12 Delicious Japanese Desserts You Should Try

Ask anyone who has been to Japan and you would probably hear a lot of good reasons to visit. Apart from the wealth of attractions that range from ancient temples and shrines to quirky themed café, the country’s food scene is a top reason in itself to make the trip. And if you are among those people who always have room for sweets, here are some delicious Japanese desserts and sweets you need to try.

Amanattō
peanut Amanattō
What is it: Amanattō is a traditional treat made using different types of beans. The beans are usually boiled then drizzled or sprinkled with sugar.

Crepes
Japanese crepes
What is it: Japanese crepes are among the popular treats in Japan. It is sold in many places with several famous crepe shops located in Takeshita Dori in Harajuku. Choices of fillings include almonds and other nuts, chocolates, fresh fruits, ice cream, and so much more.

Daifuku
daifuku
What is it: Also known as daifukumochi, daifuku is essentially an outer layer of mochi that comes in various fillings like red bean paste or anko.

Daigaku-imo
Daigaku-imo
What is it: Daigaku-imo is sweet potatoes that are fried and glazed with honey or sweet syrup. It is served with sprinkling of black sesame seeds. This delicious dessert is crunchy on the outside and soft in the inside.

Dango
hanami dango
What is it: Dango are sweet dumplings made from rice flour or mochiko. They are commonly served on sticks. Like many Japanese desserts, dango comes in different varieties that may be made and eaten for specific seasons.

Kasutera
Kasutera castella
What is it: Kasutera or castellan is basically a sponge cake made using ingredients like eggs, flour, and sugar among others.

Manjū
Manjū
What is it: Manju is a popular Japanese confectionary or wagashi made with wheat flour and comes with a sweet filling like anko.

Mochi
Mochi
What is it: Mochi can either be a stand-alone dessert or used as ingredient for other treats like daifuku.
It can be cooked in different ways or served as toppings for some food or desserts. It is made from glutinous or sticky rice which has been pounded into paste.

Mochi Ice Cream
Mochi Ice Cream
What is it: Mochi ice cream, as the name suggests, is a round-shaped mochi that has an ice cream filling.

Nerikiri
Nerikiri
What is it: Nerikiri is a confection made with glutinous rice flour, white bean, and sugar. It comes in different shapes like flowers or fruits depending on the season.

Sakuramochi
Sakuramochi
What is it: Sakuramochi are cherry blossoms-flavored mochi. They usually come with a sweet filling and served with a wrapping of preserved sakura leaf.

Taiyaki
Taiyaki
What is it: Taiyaki is a pancake-like dessert shaped like a fish with fillings like cheese, chocolate, custard, and red bean paste among others.