My Neighbor Totoro + Cafe = The Cutest Cream Puffs in Japan

Are you a fan of of the anime character Totoro or cream puffs? We are! That is why we went to this cute little cafe that was located slightly away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Crystal found out about Shirohige's Cream Puff Factory on Instagram and we had to put it on our list of places to visit in Tokyo. 

Shirohige's Cream Puff Factory is a small little bakery and cafe located in Setagaya. From Shinjuku, we took the Odakyu Line to Setagaya-Daita station, which is about a 20-minute ride. From there, it's a 5-minute walk to the bakery. If you have Google Maps, it's easy to find and you'll start seeing signs to TOLO, which is the cafe within Shirohige's Cream Puff Shop.

Shirohige's Cream Puff Factory + www.thetravelpockets.com
The cafe is located in a quiet neighborhood

The cafe is located in a quiet neighborhood

TOLO is the cafe and the dine-in area is located upstairs. The cafe has several pasta dishes, side dishes and coffee along with the popular Totoro cream puffs. If you would like to take home the cream puffs, the bakery is downstairs to the left when you walk in. We wanted to sit down and enjoy some coffee with our cream puffs, so we opted to dine in. It's interesting to note that if you decide to take the cream puffs to go, it's a little cheaper. 

Entrance into the bakery downstairs

Entrance into the bakery downstairs

Shirohige's Cream Puff Factory + www.thetravelpockets.com
Shirohige's Cream Puff Factory + www.thetravelpockets.com

We were approached by a staff member and she explained that we can only dine in for an hour since there were reservations coming in around noon. We arrived at the cafe right when they opened at 10:30AM, but the place was already pretty much full. There are only about 7 tables and we were lucky enough to grab the last available table. 

Tiny Cafe area upstairs 

Tiny Cafe area upstairs 

Four mushroom and pancetta pasta - delicious!

Four mushroom and pancetta pasta - delicious!

Crystal's favorite pasta

Crystal's favorite pasta

We sat towards the back of the room and ordered coffee, pasta, and of course the Totoro cream puffs. There were several different flavors to choose from: Custard & Cream, Chocolate, Chestnut and Raspberry & Cream Cheese. The flavors change with season, but the custard and chocolate are available all year long. We went with the classic Custard & Cream. Everything was absolutely delicious. Cream puffs have always been a favorite dessert of ours growing up. It's not too sweet and the custard inside the pastry is so yummy. 

Shirohige's Cream Puff Factory + www.thetravelpockets.com
Totoro cream puffs - so cute!

Totoro cream puffs - so cute!

After we had our delicious dessert, we went downstairs to the bakery. It's a tiny space, but very popular with locals buying the Totoro cream puffs. There are also little Totoro cookies that you can buy as gifts too. Everything in here was so adorable! 

Cute souvenirs downstairs in the bakery

Cute souvenirs downstairs in the bakery

Locals and visitors taking home the cute Totoro cream puffs

Locals and visitors taking home the cute Totoro cream puffs

After we left, I was curious as to how the bakery has the rights to create all things Totoro and later learned that the owner is the sister-in-law of the creator, Hayao Miyazaki.

Have we convinced you to visit this cafe in Tokyo?

xo, Candy

SHIROHIGE'S CREAM PUFF FACOTRY
ADDRESS5-3-1 Setagayaku Daida, Tokyo, Japan 155-0033
HOURS10:30AM - 7PM / Closed on Tuesdays