Anpan Specialist Bakery in Asakusa Tokyo
If you like Japanese sweets, there is a cute Japanese bakery in Asakusa that you should not miss. This bakery specialises in Anpan, soft bread filled with sweet bean paste.
A great variety of Anpan is available at the An Desu store (あんですMATOBA). There is the regular anpan with red bean anko filling, white shiroan anpan, anpan with macha green tea or coffee taste and many more. There are also a few savoury breads. You can get a hot cup of coffee with your sweets for 100 Yen. And if you like to cook and bake, you can choose from different anko bean paste ready prepared. Watch the bakers form the baked goods in the back of the shop for inspiration.
We tried the January recommendation - white shiroan filling with yuzu flavor. Yuzu is a very aromatic Japanese citrus fruit. Please try yuzu anpan or yuzu tea or another Japanese dish flavoured with yuzu when you have the opportunity.
This bakery is a local shop just a few minutes away from Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa where it is often very crowded and people stand in line for other Japanese baked goods like Melonpan and Dorayaki.
Shop info: Bakery An Desu MATOBA (あんですMATOBA)
The name あんです can mean "This is An" like "This is bean paste" or "This is Anne", the cute baker on the shop sign.
This charming Japanese bakery is located on Kototoi-dori street （言問通り）, close to Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa. Walk from the temple's main gate Kaminarimon straight towards the Main Hall. Keep going straight on the right side of the Main Hall between the Main Hall and the smaller Asakusa Shrine and you reach Kototoi-dori street near the bakery.
Address: 3-3-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (東京都台東区浅草3-3-2). Please see the screenshot from Google maps below.