Studio Ghibli is known around the world for its fantastical animated creations like Grave of the Fireflies, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away and the most adorable My Neighbor Totoro.
Shimokitazawa in Tokyo is loved by many for its hipster vibe with plenty of secondhand shops and cafes scattered around. One such cafe is Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory with images of Totoro in front of it. This cafe has been given license by Studio Ghibli to use the images from Totoro!
And one of the reasons that this cafe has gained fame is the unbelievably cute Totoro-shaped cream puff!
At the entrance, you are welcomed by a variety of Totoro dolls and framed images as well as an English menu.
The 1st floor is a souvenir shop and the cafe is on the 2nd floor. It is best to go check if there are seats on the 2nd floor.
Each customer has to order a minimum of one drink.
The cream puffs are available with the following fillings: custard and fresh cream, chocolate cream, strawberry cream, green tea and azuki cream.
Each puff comes with a different decoration on the ears so that you can distinguish the flavors!
The totoro with a leaf has the custard filling,
while the hatted totoro has a chocolate filling. Which one will you choose?
If you plan to visit Shimokitazawa, don’t miss out on this cafe!