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Amamidokoro Hatsune: The Perfect Traditional Japanese Dessert

Posted on March 25, 2021

Anmitsu is a famous Japanese dessert dating back to the Meiji Era of Japan. The special treat continues to have loyal fans after all this time, and for good reason. Consisting of agar agar, translucent jelly cubes made from red algae, shiratama dango, adorable white mochi balls, fresh fruits, sweet red bean paste, and mitsu, a silky smooth sweet syrup, each bite has everything you could ever want from a dessert. The flavors are fresh and grounded when paired with the complimentary cup of strong green tea.

anmitsu with apricot

Photo by @ningyochogourmet

Tucked into the historical streets of Nihonbashi, Amamidokoro Hatsune is known to some as the home of the unimaginably delicious anmitsu featured on ‘Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salary Man’, a series popular on Netflix. The design of the facade is simple and welcoming with warm wooden tones and classic Japanese food samples on display.

Amamidokoro Hatsune storefront

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Amamidokoro Hatsune interior

Photo by @amami.hatsune

The golden apricots and peaches with shimmering mitsu on the perfectly textured red bean paste will quiet your mind and satisfy your grumbling belly. You might even catch a reflection of your content expression at the bottom of the bowl as you fall into your food-coma.

anmitsu with apricot from above

Photo by @satopan_gourmet

Amamidokoro Hatsune uses ingredients from around Japan. The sweet azuki beans come from Hokkaido and the brown sugar for the mitsu from Okinawa. Travel all over Japan in just one bowl.

Matcha icecream with red bean and mochi

They also have a variety of savory dishes with the same Meiji Era charm if you aren’t a dedicated sweet-tooth like Kantaro.  savory dish

Photos by @ningyochogourmet

Each dessert is unique and highlights different elements of Japanese culinary culture. From the perfectly formed shiratama mochi balls to the gentle sweetness of the red bean, Amamidokoro Hatsune has carefully thought out every moment of your experience.  red bean with mochi and green tea

Photo by @amasshin

Whether you prefer to enjoy your sweets in a nearby park or want to take it home to devour every last bit in blissful solitude, Amamidokoro Hatsune has you covered. They have takeout options for many of their dishes! Why not? The takeout mitsu container is just so cute!

anmitsu with apricots to go

Photo by @amami.hatsune

This variation of the anmitsu dessert features the most beautiful golden chestnuts. Just seeing them glistening in the photo may be enough to make you book a flight to Tokyo.  anmitsu with chestnut

The menu is hand-written in Japanese and there is no English version. We recommend becoming familiar with the options before you go, or even preparing the phrase “Kantaro onegaishimasu!” as your Google translate may have a tough time with the natural handwriting. This phrase will land you the anmitsu with brown sugar syrup. The shop doesn’t take reservations or credit cards, so make sure to come prepared!

Amamidokoro Hatsune menu

Photos by @kazuki0421_jptokyo

On Google maps, the sweets shop comes up as Kanmidokoro Hatsune, but rest assured, they are the same shop!

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Comments

  • […] Once you’re done galavanting in the bushes, you might want to head over to Ueno or Asakusa, which are both within a half hour of Nezu Shrine! Maybe get a taste for some traditional Japanese anmitsu dessert, which we wrote about in a previous article. […]

    2021-04-26 15:57:16