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
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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

Start summer early with these fruity donuts from Krispy Kreme

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

Ikumimama Comes up with Kawaii Animal Doughnuts for the Easter Season

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

https://rb.gy/qtl7je

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”

VIDS

Kameido

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Name: Kameido

Kind: Town

Location: 35°41’51.07″ N 139°49’35.46″ E

Station: Kameido Station, Chūō-Sōbu Line or Tobu Kameido Line

Free Wifi: Yes

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒

Worth it? For a quick trip

Updated 10/1/2020

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Be sure to see our guide to Kameido‘s sister city – Kinshicho to the west.

Kameido (Ka-meh-ee-do) is a small town in east-central Tokyo. About a mile to the west is another popular town called Kinshicho. Kameido is smaller and there’s less to do but it’s still worth a quick stop + look.

Area Layout

Kameido centers around its train station on the Chūō-Sōbu Line and Tobu Kameido Line. To the northeast is the atré shopping mall + center square, and a large Don Quijote and Mister Donut. On the south side of the station there is a huge square-shaped pedestrian walkway next to the Don Quijote. There are also a variety of shops + restaurants under the train tracks.

Attractions

There’s not a lot to do in Kameido since it’s a very small town, but it’s still worth a look. It’s a bit of an older slightly run-down town that could use a redevelopment, but it’s so small the Tokyo Metro Gov’t hasn’t made that a priority. There’s a big atré shopping mall with various shops right next to the station. There are also a lot of nice restuarants underneath the train tracks.

South of the tracks on one corner there’s a huge Don Quijote 100¥ shop worth a stop. Right across to the east is a huge (and we mean huge) Mr. Donut with every kind of donut you can imagine. The Japanese have an abbreviation word for Mr. Donut: Misado.

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Restaurants underneath Kameido Station.

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Don Quijote Kameido. Note the walkway.

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Mr. Donut: Misado.

Atré Kameido

To the northeast (right) of the station is a large atré shopping center worth a look. They also have a Tully’s Coffee which has charge ports for your devices. There’s also groceries here. There’s a complete Atre Kameido Floor guide.

There are also a few bus stops in the center square, but their signs are only in Japanese so you’ll need to know where you’re going ahead of time.

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Large atré shopping center just north of the station.

Shopping Street

If you head north from the square where the atré is, there main street is lined with lots of shops – worth a quick walk up + down for a look.

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Cultural Center + Museum

If you head west of the atré, there’s a small cultural center called the Kameido Cultural Center. Right next to that is a bldg. housing a small museum. Both are worth a quick look, although the museum is quite limited.

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Small museum.

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The museum is in this bldg.

To get to the museum cross the square from atré west past this Koban (police box) and head to the building with the triangular earthquake reinforcements on the front shown on the left above.

Well that’s it for Kameido – it’s a small town. So just wander around a bit and have fun exploring.

LINKS

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

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

https://www.kcf.or.jp/kameido/

https://www.donki.com/en/store/shop_detail.php?shop_id=67

https://www.misterdonut.jp/

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

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Esola Complex Ikebukuro

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Name: Esola

Kind: Mall/Mixed-use

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 onto 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 etymology 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 because 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.

Get lost in Akabane

Name: Akabane

Kind: Town

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°46’47.87″ N 139°43’22.99″ E

Station: JR Akabane Sta. on JR Saikyo Line

Worth it? Yep.

Updated 7/31/2021

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Akabane is another fun, charming small Japanese town in northwest Tokyo. A nice short day trip, it sits just south of Saitama Prefecture in northwest Tokyo. Its train station is the 1st stop on the JR Saikyo Line with other notable stops to the south: Itabashi, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Omiya.

Be sure to check out the town square right outside Akabane Station. There are also very nice hotels right next to the station and even a western-style Denny’s. The lobby of the hotel Denny’s is in also has a 7-11 ATM which accepts some foreign bank + debit cards.

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The newly remodled JR Akabane Station

The JR Akabane Station has just been rebuilt and is very nice. Lots of shops and restaurants right in the station itself. Lots more just outside the west and east exists.

Akabane is 1 stop north of Jujo and 2 stops north of Itabashi on the Saikyo JR line. It’s easy to get to from Shibuya, Shinjuku, or Ikebukuro: take the Yamanote Line north from Shibuya, Harajuku, or Shinjuku, then get off at Ikebukuro Station and change to the Saikyo Line headed north. Akabane is 2 stops north of Itabashi on the Saikyo Line and 4 stops north of Ikebukuro.

The word Saikyo, BTW is a contraction for Saitama (a prefecture in north Tokyo), and Tokyo itself. The Japanese love these kinds of contractions and you will find them all over Japan.

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West exit, JR Akabane Station.

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South of the East Exit – there’s also a large Family Mart here.

There’s even a Mister Donut at the east exit: leave the station and turn right – you can’t miss it.

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Decisions, decisions...

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Careful – this can get dangerous real fast.

There’s more usual western fast food, and coffee in the area. But the real treats are the fine dining restaurants located on the upper floors of buildings overlooking the square. Give any one of them a try:

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There are 2 handy spots just to the north of the west exit: a bank of coin lockers where you can stash your stuff for a few bucks – and a free public WiFi spot. Go out of the west exit, turn left, cross the street, then turn left again. Cross the next intersection and immediately turn right – both the coin lockers + WiFi spot are just on your left.

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After dark, visit Akabane Ichibangai alley – which dates back to the turn of the 20th century and survived World War 2 air raids intact. Locals pour into bars and tiny restaurants here. There’s an endless variety of local food.

Just across from the station is a long covered shopping arcade that is worth a look.

Aeonbike Akabane

There’s a also a huge AEONBike bike shop on the side streets of Akabane around 35°46’46.24″ N 139°43’29.54″ E.

〒115-0045 Tokyo, Kita City, Akabane, 2 Chome−3−8

ダイエー赤羽店別館1F
+81 3-3901-0701

Open until 9:00 PM

Department Stores + Arcades

There’s also a SEGA arcade, a UNIQLO and ABC Mart on the west side of the station.

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There’s also a huge Ito Yokado depato just across from the UNIQLO shop.

Bivio Near the Station

Just at the southwest side of the station is a multi-use complex connected to Ito Yokado called Bivio. It’s a small-scale shopping area but worth a quick walk though.

Under the Tracks + Beans

Under the main station tracks is a little shopping arcade called Beans. Worth a stop if you have time:

At the south end of the city – away from the square is a great little cafe called Nine Tea. Worth a stop. From the west exit, head one block east, then south.

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Nine Tea

Also check out the huge Kyu-Furukawa Gardens.

One of the first Walmarts to open in Japan is to the east of the station – and they seem intent on putting traditional Japanese depatos such as Seiyu out of business.

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It’s also easy to get lost in Akabane. There’s a long road which rings the town and if you walk far enough on it, you can almost end up at JR Jujo Station to the south.

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Walk far enough east + south – you’ll end up in Jujo. It’s a good idea to have a cell phone or GPS device available at all times in case you get lost.

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Some areas in Japan are finally starting to install bike lanes – something long overdue. This one is just to the south west of JR Akabane Station.

Akabane Ichibangai Shopping Street

Around 35°46’48.61″ N 139°43’15.73″ E is a rather short street called Akabane Ichibangai Shopping Street. It’s worth a quick look, but is a slightly older Shitamchi (old downtown) type of area. There’s also a massive Sports Authority right across the street.

Arakawa Iwabuchi-zeki Greenspace

If you’re willing to make the trek just a little north to the Arakawa River, around 35°47’17.31″ N 139°43’37.91″ E, there’s a huge open space called Arakawa Iwabuchi-zeki Greenspace. There are a lot of other parks nearby on the banks of the Arakawa River, including Arakawa Undō Park across the river, miles of walking trails, baseball parks, and even a huge nice BBQ park. The area is a popular spot for Hanami (fireworks) during festivals.

Hotels

If you’re looking for a good but cheap hotel, around 35°46’59.96″ N 139°43’12.16″ E is the Hotel Toyoko Inn Tokyo Akabane-eki Higashi-guchi for around $60/night. Very nice.

Another nice hotel is around 35°46’54.50″ N 139°43’11.69″ E and is called simply Super Hotel.

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There’s also a large Catholic Church built right after World War 2 to the east of the station. Its co-founder, Saint Maximillian Colby died in a German concentration camp.

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Jujo Station just 1 stop south on the JR Saikyo Line.

Links

https://www.gotokyo.org/en/destinations/northern-tokyo/akabane/index.html

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

https://www.gotokyo.org/en/destinations/northern-tokyo/akabane/index.html

https://digjapan.travel/en/blog/id=12259

https://www.gotokyo.org/en/spot/90/index.html

VIDS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlaUpFtefvI&feature=share

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