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Japan: Tokyo (Jiyugaoka Sweets Forest)

Jiyugaoka (自由が丘) is a posh neighborhood in southern Meguro, Tokyo characterized by its spacious streets lined with shops, cafes and restaurants popular with those in their 20s and 30s. Easily accessible from Shibuya and Yokohama, the area draws those that are looking for an excellent place to eat or take a break from the city crowds. Although Jiyugaoka is renowned for its concentration of sweets shops, its most captivating is the Jiyugaoka Sweets Forest located at 2-25-7 Midorigaoka, Meguro, Tokyo 152-0034, Japan.

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Jiyugaoka Sweets Forest (www.sweets-forest.com) is a confectionery theme park decorated with pink trees and fairy lights, and houses eight shops and three seating areas. The entrance to the Sweets Forest is an intricately designed arch that hints at the whimsy and playfulness inside. All of the desserts are prepared by highly trained and talented chefs who have either won various international pastry competitions or who have worked at famous patisseries and bakeries in Europe. The selections include bread pudding, parfaits, cakes, candy, shaved ice, pearl milk teas, macaroons, ice cream, waffles, and crepes just to name a few. Prices are reasonable too, considering the craftsmanship that is put into creating each treat! The desserts can be enjoyed in the Sweets Forest or taken to-go.

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The eight shops housed at the Forest

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The sweets theme park can get busy during the weekends and holidays, but on weekdays, you can pretty much take your time roaming the Forest to find your perfect dessert. Open seating is available both indoors and out, making the Jiyugaoka Sweets Forest a convenient place to hang out with your friends and family. The facility hosts various events throughout the year, most of them specially designed to reflect the current season. The Sweets Forest is open from 10:00am to 8:00pm daily (closed only on January 1st).

Just a 5 minute walk from the Jiyugaoka Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line or Tokyu Oimachi Line, a trip out to Jiyugaoka Sweets Forest is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth while in Tokyo.

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