Asia,  Food,  Japan

Totoro Cream Puff in Tokyo Review

In Tokyo, you can have a Totoro shaped cream puff at Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory 白髭のシュークリーム工房! The cafe is decorated like a Ghibli movie and is said to be run by a relative of Hayao Miyazaki. There are currently 2 locations where they sell these Totoro Cream puffs, in Setagaya and Kichijoji.

The original cafe is hidden away in a quiet area of Setagaya, with a unique exterior that looks like it came straight from a Ghibli movie’s world, and feels as we are not in Tokyo anymore. There are 2 different establishments inside this building. If you only want Ghibli goodies like the cream puffs, go to the door on the first floor, and the treats is available for take out only. They’ll provide dried ice if you need to pack it home. The second floor is a restaurant, and the first time I came to try the cream puff, I went to the second floor and sat down at their tables to look at the menu realizing they didn’t even have the Totoro cream puffs there. Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory is popular to both locals and tourists so be sure to come early as they can either run out of cream puffs for the day, or have a long wait to get in.

Interior of Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory, Tokyo Japan
Interior of Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory

The second location is in Kichijoji, and is a smaller store then the main location. The location is more conveniently closer to a station, and the exterior is a regular cafe, but once you step inside, this location was also filled with Ghibli items from the floor to the ceiling. This location also seems to sell out quickly but not as busy as the main store as this location is lesser known. This location is also take out only.

Totoro Cream Puff lined up at Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory
Totoro Cream puffs lined up

The Totoro cream puffs comes in different 4 different flavors at a time. Custard cream and chocolate cream are the 2 all season flavors with 7 other flavors in rotation.

January to March – Caramel banana.
January to June – Strawberry cream made from “Sachinoka Strawberry” from Wakayama Prefecture.
April to June – Matcha Cream made from Uji matcha.
July to September – Peach cream made from Yamanashi prefecture’s white peach syrup.
July to September – Mango cream made from Mango jam, passion fruit, fresh cream and sour cream.
October to December – Chestnut cream using chestnuts from Kumamoto prefecture.
October to December – Raspberry and cream cheese.

I have personally tried the custard and the green tea ones. The custard cream flavor is 460 yen, while all other flavors are 500 yen. They both tasted amazing with the perfect balance of creamy and light. The inside is filled with the cream to the max! The shape is so fun to bite into due to its unique Totoro shape. I hope I don’t sound like a crazy person when I say I always nibble on his ears first.

Custard and Green Tea Totoro Cream Puffs
Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory
Custard and Green Tea Totoro Cream Puffs

Other than cream puffs they also sell different types of cookies and custards, with cookie flavors ranging from Coffee and Hazelnut, Green Tea, plain, Cocoa, raspberry, orange, purple sweet potato, and kinako (soybean flour).

Cookies from 
Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory
Other pastries on sale!

Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory is a little out of the way from central Tokyo, but it is a must-go if you are a Ghibli fan, and want to try the Totoro Cream Puff in Tokyo!


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