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18 Best Ice Creams in Japan You Will Definitely Want to Try

From long-selling items loved for more than 50 years, to the newest trend, we provide our carefully chosen ice cream suggestions! You can buy these at the convenience store or supermarkets during your visit to Japan, so please try it.

 

1. Garigari-kun

ガリガリ君

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Its character is very memorable. It has been sold at 60 JPY since long ago. Once you finish eating it, there will be writings on the popsicle stick telling you if you won the lucky draw; if you did, you can receive another ice cream bar. This is a must during summers.

 

2. Papico

パピコ

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2 bars in 1 package. Break it in half to share with another friend. You can squeeze the ice cream out from the open end.

 

3. Super Cup

スーパーカップ

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The key word “Super Cup” is a must know! When you say super cup in regards to cup ramen (cup instant noodles), it means you can eat 1.5 times more of the original amount.

 

4. Yukimi Daifuku

雪見だいふく

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The ice is wrapped with chewy rice cake, so chewy it can be lengthened by pulling. You can also eat it during Tsukimi (Moon-viewing festival).

 

5. Pino

ピノ

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The absolute perfect match between ice cream and chocolate, with a bitter and not too sweet taste. The perfect ice cream perfect for adults.

 

6. Haagen-Dazs

ハーゲンダッツ

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The famous Haagen Dazs. There are lots of flavors exclusive to Japan, such as taro and sakura flower!

 

7. Melon Ball

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Melon flavored ice cream placed in melon shaped containers. As kids, we used to eat it all the time.

 

8. Coolish

クーリッシュ

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Even if you have leftovers, you can bring it with you. Super convenient for carrying it around.

 

9. Sacre

サクレ

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Shaved ice that includes fruits as is. It is refreshing and tasty.

 

10. Homerun Bar

ホームランバー

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The first kind of ice cream bar in Japan. This is also the pioneer of ice bar lottery draws. This brings back lots of memories~

 

11. Sou

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The finely cut ice is mixed together, creating a new texture. The name is also “爽 Sou” the first character from “爽快 Soukai” (refreshing), which is a perfect match.

 

12. Shiro-kuma

白くま

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Includes toppings such as pineapples, red beans, etc.

 

13. Ice no Mi

アイスの実

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Has a variety of rich fruit flavors, and is made in bite sizes, making it much easier to eat.

 

14. Adzuki Bean Bar

あずきバー

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You can enjoy the lumpy texture from the red beans. It is also a popular flavor amongst the elderly. However, in order to make it delicious, it is made with quite a hard texture, so please keep that in mind.

 

15. Choco Monaca Jumbo

チョコモナカジャンボ

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Deriving from the technology of chocolate coating, the monaka (a Japanese sweet made of azuki bean paste sandwiched between two thin crisp wafers) is surprisingly crunchy! Furthermore, it’s a very satisfying size!

 

16. Ice Tamago

アイスたまご

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The ice cream is put inside arubber balloon! It is said that it was inspired by women’s breasts. If you cut the tip, the soft creamy filling flows out.

 

17. Suika Bar

スイカバー

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It is a watermelon, exactly as is lol!

 

18. Yawamochi Ice

やわもちアイス

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You can enjoy ice cream, rice cake, and the fillings all at once. It is an exquisite item!

 

Regardless of which ice cream, they are all super delicious. There are so many different flavors that you will never get sick of. Please try it at least once!

Related: 
Which to Try? 31 Snacks that are Japan’s Longtime Favorites
14 Sakura Food & Items: From Major Topics of 2016 to the Classics

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