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 JAPAN (Tokyo)
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
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
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
GION KINANA (Kyoto)
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
GION RAKURAKU (Kyoto)
Save ice store served with great presentation.
・Address： 1st floor, Nishigawa, Hanami-koji, Gion-shijo, Higashi-yama ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto
You will like this store if you like sweet sour desserts.
・Address： Mochiido-no-Yume CUBE, 12, Mochiido-cho, Nara-city, Nara