
in Siretoco Factory Keiyo Street area
The Doughnut Plant: There’s a great little donut shop in Yurakucho called . Well worth a stop. It’s 1 block to the north and west of The Doughnut Plant Yurakucho Station and 1 block west of the Tokyo International Forum around 35°40’35.99″ N 139°45’47.31″ E. They close nightly @ 7PM. is just south of Yurakucho Tokyo Station.
Krispy Kreme: Just to the south of Tokyo Station is Yurakucho Station and right next to its east exit is the ITOCIA dept. store. There’s a shop inside. Krispy Kreme
Yurakucho Station ahead, and ITOCIA dept. store, left.
Another view of Yurakucho Station right, and ITOCIA dept. store, left, out of view.
ITOCIA dept. store, right.
Akihabara – Jack In The Donuts, Mr. Donut + More
Jack In The Donuts: Just outside Yodobashi Akihabara is a small donut shop called . You can watch workers prepare donuts live + they have a great variety of donuts including Jack In The Donuts matcha donuts. The shop is hidden in a small shopping tunnel just on the south side of Yodobashi Camera. Well worth a stop.
There is also a
Mr. Donut about 5 blocks northwest of the JR Akihabara Station.
Fukushima Tasting Market: 2 blocks to the east of the Mr. Donut here is the Fukushima Tasting Market which also has a pastry shop with lots of donuts. Well worth a stop and nearby.
Mont-Thabor Tōkyō: A little to the west just across the Kanda River is a shop called Mont-Thabor Tōkyō Waterras Mall Shop. It’s actually in Ochinamizu in the Waterras complex. There is also a Mr. Donut on the north side of Waterras.
To the east of
near Akasaka is a small donut shop called Nagatcho which is well worth a stop. Hocus Pocus
Donuts in Ikebukuro
There are no less than
three Mr. Donuts‘ in Ikebukuro in western Tokyo. All of them are great. There is also the just across from one of the Roasted Coffee Lab in the Esola complex Mr. Donuts.
There is also a
Krispy Kreme shop 2 blocks west of Ikebukuro Station on Mizuki Dori.
Donuts @ Tokyo Sky Tree
Tokyo Sky Tree there are lots of places to find great donuts. Head into the . next to Solamachi Bldg Sky Tree to discover its food arcade:
Right out front near the door is this pastry shop with donuts.
There is also a western-style Krispy Kreme on the Food Marché floor – as well as other donuteries.
Just to the south of Sky Tree is this Mister Donut. There are also a few more to the west on the way to Asakusa.
Halloween is huge in Japan and most cafés go nuts trying to out-do each other in the madness of the Halloween donuts they can come up with. This selection is from Mr. Donut:
Halloween donuts @ Mr. Donut.
Even chain cafés such as
Tully’s gets into the act. There are others in smaller privately owned cafes and smaller places such as in Peace and Lamb Q Plaza in Ikebukuro. There is also a CAPCOM Café in Q Plaza.
Kichijoji is a nice donut shop called . They have some very unusual and interesting doughnuts and it’s worth a look. Arnold’s
Floresta nature doughnuts
To the west in
Koenji around is . Well worth a stop. Floresta Nature Donuts
For a more
upscale doughnut experience, try 2 blocks east of Antique Ginza . There’s also a Yurakucho Station Mr. Donut in Ginza: Mister Donut Ginza Nine.
Dumbo Donuts + Coffee
Azabujuban is a small donut shop called . Also worth a stop. Also in Azabujuban is Dumbo’s . Bryant Coffee
Harajuku + Omotosando
Higuma Doughnuts + Coffee Wrights
There’s a great little donute shop around
35°40’01.62″ N 139°42’35.34″ E in Omotosando called along with a coffee shop called Higuma Doughnuts Coffee Wrights.
Good Town Donuts Shibuya
In Shibuya there’s a nice spot called
. They have some very Good Town Donuts interesting low-sugar Vegan donuts. There’s a good post on the place over at grapejapan.com
If you’re near
Yoyogi Station, check out just to the northeast a few blocks around Harrits Donuts & Coffee 35°40’09.07″ N 139°40’56.20″ E. Unfortunately their site is in Japanese only.
Well that’s about it for now. Tokyo is a donut-lover’s paradise and there’s no end to the funny + delicious donuts you can find here. Enjoy!
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