You Need to Include These Adorable Panda Sweets in Your Pasalubong Shopping List


The Ueno area in Japan is known for having many long-standing Japanese confectioneries where you can purchase pretty souvenirs and cute panda treats.

Below, we tried nine different sweets sold within the area and ranked them based on their taste and appearance.

9th Place: BOUL’MICH ecute Ueno Branch’s Panda Macaron

BOUL’MICH ecute Ueno Branch
3/F Ueno Station, 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito District, Tokyo
Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays and national holidays.
The Panda Macaron (¥1,080/5 pieces) is only available at the ecute Ueno branch.

is a French sweets shop that sells cute panda macarons. There, you can try out the five-piece Panda Macaron, which consists of two sweet and sour raspberry macarons and three buttercream-filled vanilla macarons that has a soft texture and is filled with melt-in-your-mouth cream. The treats also feature cute illustrations of Uekyun, ecute Ueno’s mascot character.

8th Place: Akasaka Kakiyama Matsuzakaya Ueno Branch’s Tamago Senbei

Akasaka Kakiyama Matsuzakaya Ueno Branch
1/F Matsuzakaya Ueno Branch Main Building, 3-29-5 Ueno, Taito District, Tokyo
Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily except on New Year’s Day.

Tamago Senbei (¥810/6 pieces)

Akasaka Kakiyama
is a rice cracker shop known for their slightly sweet tamago senbei (egg crackers). The biscuits’ soft taste is similar to that of Japanese cookies. Each one of them is made by hand, from eggs, milk, and butter, and shows different panda characters with the word “TOKYO.”

The best part about the crackers is that they aren’t too sweet. The pandas’ many expressions also add to these biscuits’ charm.

7th Place: Shiretoko Factory ecute Ueno Branch’s Tokyo Copanda Story
Shiretoko Factory ecute Ueno Branch
3/F Ueno Station, 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito District, Tokyo
Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays and national holidays.

Tokyo Kopanda Story (¥1,080)

The doughnut set from Shiretoko Factory, a sweets shop in Nakashibetsu, Hokkaido, is only available in their ecute Ueno Branch. These doughnuts come in three flavors, namely Hokkaido milk with Nakashibetsu milk and honey, Hokkaido pumpkin with pumpkin paste and seeds from Saroma-grown pumpkins, and Cocoa Chocolate.

The treats’ soft and moist texture, paired with the design of pandas peeking from the hole of the doughnuts, makes them a big hit with women and children.


6th Place: Kurofunetei’s Original Pound Cake

2-13-13 Ueno, Taito District, Tokyo
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. daily.

Kurofunetei’s Original Pound Cake (¥2,900/about 1,000g)

is a westernized restaurant that has a history of over 100 years in Ueno. Their pound cake has a soft texture and mild sweetness and is served in an amount that will surely satisfy you. It has been a popular item in the restaurant for years.

Dried cherries, mangoes, and pineapples appear in every slice of the cake. Since the pound cake is made at a traditional western style restaurant, it has a noble sweetness and classical taste that anyone can enjoy.

5th Place: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Shop’s Original Sweets PALETTE

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Shop
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum LB, 8-36 Ueno Park, Taito District, Tokyo
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on special events that fall on fridays. The shop is closed on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.

The Original Sweets PALETTE (¥540/ per box) of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum Shop has a stylish package.

The products’ packaging follows the red, blue, yellow, and green color motifs that Kunio Maekawa, the architect of Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, used for the shop. Each box contains a distinct walnut cookie flavor, which includes the Strawberry Horo-horo Cookie with strawberry powdered sugar, Sweet Potato Amanatto, and other exciting seasonal flavors.

4th Place: Ueno Kameido Ueno Hirokoji Main Store’s Kokawara Senbei

Ueno Kameido Ueno Hirokoji Main Store
4-5-6 Ueno, Taito District, Tokyo
Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except on Mondays (If Monday falls on a holiday, the shop is open).

Kokawara Senbei (¥1,512/24 pieces) are crispy crackers with crest prints that will remind you of the Tokugawa clan.

Ueno Kameido
is a sweets shop that was established in 1890 and is known for its kawara senbei. The treats are made with flour, eggs, and sugar, which are later pressed in a mold to give them their unique shape and stamp. While they’re still soft, the biscuits are also bent until they’re curvy to follow the traditional way of making them.

The Kokawara Senbei is baked like castellas and has prints that will make you think about the Tokugawa temples. Each piece is made to imitate the shape of a kawara (Japanese roof tile).

3rd Place: Ueno Information Center’s Panda Toban

Ueno Information Center
Matsuzakaya Ueno Branch B1, 3-29-5 Ueno, Taito District, Tokyo
Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily except on New Year’s Day.


Panda Toban (¥900/16 pieces)

The pandas Xian Xian and Shin Shin are illustrated on the packaging of Ueno Information Center’s Panda Toban. The confectionery is loved by people from all generations and is considered the most popular shop at Ueno Information Center.

Its Panda Toban is made with bean sweets and peanuts. The treat comes in two flavors, such as shiro-mitsu (white sugar syrup) and kuro-mitsu (black sugar syrup). In addition to this, the sweet treats are best paired with a cup of tea.

2nd Place: Yushima Kagetsu’s Karinto

Yushima Kagetsu
3-39-6 Yushima, Bunkyo District, Tokyo
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and national holidays.

Karinto (from ¥540)

Yushima Kagetsu
is a shop that opened in 1947. Their most popular item called Karinto is known for being one of the three greatest karinto during the Edo era.

The shiny karinto are fried three times in oil with varying temperatures. After which, white candy is poured over each piece to make them crispy, and are later placed in a beautiful canister designed by the shop owner himself. Despite the years that have gone by, the snack’s original taste remains outstanding.

1st Place: Kuriya otona Kurogi’s Hagoromo

Kuriya otona Kurogi
1/F Parco, 3-24-6 Ueno, Taito District, Tokyo
Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Fridays and weekends and days before holidays.

Hagoromo (¥2,950/ 8 pieces)

These monaka treats can be found at a café established by Jun Kurogi, the owner of popular Japanese restaurant Kurogi.

The outer part of the Hagoromo consists of black rice that’s designed to look like the logo of Kuriya otona Kurogi. You can put bean paste in between the fresh crackers, and relish the seasonal flavors it brings to your mouth.

Aside from this, the snack’s light sweetness keeps anyone eating it from easily getting fed up with its taste. At the same time, the treat is neither too big nor too small to make sure you feel satisfied even after a bite or two.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (9 August 2018)

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