LINE Sticker Character Usamaru Collaborates With ‘Yukimi Daifuku Cookies & Cream’ Ice Cream
14.September.2018 | FOOD
Lotte will release the popular cookies and cream flavour in its Yukimi Daifuku ice cream line on September 17. The company is teaming up with the LINE sticker character Usamaru for the product this year.
Usamaru is a very popular rabbit character on the Japanese messaging app LINE who was created by illustrator sakumaru. The cute and surreal bunny is especially with teenagers up to people in their 30s in Japan.
Yukimi Daifuku Cookies & Cream are soft mochi-wrapped dollops of vanilla ice cream containing chocolate cookies. The flavour of the cookies have been made even richer this time around.
There are 5 very cute Usamaru packaging designs to look out for each with small differences. Lotte are also holding a Yukimi Daifuku x Usamaru campaign where you can get your hands on an original clear file. Full details can be found on their website.
Enjoy this cute and delicious collaboration with Usamaru.
Ice Cream Lovers’ Paradise: Over 100 of Japan’s Best Ice Creams Unite at Ice Cream Fair in Hokkaido
For six days only, The most mouthwatering ice cream flavours from all over Japan are heading to Sapporo Kita 3-jo Plaza AKAPLA for the regional ice cream fair Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019. The ice cream fair will start on August 15 and end on August 20, 2019.
The concept of Aipaku® is to make everyone’s childhood dream into a reality; a paradise park where visitors are surrounded by the most delicious ice cream flavours that are found countrywide. The Japan Ice Mania Association carefully selected heart-melting ice cream flavours from all over Japan to sell at this event. The event has been running since 2015 and has so far welcomed approximately 2 million satisfied ice cream lovers, making it the largest ice cream event in Japan. Visitors can tuck in to their ice creams straight away or buy cooler bags and dry ice at the venue to take it back home as a souvenir.
This time, Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019 is completely changing its lineup. Compared to when it was last run in 2017, this year will see many ice creams and ice cream brands that are new to Hokkaido making their debut. If you are an ice cream lover, this is a paradise world you just cannot miss out on.
Kikyou Shingen Soft/KIKYOUYA (￥500)
Since being launched in 2015, this ice cream has become the star of the show at Aipaku. This ice cream is otherwise only available in Yamanashi prefecture. The beautiful scent of the soft serve ice cream’s kinako roasted soy bean will be the first thing to reach your nose. This ice cream is made with the original, rich-flavored brown sugar syrup of Yamanashi prefecture.
Manhattan Roll Ice Cream/ Manhattan Roll ￥850
Roll Ice Cream is currently a big hit in Japan, so naturally it has infiltrated into this ice cream fair. This ice cream is not made using eggs like conventional ice creams. It is made with a unique combination ratio of milk, fresh cream and syrup. The result is a smooth ice cream which is rich but not overpoweringly sweet.
Double Ruby Fantasy/ MAISON GIVRÉE/￥600
This is an Aipaku-limited ice cream. Its rise to fame occurred as a result of the World Championship of Pastry Ice Cream and Chocolate which took place in Milan in 2015. This Aipaku-limited soft serve ice cream was created by Team Japan’s captain and world champion pâtissier Hiroyuki Emori. It is covered in sugar-coated ruby chocolate and decorated luxuriously with almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios. The pink colour is enough to melt your heart.
Aipaku Original Häagen-Dazs Sundae/ Aipaku Official ￥800
This is an original sundae flavour that can only be obtained from Aipaku. The ice cream is made using Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream with a generous layer of luxurious whipped cream. This is drizzled with a rich caramel sauce. Crispy feuillantine, which is made by smashing baked crêpe batter, accents the flavour and adds texture. Chunky slices of banana and salty vanilla-roasted peanuts are placed on top. This is a special sundae that ice cream-lovers will not be able to resist.
These are just a few of the vast range of ice creams you could be trying. There are just so many that you will be frozen for choice. The venue is also easy to access from Sapporo station. This is a wonderful way to leave the house and enjoy a Japanese summer whilst staying refreshed.
*Prices after tax stated above
* The ice creams at the event may differ to the images above.
Ice Cream Fair Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019
Running: August 15 ー 20, 2019
Opening Times: 11:00 ー 20:00
Venue: AKPLA, (Sapporo Kita 3-jo Plaza)
Kita 2 Jonishi, 4/ Kita 3 Jonishi 4, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Takeaway: If you wish to purchase ice creams to take away, please consider purchasing a cooler bag and dry ice (保冷バッグ＋ドライアイス) at the venue.
Aipaku Official Website: http://www.i-89.jp
Mogu Mogu Nippon | Convenience Store: 4 Icy and Not-So-Pricey Frozen Treats This Summer
The real heat of summer has finally hit us. As a result, it is getting harder to resist those delicious ice creams in the convenience store that are so easy to get hold of. Convenience stores are constantly refreshing their frozen dessert flavours and it is just too hard to decide which one to go for.
Wondering what tastes good? Don’t break a sweat. Dessert-eating professional Yukko is here to help. Check out her Instagram which has plenty of information on the most irresistible frozen desserts at convenience stores.
CREAM CHEESE MACARON ICE
Seven Eleven sells a macaron ice cream sandwich series which is massively popular every year. You just have to head there now to try the Kiri® cream cheese filling macarons which are collaboration-limited!
Just by looking at the refreshing colour of the macaron is enough to splash life back into your parched body. Sinking your teeth into the crispy macaron sure is fun.
The luxurious ice cream filling is made using 100% Kiri® cream cheese. The ice cream covers a juicy core of passion orange sauce that is thick like treacle. Its sharp, citrusy flavour is bound to instantly revitalise you. The rich cream cheese makes for the perfect balance.
▼ CREAM CHEESE MACARON ICE
Price: ￥257 (after tax)
Available at: Most Seven Elevens countrywide (excluding Okinawa)
Strawberries & Condensed Milk Shaved Ice
This is part of Seven Eleven’s flavoured ice series.
When you open it, you will be instantly hit by the revitilizing red colour of the strawberries. The strawberry sauce is sweet yet sour and the ice is crunchy. Allow it a bit of time to melt first and the texture will turn syrupy.
The sweet and sour strawberry sauce is a perfect match with the condensed milk flavoured ice, which is both slightly sweet and refreshing. This is a flavour that adults will love just as much as children.
▼ Strawberries & Condensed Milk Shaved Ice
Price: ￥149 (after tax)
Available at: Convenience Store: Most Seven Elevens countrywide.
White Peach Shaved Ice with Peach Pieces
This is yet another dessert from Seven Eleven’s ice Series, and this one is bursting with peachy goodness! Despite being just ￥300, it is full of flavour.
Open the lid and you will discover that it is full of delicious fruity pieces of white peach.
Starting from the top, there are large pieces of peach followed by white peach jelly, white peach shaved ice and then white peach sauce. The peach will immediately melt in your mouth the moment you take a bite. Its juiciness will spread all over your tongue and you will be enlightened with the true refreshing taste of summer.
White Peach Shaved Ice with Peach Pieces
Price: ￥300 (after tax)
Available at: Seven Eleven
Essel Super Cup Mango
Having heard all the stories about just how delicious this ice cream is, I just had to try it for myself.
There are four layers to this ice cream. The moment you open the lid, the tropical fruity mango sauce layer will be enough to revitalize you. Once you make it through the mango sauce which is enriched with mango fruit pieces, you will make it to the layer of tofu ice cream. Dig a little deeper and you will arrive at a layer of passion fruit sauce.
If you reach the very bottom, you will hit the mango-flavoured ice cream. If you wait a little while for the ice cream to melt before digging your spoon in, you will be able to truly appreciate the rich-flavoured mango. This ice cream even has a special ingredient; mango pulp. This mango pulp enhances the flavour in an extraordinary way. The discovery of this new flavour will fascinate you to no end. The passion fruit sauce at the bottom has an element of crunchiness to it that resembles sorbet. The mango and mango pulp is an exquisite accent to the flavour, making it deliciously moreish as well as refreshing.
▼Essel Super Cup Mango
Price: ￥238 (after tax)
Available at: Convenience stores and supermarkets across the country.
All these convenience store ice creams are just too delicious to miss out on. There are many frozen desserts that will always be available, however, those listed above won’t always be around, so try them while you can!
Mogu Mogu Yukko introduces lots of desserts and sweets that are easily found in convenience stores and supermarkets on her Instagram so please check out her other posts.
Writer and Photographer: Mogu Mogu Yukko
Häagen-Dazs Releases Mouthwatering Yuzu Orange Blanc Manger Ice Cream
22.July.2019 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan will release their mini cup Yuzu orange Blancmange ice cream countrywide on 23rd July. This will be available for a limited period only.
This cooling ice cream is made with milky blancmange. You will be hit by the sudden sourness of the yuzu orange which accents the flavour perfectly. Blancmange is a chilled French dessert which is perfect for the summer. It is made by boiling milk and adding milk, sugar, whipping cream, vanilla and gelatin. This is then cooled to solidify.
This ice cream is made using rich-flavoured milk and the juice of Japanese yuzu oranges. This is then combined with Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Yuzu oil is also added to the ice cream so that you immediately taste the deeply-flavoured and aromatic yuzu orange with your first mouthful. The refreshing fruitiness will instantly spread all over your mouth, simultaneously harmonising with the milky flavour.
Even the sauce for the ice cream is made using the skin of Japanese yuzu oranges so that ice cream-lovers can fully enjoy the true flavour of yuzu oranges. The rich milky flavour is accented with the refreshing sourness of the yuzu orange.
This summer, treat yourself to a mild and milky yet fruity and flavourful ice cream.
Häagen-Dazs Mini Cup Yuzu Blanc Manger (limited time ice cream)
Release: July 23, 2019
Price: ￥319 (RRP)
Available at: Supermarkets, convenience stores and department stores countrywide.
Special Edition Website: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/yuzu_blancmanger/
BTS Characters BT21 Themed Cosmetics Releasing at LINE FRIENDS Flagship Store in Harajuku
12.July.2019 | FASHION
BT21 are the characters created by South Korean boy band BTS for messaging apps like LINE and Facebook. If you’re part of the BTS Army you won’t want to miss the new BT21 cosmetic collection set to hit shelves at the LINE FRIENDS Flagship Store in Harajuku and online shop tomorrow (July 13).
VT Art in Stick Concealer: ¥1,650 Each
21 Light Beige / 22 Medium Beige / 23 Natural Beige / Contour
VT Art in Stick Foundation: ¥2,750 Each
18 Pure Beige / 21 Light Beige / 22 Medium Beige / 23 Natural Beige
VT Art in Multi Eyeshadow: ¥2,200 Each
01 Original Brown / 02 Peach Brown / 03 Snow Rose / 04 Beige Gold
VT Art in Lip Palette: ¥3,300
Lipstick Special 01 Pink Fantasy: ¥1,650
Lipstick Special 02 Orange Rocket: ¥1,650
There are plenty of other must-get items for fans too so be sure to pay a visit to the LINE FRIENDS Store when shopping in Harajuku.
*Above-listed prices are pre-tax
BT21 Original Cosmetic Series
Released: July 13, 2019
Available: LINE FRIENDS Flagship Store in Harajuku and LINE FRIENDS Official Online Store
LINE FRIENDS Flagship Store Harajuku
Address: Harajuku Zero Gate, 4-31-12, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:00-21:00 (No Fixed Holidays)
BT21 Official Website: https://www.bt21.com/about
Kyoto Sightseeing | 4 Desserts You Must Try While in Kyoto
Kyoto is renowned for its historical architecture and richness in traditional Japanese culture, but did you know it’s also home to some extremely cute and delicious desserts? Their sweets and desserts are actually pretty popular, some of which contain motifs and little nods to the city.
Today, Instagrammer meme takes us on a tour in Kyoto to try out 4 popular desserts.
JEREMY&JEMIMAH is a shop selling cute and colourful cotton candy. Their staple Wata-Hako cotton candy comes in 10 different flavours! In the photo we have yuzu, rose and matcha flavours. Of the two branches of the store, there is one along Furukawacho Shopping Street where you order your cotton candy for takeout, and another in Yasaka that serves cotton candy on long sticks.
We picked up a few different ones since there are so many flavours and designs. It was fun lining them up to take a picture.
We took them home to eat and they stayed nice and fluffy the whole way back. The yuzu one tasted a little herbal, like it was healthy for you.
▼JEREMY&JEMIMAH (Furukawacho Shopping Street Branch)
Address: Furukawacho Shopping Street, 444-3 Hachikenchō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 11:00-17:00
Official Website: http://www.jeremyjemimah.com/
ROCCA & FRIENDS TRUCK
At ROCCA & FRIENDS TRUCK, you can order these iced dessert matcha and houjicha lattes which are topped with yatsuhashi―a confection sold in Kyoto―shaped into various sights across the city including Kyoto Tower, Hōkanji Temple, Daimonji, a Torii gate, and more.
I ordered the matcha latte. The drink itself isn’t sweet at all so you can enjoy the full original rich and bitter flavour of the matcha. The fresh cream however is quite sweet so you can mix it into the drink as much as you want to get your desired flavour.
There are lots of great spots in the area such as the Hōkanji Temple pagoda and Yasaka Shrine so you can snap some great sightseeing photos♡
▼ROCCA & FRIENDS TRUCK
Address: 370 Yasaka Kamimachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rocca.truck/
We also visited Jumondo which sells Kyoto-style dango, or “sweet dumplings.” We shared three different orders amongst three people: Danraku (団楽) which comes as a set with a drink, Dandan (だんだん) which comes with matcha, and Zenzai to Aburi Kuri Kinton (ぜんざいと炙り栗きんとん).
Once you order, the dango are made fresh so are served hot and chewy. Each dumpling is on the small side so are nice and easy to eat.
The Danraku comes with five different dumplings including sweet soy glaze, mashed sweet bean paste, soy sauce and black sesame seed, fried, and white miso. The Dandan comes with three types of your choice and a wafer filled with mashed sweet bean paste. The Zenzai to Aburi Kuri Kinton with mashed sweet potatoes with sweetened chestnut dango. The final one comes with matcha which can be served hot or cold.
Everything was tasty but my personal favourite was the yuzu flavoured white miso dumpling.
The one that everybody raved about was the Zenzai which is a thick soup that the dango are placed into. These dumplings are bigger, not too sweet and light. The soup went really well with the dango, it was super tasty.
Address: 76 Tamamizuchō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Official Website: http://jumondo.jp/index.html
Kyo Yasaka Pudding
Yasaka is a particularly popular tourist spot in Kyoto, and that’s where the cute purin shop Kyo Yasaka Pudding is located.
Purin is a type of custard purring sold in Japan. The first pudding we picked up was the store’s recommended option named after the store itself, the Kyo Yasaka Pudding. It contains a transparent lemon and honey flavoured jelly inside which there are small and colourful agar agar balls and mango jelly balls.
It has an enjoyable texture and a refreshing sweetness that I’ve never experienced before with other purin. It’s very tasty!
There are five flavours to choose from, the others being hard, smooth, matcha and black soy bean, and houjicha black soy bean. All are served in tiny cute jars. Not only do they look great, they taste amazing too. Each is made with ingredients sourced in Kyoto including the milk, Uji matcha, houjicha, and black soy beans.
They also sell soft serve ice cream topped with candy balls, very Kyoto-like! You can choose from vanilla, matcha, or a mix of both. I think it’ll be really fun if you can snap a photo of your ice cream with one of Yasaka’s stylish locations in the background! Speaking of which, there was a cute illustration on the wall of the store so we took our photo there.
Be sure to pay a visit to Kyo Yasaka Pudding to pick up your own pudding whether as a souvenir or for yourself.
▼Kyo Yasaka Pudding
Address: 87-4 Hoshinochō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Official Website: https://kyo-yasaka-pudding.co.jp/
Kyoto is full of shops selling desserts and sweets perfect to walk around and munch on while you walk its ancient streets, or to take home as a souvenir. Enjoy all the tasty things you can during your visit to this beautiful city♡
Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Toy Story Alien Themed Ice Cream Cake Arrives at Baskin-Robbins in Japan
28.June.2019 | FOOD
Baskin-Robbins Japan has unveiled its new ice cream cake based on the aliens that appear in the Toy Story franchise which it will begin serving on July 1.
Also known as the Little Green Men, the aliens first appear in the claw machine located inside Pizza Planet. These iconic characters are loved for their cute appearance and speech pattern.
The three large eyes, head and ears of these adorable cake are all made from chocolate. The mouth, which is shaped in such a way as if the alien is about to start talking about ‘The Claw,’ is made from chocolate whipped cream. The trademark uniform too is made from chocolate.
The cake is served on a colourful mat with illustrations of space, rocks and Buzz.
The cake is filled with popping candy and chocolate chips too. If you loved Toy Story 4, why not celebrate the end of the film series by sinking your claws into the adorable new alien cake from Baskin-Robbins?
Toy Story Alien Ice Cream Cake
Release Date: July 1, 2019
Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included) *Price may vary by branch
Size: 15cm x 6cm
Official Website: https://www.31ice.co.jp/contents/flavor/index.html
BROWN & FRIENDS and BT21 Beach Themed Merchandise Releases at LINE Store in Harajuku
24.June.2019 | FASHION
A lone-up of beach-themed merchandise released at the LINE flagship store in Harajuku on June 22 featuring a set of familiar faces including BROWN & FRIENDS and BT21.
Big Towel: ¥3,780 (Tax Included)
Face Towel: ¥1,512 (Tax Included)
Mini Towel: ¥735 (Tax Included)
From the BROWN & FRIENDS range comes big towels and face towels featuring Brown and Cony donning swimsuits. The towels being sold in Japan are made by Imabari, a leading company in the towel industry and a representative of Japanese quality. They are super soft and have good water absorbency.
BROWN & FRIENDS Fan: ¥324 (Tax Included)
BT21 Fan: ¥648 (Tax Included)
BT21 fans will want to get their hands on the BT21 to cool themselves down this summer. The fan features the BT21 characters lined up on the beach wearing shorts and dancing in unison. There are several other fans too, including one of the BT21 characters wearing rubber rings, as well as ones of individual BROWN & FRIENDS characters.
BROWN & FRIENDS, BT21 and Usamaru snacks will be released on July 5 including fruit drops, biscuits, cakes and more which make as perfect gifts to friends and family.
“Enjoy Summer” Products
Released: June 22, 2019
Available: At LINE FRIENDS Flagship Store in Harajuku / LINE FRIENDS Online Store
LINE FRIENDS Flagship Store in Harajuku
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (No Fixed Holidays)
Address: 4-31-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
La Bohéme Bonbon Parfait Releases Cute, Fresh & Fruity Parfaits This Summer ♡
03.June.2019 | FOOD
The reigning ruler of Café La Bohéme and La Bohéme Qualita‘s menu is the Strawberry Bonbon Parfait. As a summer special, a new challenger; the Lemon and Pineapple Bonbon Parfait, is stepping in from Monday 10th June 2019! Which will you pick?
Lemon and Pineapple Bonbon Parfait ¥1,200 + tax
The trademark feature of the new Lemon and Pineapple Bonbon Parfait is its luxurious mountain-load of fresh pineapple fruit pieces and round lemon slices! Enjoy the yoghurt with the sweet yet sour pineapple. It also contains cool honey lemon jelly. The perky vitamin C colour of this summer-limited bonbon parfait will add rays of summer vibes to your beautiful smile!
Strawberry Bonbon Parfait ¥1,200 + tax
As the regular favourite and ruling champion, the Strawberry Bonbon Parfait will remain standing proudly on the summer menu from its unshakable position! Sweet yet sour strawberries are piled generously on top of this parfait, making it perfect for a social media post!
La Bohéme has many regular customers who order the same bonbon parfait time and time again. Of course, you can pop by on your own or even with good company. This would make a great date spot ー you could both order different drinks, taste and compare them and upload all your beautiful summery pictures to social media! This would also make for the perfect dessert, or even just something to enjoy on the go!
These popular bonbon parfaits are definitely worthy of being part of your Instagram feed!
La Bohéme Bonbon Summer Parfaits
Available from: Mon 10th June 2019
※ Sales will end once stock is fully depleted.
Sold at: La Bohéme Qualita Shibuya, Setagaya, Shinjuku Gyo-en, Jiyugaoka, Shirokane, Kitaaoyama, Omotesando & Odaiba.
※ Not sold at the following chains: Ginza, G-Zine Ginza, Azabu-juban, Sakurashinmachi, Motomachi-Chukagai
Official website: https://boheme.jp/
McDonald’s Japan Releasing New Waffle Cone With All the Toppings
26.May.2019 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is adding a new addition to its regular Waffle Cone series which combines all three toppings. It will be released for a limited-time only at McDonald’s branches across Japan on May 29, 2019.
For the mere price of ¥150 customers can pick up one of three Waffle Cones currently on sale at McDonald’s in Japan: Plain, Chocolate & Almond, and Strawberry. Each consists of a crunchy waffle cone filled with rich soft serve ice cream.
To celebrate one year since the fast-food chain launched this dessert, they are having a limited run of Waffle Cones that combine all toppings.
Drizzled onto the milky rich soft serve ice cream is chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, and almonds, which add layers of delicious flavour and texture to the already-tasty Waffle Cone. They will also come served in a new sleeve with a more modern design.
All-Toppings Waffle Cone
Running: May 29, 2019 – Late June 2019 (subject to change)
Available: At most McDonald’s branches in Japan
Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Challenge your virtual cooking skills! Messaging app LINE launches cute cooking game “LINE Chef” worldwide!
23.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese messaging app LINE has released a new cooking game in its LINE GAME service titled LINE Chef. The game was released worldwide.
In LINE Chef, you transform into famous LINE friends character Brown and as the chef, can enjoy cooking up a variety of delicious meals. At the moment, there are only three dishes you can make; pancakes, omelette rice and a hamburger. As the game develops, more dishes will be added! Starting with Japan, advanced registration to play the game opened on 8th April 2019 and since, many people seized the opportunity to challenge their virtual cooking skills. The game became officially playable from 21st May.
All those who registered in advance will be rewarded with numerous special gifts! This includes 500 coins to spend on anything in LINE chef, a non-stick coating for your pan to prevent burning, 10 rubies and the buddy Takotako!
※ These bonus items will only be given to players who registered in advance for the game as long as they log into the game within two weeks. These will be presented to players on a first-come-first-served basis.
That’s not all! To commemorate the release of the game, LINE is running an invite-your-friends campaign! The more friends you invite, the more luxurious your bonus reward!
Cook up a whole load of fun with LINE Chef!
© LINE Studio
Invite Your Friends Campaign
1 Friend: 1 Heart
10 Friends: 500 Coins
20 Friends: Burn-Resistance Coating + 5 Lottery Tickets
30 Friends: 5 Rubies + 5 Lottery Tickets
50 Friends: Buddy “Charo (A Type)”
LINE Chef Official Website: https://chef.game.line.me/ja/
Lotte Announces Matcha Flavoured Yukimi Daifuku Mochi Ice Cream
14.May.2019 | FOOD
Confectionery company Lotte are set to release the matcha versions of their popular mochi ice cream Yukimi Daifuku again this year on May 20.
The ice cream is made with Uji matcha and wrapped in chewy mochi. In the centre of the ice cream itself is matcha flavoured bean paste, making for the ultimate matcha delight. The design of the packaging has a refreshing design as the weather begin to get warmer in Japan.
If you are in Japan this summer then cool yourself down with some refreshing Yukimi Daifuku.
Yukimi Daifuku Matcha
Release Date: May 20, 2019
Price: ¥180 (Before Tax)
Lotte Corporation Official Website: https://www.lotte.co.jp/
5 Tasty Ice Cream Shops in Harajuku You Must Visit
Hi, everybody. I’m Midori from the MMN editorial department.
Spring is here, the season when ice cream finally becomes delicious to eat again! Ice cream in Harajuku isn’t just simply cute-looking, it’s extremely delicious too. Grab your Harajuku-style ice cream in one hand and let’s go shopping!
Roll Ice Cream Factory
The unique thing about Roll Ice Cream Factory is the way the ice cream there is made, which you get to see done right in front of you. The staff pour liquid ice cream onto an ice cold plate and then scoop it into a roll. The store releases new flavours all the time. Right now the big one during Golden Week is the Detective Pikachu ice cream. The shop also has Pikachu pictures and decorations around too so if you’re in the city be sure to pay a visit before the collaboration ends!
▲Roll Ice Cream Factory
Address: Just Harajuku Floor 1F, 4-28-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
No Fixed Holidays.
Business Hours: 10:00-21:00
Official Homepage: http://rollicecreamfactory.com/
Detective Pikachu Roll Ice Cream
Available: April 24, 2019 – May 10, 2019
If you want cute ‘n’ tasty then Eiswelt Gelato is the place to go. It’s also away from busy Takeshita Street.
The ice cream here is so cute that it almost seems a waste to eat, but the flavours are the real deal. It’s so delicious that it’ll be gone before you know it. I recommend the mint frog ice cream I ate in the article below!
▲Eiswelt Gelato Harajuku
Address: 1-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Eddy’s Ice Cream
If you want cute pop ice cream then you’ll want to make a trip to Eddy’s Ice Cream! Not only is the ice cream kawaii but the shop interior is too♡
Their huge toppings are what make them stand out from the rest. They come piled with candy floss and more. Their designs too make them seem a serious waste to slurp up. They sell things besides ice cream too so if you’ve got a friend with teeth sensitive to cold foods then take them here while you order your ice cream!
▲Eddy’s Ice Cream
Address: Eddy’s Ice Cream 1F, 4 Chome-26-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Closed: No fixed holidays
Access: 10 minutes’ walk from Harajuku Station via the JR Line / 8 minutes’ walk from Meiji Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro
Official Homepage: http://eddysicecream.jp/
LE SHINER is located along Takeshita Street and specialises in amazing rainbow ice cream. The ice creams sit really tall too making them a serious luxury. The shop’s exterior design is also incredible cute! They also sell rainbow toast, rainbow cheese dogs and more too, an incentive to go back on more than one occasion♡
Address: COXY176 Bldg. 1F, 1-7-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-18:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:30-19:00
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station’s Takeshita Exit (via JR Yamanote Line) / 4-minutes on foot from Exit 5 of Meiji-Jingumae Station (via Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)
Harajuku Denki Shokai
Harajuku Denki Shokai is known for its light bulb ice cream but now they also sell animal themed ice cream! You’ll be completely spoilt for choice on which to go for. They sell lots of other cute items too besides ice cream so you can enjoy this place all year round. The shop is making new animal-inspired ice creams all the time so if you’ve been there before then you should definitely go again!
Address: Harajuku Denki Shokai Floor B1F, 3-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:00-19:00
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/__doubutsuenn
Treat yourself to some cute Harajuku-style ice cream this spring and summer!