Enjoy adorable Totoro-shaped cream puffs
Hidden in a quiet residential area, Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory is perfect for Ghibli lovers. They sell iconic Totoro-shaped cream puffs, which come in several flavors. Inside the store, you’ll also see Totoro decorations everywhere, making the place very cozy and welcoming.
This is, according to their site, the only place that has the license to sell them. Apparently, it’s also difficult to make, and don’t make a whole ton. So if you love Totoro and you’re in Tokyo, this is a cool, unique experience!
The Menu at Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory
On the first floor, you’ll find their main store and a display case of their adorable cream puffs. Each flavor has a different thing on its head. You can see their full menu on their website, as they have a few seasonal flavors as well.
It’s 420 yen (as of time of this writing) for one cream puff. They sell Totoro cookies too, if you need to buy something for friends and family.
You can choose to eat upstairs at the cafe, but you’ll have to order a drink, and there might be a line of customers in front of you. The line seemed to be moving pretty slowly, so I opted out.
The Custard Cream Puff
I got the custard cream, which is probably the standard one. It looks small, but the cream is thick and surprisingly filling. Overall, it’s not too sweet, which made it easier to eat for me. I guess I should’ve also taken pics of the inside cream, but it kind of pained me to eat this cute thing. Delicious, though.
Take the Odakyu Line to Setagaya Daita Station. It’s a short walk once you get out (there’s only one exit).
Done with the cafe? Honestly, there’s not much to see in this area other than people’s houses. Since I was already in the area, I combined it with Gotokuji, the Maneki-Neko temple. It might also be a good idea to combine it with Shimokitazawa, where you can find a mecca of second-hand clothing.
Otherwise, enjoy the quiet, away from the bustle of the city.