Matcha Tart Cheesecake in Fujikawaguchiko cafe

If you’re looking for one of the best cafes in Fujikawaguchiko, head down to Kawaguchiko Cheesecake Garden.

Located right beside Lake Kawaguchiko, this cheesecake speciality cafe serves 11 types of cheesecakes, and two types of Swiss roll.

Our honest review of Kawaguchiko Cheesecake Garden

I mean, you can’t really go wrong with cheesecake, can you?

And this Fujikawaguchiko cafe proves it 11 times with their 11 varieties of cheesecakes.

If you’re not sure what to get, you can always take the store’s recommendation. They labelled the top three bestsellers in the display shelf. But, if you’d like a second opinion, you can also take our review of the cheesecakes with a pinch of salt.

Kawaguchiko Cheesecake Garden menu and prices 

Kawaguchiko Cheesecake Garden menu
Kawaguchiko Cheesecake Garden menu

Of course we had to give their bestsellers a try.

The Basque Burnt Cheesecake (¥500) — their number one product — was the textbook definition of a burnt cheesecake. Creamy and gooey on the inside, but not raw and slimey. Meanwhile, a touch of caramelised char tickles your tastebuds as you scarf this down.

Review Fluffy Cheesecake (¥500) at Kawaguchiko Cheesecake Garden
Fluffy Cheesecake (¥500)

Next, the number two bestseller — the Fluffy Cheesecake (¥500) — is what you’d expect of a Japanese cheesecake. It’s light and fluffy, just like what the name suggests.

These two were amazing. It’s no wonder they’re on the cafe’s pedestal.

Review of Sour Cream & Cheese Cheesecake at Kawaguchiko Cheesecake Garden
Sour Cream & Cream Cheese (¥500)

But, unfortunately, their number three — the Sour Cream and Cream Cheese (¥500) — fell short. For one, the tart was soggy. But, it’s understandable since it’s been sitting on the display shelf for half a day already — a common problem for baked goods.

The issue here is that the sour cream was barely noticeable. So this was just like your regular cheese tart. It’s not that it’s not bad, but it did not meet expectations.

Matcha Tart Cheesecake in Fujikawaguchiko cafe
Matcha Tart Cheesecake (¥600)

Now that we’ve tried their top three items, we picked based on what looked the best.

With that in mind, the Matcha Tart Cheesecake (¥600) was a no brainer. Decadent, the matcha was potent, this is what any matcha lover would enjoy. Of course, just like the Sour Cream & Cheese, the tart here was also soggy. But, the matcha cheese compensated for it.

This was our favourite item in the whole Kawaguchiko Cheesecake Garden.

Review of Cream Cheesecake at Kawaguchiko Cheesecake Garden
Cream Cheesecake (¥400)

Meanwhile, the Cream Cheesecake (¥400) was decent. Nothing to complain about, but it’s also not mind-blowing. It’s also quite similar to the Fluffy Cheesecake, so you might want to get one or the other.

In addition to freshly-made cheesecakes and Swiss rolls, you can also purchase pre-made bakes such as madeleines and financiers, which have a longer expiration date.

Pre-baked financiers and madeleines at Kawaguchiko Cheesecake Garden
Looking for souvenirs? These cakes and bakes might do the trick!

Our verdict 

So what’s our review of Kawaguchiko Cheesecake Garden?

Sometime during our visit to Kawaguchiko, I said “let’s hurry up before the cafe closes. I’d rather eat cheesecake than take photos of Mount Fuji.”

And I think that pretty much sums it up. 

Al fresco dining area of Kawaguchiko Cheesecake Garden
Limited seats that are outdoors only

Kawaguchiko Cheesecake Garden

Location: 1173-1 Azagawa, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi 401-0303, Japan
Opening hours: 9am-5pm

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