Amazing Top 10 Ice-Cream and Kakigori in Summer Time, Japan

Ice cream and shaved ice are perceived as cooling down the body when we feel hot. During summer time in Japan, the temperature is high and humidity. Therefore, many stores are served both desserts with different seasonal fruits and natural ingredients to the customers. Today, I would like to reveal amazing top 10 ice cream and kakigori that you must try in Japan. 
 
1. What-a-Melon (Shibuya)
What-a-Melon is a new creation from Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan to celebrate the bakery’s second birthday. This is totally made with a thick slice of watermelon and the space cut in the middle filled with bakery’s homemade watermelon flavoured soft-serve ice cream. The seeds on the fruit are made from chocolate. This refreshing dessert is your must-eat dessert during summer. Don’t forget to grab it before end of September 2017.
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Shop Name: Dominique Ansel Bakery
Price: 1000 yen 
Business Hours: 10.00-20.00
Address: 5 Chome-7-14 Jingumae, Shibuya Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
 

2. Crème de la Corn (Shibuya)
Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan also creates an ice cream cone in Japan. This is a caramel sweet corn soft serve which sits atop a corn cob which has been braised in butter and soy sauce and gilled the corn. When you bit the corn, salty flavour of the butter and soy sauce able to provide contrast to the sweetness of the corn. Move it fast to find the bakery location because Crème de la Corn will only be available until end of September as well.
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Shop Name: Dominique Ansel Bakery
Price: 1000 yen per scoop 
Business Hours: 10.00-20.00
Address: 5 Chome-7-14 Jingumae, Shibuya Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
 
 
3. Paletas Frozen Fruit Bar (Shibuya)
Paletas Frozen Fruit Bar is another must-eat ice cream to refresh and cool down you heat during summer time. 
The first store opened in Kamakura, Kanagawa in 2013. It became a popular ice cream in Japan. More than 30 mixed frozen fruit flavours by using seasonal fruit by using latest technique where ice cream can keep it really fresh. Price range from 400 yen to 600 yen per stick. You can reach Shibuya store just only 2-minute walk from Daikanyama station.
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Shop Name: Paletas
Price: 400 – 600 yen
Business hours: 11:00 – 20:00
Address: 1F TENOHA & NEXT 20-23 Daikanyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Japan
 
 
 4. 8 Layer Flavors Ice Cream Daily Chico (Nakano) 
Have you ever tried an ice cream with 8 different colors? Daily Chico has created 8 different soft cream flavors in one cone where consist of Strawberry, Coffee, Vanila, Chocolate, Matcha, Banana, Grape and Ramune Soda soft cream. Ramune Soda flavor is a popular Japanese fizzy drink and the coffee flavor is very strong than others. If you feel large portion is too much, you can simply order small (1-3 flavors) or medium size (2-4 flavors) with a cone or cup. For small and medium size ice cream, you need to pay extra 20 yen to have ice cream in a cup. 5-10 minute walk from Nakano station to reach Nakano Broadway.
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Shop Name: Daily Chico (Nakano) 
Price:   Small size – 250 yen cone / 270 yen cup 
                Medium size – 330 yen cone / 350 yen cup
                Large size – 490 yen 
Business Hours: 10.00-20.00
Address: Nakano 5-52-15, Nakano Broadway B1F, Tokyo-to, Nakano-ku, Japan
 

5. Matcha Ice Cream Nanaya (Asakusa)
When you think about Matcha Tea, you will probably think of Japan. Matcha tea has been associated with the image of Japan. If you want to taste the true flavour of matcha, this is the place you have to come – Nanaya Suzukien. The shop is located 8 minutes away from Asakusa station where the shop is known as the world’s richest matcha ice cream. They provide 4 flavours matcha ice cream include mathca cookie, matcha chocolate, matcha daifuku and matcha gelato. You can choose 7 different levels of matcha gelato from number 1 less dense matcha to number 7 most rich matcha ice cream. Of course the richest has strong and bitter matcha flavour than others.
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Shop Name: Nanaya Suzukien (Asakusa)
Price: range 2000 yen 
Business Hours: 10.00-17.00 (closed every 3rd week of the month) 
Address: 3-4-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
 

6. Gomaya Kuki (Omotesando)
This is another the world’s richest sesame ice cream in Tokyo. Just only 4 to 5 minutes’ walk from Omotesando station to reach Gomaya Kuki. The store opened in March 2017 and serves sesame ice cream to the customers. There are 6 different flavors of sesame ice cream which from the basic black (Kuro) and white (Shiro) with higher intensity and original flavors such as black sesame with sea salt (Goma-Shio) as well as chunky mixed sesame (Tsubutsubu Zakkoku). They use sesame house Kiku Sangyo from Mie prefecture. The price is reasonable at 500 yen per cup.
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Shop Name: Gomaya Kuki
Price: 500 yen (a cup – 2 flavours)  
Business Hours: 11.00-18.00  
Address: Minami Harajuku Building 1st Floor, 4-6-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
 

7. Creamy Matcha Kakigori (Asakusa) 
Kakigori (shaved ice) is summer favourite coolest dessert in Japan. Naniwaya has offered a variety of kakigori and popular Taiyaki – a fish-shaped pan cake with sweet red beans. Kinako kakigori which combine kinako and brown sugar syrup and matcha kakigori with red beans covered with sweet white bean are also popular in this store. The store is located in Asakusa which 1 minute walk from Asakusa station on Tsukuba exit and near sensoji temple.   
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Shop Name: Asakusa Naniwaya 
Price: range 1000 yen 
Business Hours: 10.00 – 19.00 (closed every Tuesday)
Address: 2-12-4 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
 
 
8. Matcha Kakigori (Shimokita Chaen) 
A tiny Shimokita Chaen Oyama tearoom provides typical flavours such as Hojicha (roasted green tea), matcha and matcha azuki (red beans) where only 2-minute walk from Odakyu and Keio line Shimokitazawa station. It is very many people are lines every day for buying top selling matcha azuki kakigori. The shaved ice is full of matcha powder on top to make you a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness.
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Shop Name: Shimokita Chaen Oyama
Price: below 1000 yen 
Business Hours: 14.00-18.00  
Address: 2-30-2 Kitazawa Setagaya Tokyo, Japan
 

9. Cremia Soft Serve (Shibuya) 
Silkream is located 5-minute walk from Shibuya station at Hachiko exit. They serve cremia ice cream which provides 25% Hokkaido fresh cream and 12.5% high milk fat content with very smooth and creamy texture. The cone is made out of wafer twisted into shape. It’s only 500 yen. 
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Shop Name: Cremia Silkream
Price: below 500 yen 
Business Hours: 11.00-21.00  
Address: 1F, Haimanten Jinnan Bldg. 1-19-3, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0041, Japan
 

10. Himitsuno Ichigo Milk (Taito)
Himitsudo is located a famous matcha place where only 400 meters from Sendagi station. The selling point in this store is the syrup that used with ingredients and ice. I like Himitsuno Ichigo Milk shaved ice topped with strawberries. In addition, they also serve other popular seasonal shaved ice such as Hanimi (milk with honey), Ichigo Yogurt (strawberries and yogurt), Uguisu Zakura (green tea and cherry blossom), Satsumaimo Cream Caramel (pasted sweet potatoes and caramel cream) and Razuyo (raspberry with yogurt). However, their menu changes every day, please check the menu via Himitsudo Twitter before you go to visit the store.
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Shop Name: Himitsudo 
Price: 900 yen 
Business Hours: 11.00-20.00 (start from 10.00 on Saturday & 11.00-18.00 in October to May, closed on Monday and Tuesday from October to May) 
Address: Yanaka 3-chome11-18,Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
 
Overall, ice cream and kakigori are the most desserts during summer treat for releasing the heat. They provide very soft texture ice cream and balance creaminess and sweetness taste. This article is highly recommended for someone who likes shaved ice and soft cream. Their kakigori and ice cream will surely melt in your mouth. 
 
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