Freshly Fried Potato Chip Sundae


Deep in the labyrinthine dungeons of Tokyo Station lies Tokyo Confectionary Land, where they fry up potato chips before your very eyes! Even if they stopped there, it would have been enough to spur me into searching out this only-in-Japan destination, but when I heard they offer them topped with either squeezy cheese or soft-serve and fudge sauce, who could resist?

If you’d like to try fresh fried potato chips (or man up and order the sundae), there’s a Calbee store on Takeshita Street in Harajuku and one on the First Avenue underworld of Tokyo Station. The Harajuku Calbee store is about halfway down the street, on the right, if you walk down Takeshita Street from the Harajuku JR station. A map to the Harajuku location and a map to the Tokyo Station location are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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