Japan travel also means to re-discover history. We can find small jewels around Tokyo like Ginza Kimuraya, the beginning of bread in Japan. But why is so? Japan is not a bread culture, however they do have a lot of sweets and snacks. Bread just happens to be a sweet in Japan. But why? 144 years ago, Yasube Kimura came up with a new mix to delight his customers: sakadane anpan, a sweet bread that would make thousands of people flock to his shop since 1874.
Ginza has changed a lot since the end of the 19th century, and so has Kimuraya. However, this bakery and coffee shop has remained a constant.
Though their star product is the anpan, they also have all types of other types of bread for your delight. Since Ginza is plenty of foreigners as well, you can also find pamphlets in the entrance of the shop with information about the types of bread and the ingredients they use.
Yasube Kimura’s idea to mix the unknown bread and Japanese ingredients (an) was a blast. He made a special bread with fermented sakadane and along with an this would become the star anpan that is well-known throughout Japan. Thanks to him, we can now enjoy a very tasty sweet.
Ginza Kimuraya’s number one bestseller is the Sakadane Sakura bread. It costs 150 yen and it’s delicious. It is sweet, sour and salty. A small delicacy for your tongue. So, don’t miss it if you’re enjoying a walk in Ginza.
Their number two bestseller is Sakadane Ogura, which also costs 150 yen. This is the popular anpan that we know from manga. And their number three bestseller is seasonal breads. Since we’re in Halloween, now it the time for pumpkin! Sakadane kurikabocha costs 180 yen and it’s also very yummy.
Where to find it:
Ginza Kimuraya Ginza Head Store
Address: 4-5-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
1F Bakery: 10:00-21:00
2F Cafe: 10:00-21:00／LO 20:30
3F Grill: 10:30-21:00／LO 20:30
4F Restaurant: Lunch 11:00-15:00／LO 14:30 Dinner 17:00-21:00／LO 20:00
Closed: Open year round (excluding New Years Holidays)
Nearest station: Ginza Station
Access: 1-minute walk from Ginza Station A9 Exit