A Must-See for Bread Lovers! Top 10 Delicious Japanese Breads and Pastries

by TripleLights travel specialist

In Japan, it seems there is a bakery laying around ever corner.  Convenient stores, department stores, supermarkets, residential neighborhoods, and in front of most train stations – these are but a few of the places where you can buy freshly baked goods.  What's more, however, is the sheer variety of baked goods available in Japan.  With the vast selection of hard breads, soft breads, sweet breads, stuffed breads, fried breads, donuts, cakes, tarts, pies, and sandwiches, one is truly spoilt for choice.  The selection of French breads and pastries alone is even enough to leave some French people feeling overwhelmed!     

Below we introduce some of Japan's best baked treats.  If you are a bread or pastry lover, these are a must-try during your stay in Japan. 

1.  MelonpanA Must-See for Bread Lovers! Top 10 Delicious Japanese Breads and Pastries

A baked bun made from regular bread dough covered with a layer of sweet cookie dough.  The shape resembles a melon, and has a crisp outer layer with a  soft, moist center. 

2.  Anpan

A Must-See for Bread Lovers! Top 10 Delicious Japanese Breads and PastriesA sweet roll filled with red bean paste.  Anpan that uses French bread dough is called “French Anpan”, accordingly.  This is a must-try for people who enjoy red bean.  

 3.  Strawberry Danish

A Must-See for Bread Lovers! Top 10 Delicious Japanese Breads and PastriesThe strawberry-cream combo not only makes this pastry yummy, but also gives the danish a beautifully artistic presentation.  From around the beginning of Spring in Japan, you can see large numbers of strawberry danishes and cakes lined up along store fronts.  Japanese strawberries, with their sweetness, are especially exquisite. 

4.  Croissant

A Must-See for Bread Lovers! Top 10 Delicious Japanese Breads and PastriesThese crescent-moon shaped delights use only the highest quality of butter. Japan has a variety of croissants, from bite-sized “mini croissants” to chocolate cream filled “chocolate croissants”.  

5.  French Toast

A Must-See for Bread Lovers! Top 10 Delicious Japanese Breads and PastriesSliced or french bread soaked in beaten egg and milk and pan-fried to perfection.  With its subtle sweetness, the taste of French bead sold in Japan is noticeably different to that sold in the west.  A definite must-try.   

6.  Yakisoba Pan (Fried noodle bun)

A Must-See for Bread Lovers! Top 10 Delicious Japanese Breads and PastriesA roll filled with fried yakisoba noodles. You'll be surprised at just how well the sauced-covered yakisoba and roll go together.  

7.  Curry Pan (Deep-fried curry bun) A Must-See for Bread Lovers! Top 10 Delicious Japanese Breads and Pastries

A deep-fried bun filled with curry.  The actual curry filling varies according to the shop, with beef, vegetable, spicy, and sweet curry buns all known to be sold.  

8.  Korokke Pan (Bread roll sandwich with croquette) A Must-See for Bread Lovers! Top 10 Delicious Japanese Breads and Pastries

A bread roll sandwich filled with deep-fried croquettes.  Originating from Europe, croquettes (korokke in Japanese) are made of mashed potatoes, onions, minced meat and/or other ingredients covered in batter and deep-fried in oil.    

9.  Katsu Sando (Pork-cutlet sandwich)

A Must-See for Bread Lovers! Top 10 Delicious Japanese Breads and PastriesA sandwich comprised of pork cutlet with sauce on top.  The cutlet (cut from pork loin or fillet) is covered in batter and deep-fried first before being added to the sandwich.

 10.  French Bread

A Must-See for Bread Lovers! Top 10 Delicious Japanese Breads and PastriesThe variety of French bread found in Japan is enough to rival France itself.  From baguettes and parisiennes to cheese and herb breads, Japan is the place to be for French bread lovers.  

With so many to be found, sampling bakeries is a bundle of fun!   

The above list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to baked goods in Japan. Even with the same kind of bread, the texture, shape, and taste will vary depending on the shop.  Therefore, the best way to truly appreciate baked goods in Japan is to just simply walk around and discover new bakeries.  There are many shops which will either have free samples available or let you try a sample upon request. Just be careful not to get carried away and overeat – we don't want you walking home with a stomach ache!  

Japan has a lot of regional foods and to you to know them, it is great to have someone that knows Japanese food and culture. 

In Japan, there is lot of food that is traditional for the region. 
For example, Miyagi is known for Gyuutan Yaki, Zundamochi and Kaki Ryori. Also, Nagano for the Shinshuu Soba and Mie for Ise Udon. 
To know these things, a private guide can help you to take the better of a place and have a better experience.

famous dishes from nagano

Source: Tofugu
 

Japanese Food by prefecture

TripleLights offers private guides to make customizable itineraries, tours to guide you to the best spots and private cars to you to be able to navigate Narita and Japan without depending on public transportation, all these for an affordable price.

Watch the following video to know more.

Blogs about food in Japan

Best Foods in Japan - Must-eat foods from Around Japan

Best Places to Visit in Tokyo - Parks, Shops, and Foods

Best Restaurants in Tokyo - Cheap and Affordable Foods for Visitors

 

Did you like my article?

If you are interested to know more and save your time during your trip to Japan, You can send a message to our local guides to get a customized itinerary and quotation for an unforgettable experience.

In the TripleLights website you can find the best professional guides all over Japan to help you plan your trip. Check our local guides for Japan


Plan your trip to Japan

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.
Get Started

Recent Tour Reviews

“ Amazing day full of a variety of sights ”

Excellent
5 days ago Traveler: Nancy -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

My tour with Fujiko-san was fantastic! She is a great guide - friendly, knowledgeable and always making sure her customers are enjoying their tour. She was very flexible when setting the itinerary, taking into account all of the places I wanted to see and my interests, resulting in a large variety of sights throughout the island. She knows a lot about Sado Island and it was so interesting to hear ...
read more

“ Eiichi was a pleasure. ”

Excellent
3 weeks ago Traveler: Scott -   Tour Guide: Eiichi

Eiichi was very friendly and came well prepared for everything I had communicated to him that I wanted to see and do. His English is excellent and I never felt embarrassed to ask him to repeat or to repeat my questions. I HIGHLY recommend Eiichi to anyone, especially those English speakers, that want a private guide and are interested in Japanese culture.
read more

“ in depth tour of Zojo-ji ”

Excellent
1 month ago Traveler: Prasanna -   Tour Guide: Kazuharu

We were looking for an in-depth understanding of Zojo-ji, and it is not one of the popular spots in Tokyo. Kazuharu prepared and came with lots of notes and tried his best to answer all our questions. He was patient and enthusiastic.
read more

“ Great virtual trip to Kyoto ”

Excellent
2 months ago Traveler: Ambika -   Tour Guide: Richard

Richard took us on a 3 hour virtual tour as we “walked with him” through places or worship, spiritual sites, the historical district and more. He was engaging, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and fun. His ability to enable us to experience Kyoto like we were there was wonderful. The cultural insights fabulous. He surpassed our expectations of a virtual tour by a huge margin.
read more

“ Kiriko is the best!! ”

Excellent
3 months ago Traveler: Bryce -   Tour Guide: Kiriko

I had an amazing time in Kyoto with Kiriko! It was a difficult time to plan a tour because a lot of places were closed due to the coronavirus, but she put together a great itinerary of cool places that I hadn't seen yet during my time in Kyoto. She even found the one nighttime temple illumination that was still open! After the sightseeing was finished she took me to a great restaurant to try K...
read more

“ A trully unique view of Japan ”

Excellent
4 months ago Traveler: Catarina -   Tour Guide: Richard

Our day with Richard was so outstanding that we are already planning a return trip to Japan, but only if he tags along for the whole trip. His knowledge of history is very impressive, his musings about Budhism are enlightening and his easy conversation with the locals makes anyone feel welcome in the hidden spots that no ordinary tourist would be able to reach; his disposition for a full day o...
read more

“ Great experience ”

Excellent
4 months ago Traveler: Nicholas -   Tour Guide: VAN transportation

Excellent all around. The booking, customer service and communication with teh driver was first class. The pick up was slightly delayed our end but the diver was most patient and drove very well...thumbs up! Nick, Hiroshima
read more

“ Day tour of Osaka ”

Excellent
4 months ago Traveler: Jamie -   Tour Guide: Aimu

I had a great tour with Aimu, getting to visit all the locations that were suggested on the itinerary. Slightly unfortunate that some of them were closed (due to Covid-19) but Aimu just found more locations to visit on the go which suited me perfectly fine, as I like to just sort of explore randomly. Her knowledge on the history of where we went was fascinating and meant I learnt more about the ar...
read more

“ Fantastic time ”

Excellent
4 months ago Traveler: Gretchen -   Tour Guide: Kaori

Kaori is fantastic. We are a family of 2 adults, 2 kids from HI. Kids are 8 and 6. Kaori adjusted skillfully to everyone's wishes and we got to see, learn and taste so much. If we go back to this area, we will hire her again! Wonderful experience.
read more

“ Great tour with Tomomi ”

Excellent
4 months ago Traveler: Giovanny -   Tour Guide: Tomomi

The one day tour around the Aokigahara Forest (including the Wind and Ice cave) was amazing. The beauty of the place is unique. Regarding Tomomi, she was such a nice and helpful. All the explanations provided by Tomomi during the tour made the experience really interesting and wonderful. Highly recommend. Tomomi, thank you for the tour!
read more

Related cities

Plan your trip to Japan

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.
Get Started