118 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 624-1681


On my last Little Tokyo trip, I had to of course stop by Mikawaya.  Last time my trip was pretty rushed.  I was in and out, but I had a chance to sample quite a few of the ice cream mochi flavors. You can read about my trip here.

After visiting Mochilato in Irvine, which is Mikawaya's sister location, I found that Mochilato seems to carry more ice cream mochi flavors and I like how the mochi skin is still chewy.

This time I decided to focus on the fresh mochi offerings.After much contemplating, I chose these ones:

This one wasn't really a mochi, but I loved how cute it was:

The purple one as taro flavored.  Even though I love taro flavored things, I'm not crazy about taro flavored mochi. Not quite sure why. I guess I like the traditional flavors best.

The green one was green tea flavored:

I liked the presentation of this one and how it was wrapped in a leaf:

My favorite is still the pink flower, with white bean filling, "pink gyuhi"

Mochilato has a selection of these mochi as well, but for some reason they wrap them really tightly in plastic wrap, so the mochi lose their shape.

While I was deciding on mochi, Boyfriend took some pictures of the ice cream and ice cream mochi. I didn't realize all the different ice cream flavors this location has. Next time, I want to get some ice cream.

There's quite a few locations of Mikawaya, but I usually go to the one in Japanese Village since there are so many other things around there that I'm visiting. I recently also found that the Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa sells the Mikawaya mochi. Writing this post has me craving these mochi again. Must make another trip to Little Tokyo!

4 comments on “Mikawaya”

  1. Wow! I wish we had such a mochi shop in Australia. The stuff we have here is dead boring and uninspiring.

  2. hi kirbie
    ooh, that little bird mochi is so cute! so funny that we were there the same day!!! i was also attracted to the little purple taro mochi but we ended up only buying 2 ice cream filled mochis. your ice cream photos came out much better than mine. i have yet to post my miwakaya visit. japanese snacks are the cutest and they taste so good!

  3. Really? No mochi shops in Australia? I have yet to visit, but I would have thought they’d have something with such a large asian population there.

  4. I agree! I love japanese snacks. My friend just brought me back from cookies from japan and each of them were wrapped in adorable pretty wrapping. So lovely. I loved the little bird. I can’t believe we were there on the same day too!

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