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Jun 10, 2012 12:44 AM

Momiji manju

Hey, can anyone help me out with where I can find good momiji manju (maple leaf cakes) in Tokyo? My girlfriend and I had some awesome ones on Miyajima but can`t find any here in Tokyo. Any tips will be most appreciated.

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  1. These are apparently a specialty of the Hiroshima area. In Tokyo, you should try any of the large department stores. And, you are certain to find them for sale at Tokyo Station, which has specialties from all over.

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    1. re: Tripeler

      Thanks for the tip, where abouts at Tokyo station would I find them- department store, kiosk etc?

      1. re: NZJoe

        On the Yaesu (East) side of Tokyo station, in the basement floors (B1 and B2) there are quite a number of shops selling regional specialties. But before doing that, try one of the major department stores in Ginza, Shinjuku, etc. and ask first at the information desk if they have Momiji Manju. Good luck!

      2. re: Tripeler

        Momiji manju are, in fact, a "meibutsu" of the Hiroshima/Miyajima area. It's one of those items that most people traveling to Hiroshima from other parts of Japan, bring home as a gift. If you can find them in Tokyo, make sure to get the "nama-momiji" (生もみじ) type manju. These were introduced several years back and are much better than the regular momiji manjus.

        1. re: E Eto

          Thanks for the help, will let you know how I get on when I go to Tokyo station.

          1. re: NZJoe

            You might try a department store first, and avail yourself at the information counter to ask if and where they carry it. I think that will save you some time as I am not sure there is any information counter at Tokyo station. Great tip from E Eto about the nama version.