I know – this may sound like a joke. Any American who has been to Asia has probably noticed the lack of sweet desserts, especially when you compare them to overly sicky-sweet (yet delicious) American desserts. But somehow Elliott managed to find a wonderful destination for us during our time here in Tokyo, and even better, it is coincidentally located within walking distance from our hosts’ home!!
I didn’t know much about the place other than the fact that it is named Jiyugaoka Sweets Forest. Even as we were walking, I thought I was being taken to a large store or outlet filled with tradition Japanese “sweets.” I was worried – what if I didn’t like anything, and Elliott was disappointed after planning a special outing just for me?
My worries turned out to be unfounded once we arrived and I took everything in. The outside of the place was adorable, with lots of pink (very common around here as we are observing), and I saw a menu and map of the inside. This was no outlet store! With sections called “Happy Forest” and “Dream Forest,” I was getting pretty excited. We had our photo taken under the beautiful sign.
Inside we found counter after counter filled with a wide selection of beautiful, fancy desserts. They weren’t super cheap, yet they cost no more than desserts in America. And they looked oh so heavenly! There wasn’t a ton of chocolate, and surprisingly I was still drooling. There were lots and lots of strawberry flavored items, which is not always my favorite – but they all looked delicious. See for yourself!
Here is a selection of the pink desserts:
Here is a selection of pizza slice desserts! Yum, this means I can have pizza for dinner *and* dessert!
Elliott and I shared a strawberry mousse thingy called a mont blanc, and it was amazing. We thought it was strawberry through and through, but it turned out to have surprises on the inside! There was a white mousse, as well as a filling made of preserves. And underneath the whole thing was a pink, wafer-like cookie. We were so psyched to have found this place! As you can see, our hosts enjoyed their dessert as well, even though it looked like fruit-filled eyeballs. Elliott didn’t want to touch it on principle, but I doubt that anything from the Jiyugaoka Sweets Forest would actually taste bad.