Doll Eats Japan: Floresta Animal Donuts



After seeing these animal donuts I wonder if I should just turn this into a food blog, because sometimes this blogger spends the whole day in workout clothes despite only working out for an hour. However, I can always eat! Especially when its super cute animal donuts from Floresta Donuts.

Floresta’s animal donuts are blogged about everywhere scoring a billion notes on tumblr and scoring the adoration of Kotaku. But they’re actually deeper and better than just being cute!


Floresta Donuts is Organic, Natural and Local

Floresta (site) was started in Nara, Japan (famed home of the semi-tame deer) in 2002 by a husband and wife who wanted to make donuts that were “Nature Donuts”. That meant using local ingredients and all natural items from organically farmed sources. They focus on small batch regional production. The outcome is a deliciously light and not-too-sweet donut.

Floresta’s tiny shop in Koenji. Theres no inside just a few sit-down chairs if you’d like to enjoy there. Floresta’s store placement seems to focus on neighborhoods where people can pick up their donuts on their way home.


They have regular deals on their basics. All Floresta donuts are cake based.


Here’s their basic lineup, which is tasty.

But I know you’re here for the animal donuts.

Floresta Animal Donuts



The cuteness in edible form! Sakura season special bear and chicken sakura donuts.


Look at that happy donut hole bear donut. Like he has a pool floaty of donut goodness.


So simple but so cute! Chicken sakura season gentei Floresta animal donut.


Their regular animal donuts are still super cute! Pandas, bees, tigers, seals, rabbits and more animal donuts. Each store will list a monthly schedule of what days of the week each animal is coming out. Not all animals are available everyday. For a list of all regular animals check their site.


Regular animal donut line-up! Cat donut. This was one of their first designs. They use almonds for ears.


My favorite the Floresta seal donut. Check out that cute expression! Again almonds for flippers.


Seconds before it went into my mouth.

If you’re not a donut fan, they also do traditional desserts, shaved ice (during summer) and “nature icecream”

Finding Floresta

If you’re visiting Tokyo there are two stores in the area. The closest and easiest is Koenji. Which is a terrific neighborhood with tons of used shops.

If you’re visiting Kamakura to see the giant buddha you can also enjoy them.

Kansai area: Kyoto has one near the Kawaramachi subway station as well as an Osaka store and the main Nara shop.

Nutritional Info:

For calorie counters each donut ranges from 202 calories for the basic ones to more for the animal donuts according to Floresta’s website. If this is too sugary I have a big post about eating healthy in Japan coming soon. I’ve been working on it for months!

Ikumi Mama animal donuts:

Ms. Ikumi Nakao developed the animal donuts for Floresta. She has since left the company and founded her own shop, Ikumi Mama. Which specializes in animal donuts that look exactly like Floresta’s. She has one shop in Kanagawa near the Motosomiyoshi station which is about 25 minutes away from Shibuya.


More Doll eats Japan food posts? Get a hungry eyeful here

More Japanese sweets posts? Satisfy your sweet tooth here


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  1. October 27, 2014 / 5:29 am

    They look so cute!

  2. October 27, 2014 / 12:16 pm

    Awww, these donuts are so cute!! I don’t think I could actually eat somethings so cute; I would have to put it in a Ziploc bag to look at its cuteness forever!

  3. KC
    October 27, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    it cracks me up whenever i see these pop up online or on facebook because this shop is literally 2 minutes from my house. i pass by it everyday on my way home. lol. actually, there IS a place to sit down now. they remodeled a shop that closed right next to it into a kinda little cafe area. I’m guessing because it was so popular. i also often see tv crews filming in front of it, eheh. they also have drinks (coffee) and ice cream now as well.

    • Mitsu
      October 27, 2014 / 5:11 pm

      I used to live in Koenji too! It’s such a great neighborhood! It’s my man’s favorite neighborhood I’ve lived in, I’m more partial to Ikebukuro but Koenji was cool. So many bandmen there lol :)
      Ooo that’s neat to know! I’ve been back since then but didn’t take pictures of the place. I think it was at night or something :)

  4. October 28, 2014 / 4:17 am

    Great timing! I just discovered these the other day when a student gave me a Halloween one. They’re soooooo cute! Probably a good thing that the shop is far from me haha

  5. October 29, 2014 / 11:31 pm

    These look so wonderful! I’m saving your post because I have also been trying to find out about used shops in Japan as well for my next visit. :D

  6. October 30, 2014 / 3:29 pm

    waaah *-* look really yummy and cute!
    I don’t know if I could eat them! > <

  7. November 1, 2014 / 10:54 pm

    Those donuts are amazing!

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