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September 7, 2017|Lena
Soft Serve Ice Cream in Japan

The summers in Japan get incredibly hot and humid. You can’t step out of the door without being drenched in sweat within minutes. What you really need in that kind of heat is something refreshing and sweet. The Japanese have something they call “Soft Cream” in English it is called soft serve ice cream.

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Now you will probably say, we also have that in our country, what makes Japan so special? Well…
 
The flavors. No matter where in Japan you go, they will have a different special soft cream flavor. Of course, they have the normal stuff that you can get anywhere like chocolate or vanilla. But there are also flavors that you can only get in Japan.
 
This post is a little taste (pun intended) at what kind of soft serve ice cream flavors you might experience in Japan.
Green tea float in kyoto
The soft serve ice cream on top of a drink is called a float. The one in this picture is matcha soft cream on matcha tea, therefore it is a matcha float. Delicious!
When I visit Kyoto I always come to this shop called Gion Tsujiri to eat a matcha float.
 

Name: Gion Tsujiri

Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Address:〒605-0074 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, 四条通祇園町南側573-3

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Yoghurt Ice at Mount Aso in Kyushu

joghurt soft serve ice cream on mount aso in kyushu japan

As you can see, we always forget to take pictures of our delicious soft serve ice creams in Japan, that time we remembered when we were already halfway done. Well, it was so delicious we couldn’t wait. This yoghurt soft serve ice cream is sold at the parking area of Mount Aso on Kyushu.

Name: Kusachisato Parking Lot

Address: Nagakusa, Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture 869-2231

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Purple Sweet Potato in Kamakura

sweet potato soft serve ice cream in kamakura

It doesn’t look too purple in the picture, but it really is purple sweet potato soft serve ice cream, something you really only get in Japan. I am holding the sweet potato flavored one. My dad has a mix of matcha and sweet potato. Both are very delicious. You can get them when you visit Kamakura. The shop is on the way between Hase Station and the Great Buddha.

Name: Imoyoashi Kamakura Daibutsuten (いも吉館鎌倉大仏店)

Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Address: 1 Chome-16-28 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0016

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Tofu and Amazake in Ningyocho (Tokyo)

soft serve tofu ice cream
Amazaka is a low- or non-alcohol fermented rice drink. If you have never tried it I recommend you do. It tastes very interesting. But the soft serve ice cream doesn’t only taste interesting, it is really delicious.
There is a small tofu shop close to our house in Ningyocho that sells tofu as well as amazake flavored soft cream and we love it.

Name: Futaba (双葉)

Opening hours: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Address: 2 Chome-4-9 Nihonbashiningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo-to 103-0013

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Melon in Furano

Melon softcream in Furano

Of course, you can just enjoy melon soft cream when you visit Furano, a city famous for its delicious melons in Hokkaido in the north of Japan. But why should you if you can enjoy melon soft serve ice cream on half a melon. Heaven for your taste buds.

Name: Popura Farm Santa no Hige (ポプラファーム サンタのヒゲ)

Opening hours: From April to October 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Address: 18 Nakafurano Higashi 1 Sen Kita, Nakafurano-chō, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaidō 071-0771

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Lavender flavor in Furano

lavender soft serve ice cream in furano

I took a picture of the poster because we didn’t really want to try the lavender flavored soft serve ice cream in Furano. So I don’t know if it tastes like lavender or not. I actually kind of hope not, because while lavender smells really nice I am not sure it tastes very well.

Name: Farm Tomita

Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Address: Kisen Kita 15-go, Nakafurano-cho, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido

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Other flavors we have encountered over time:

  • Japanese Cherry (Sakuranbo)
  • Hokkaido Milk
  • Roasted Tea
  • Cheese Cake

Eat Soft Serve Ice Cream in Japan in Winter

Chocolate soft serve ice cream in otaru
Whenever we travel somewhere within Japan we eat soft cream. No matter if it is summer or winter. For example, when we were visiting Hokkaido last year in February we visited a town called Otaru with a famous bakery/chocolaterie called LeTAO. They had a special chocolate soft cream that we had to try. Outside it was freezing cold, icicles as tall as grown men were hanging from the warehouse roofs, but we were eating Japanese soft serve ice cream. That’s how delicious soft serve ice cream in Japan is.

Name: LeTAO (ルタオ)

Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Address: 4-19 Sakaimachi, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0027

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When you have the chance go and try soft serve ice cream in Japan. Usually, soft cream costs between 250 and 500 Yen so it won’t ruin your budget even if you have a taste. If you travel with someone you love, just share one. That’s what we always do. Budget and waistline friendly.
 
What kind of flavors have you tried before? And what would you still like to try? Leave an answer in the comments below!

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