► Ranking: #cleandiaper
They are on every street corner, in every city in Japan. We found them in Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Tokyo. And they were always conveniently located near our domicile. Thank you Mister Donut! They have fresh donuts all day long, not just in the morning, though admittedly the variety gets pretty slim picking at night.
They have a huge selection of types of donuts ranging from universal styles like buttermilk and maple bars to unique Japanese flavors like their favorite bean filled curd. One of their signature trademarks is taking the traditional donut and flipping it on it’s head, proverbially. It’s not just bavarian filled, it’s a chocolate cake plus chocolate frosting plus filled with bavarian cream. They also created the donut sandwich, which are cake donuts filled with frosting. Want a Hello Kitty, bear, or jack-o-lantern shaped donut? This is your place.
Just in general, we saw more pastry shops around every corner than we did in France.
Mister Donut appeared very western, which makes sense because it was founded by two brother in laws in the states. While it has thrived in Japan, with more than 5,500 stores in Asia, and 1,250 (and counting!) of them being in Japan, there is just one lone franchise left in the state of Illinois, down from 1300.
And get this, after I wrote this opening paragraph I discovered the other brother in the duo founded Dunkin Donuts! Obviously, Dunkin Donuts has eclipsed the world market, but Mister Donut won Japan.
► For Kids: Donuts. Do they have sugar? There is your answer.
Check out our other favorite snacks in Japan, and what planet grocery shopping lands on in the Japanese universe.
► Nap-Time Version: Main donut shop in Japan. Serves a variety of donuts from traditional, to Japanese, to unique flavor combinations.