Shaved ice – The taste of summer in Japan

One of the summer traditions in Japan is “shaved ice” (kakigori). It is a delicious dessert made out of ground-up, powdery ice with a topping. Japanese shaved ice has a long tradition. You can even find descriptions of the summerly treat in books like “The Pillow Book” written by Sei Shōnagon in the Heian period around 1002.

Cafes offering kakigori often have a flag outside the store blowing in the wind with the Chinese character for “ice” () on it. When you spot the flag somewhere in the city, you feel as if it is waving at you. “Come here! Get a cold treat!” … and then you HAVE to go inside.

Eat your veggies – have them as dessert!

Shaved ice

Shaved ice at “Azabu Yasai Gashi”

“Azabu Yasai Gashi” is a vegetable confectionery store facing the main street passing the popular Azabu-Juban area. It’s a fashionable store with a small cafe in one corner.

Azabu Yasai Gashi

The store offers a variety of veggie sweets. Great as a gift!

During the hot summer period, the cafe offers a big variety of shaved ice with vegetable toppings such as tomato, spinach, and avocado. Like me, you might ask yourself; “Tomatoes on ice? Is that really delicious?” But the sweetness of the mini tomatoes tastes more like a fruit rather than a vegetable. It’s incredible!

veggie desserts

This is the selection of “crazy” veggie desserts!

Pumpkin shaved ice

Pumpkin shaved ice

A mixture of pumpkin with condensed milk and cream cheese sauce enhances the taste of fresh pumpkin on the delicate shaved ice, which melts at the moment you put it in your mouth.

Shaved ice with "Banbara Tea"

Shaved ice with “Banbara Tea”

If vegetables in a dessert aren’t your thing, try the shaved ice with “Banbara Tea”. Which is a roasted tea with a kind of coffee-like taste. To add some sweetness, this shaved ice variation comes with a brown sugar sauce and a kinako and adzuki bean topping which is the perfect “combination of typical Japanese flavors”.

"Mizu manju"

mizu manju

Besides the amazing shaved ice creations, there are many other seasonal dishes you should try, such as “mizu manju” (jelly sweets). Which is a new creation by the cafe owner. Once you have been to “Azabu Yasai Gashi” there is no doubt that you will want to go there again and again.


Fluffy shaved ice in a cafe dedicated to all dog lovers!

“DOG DEPT CAFE” on the first floor of the shopping mall “DECKS Tokyo Beach” is just a stone’s throw away from the beach Odaiba Marine Park which is located a Tokyo’s leisure island Odaiba.


Get some shaved ice with your furry friend at “DOG DEPT CAFE”

“DOG DEPT CAFE” is a recommendation for all for dog lovers out there. This store is a mixture of shop specialized in dog goods and a cafe space where dogs are also welcome. If you have a furry friend yourself, you might find a gift for them there.


The shop part with everything you need for your furry four-legged friend at home

The cafe has everything you want for a nice lunch close to the beach. But my mission is clear- I’m here for the shaved ice!


The shaved ice that can be eaten here is the so-called “snow ice” type. The difference between Japanese kakigori and this type is, that “snow ice” has already a flavor (like vanilla) mixed into the ice before it is shaved off the ice block. This creates a rich taste that is lighter and fluffier than your usual ice cream. Add some fruits as a topping – done!



They have three kinds of snow ice: ‘Peach & Mango’, ‘Berry Mix’ and ‘Matcha Red Bean’. The taste of the snow ice wasn’t too sweet. It was very creamy and tasty.
With the beach just around the corner, the location is top! If you are in the area, check it out!

Snow ice

Store information:

Azabu Yasai Gashi
3-1-5 Azabu-juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
HP: http://www.azabuyasaigashi.com/
Business hours 11: 00-19: 30
Closed on holidays and every Tuesday

80m from Azabu-juban station (Exit 1), Tokyo Metro Namboku Line and Oedo Line


DOG DEPT CAFE Odaiba Tokyo Beach Store
1 F DECKS Tokyo Beach, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Monday – Friday] 11: 00 ~ 21: 00 (L.O. 20: 00)
[Saturday, Sunday and public holidays] 11: 00 ~ 21: 00 (L.O. 20: 30)

Access: https://www.odaiba-decks.com/en/services/page3.html

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I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

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