So Tasty, You Will Want to Go to Mass Every Day

While communion wafers may seemingly taste the same in most churches around the world, you will find yourself absolutely delighted with this communion wafer and maybe even go to church more often while visiting this city…

Catholic Cultures Around the World

As a child of devout Catholics who love to travel, I have attended mass in almost every country I have visited since I was a baby. Churches on both the west and east coasts of the U.S. Cathedral after cathedral after cathedral around Europe. Local masses in Bangkok in Thai. Multi-lingual masses in Japan. The list goes on and on.

Going to church while traveling is not just about fulfilling the Sunday mass obligation or giving thanks for the trip, but it is also about learning the local Catholic cultures in that specific country and city.

In Thailand, churchgoers say peace in the same respectful way they say hello (with their hands together and a bow of the head). In Japan, churchgoers offer peace by bowing to all those around them. Their local cultural practices are also extended to their catholic religious practices.


Tasting Communion Wafers

From attending masses all over the world, I have tasted a plethora of communion bread and wafers. Nothing has been as bad as my first communion pasty unleavened bread made with the hands of 2nd graders.

Throughout the U.S. and Europe, the communion wafer tastes rather similar. In the Philippines, the communion wafer can taste rather stale. So, you then would think that the communion wafer is nothing extraordinary and the same all over the world. Not at all.


St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Tokyo, Japan – The Tastiest Communion in the World

For close to 20 years, I have attended masses at St. Ignatius Church in Sophia University each time I travel to Tokyo. And each time, I am giddily delighted with how delicious the communion wafer tastes. In fact, it is so tasty and crispy, I find myself thinking more of the taste than the fact I had the Eucharist. It is so tasty, I think about turning around and going back for seconds. It is so tasty, that I don’t mind at all going to mass every day when in Tokyo.

Light, crispy, slightly sweet, slightly savory, airy wafer cracker. It is tastier than wafers sold in supermarkets and in the fanciest desserts at high-end restaurants. This is truly a work of God. Thank you, Jesus.

Sophia University is Tokyo’s Jesuit university offering Japanese and international courses for students around the world. Directions to the university and church can be found below for those accessing by train or subway
Inside the Main Chapel of St. Ignatius Church. The church has not changed over the years as it maintains its cleanliness. If you have a heavy load of coins from your trip, church is a great time to donate them during the offertory


Mass Schedule at St. Ignatius

Foreign Language Sunday Masses

12:00 – English in the Main Chapel
13:30 – Spanish in the Main Chapel

Japanese Language Weekend Masses

Saturday – 18:00
Sunday – 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, 18:00

Japanese Language Weekday Masses

7:00, 12:00, 18:00



St. Ignatius Church
6-5-1 Koujimacji
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
By Train: JR Yotsuya Station (Koujimachi Exit)
By Subway: Marunouchi and Namboku Lines (Akasaka Exit)


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