The Flavor Store


Vanilla? Puh-leese! That’s so last millenium! What about mugwort? Or cherry blossom? Or essence of red bean? If you’ve got a hankering for a cocktail that tastes like violets or a cake with a hint of persimmon, get thee to Flavor Land on Kappabashi Street!


This tiny boutique sells every flavoring you can think of, and some you couldn’t imagine in your wildest dreams. They come in water- or oil-based (depending on what you want to mix them with) with food-safe colors in every hue of the rainbow to match. And many of them can be bought in small quantities – if you speak Japanese, you can ask the shop attendant to pour your selections into 100 ml bottles like the ones I bought!

Anyone for a yuzu martini or a shiso-flavored cupcake?

Anyone for a yuzu martini or a shiso-flavored cupcake?

If you’d like to visit Flavor Land the next time you’re in Tokyo, a directions & maps and more ideas for fun stuff to see on Kappabashi Street are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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