Japan’s summer dessert “Kakigoori” (shaved ice):  history and 10 popular “Kakigoori” parlors

Japan’s summer dessert “Kakigoori” (shaved ice): history and 10 popular “Kakigoori” parlors

You cannot forget “Kakigoori” (shaved ice) when you think of summer desserts of Japan. It has a long history and it seems that it existed from Heian-era (around AD 900) .  It was available back then only to noble people. It became a common item that can be enjoyed by normal people only from Meiji to early Showa-era ( around AD 1900). 1869 was the year that the very first Kakigoori shop opened on Bashamichi street of Yokohama.

Here are 10 carefully selected popular Kakigoori shops. 


Ice Monster is a famous shaved-ice brand store originally started in Taiwan. It recently opened in Omotesando, Tokyo and for their unique product “Flavor Ice Block”, fruits, coffee or tea are condensed and frozen using their proprietary technologies.

・Address: 6-3-7 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo  

Gion TOKUYA Harajuku store (Tokyo) 

Popular sweet parlor in Tokyo originated in Kyoto Gion. Japanese-style sweet products using only find top-quality ingredients they carefully selected. 

・Address: 1st floor Women’s Annex, United Arrows Harajuku, 2-31-12 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo  

yelo (Tokyo)

Popular spot right in the middle of the busy downtown, Roppongi. They have in total 10 different flavors and the

most popular ones are “strawberry milk” and “Maccha”. 

・Address: 5-2-11 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo  

Yamaguchi Kudamono (Osaka) 

Carefully selected fruits are used to decorate their Kakigouri. They also sell fruit punch jelly, high-end jelly and various smoothies. 

・Address: 5-16-1 Nishi-nakajima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka-city, Osaka 

森森舎:SHINSHINSHA (Osaka) 

Delicate and fine shaved ice has fluffy texture. Straight forward and refreshing kakigouri.

・Address: 1-3-14 Bandai Higashi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-city, Osaka

Yuki no Hana Dessert Café Osaka Doutonbori store (Osaka) 

Fluffy and powder-snow like shaved ice decorated with kinako (tasted soybean flour) and red beans. You can enjoy the melting snow-like ice with sweet milk sauce topping in your mouth.

・Address: 2nd floor, Pije Blanc Souemon-cho building, 7-18 Souemon-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka-city, Osaka

菊水茶寮総本店:KIKUSUI SARYO Sou-honten (Hyougo)

They use home-made condensed milk and popular even in this competitive area for any dessert shop, Kobe.

・Address: 3-3-15 Tamon-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-city, Hyogo  


They serve four different flavors: Kuromitsu-Kintoki (molasses and red beans), Uji Kintoki (Maccha and red beans), Melon Ice and Kuri-Kintoki (chestnut and red beans). 

・Address: 570-119 Minami-gawa, Gion-machi, Higashi-yama ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto  


Save ice store served with great presentation. 

・Address: 1st floor, Nishigawa, Hanami-koji, Gion-shijo, Higashi-yama ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto

ほうせき箱:HOUSEKI-BAKO (Nara) 

You will like this store if you like sweet sour desserts.

・Address: Mochiido-no-Yume CUBE, 12, Mochiido-cho, Nara-city, Nara

David li

Male Chinese who works for major advertising agency in Tokyo. 15 years of living in Japan has made him an expert on various Japan related topics. He came to Japan after graduating from high school and now permanently settled in Japan. His hobby is to enjoy local cuisines while travelling around various parts of Japan. He has a personal goal of visiting all prefectures in the country and in the process of achieving it, enjoying trips and dining experiences in the nation on his off-days with his family.

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