Hogetsu is a small Japanese mochi shop located in Chula Vista and always a must-visit for me when I’m in the area.
The husband and wife team are friendly and talkative. The husband was trained in Japanese tea shops to make mochi and other similar Japanese confections. The selection offered everyday is fresh, beautiful and very reasonably priced.
I recommend coming early in the day, as they tend to be out of the more popular ones by late afternoon.
Here’s a selection of mochi I picked up recently to be shared with my cousins who were coming over later that evening.
These ones in the corner are some of my favorites in terms of appearance. Taste-wise though, I prefer the regular green tea with red bean and the pink fleshed one filled with white bean paste.
Tip: Come early for the best selection. You might also want to call ahead to make sure they are open as they do close the shop sometimes if they are on vacations, etc.