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Indulging in Japanese Desserts: A Guide to Buffets & Sweet Treats!

Bianca BacheBianca Bache
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March 01, 2023

If you have an insatiable sweet tooth that can only be curbed with carefully curated Japanese desserts, you have come to the right place! Japan is known for creating some pretty, downright tasty sweet treats. Going on the hunt for the famed delights is an exciting and even more rewarding task. So what and where can you try the best desserts Japan has to offer?  

When it comes to Japanese desserts, there are few others like it. With exciting original Japanese creations to unique twists on classic desserts like parfait and crepes. Japan has the ability to take a classic dessert, put a unique spin on it, and make it its own! 

Parfait

When it comes to indulging in sweet treats, there’s nothing quite like a Japanese parfait! These towering dessert creations are made up of layers upon layers of creamy ice cream, fresh fruit, sweet syrups, and crispy toppings.

Two Japanese desserts Parfait matcha and chocolate
Try more classic Japanese flavors like matcha and mochi in parfaits for an interesting new taste. Image via Shutterstock

From classic flavors like strawberry chocolate and sponge cake to more unique offerings like matcha and black sesame, there’s a parfait for every taste bud in Japan. And don’t forget about the fun toppings like Pocky sticks, daifuku mochi balls, sweet rice, and mini waffles! But perhaps the most exciting thing about Japanese parfaits is the presentation. These desserts are served in tall, clear glasses that showcase each layer in all its colorful glory. 

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Parfaiteria Bel

Parfaiteria Bel is a specialized parfait bar in Japan. It is a fantastic alternative to a night of hopping from bar to bar, and it stays open until late into the night. The menu changes frequently with the seasons, and each parfait has numerous carefully crafted components. The towering creations have been known to include up to 17 ingredients, ranging from sake jelly and strawberry gelato to matcha mochi and sakura mousse!

Guests can choose to add on coffee, tea, or a refreshing cocktail to create a complete set with their parfait order. Be sure to visit this unique spot to indulge in a sweet and unforgettable dessert experience.

Strawberry Parfait
Seasonal parfaits are a sort after dessert in Japan. Image via Shutterstock

Initial Nakameguro

Located near the picturesque Meguro River, this spacious café always has a variety of parfaits on the menu, with at least five to ten options available at any given time. One of their signature creations is the Strawberry Zukushi parfait, which highlights the famed Yotsuboshi strawberries from Hokkaido, known for their perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess. 

During the off-season for strawberries, guests can enjoy other sweet delights, such as towering parfaits adorned with shiny muscat and Kyoho grapes or parfaits featuring an entire peach paired with Hokkaido milk soft serve ice cream!

Crepes 

If you’re looking for a tasty and whimsical treat to enjoy in Japan, look no further than the crepes in Harajuku! This trendy district in Tokyo is famous for its crepe stands that offer up a seemingly endless array of sweet and savory crepes to satisfy any craving. You can choose from classic flavors like chocolate and banana or try something more adventurous like green tea or sweet red bean filling!

row of crepes in japan
Sweet or savory, whatever you choose they are bound to be delicious! Image via Shutterstock

But what sets the Harajuku crepes apart are the creative and colorful toppings ranging from rainbow sprinkles to chunks of cheesecake. And don’t forget about the whipped cream and ice cream generously piled on top! These indulgent treats are perfect for a midday snack or an after-dinner dessert. You can even take them on the go as you explore the vibrant streets of Harajuku!

Santa Monica Japanese desserts crepe shop

If you’re looking for a taste of California in the heart of Tokyo, look no further than the Santa Monica crepe shop on Takeshita Street! This colorful and vibrant shop boasts an impressive menu of over 100 different kinds of crepes, ranging from fresh fruit toppings to savory options. You can indulge in classic flavors like strawberry and Nutella or try something more unique like matcha and red bean paste.

But that’s not all – Santa Monica also offers a wide variety of bubble teas, which are highly popular among visitors and locals alike! Sip on a refreshing mango or lychee tea while you savor your delicious crepe creation. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, why not try one of their specialty crepes, like the “Japanese-style” crepe with green tea ice cream and azuki beans?

Santa Monica crepe shop on Takeshita Street
Santa Monica crepe shop on Takeshita Street is a colorful and vibrant shop! Image via Shutterstock

Sweet Box

Sweet Box is a must-visit spot for anyone with a sweet tooth. Since opening their first crepe stand in 2004 and a larger store in 2015, they have been offering over 100 items on their menu, from classic whipped cream and chocolate sauce crepes to more extravagant ones that include gelato, cake, and more.

Even if you’re not in the mood for sweets, Sweet Box has got you covered with savory options like tuna salad or ham and egg crepes. What sets Sweet Box apart is their willingness to accommodate your taste buds with customizable toppings, making every crepe a unique creation. If you’re looking for a treat that satisfies your cravings and offers plenty of options, Sweet Box is the place to go!

Japanese desserts buffets 

Now, you don’t have to just commit to one type of Japanese desserts. Luckily in Japan, there are a couple of options for unique dessert buffets! 

Tayaki dessert with a strawberry
You can find different types of Japanese desserts at the buffets like cream stuffed taiyaki! Image via Shutterstock

Sweets Paradise 

If you’re a fan of dessert buffets, then Sweet Paradise in Japan is a must-visit destination for you. This all-you-can-eat paradise offers a wide variety of desserts. Ranging from classic cakes like a chiffon cake and Japanese sweet cheesecake to Japanese specialties like mochi ice cream and anmitsu (a traditional Japanese cold dessert made of white jelly and fruit). 

At this chain restaurant, you can find popular Japanese desserts and ones with more of an interesting twist, like matcha tiramisu. You’ll find a stunning array of colorful treats that look almost too good to eat. But you won’t be able to resist taking a bite! In addition to the wide selection of desserts, Sweet Paradise also offers savory options like pasta and bread to balance out all the sugar. 

And the best part? You can enjoy all of this for a flat fee of 1,500 JYP (11 USD) for a set amount of time. So grab a plate, fill it with your favorite sweets, and indulge in a paradise of desserts! This includes Japanese delicacies like chiffon cake, mochi ice cream, and Japanese cheesecake.

shaved ice with strawberries
Dessert buffets don’t just mean inexpensive desserts! You can find luxurious flavors too. Image via Shutterstock

Japanese desserts at the Marble Lounge in Hilton Tokyo

If you’re looking for a luxurious dessert experience in Japan, look no further than the Marble Lounge at the Hilton Tokyo. This elegant lounge offers a special seasonal dessert buffet that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. The buffet features an extensive selection of delectable desserts ranging from classic Japanese cakes to innovative and creative sweets!

One of the standout items on the menu is their famous chocolate fountain. This is where you can dip fresh fruits, marshmallows, and other goodies in a flow of melted chocolate! The Marble Lounge’s ambiance is as sweet as its desserts, with its elegant decor and impeccable service. You’ll feel like royalty as you indulge in their luxurious offerings. Treat yourself to a seasonal dessert buffet that will leave you feeling satisfied and blissfully sweet!

sweets buffet, dessert, cake, pudding
Japanese desserts come in all shapes and sizes! Image via Shutterstock

Japanese desserts offer a delightful and unique experience that is not to be missed. From the famous Japanese parfaits to delicate mochi ice cream, there is no shortage of sweets to try. Whether you’re in the mood for a luxurious dessert buffet at the Marble Lounge. Or a fun and colorful crepe at Santa Monica, Japan has something to offer for every taste and occasion. So why not treat yourself to a sweet adventure and explore the best Japanese desserts?

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