Taste Local Shaved Ice Around Japan at Hoshino Resorts KAI

15.May.2019 | FOOD

Hoshino Resorts KAI is set to hold a shaved ice event titled KAI no Gotochi Kakigori 2019 at several branches of KAI from July 13 to August 31. The event will allow people to enjoy tasting the different syrups and toppings served with shaved ice in each local area.

 

Shaved ice is a staple of Japanese summertime. People in Japan have enjoyed the ice-based dessert for many years. It is even mentioned in The Pillow Book, a famous collection of poems, essays and observations by the court lady Sei Shōnagon.

 

KAI’s line-up of original shaved ice both ensures you will pull through the hot weather as the dessert was designed for while enjoying a fun time. Each option incorporates local flavours. Let’s take a look at some of them.

 

Wine Shaved Ice – KAI Matsumoto (Asama Onsen, Nagano Prefecture)

Kikyogahara located in Nagano Prefecture’s city of Matsumoto is known as the birthplace of Nagano wine. At Hoshino KAI Matsumoto they serve around 50 types of wine from Kikyogahara. The shaved ice you can get at KAI Matsumoto is lathered in a syrup made from just one of those wines: the fruity Concorde. The shaved ice is served in handmade ceramic grape bowls. The alcohol has been removed from the syrup so that the shaved ice can be enjoyed by everyone.

 

Serving: 16:00-17:00

Location: Lobby (*Can be ordered by children)

 

NEW Hydrangea Shaved Ice – KAI Hakone (Miyanoshita Onsen, Kanagawa Prefecture)

Because the Hakone area is elevated hydrangea bloom for a longer period of time than other places. Trains along the Hakone Tozan Line are dubbed “Hydrangea Trains” when the flowers are blossomed as passengers can enjoy gazing at the flowers from their window seats. This shaved ice is made with blue hydrangea flavoured jelly and syrup to recreate the hydrangeas of Hakone.

 

Serving: 15:00-17:00 (Last Orders 16:30)

Location: Restaurant

 

NEW Hanairo Shaved Ice: KAI Ito (Ito Onsen, Shizuoka Prefecture)

The city of Ito has a warm climate and so locals and tourists can expect to enjoy seeing many different flowers sprout through all four seasons. The Hanairo (“flower colour”) Shaved Ice captures the flowers that bloom around Ito from early to late summertime. The yellow represents the hypericum patulum, the pink the Abelia linnaea, and the blue the hydrangea that bloom in profusion by Matsukawa Lake.

 

Serving: 15:30-17:00 (Last Orders 16:30)

Location: Yuagari (the spot where you get out of the bath)

 

NEW Apple Shaved Ice – KAI Alps (Omachi Onsen, Nagano Prefecture)

Nagano is famous for its apple production. This shaved ice is made with three types of apple. Two types of syrup are concealed by ice: one that has an apple flesh-like texture and another made with fruity Bramley apples. Enjoy tasting the different flavours of each individual apple.

 

Serving: 15:00-18:00 (Last Orders 16:30)

Location: Irori (the sunken fireplace)

 

NEW Art Shaved Ice – KAI Sengokuhara (Sengokuhara Onsen, Kanagawa Prefecture)

Lots of art museums surround KAI Sengokuhara, and so to stick with the theme, this DIY shaved ice is served blank like a canvas and you get to decorate it yourself with different coloured syrups. Use spoons that look like brushes to paint on strawberry and orange coloured syrups to mix and match various flavours. The tools were handmade by glass artist Hiroshi Hamadate of ipada.

 

Serving: 15:00-17:00

Location: Restaurant and lobby

 

Kaga Bocha Tea Shaved Ice – KAI Kaga (Yamashiro Onsen, Ishikawa Prefecture)

Kaga Boach is a type of tea that has been adored since the Edo period for its aromatic smell and refreshing taste. This shaved ice is topped with Kaga Bocha syrup and gold leaf and is eaten from kutani-ware to give it a traditional feeling.

 

Serving: 18:00-20:30

Location: Travel Library

 

Blueberry Shaved Ice – KAI Kinugawa (Kinugawa Onsen, Tochigi Prefecture)

Tochigi is famous for its Ai Ichigo blueberries, and now you can enjoy them topped on shaved ice together with blueberry syrup. The prefecture is visited by many tourists and sightseers to go to pick blueberries in the summer. The syrup has pieces of fresh blueberry in it to retain the original sweet and sour flavour.

 

Serving: 15:00-16:30

Location: Restaurant

 

Cool yourself down this summer in Japan with one of these many tasty local shaved ices.

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    Witness the magnificent sunset during business hours


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    Honey Lemon Shaved Ice: ¥1,080 (Before Tax)

    Strawberry Mont Blanc Parfait Milk Shaved Ice: ¥1,080 (Before Tax)

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    Candied Strawberry Shirokuma-kun: ¥1,260

    You can pick candied apple too.

     

    Experience the unique combination of cheese and shaved ice at CHEESE CRAFT WORKS.

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