18 Famous Japanese Desserts that You Must Try

Desserts are the last serving on a fine dining restaurant. Desserts usually consist of sweet delicacies. Desserts have been known in every country including Japan. Japan also has a wide variety of desserts. It’s served only for the Japanese Emperor and His royal family. But the good news is, we can enjoy it now. There are various kinds of Japanese dessert. You must be familiar with dorayaki. The favorite dessert from the most popular Japanese cartoon character named Doraemon. For your information, the Japanese Dessert is not about the world of dorayaki. Japan has more to offer with their rich selection of desserts and I will take you to eye-taste it one by one through this article. Itadakimaaaasuu!

1. Dorayaki


Dorayaki is a kind of pancake with a filling on the center. The filling of dorayaki usually is a red bean jam, chocolate or matcha (green tea powder). The texture of dorayaki is soft and tender suitable to be served along with a healthy cup of green tea.

2. Anmitsu


Anmitsu is made from Japanese jelly (gelatin) served with palm sugar, mocha, ice cream and selected fruits. Anmitsu is the perfect dessert for everyone and it’s very popular among the Japanese teenagers.

3. Mochi


Mochi is a sticky rice cake with various kind of filling. This dessert can be your favorite snacks in the evening. The most popular mocha is filled with sweet red beans.

4. Kanten


Kanten is a Japanese dessert made from gelatin. Kanten is usually added with various kinds of fruits to give more flavors on it. You can add kiwi, strawberry, orange or sliced melon or whatever you want. Kanten is usually served with a cup of Japanese tea.

5. Black Sesame Ice Cream


Japan is known for their paradise of taste. You can found any kind of taste here. One of the most unique tastes of them is black sesame ice cream. You can eat this unique ice cream in the scorching temperature of summer. If you want to try another unique taste of ice cream, try the red bean and matcha ice cream which are not too sweet in taste.

6. Cheesecake


Japanese cheesecake is also has a unique taste. Unlike the original cheesecake from America, Japanese cheesecake is made from sponge cake and half cheesecake. The combination of both cakes is poured with matcha (green tea powder) and selections of fresh fruits as the topping on it. Wow! What a great time to enjoy a delicious dessert we have here.

7. Ichigo Daifuku

Ichigo Daifuku

This dessert is actually a modified version of our previous Japanese dessert that is Mochi. The reason why the name of this dessert is Ichigo Daifuku is come from the usage of a whole strawberry (ichigo) as the filling of mocha.

8. Taiyaki


Taiyaki is a Japanese signature waffle shaped like fish. Taiyaki’s filling usually consists of red bean or chocolate. It needs a special pan to make this Japanese signature dessert. You can buy it online.

9. Sakura Jelly

Sakura Jelly (2)





The process of making this Japanese dessert is unique. First thing to do to add a pickled Japanese flower called Sakura into a clear jelly and poured with white chocolate. Sometimes people didn’t want to eat this dessert, not because it wasn’t delicious but the visual appearance is too amazing to be eaten.

10. Red Bean Soup and Mochi

Red Bean

The next Japanese dish is pretty popular in their origin country. It’s Red Bean Soup and Mochi. Mochi without filling is put inside a bowl of red bean soup. This soup is usually served as warm desserts.

11. Yatsuhashi


You can find this signature dessert in Kyoto. Yatsuhashi has the soft texture of mochi and filled with cinnamons. Yatsuhashi usually served as steamed desserts but you can also find the fried version of this dessert along with the red bean paste as the filling.

12. Kusa Mochi

Kusa Mochi


This is another variety of mochi. Kusa Mochi is made from Japanese plant called mugwort. Kusa Mochi means “Grass Mochi”. So, you already know the reason why the story behind kusa mochi. Kusa mocha usually served with sweet soya bean flour as the topping.

13. Yokan


Our next Japanese popular dessert is Yokan. It’sa Japanese thick gelatin made from sugar, red bean paste and of course gelatin. Yokan can beaded with sweet nuts, green tea powder or grounded chestnut.

14. Dango


Dango is a variation of sticky rice cake called mocha. The instruction of serving dango is to take at least three dangoes and put it into a bamboo stick. The taste of dango is depend on the current Japanese seasons.

15. Wasanbon


Are you still with me? Don’t go anywhere yet because our journey isn’t over. Our next sweet journey is Wasanbo. Wasanbo is a colorful candies made from original Japanese sugar. The products of local Japanese farm usually more expensive than the imported ones. Local Japanese sugar can cost you 10 times of the imported sugar. Due to its pricey matters, local Japanese sugar only used only for certain products and Wasanbo is the example of it. So, can you imagine the price of real Japanese sweetness?

16. Suama


Alright, let’s move from Wasanbo because we are already arrived on the next sweet destination. It’s Suama. Suama is a Japanese dessert made from rice flour and sugar. Suama used red colored food color on the outside and white color in inside to symbolize the color of Japanese national flag, Hinomaru. Wow, you must be feeling proud if you have the chance to eat this dessert.

17. Hanabiramochi


Hanabiramochi means “petal flower mocha” in Japanese. This dessert usually served at the tea celebration of New Year. This tradition is pioneered by the Japanese Imperial family. Hanabiramochi has unique shape and color. According to the history, the unique shape and taste of Hanabiramochi has the function to symbolize the celebration of New Year. Hanabiramochi usually filled with mung bean paste.

18. Kompeito


Kompeito is a colorful candies made from real sugar. Kompeito is usually given as the Japanese Emperor traditional greetings for the guests.

That is the selections of popular Japanese dessert; I hope you can enjoy them all when you go there and it will becomes a reference for doing a culinary journey there. See you on other interesting articles.


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