The Great Tokyo Donut Post

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Updated 3/12/21

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.

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Mr. Donut right next to Akabane Station in Akabane.

Another Mr. Donut.

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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

Dunkin

Siretoco Factory in Keiyo Street area

Yurakucho

The Doughnut Plant: There’s a great little donut shop in Yurakucho called The Doughnut Plant. Well worth a stop. It’s 1 block to the north and west of 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. Yurakucho is just south of 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 Krispy Kreme shop inside.

Yurakucho Station ahead, and ITOCIA dept. store, left.

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Another view of Yurakucho Station right, and ITOCIA dept. store, left, out of view.

ITOCIA dept. store, right.

AkihabaraJack In The Donuts, Mr. Donut + More

Jack In The Donuts: Just outside Yodobashi Akihabara is a small donut shop called Jack In The Donuts. You can watch workers prepare donuts live + they have a great variety of donuts including 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.

Akasaka/Nagatcho

To the east of Akasaka near Nagatcho is a small donut shop called Hocus Pocus which is well worth a stop.

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 Roasted Coffee Lab in the Esola complex just across from one of the Mr. Donuts.

There is also a Krispy Kreme shop 2 blocks west of Ikebukuro Station on Mizuki Dori.

Donuts @ Tokyo Sky Tree

At Tokyo Sky Tree there are lots of places to find great donuts. Head into the Solamachi Bldg. next to Sky Tree to discover its food arcade:

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Right out front near the door is this pastry shop with donuts.

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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

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:

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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 Peace and Lamb in Q Plaza in Ikebukuro. There is also a CAPCOM Café in Q Plaza.

Halloween treat coming from Krispy Kreme - Japan Today
Mister Donut - Wikipedia
Mmmm...Donuts... - Mister Donut, Japan. | Mister donuts, Food humor,  Japanese dessert
nekotaro on Instagram: “Halloween Donut :D” | Halloween donuts, Holiday  donuts, Fall donuts

Arnold’s

In Kichijoji is a nice donut shop called Arnold’s. They have some very unusual and interesting doughnuts and it’s worth a look.

Courtesy Arnold’s

Floresta nature doughnuts

To the west in Koenji around is Floresta Nature Donuts. Well worth a stop.

Ginza

For a more upscale doughnut experience, try Antique Ginza 2 blocks east of Yurakucho Station. There’s also a Mr. Donut in Ginza: Mister Donut Ginza Nine.

Dumbo Donuts + Coffee

In Azabujuban is a small donut shop called Dumbo’s. Also worth a stop. Also in Azabujuban is 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 Higuma Doughnuts along with a coffee shop called Coffee Wrights.

Good Town Donuts Shibuya

In Shibuya there’s a nice spot called Good Town Donuts. They have some very interesting low-sugar Vegan donuts. There’s a good post on the place over at grapejapan.com

Yoyogi

If you’re near Yoyogi Station, check out Harrits Donuts & Coffee just to the northeast a few blocks around 35°40’09.07″ N 139°40’56.20″ E. Unfortunately their site is in Japanese only.

Conclusion

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!

LINKS

All About Mr. Donut Japan + Its Awesome Menu

Sakura and matcha star in new Mister Donut collection

Mr. Donut preps more Pokémon donuts

Mister Donut creates Uji matcha chocolat doughnut line with green tea specialists Gion Tsujiri

“Glossy green tea donuts” sound weird, look amazing in Mr. Donut team-up w/Kyoto matcha master

Japan Gourmet Guide: Recommended Doughnut shops in Tokyo

http://www.jack-donuts.jp/#

http://www.noacafe.jp/en/harajuku/

https://www.higuma.co/

https://www.misterdonut.jp/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Donut

Japan’s Mister Donut revamps introduces new sweet potato doughnut lineup

Best doughnuts in Tokyo? Sweet floral creations cause a stir on social media

Savor some Sanrio chocolate costume cuteness with organic Halloween Cinnamoroll donuts

Mister Donut rolls out new collab sweets with Belgian chocolatier for Valentine’s

Pokémon doughnuts from Mister Donut are bigger and better than ever this year

Gudetama makes doughnut debut at Floresta with adorable organic New Year greetings doughnuts

https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/restaurants/tokyos-best-doughnuts

Sakura Flavour Cherry Blossom Doughnuts from Japan’s Mister Donut

Doughnuts in Tokyo – Floresta, Krispy Kreme and Mister Donut

Get A Bite Of Spring At Krispy Kreme Japan With New Doughnut Flavors Including Matcha, Sakura, And More

Krispy Kreme Japan’s cherry blossom season 2021 creation is an adorable sakura rabbit doughnut

Krispy Kreme’s new line of doughnuts offers plenty of Japanese tea goodness

https://www.tokyo-solamachi.jp/en/shop/887/

https://www.tokyo-solamachi.jp/en/shop/?m_category=27&page=7

https://gigazine.net/gsc_news/en/20130911-krispykreme-halloween/

Mister Donut Releases “Ronuts”–Doughnuts Served With A Slice Of Creamy Roll Cake On Top

Rainbow mille crepes brighten up the food scene in Tokyo

https://www.roadarch.com/sca/donutsmr.html

https://www.fukushimaya.net/

https://mont-thabor.jp

https://www.waterras.com/

Cute bear doughnut from Hokkaido available at Tokyo station

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http://www.dumbodc.com/

https://siretoco23.com/free/shop

https://gigazine.net/gsc_news/en/20170925-misterdonut-halloween-my-melody

The Mister Donut Ice Bar: “When donuts become ice cream”

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Darcy’s Beer + Burger Ikebukuro

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Name: Darcy’s Craft Beer and Burger

Kind: Restaurant

Location: Ikebukuro, Tokyo @ 35°43’40.07″ N 139°42’48.35″ E

Address: Japan, 〒171-0022 Tokyo, Toshima City, 豊島区Minamiikebukuro, 2−24-1 八大ビル

Phone: 03-5927-8791

Email: Unknown

Free WiFi: Yes

Worth it? Yep.

Our Rating: ★★★

Last updated 9/5/2020

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Darcy’s Craft Beer and Burger is a really great burger restaurant several blocks southeast of JR Ikebukuro Station in west Tokyo. They also sell a variety of craft beer + drinks. It’s 3 blocks southeast of Coffee Valley. Minami-Ikebukuro Park is 2 blocks to the northeast.

They have awesome triple-decker burgers that are really great for around $12-$15. They also have seafood, chicken, and deserts. Tables are indoors and out and they just installed a nice new tile sidewalk out front next to the tables.

Inside is a relaxed bar-type atmosphere with wood paneling, and subdued lighting. You may want to arrive early in the evening because apparently they run out of burgers early.

To get here, exit the east side of JR Ikebukuro Station, head south 3 blocks, east 2 more blocks, then south one more block, then east 2 more blocks. It’s on your left on the corner as you face east.

Ikebukuro facing north. JR Ikebukuro Station is in the upper left corner, Darcy’s is on the corner of the small white building in the lower right. Coffee Valley is just one block to the northwest.

Enjoy!

LINKS

https://darcys.info/

https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1305/A130501/13166174/

VIDS

Tokyo Drew has a vid showing Darcy’s:

Coffee Valley Ikebukuro

Name: Coffee Valley

Kind: Café

Location: Ikebukuro, Tokyo @ 35°43’39.67″ N 139°42’47.06″ E

Address: 2-26-3 Minamiikebukuro
Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0022

Phone: 03-6907-1173

Email: info@coffeevalley.jp

Free WiFi: Yes

Worth it? A must-see

Rating: ★★★★

Last updated 6/28/2020

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Coffee Valley, Ikebukuro – A must-see.

Tucked down a little hidden side-street, 2 blocks from Tokyo’s JR Ikebukuro Station is one of the city’s best cafés: Coffee Valley Ikebukuro. This place is a must-see for anyone visiting Tokyo.

Coffee Valley offers gourmet coffees of all kinds, and small snacks such as pastries. It has an exceptional interior with rustic wood + nice lighting. Staff is very friendly. There is seating on the second floor with large windows with lots of light.

The quality of everything here is superb. This is one Tokyo café that is not to be missed. It’s well worth a trip to Ikebukuro just for the café alone, but if you’re in the area sightseeing anyway, you’ll definitely want to stop in.

Directions:

Take the JR Yamanote Line to JR Ikebukuro Station and exit the main east exit to street level. You can also take any of the connecting Metro Subway lines to any of the major stops on the Yamanote Line or Saikyo Line, change at Shinjuku, Shibuya, or Harajuku/Omotosando, and then get the Yamanote Line to Ikebukuro.

After exiting, turn right onto the sidewalk (south):

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JR Ikebukuro Station east exit. Head south as you exit (to your right as you face the exit from the inside, or straight ahead down the sidewalk in this photo).

Proceed 1.8 miles south. You’ll pass the large SEIBU + PARCO depato (department stores) as you go. As of this writing at the 1.8 mile point, you will see a large Starbuck’s in front of you on the corner across the street. Turn left (east) at this light (you’ll see a Komedia’s Coffee on the 2nd floor in the bldg. in front of you). Cross at the light. On the ground floor of this bldg. there will be a Yahoo! and a SoftBank. At this corner there will be a tiny narrow side street on your left. Head down it:

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Look for the tiny side street next to the SoftBank/Yahoo! bldg.

Go a block and the street will curve around to the right. Keep going and cross the next street also. You will see a Caffé Veloce on the corner on the right, and a Yoshinoya on the corner on the left. Enter the next small street straight ahead and Coffee Valley will be just inside on your left. Can’t miss it.

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Abandon all other coffee places, ye who enter here. Coffee Valley is just down the alley ahead on the left.

Footnotes

There is another railway + station in IkebukuroThe SEIBU Railway line which exits just to the south of the JR Ikebukuro Station on the same street.

Town Layout

JR Ikebukuro Station is shown on the left. The JR Ikebukuro Station east exit is just to the left of the small square in the upper center of the map shown above. The main street runs roughly north-south. Coffee Valley is shown at the placemarks in the lower right corner.

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Main street in east Ikebukuro. The JR Ikebukuro Station is up on the left. You’ll exit here, and head down the street on your left (towards the camera in this photo).

LINKS

Coffee Valley

COFFEE VALLEY – Tokyo [Good Coffee]

JR-EAST Ikebukuro Station

JR Sightseeing Map

JR Yamanote Line for Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Akihabara, Ueno & Ikebukuro

SEIBU Ikebukuro Station guide map

Narita to Ikebukuro: The Best Transport Options | Tokyo Cheapo

Google Map

Ikebukuro | The Official Tokyo Travel Guide, GO TOKYO

Essential Tokyo: The Complete Guide to Ikebukuro Station

Ikebukuro Station: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Cracking This 3D Maze

Ikebukuro Station | Tokyo Creative Travel

Ikebukuro Guide @ The Best Japan

VIDS

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LUMINE Ikebukuro Food Court

Name: LUMINE Ikebukuro

Kind: Depato

Location: 35°43’43.85″ N 139°42’33.51″ E

The food courts on floors 7 + 8 of LUMINE Ikebukuro are amazing. Shop after shop of high quality food at reasonable prices. A few really good burger joints, all kinds of cafés, and sweets, pancake + sundae places, and higher end restaurants on the 8th floor.

LUMINE is at the south west end of Ikebukuro JR station. Take the Metropolitain exit, head just to the left down the sidewalk, past TOBU depato, then under the high metal beam roof. The escalators are right there. Take one to the top floors.

The food basement in the TOBU bldg. right next door is great too.

So… here’s how to get there:

  1. Exit JR Ikebukuro Station at the west or Metropolitan (Theater) exit. This is on the west/southwest side of the station.
  2. You’ll come up stairs when exiting, there will be a tiny Starbucks on the right, a TOBU depato on the left. You’ll be out in a small square with some shops across the street.
  3. Head south, past the TOBU store, sticking to the far left of the sidewalk. If you’re to the right of the Taito Station, you’re too far west.
  4. After you pass the TOBU bldg, go about another block and you’ll see another JR station exit like this:

It says “West Entrance” but it’s really the Southwest entrance on a map. There’s another exit called South Exit inside the building south of this. Either west or south exits will do.

The real JR map of the station is here, but it doesn’t really show this entrance.

5. Walk past this entrance, sticking to the left, and you’ll come into an area with a bunch of escalators, and some shops, and coin lockers:

This is what you want – board the escalators to the top floors to find the restuarants. Note the “M” on the building. This used to be called the “Metropolitain Building” but is now called LUMINE.

As a footnote, just to the right on this photo – by the exit from the escaltors, there are all kinds of interesting shops – there’s a Coffee Roasters Laboratory Cafe, a Mr. Donut (in fact 2 of them on that side of the station), and a few blocks south, a MOS Burger. There is also another shopping area near the Coffee Roasters called Esola.

2nd footnote: Just to the north of the Starbucks mentioned above, there is a huge JR Travel Service Center which has lots of info, train bookings, and other useful traveller info.

Just west down the street past the Taito Station mentioned there is a large Bic Camera annex, and beyond that further west, a OIOI depato. Keep in mind there are 5 Bic Camera stores around Ikebukuro station.

All of these places are within a few blocks of each other.

So, if you’re in the mood for nice food courts, and sellers, check out the LUMINE food court shown above, and the food seller basement in the TOBU depato next door. Both are outstanding.

Links

LUMINE floor guide

LUMINE Ikebukuro

https://www.lumine.ne.jp/english/ikebukuro/

TOBU Ikebukuro

Depachika Delights: The Underground Food Halls of Tokyo

Tokyo Food Guide

Map:

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=esola+ikebukuro&t=ffab&ia=places&iai=%E3%82%A8%E3%82%BD%E3%83%A9%E6%B1%A0%E8%A2%8B-%E8%B1%8A%E5%B3%B6%E5%8C%BA-2&iaxm=places

Esola Complex Ikebukuro

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Name: Esola

Kind: Mall

Location: 35°43’46.97″ N 139°42’34.73″ E

Station: JR Ikebukuro Sta.

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑

Free WiFi? Yes.

Worth it? Yep.

Updated 2/12/2021

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Esola is a must-visit complex in Ikebukuro in western Tokyo.

Exit JR Ikebukuro Station @ the South Exit and immediately turn right (north). Esola is just on your right. The south exit is near the LUMINE depato (formerly Metropolitan Plaza). The TOBU depato is just behind Esola.

Check out the great 1st floor café Roasted Coffee Laboratory. RCL is actually run by a company called baycrews.co.jp which runs a bunch of restaurants all over Japan including (believe it or not) one called eggslut. They also run the out-of-this world pancake chain called Flipper’s (there’s one in Harajuku/Omotosando and one in Shibuya). And they run j.s. Pancake Café which we stumbled into one day over in Nakano (west of Shinjuku).

If you come out of the main Ikebukuro West Gate Park exit on the west side of the station, just head down the street ahead on the left, and Esola will be down on your left a few blocks (street entrance is shown at 00:52 in the 2nd video below, and Esola itself is at 3:02 – right across from the newly constructed Global Ring park).

The entomology of the name Esola isn’t clear – the only info available is that it is derived from early Germanic + is a woman’s name meaning patiently quiet. It’s not clear if the mall’s name was taken from the #1 smash hit song Esora (エソラ) by Japanese band Mr.Children, but it’s highly likely since that song was released in 2008 on Mr.Children‘s spectacular album Supermarket Fantasy (which we highly recommend BTW) before the present Esola complex was built.

Enjoy.

Additional Photos

Head left down this street from the West Gate Park exit. Global Ring is on the right, Esola is down on the left.

Global Ring across from Esola. There is also a café here.

LUMINE depato just south of Esola.

LINKS

https://www.esola-ikebukuro.com/

https://baycrews.co.jp/

https://baycrews.jp/store/detail/0635

http://pancake.journal-standard.jp/

https://tokyotouristinfo.com/en/detail/M0304

https://www.fun-japan.jp/en/articles/11551

https://tokyotouristinfo.com/en

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarket_Fantasy

Mr.Children Official

VIDS

Those fans sure do go nuts.

Building of Global Ring just across the street from Esola.