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Tokyo’s best dango – 3 historic places

Hana yori dango is a very famous expression in Japanese (and the title of a very popular manga and subsequent television series). It means dumplings rather than flowers signifying that people are more interested in the practical, rather than the aesthetic. I fully agree.

Dango is a Japanese dumpling or sweet made from mochiko (rice flour), usually served skewered on a bamboo stick, but not always. In fact, in 2 of the 3 places I showcase here that is not the case. They have been around since people can remember and are best eaten together with green tea.

All of the 3 places below have an interesting history and serve each a different type of dango. You can find a map with the 3 locations at the bottom of this article.





Names in Japanese:
羽二重団子 (Habutae Dango), 言問団子 (Kototoi Dango), 草団子 (Kusa Dango)