Froyo (Frozen Yogurt) Shops That Cool Down Your Summer!
The froyo (frozen yogurt) scene in Japan is not as big as in the United States, given the fact that we cannot find so many froyo stores in Japan. Ice cream and gelato are more popular than froyo in Japan, even though they’re not the healthiest choices for us to binge on.
– Sour Sally, famous chain froyo store in Indonesia – Image Source: Lakupon
Summer is coming to Tokyo soon, and I hate this season the most. Summer in Japan, especially in Tokyo is incredibly muggy and horrible. The sunshine is not as strong as Jakarta’s, the city where I grew up, but Tokyo is much muggier than Jakarta. The average humidity levels of both cities are almost the same, but the population density of Tokyo is higher than Jakarta, making the city feel even muggier.
Visiting froyo shops was a kind of routine for me when I lived in the United States, especially since the summer in Boulder was dry. The froyo scene in Jakarta is not as big as the United States, but froyo is more popular in Jakarta, so it was not so hard for me to find froyo stores there.
– Party Land – Image Source: prtimes
On the other hand, finding froyo stores in Tokyo is not that easy, giving the fact that I had to wait for Party Land, a chain froyo store originally from Japan to open its branch at Spain Zaka, Shibuya, and apparently the shop is permanently closed after March 30, 2016. It was such a heartbreaking news to know that Party Land closed its only branch in Tokyo, but luckily that I still have two other choices: Menchie’s and Woodberry’s
– Menchie’s Froyo – Image Source: Line@guide
Menchie’s is a chain froyo store from California, serving frozen yogurt made from natural ingredients. You can find Menchie’s easily in Shinjuku as it is adjacent to Bicqlo Shinjuku. You can make your own froyo right from the server and put the toppings that you like. There are many flavors of froyo that you can choose including vanilla and chocolate, and there are plenty of syrups and fruits available to choose. The froyo at Menchie’s is similar to the typical soft-serve ice cream in Japan, which has a thick consistency and taste. The company that runs Menchie’s in Japan claims that they use milk from cows that haven’t been treated with hormones, meaning that this froyo should be almost NON-GMO. The froyo at Menchie’s doesn’t use high-fructose corn syrup, and gluten-free and vegan froyo are also available. In addition, the entire products of Menchie’s are kosher certified. The price of the froyo at Menchie’s depends on the weight, so the more you fill your cup, the more expensive it is!
– Woodberry’s at Kichijoji – Image Source: Shizenhamama (自然派ママノート）
Woodberry’s is a froyo shop located in the neighborhood of Kichijoji in Western Tokyo. Different from Menchie’s, Woodberry’s uses homemade fresh froyo and mix it with seasonal fruits or cream cheese. You can find unique froyo flavors such as watermelon, kiwi, passion fruit, avocado or even yuzu at Woodberry’s! Since the froyo at Woodberry’s is blended with fresh ingredients only, the taste of the froyo is refreshingly light and smooth. The froyo at Woodberry’s is a little bit sour and the consistency is completely different from ice cream. The price is very reasonable, as a small cup of a single flavor only costs you around 360 JPY. Woodberry’s is open from 12:00 to 23:00 on weekdays and 11:00 to 23:00 on the weekends and national holidays!
I have tried both Menchie’s and Woodberry’s, and both of them are delicious in different ways. If you want to have froyo that tastes like ice cream, you should definitely go to Menchie’s, and if you want to have froyo that tastes light, smooth, and fresh, then you should definitely go to Woodberry’s. Find more information about Menchie’s and Woodberry’s before you go to find them!