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Ueno's Top 5 Places to Find Cute Panda Souvenirs

Ueno's Top 5 Places to Find Cute Panda Souvenirs

Translated by Nicola

Written by Yuki ISHIBASHI

Tokyo 2015.09.30 Bookmark

With 2 Giant Pandas in Ueno Zoo, there are a lot of cute panda souvenirs and treats for sale! What are the best souvenirs though? Let's take look.

Speaking of Ueno, who in Japan could ever forget the arrival, in 2005, of the two Giant Pandas Lili and ShinShin to Ueno Zoo?

They are so popular that Ueno has turned into Panda City, with many panda-shaped goods being sold there.

Since so many of them are high quality and very cute, even overseas travelers, with no knowledge of the two pandas may be interested in these goods.

With that in mind, MATCHA has carefully selected the best shops selling panda goods in Ueno, and today we'd like to introduce them to you!

1. Pan-dama/Funawa

pantama

Sweet potato and sugar are modelled together to create a small square of sweet potato jelly and azuki beans, or other sweets, kneaded together to form a bean jam ball (known as Anko *1). These traditional sweets are sold at Funewa, which is only in Ueno.

The anko is modelled to look like the panda’s head. The jelly is then spread thinly over, and chock-full of anko. It looks so good, almost too cute to eat!

The store is located in ecute, inside the gates of JR Ueno Station.

*1 Anko is made with azuki beans, and it has a very smooth texture and a distinct sweetness.

Also see: Ueno-Exclusive Sweets: Handmade Pandamas by Funawa

Information

Funawa (in ecute)
Address: 7 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo JR Ueno Station 3F (inside the ticket gate)
Hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday (8:00 to 22:00)
Fridays: 8:00 to 22:30
Sundays/Holidays: 8:00 to 21:00
Access: JR Ueno Station 3F (inside the ticket gate)
Tel: 03-5826-5663
Website: ecute Ueno Miyage Kasen (Japanese)

2) Pandas in doughnuts/ Shiretoko Factory

panda_in_donut

For sale in Shiretoco Factory are these “Pandas in doughnuts”.

Small, cute panda faces peep out from the holes in the doughnuts. Also due to the fact that each one is handmade, there is also a distinctive and unique expression on each face.

The doughnuts also have a special, sweet fragrance. The secret to this is the honey that they knead into the dough. There are flavors such as Hokkaido milkHokkaido pumpkincocoa chocolatechoc-chipsalted caramel.

This store is also located in Ueno Station's ecute.

Information

Shiretoco Factory (in ecute)
Hours: Monday-Thursday, Sat 8:00 to 22:00
Friday 8:00 to 22:30
Sunday/Public Holidays 8:00 to 21:00
Nearest station: Ueno Station
Access: JR Ueno Station 3F (inside the ticket gate)
Phone: 03-3843-2077
Website: Shiretoko Factory (Japanese)

3. Zoo buns/Namikoshiken

どうぶつ饅頭

These buns are made into such cute animals, that it’s hard to look at them without feeling excited!

A thin layer of mocha is spread over a thick helping of bean paste. For those who don’t like red bean paste, the
Premium Zoo option is recommended, as it uses chocolate instead.

Also see: Too Cute to Eat? Ueno’s Zoo-Themed Rice Buns!

Information

Address: 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo Ecute Ueno 3F
Phone: 03-3841-3099
Nearest station: Ueno Station
Access: JR Ueno Station 3F (inside the ticket gate)
Hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday: 8:00 to 22:00
Friday: 8:00 to 22:30
Sunday/Holidays 8:00 to 21:00
Official Website: Namikoshiken

4. Kitty Panda/Family Mart

familymart_kitty

Hello Kitty, a character representative of Japan, has many different goods that you can only find here.

This type of Kitty Panda is only available in Tokyo. It’s available at some Family Mart convenience stores, including in Ueno. Please check one out! (Availability varies from store to store)

5. Panda picture frame/rezept

panda_photostand01

Why not put a photo you took in Ueno, in a panda picture frame? Of course, it could also make the perfect gift for a friend who loves pandas!

Also see: Find the Best Souvenirs at Ueno Station’s rezept design & store

Information

rezept (in ecute)
Hours: 8:00 to 22:00 (Sunday/Holidays- 21:30)
Nearest station: Ueno Station
Access: JR Ueno Station 3F (inside the ticket gate)
Phone: 03-5826-5606
Official Website: rezept

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The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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